Khalle Ambe Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju: Recipe by Anupama Michael

I love mangoes! Raw, ripe, semi-ripe; it does not really matter. So this year I am experimenting with Uppu Manga | Brined Mangoes | Khalle Ambo. About a month ago, I made some mangoes in brine and have been waiting ever since for them to pickle properly so that I could make this super tangy, spicy, and utterly delicious Khalle Ambe Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju.

Uppu Mavinikai Gojju | Khalle Ambe Gotsu
Uppu Mavinikai Gojju | Khalle Ambe Gotsu

I learnt to brine mangoes and to make this recipe from Anupama Michael who has contributed so many fabulous recipes to this blog of mine. Since the day I brined the mangoes, I have been pestering Anupama on how long I have to wait before I can start using them. She has been very patient with me and sent me a pic of how the brined mango should look before I could use it. 😀

This week I thought my brined mangoes looked reasonably like Anu’s and so used one to make this fabulous Khalle Ambe Gotsu. This is no subtle dish by any stretch of imagination. It is bold, it is brassy, and it is just an explosion of salty, tangy, garlicky flavours that sent my hear soaring!

I would recommend that you try this Khalle Ambe Gotsu (Uppu Manga Gojju) as soon as you can brine some mangoes or lay your hands on some brined mangoes.

How to Make Khalle Ambe Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju | Uppu Mavinikai Gozzu

Khalle Ambe Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju | Uppu Mavinikai Gozzu

This is the recipe for Khalle Ambe Gotsu, a tangy, salty, spicy chutney made with brined mangoes. Also called Uppu Manga Gojju or Uppu Mavinikai Gojju, this chutney makes your palate sing.

Course: Accompaniments, Side Dish
Cuisine: GSB, Indian, Karnataka
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 1 Small Brined Mango See Notes
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 2 Kashmiri Red Chillies
  • 2 Spicy Red Chillies
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. Remove the pickled mango from brine and soak it in some plain water. 

  2. Using about 1/2 tsp oil, roast the red chillies till they start to change colour.

  3. Grind together the coconut, garlic, and red chillies to a coarse paste.

  4. Transfer the ground paste into a large bowl.

  5. Remove the whole brined mango from the water and add it to the paste.

  6. Using your hands, squish the mango and mix all of it (pulp and skin) into the coconut paste. Discard any seed you may find.

  7. Add some water to make the Gotsu like a thick but flowing chutney. 

  8. Transfer the Khalle Ambe Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju into a bowl.

  9. Drizzle the remaining coconut oil on the gojju.

  10. Serve with hot rice and papad.

Recipe Notes

 

Uppu Mavinilkai Gotsu
Uppu Mavinilkai Gotsu

Recipe for Khalle Ambe Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju | Uppu Mavinikai Gozzu

  1. Take the pickled mango from the brine water and transfer it to a bowl with drinking water for about 30 minutes. This helps leech the extra salt from the mango.

  2. In the meantime, using a few drops of oil, roast bot the kashmiri and the spicy red chillies till they start to change colour.
  3. Transfer the coconut, garlic, and red chillies to a chutney grinder.
  4. Grind to a coarse paste.
  5. Transfer the coconut paste into a large bowl.
  6. Remove the mango from the water and add it to the paste.
  7. Using your hands, break the mango and throw the seed away.
  8. Mash the mango well such that all the pulp mixes into the chutney and the skin breaks into small pieces.
  9. Add some water, if required, to make the gotsu thick yet flowing.
  10. Transfer the Khalle Ambe Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju into a serving bowl.
  11. Drizzle the remaining coconut oil on the gotsu.
  12. Serve with hot rice and papad.
Khalle Ambo Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju
Khalle Ambo Gotsu | Uppu Manga Gojju

Maddur Vada: A Delicious Tea-Time Snack from Karnataka

When I decide to try any recipe that involves deep-frying, there is quite a flutter in my home as I avoid deep-frying as much as possible. So this weekend as I got ready to make delicious Maddur Vada, I had quite an audience in amused family members.

Maddur Vada | A Delicious Tea Time Snack from Karnataka
Maddur Vada | A Delicious Tea Time Snack from Karnataka

Jokes aside, I have been wanting to make Maddur Vada at home for ages and decided to make it this Saturday just on a whim. It is a recipe that transforms ingredients commonly found in Indian homes—rice flour, semolina, maida (APF), chillies, and curry leaves—into a delicious snack.

