kurle ambat

Crab Curry

I was not a big fan of crab when I was growing up. But now I like it a lot and so does the kid. When it comes to seafood, I am very picky and like only the traditional konkani preparation. This is my mother’s recipe for kurle ambat. I have no idea how to clean the crab. I get the cooked snow crab clusters, break them into small pieces and use in my preparation.

Here is a step by step prepartion of the crab curry. If you are using fresh raw crab, then you will have to clean it before using in the curry.

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Ingredients

  • Cooked snowcrab – 2
  • Chopped onion – 1 big or 2 small
  • Green chillies (optional) – 2
  • Grated coconut – 3/4th cup
  • Tamarind – a small marble sized
  • Coriander seeds – 1.5 teaspoons
  • Turmeric – A pinch
  • Red chilles – 5 to 6
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Cut the crab into pieces (I cut the frozen and cooked snow crab).
  • Add the chopped onions, green chillies, some water and salt to it and boil. This step didnt take more than 5 minutes long for me as the crab was already cooked.
  • Meanwhile dry roast the coriander seeds and red chillies. The crab curry is usually made less on the spicy side because the crab meat is sweet.
  • Grind the roasted mixture with coconut, tamarind and turmeric powder to a smooth paste.
  • Once the crab and onion mixture is cooked, add this ground paste to it and give a good boil.
  • Crab curry is ready to be savored with rice.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes.

alle - losaNi

alle means ginger and losaNi is garlic in konkani. I dont know the origin of this recipe
nor have I eaten this anywhere else other than my home. I grew up knowing this as one of
my father’s comfort food. This is a very easy to make affair and is simply lots of cut
ginger and garlic fried in ghee and seasoned with black pepper and salt. When this is
mixed with steaming hot rice and eaten, it is heavenly and very satisfying not to mention
the health benefits of all the ingredients. It is especially good in winters.

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Ingredients

  • Chopped garlic – 2 tablespoons
  • Chopped ginger – 2 tablespoons
  • Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tablespoons
  • Green chillies (optional) – 1
  • Crushed Black pepper – half teaspoon
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Heat the ghee in a thick bottomed pan and fry all the ingredienst (except salt and pepper) on a low-medium flame.
  • Keep frying till it starts to change color. Add salt and pepper and it is ready to be served.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes.

pathrode

pathrode

Pathrode is a konkani speciality dish. It is also made in other parts of India like Gujarath and Maharastra but the masala is different. Even in konkani households, the proportion of the spices and daals varies. Some people add some jaggery to give it a sweetish taste. But I have always preferred the non-sweet version.
Pathrode is made out of Colocasia leaves (aLva paan). Some of the Colocasia leaves are itchy.. so you have to be a little careful when choosing the leaves. The tender ones are supposed to be non-itchy. Tamarind is always added more to any dishes with Colocasia to offset any itchiness.

Ingredients

  • Prepared colocasia leaves – 4-5
  • Toor dal – 3 cups (or 2 cups Toor daal and 1 cup greengram )
  • Rice – 2 cups
  • Tamarind – lemon sized ball
  • Hing/Asafoetida – 2 pinches
  • Grated coconut – 1.5 to 2 cups
  • Red chillies – 8 to 10

Method

  • Prepare the leaves by washing thoroughly with water and trimming the thick veins on the back.
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  • Soak the rice and daal for 4-5 hours and grind to a paste (Neither very coarse nor very fine)
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  • Grind the coconut, chillies, tamarind and hing to a chutney consistency.
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  • Mix the 2 pastes and add salt to taste.
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  • Rub the paste on the back of one leaf, then layer the second leaf and rub more paste. Arrange about 4-5 leaves this way.
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  • Roll the layered leaves and steam it the way you would steam idlis. It will take 30-35 minutes to cook properly.
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  • Allow it to cook a little and cut the pathrode in small rings and serve by topping with a little coconut oil. It is yummylicious :)
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Preparation time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 30 minutes.