12 September 2007

Coriander Chutney

The state of Karnataka in South India has a rich cultural heritage dating to thousands of years, from temples and palaces to elaborate cities, now lying in ruins. In 2005, the Indian Pavilion at the Dubai Shopping Festival brought alive many of the wonders of this amazing state. The Indian Pavillion being the largest, prettiest and grandest attracts the most number of visitors each year. Around 300 stalls were accommodated within the 1,30,000 sq.ft pavilion. The theme that year showcased Karnataka, with the Mysore Palace replicated, complete with the extravaganza that is a part of the Dussera celebrations. The centre of attraction was the ruins of Hampi. Needless to say India bagged the award for the Best Pavilion.

My only exposure to Karnataka cuisine was the Udipi hotels in Mumbai frequented by one and all to have "idli-dosa". Little did I know that some of the dishes my mother prepared like lime rice, mysore rasam, masala dosa etc actually belonged to Karnataka cuisine! So here are some recipes that were tried, tested and devoured.

Set Dosa
The only way to describe them is soft, spongy, melt-in-the-mouth. For the recipe, head over to Seema's Recipe Junction. Thanks Seema, we absolutely enjoyed them! Serve the yummy dosas with a spicy gravy or coriander chutney.

Coriander Chutney
You need:
¾ cup coconut grated
3 green chillies
1 bunch coriander leaves
a marble sized tamarind
3 cloves garlic
salt to taste

Grind all the ingredients to smooth paste using water.

Lime Rice/Chitranna

My entry to RCI- Karnataka hosted by Asha, event initiated by Lakshmi.


Padma said...

Nice entry and great quiz...
3 - i feel its the same question repeated.

5-depends, its different for refrigerator and for freezer

Sig said...

Nice RCI entries Jyo!

Here are my answers:

5. People who stuff meat and veggies and fruits into the same draw in their refrigerators! Major health code violation people!

Mishmash ! said...

Jyothsnaaaaa.............you re taking us all back to classroom!!! no quiz...no exams in blogworld:))))


TBC said...

I like your Chitanna...looks really good:-)

I agree with Shn;-)

sandeepa said...

Set Dosa --- first had it ib B'lore, before that I thought Dosa should only be paper thin.

Shall be back to the quiz later

Suganya said...

Mouth watering dishes Jyothsnaa!

Pooja V said...

1 AIn the fridge

2. C

3. A

4. c

5. people stacking their refrigerator endlessley and not cleaning it from time to time.

Do i get a choclate for answering correctly?

rahin said...

hey jyothsna, lovely looking recipes, i love the rice, the lemon bowl in which u have served the coriander chutney .....i think its v cute :)

Rajitha said...

Yummy food and for the quiz

1. A
2. A
3.. do not know
4. B
5. Not cleaning the fridge and keeping the food open..esp. half cut onions yuck!

Cynthia said...

Yayyy, another tasty entry.

bee said...

yummy food. and what kind of question is that jam question? once you open it, you eat all of it in 48 hours. it is very safe in your stomach.

Roopa said...

jyo nice entry
teacher teacher i am late ha ha :)

sra said...

1-c, 2-a, 3-c, 4-dunno; too many pet peeves but here's what I absolutely hate - nowadays, everybody in India shops big and small have discovered plastic gloves to handle food, but they handle everything else also, so where's the food safety? And sweet shops keep the lids/doors of the various sweets and savouries open, so flies are getting into those boxes or shelves!

lakshmi said...

i do well in essays, not in objective type questions like this. and since my last education was in social work - where we keep going in circles with questions and more questions. so this is how a social worker (esp a student living in a hostel) would answer.

1. jam - how long do you intend to keep it? what's the temperature outside? isnt it meant to be gobbled up the instant its opened? a medium sized bottle of good jam (low on sugar and completely fruity) can be finished in about four to six meals. and i dont have luxurious like fridge. if i did it would be a.

2. you haven't mentioned the temperature of the room. it's very difficult to arrive at an answer without entirely understanding the context. also the nature of leftovers (chappatis? lentils?) is data of huge significance here. the other question is why would you need to keep it outside if its leftovers (i.e, you're done with eating), why would you not want to refridgerate immediately?) 30 minutes for temperatures in chennai (over 30 deg C), and perhaps one-two hours in places blessed with a cooler climate. shall we assume you're talking about reasonably tough leftovers and a nice cool place and go with option b?

3. poor chicken - its a violation of animal rights to freeze chicken in the first place. i am going to start a signature campaign against all people who kill and freeze chicken and then think about thawing it. besides i am vegetarian, but if i ever was to thaw chicken as a punishment in hell the answer would be a.

4. 5 degree centigrade - now which option would you put this answer - a or c. i'll go with a.

5. any word limit? is fridge the theme?

Asha said...

Great entries J! I haven't checked my blogroll and but checked my e mail to get here.Set dosa looks yum and so does the Chitranna.Thank you so much.I will take photos and URL!:))

Quiz, I think my ans are the same as Sig's.NEVER store meat and veggies at the same place. Salmonella!!

Richa said...

nice n tasty entries for the event :)

Cynthia said...

I'm going to make this chutney this very weekend.

Sharmi said...

lovely and delicious entries.
3-dont eat chicken
5- depends :)

Dhivya Karthik said...

Not only are there wonderful recipes to taste from, there's also a quiz. Am first timer here..! so am I in on the quiz too ? ;-) lemme know my eligibility! :)

Dhivya Karthik said...

Hey thanks for dropping by

well for the quiz.
2-A ( i try to avoid left overs most often!)
3-No Idea- :-( strict Vegetrarian
5-scared of food getting spoiling and me having it without knowing!

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, Jyo!!!

I made lime rice yesterday, too, but yours looks waaaaaay better than mine!!!

My pet peeve with regard to food safety? People that leave their food out overnight or people that leave their food uncovered.

Susan said...

My biggest food safety pet peeve: the kooky 5-15-25 second rule that you can eat something that's fallen on the floor or ground. You have no idea the "arguments" I've had w/ my former-bachelor husband. ; } This is the man who can't stand even one dirty dish in the sink. ; ; )

Sig said...

Where are the answers? Did I win, did I win? :D

Jyothsna said...

Thankyou to all for your comments!

marriedtoadesi.com said...

1. A
2. A
3. C
4. A

Nice post Jyothsna! I'm curious about set dosai now....


SeeC said...

Nice post jyothsna

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