Friday, March 20, 2009

Gongura Pulusu Koora(sour greens/katta pattha)

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Gongura is a very famous tangy green leaf in Andhra; the leaf itself is sour in taste.It is available in two forms, one with the green stems and the other one with red stems which is used in gongura pickle. Gongura is mainly used for pickles which tastes good with hot rice and sliced onions(will try to post it soon).This is a simple side dish made with gongura with the green colored stems that goes well with hot rice.

3 cups chopped Gongura
1/2 cup chana dal(soaked for half an hour)
1 onion chopped
10-12 garlic pods
6 green chillies
3-4 tbsp tamarind pulp
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
a pinch of turmeric
a pinch of hing
  • Heat oil in a small cooker and crackle mustard seeds and add hing and fry green chillies,garlic and onion and fry until soft.
  • Add soaked chana dal and cook for 3-4 mins and add gongura and then stir well until the leaves wilt.
  • Add tamarind pulp,salt,turmeric,red chilli powder and stir for 3-4 mins and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Serve it hot with rice and papad.

This can be done even in a pan,but takes long time to cook.If you are using the pan,cover the pan with a deep plate and pour water over it and simmer it until done.


Ashwini said...

Love the tanginess of gongura..Looks so yumm and delish

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