What I loved about Maddur Vada is despite the deep-frying it did not absorb any oil, and had a light crispness on the outside while being soft on the inside. So even the Octagenarians in my home could enjoy it without much trouble.

Like Chitti Boorelu, Punugulu, and Goli Bhajje, Maddur Vada turned out to be the perfect accompaniment to my evening tumbler of Kaapi.

How to Make the Perfect Maddur Vada

Maddur Vada | Crispy Tea Time Snack
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Maddur Vada is just the perfect snack to accompany your evening cup of tea or coffee. You can make it in a jiffy with ingredients commonly found in Indian homes.

Course: Snack, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, Karnataka
Servings: 12 Maddur Vada
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Rava (Semolina)
  • 1/4 Cup Maida (APF)
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 3-4 Finely Chopped Green Chillies
  • 10-16 Finely Chopped Curry Leaves
  • 1 Pinch Hing (Aasfoetida)
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil for Deep Frying
  • Water for Making the Dough
Other Requirements
  • Banana Leaf or Plastic Sheet
Instructions
Making the Dough
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the rice flour, maida, rava, chillies, curry leaves, hing, and salt.

  2. Mix well.

  3. Heat about 2 tbsp oil till its hot and add the flour mix.

  4. Use a spoon to quickly mix the oil into the flour.

  5. Now slowly add water and make a tight but pliable dough.

Making the Maddur Vade
  1. In a kadhai, on medium flame, heat enough oil to deep fry to Maddur Vade. To test the heat, drop a tiny ball of dough into the oil. It should rise to the top and sizzle moderately on the surface.

  2. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Keep covered.

  3. Use 1 or 2 drops oil to grease a plastic sheet or a banana leaf.

  4. Roll one portion of the dough into a ball and place on the oiled sheet.

  5. Use a greased fingers to pat the dough ball into a circle about 2.5" in diameter and about 1/4" thick.

  6. Slide the Maddur Vada into the oil.

  7. Fry on medium heat till the side facing the bottom is golden brown. Flip over and fry till the flip side is golden brown as well. See notes.

  8. Using a slotted ladle, remove the fried Maddur Vada from the oil and drain excess oil.

  9. Serve hot with Coconut Chutney.

Recipe Notes
  • Fry the Maddur Vade on moderate heat because otherwise you will have Vade that are fried on the outside but raw on the inside.
  • A simple way of detecting if your oil is too hot is to see if blisters form on the outside of the Maddur Vada. If there are, the oil is too hot.

Maddur Vada
Maddur Vada

Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions to Make the Perfect Maddur Vada

  1. The First Step: Making the Maddur Vada Dough
    1. In a large bowl, combine the rice flour, maida, rava, chillies, curry leaves, hing, and salt.
    2. Mix all the ingredients well and make a small well in the middle.
    3. Using a ladle, heat 2 tbsp oil and add it to the dry ingredients.
    4. Using a spoon, quickly mix the oil into the dry ingredients. This oil helps make the Maddur Vada softer on the inside and also helps it cook well when we deep-fry.
    5. Now add small quantities of water and knead the ingredients together to make a dough that is just soft enough so that it can be shaped into small discs. If the dough is very stiff, the Maddur Vada will break as you are trying to shape them. If the dough is too soft, the Vade will absorb oil when you fry them.

  2. Shaping and Frying the Maddur Vade
    1. To a kadhai, add about 1.5 cups of oil to deep fry to Maddur Vade. You need about a 2″ deep layer of oil. I use a small but deep kadhai.
    2. On a medium flame, heat the oil till it is moderately hot. To test the heat, drop a tiny ball of dough into the oil. It should rise slowly to the surface and sizzle with moderate intensity. If you oil is too hot, the Maddur Vada will cook very quickly on the surface and also form blisters on the surface, but the inside will remain raw. If your oil is cold, the vada will absorb oil as they fry. 
    3. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Keep covered. I found that one portion of dough is roughly what I could scoop with a standard baking tablespoon (tbsp).

    4. Lightly grease a plastic sheet or banana leaf using 1 or 2 drops oil.
    5. Place one portion of the dough on the greased sheet and press into a thick disc about 2.5″ in diameter. If the disc is very thin, then you have have a very crisp Maddur Vada much like a Thattai | Chekkalu.
    6. Gently, transfer the disc onto your fingers and slide it into the oil.
    7. Let the Maddur Vade Fry on medium heat till the side facing the bottom is golden brown.
    8. Gently flip over the Vada and fry till the other side is golden brown.
    9. Remove the fried Maddur Vada from the oil and drain excess oil.
  3. Serve hot with Hotel Style Coconut Chutney.
Maddur Vade
Maddur Vade

Hasi Sasive | Paji Sasmi: Mangalore Cucumber in Mustard-Coconut Yogurt

I love yogurt and yogurt based dishes as can be seen from my recipes for Balaee and Moong Dal Palak Khichdi cooked in buttermilk. So I am always on the lookout for new yogurt-based recipes. This week, when I was looking up Udupi recipes, I came across a whole host of yogurt-based recipes. So, here I am with the recipe for Hasi Sasive.

Paji Saasmi | Hasi Saasive
Paji Saasmi | Hasi Saasive
Mangalore Cucumber
Mangalore Cucumber

Also called Paji Sasmi, this dish involves no cooking (if you discount the tempering) and gets done in under 10 minutes.

All you need to do is grind Mangalore Cucumber pieces with mustard, coconut, and red chillies, and then mix it in sour yogurt. Finally just temper it with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and red chillies, and voila! the refreshing Hasi Sasive is ready.

What I loved about this dish is that while the yogurt was the cooling element, there was a hit of heat from two sources: the mustard and the chilli. The combination is just irresistible.

If you want to explore Udupi-Mangalore Cuisine, do try these recipes: Undi | Pundi Gatti, Nucchina UndeSouthekayi Hasi Majjige HuliUdupi Temple Rasam, and Beyisida Maavinakai Gojju.

How to Make Hasi Sasive | Paji Sasmi: Mangalore Cucumber in Seasoned Yogurt

Hasi Sasive | Paji Sasmi: Mangalore Cucumber in Seasoned Yogurt
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This is the recipe for a cool and refreshing Hasi Sasive, which is also known as Paji Sasmi. This is a virtual no-cook recipe that can be thought of as a mustard-flavoured Mangalore Cucumber Raita.

Course: Accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Karnataka, Mangalore, Udupi
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Chopped Mangalore Cucumber
  • 1 Cup Sour Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2-3 Red Chillies
  • Salt to Taste
For Tempering
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1-2 Red Chillies
  • A Few Curry Leaves
Instructions
  1. Grind the cucumber, mustard, red chillies and coconut to a coarse paste.

  2. Add the paste to the yogurt. Mix well.

  3. Add salt and mix well.

  4. In a ladle, heat the oil.

  5. Add mustard seeds and wait till they crackle.

  6. Add split red chillies and curry leaves.

  7. Add the tempering to the Hasi Sasive | Paji Saswe.

  8. Mix well.

 

Step-by-Step Recipe to Make Hasi Sasive | Paji Sasmi: Mangalore Cucumber in Seasoned Yogurt

  1. Add the mangalore cucumber, mustard, coconut, and red chillies to the chutney jar of the grinder.
  2. Grind the ingredients to a coarse paste. Do not make a fine paste of it.

  3. Mix the ground cucumber paste and salt into the yogurt.
  4. In a ladle, heat the oil and add mustard seeds.
  5. After the mustard seeds splutter, add split red chillies and curry leaves.
  6. Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  7. Add the tempering to the Hasi Sasive | Paji Sasmi.
Hasi Sasive | Paji Sasmi
Hasi Sasive | Paji Sasmi

Undi | Oondi | Pundi Gatti: Steamed Seasoned Rice Rava Dumplings

I have been wanting to make Undi (also spelled as Oondi to reflect the pronunciation) for a long time now and this week I got the perfect opportunity because of the theme for the #119th Foodie Monday Blog Hop chose Udupi cuisine as the theme.

Undi | Oondi | Pundi Gatti is a breakfast favourite in the Udupi-Mangalore region
Undi | Oondi | Pundi Gatti

Many South Indian states, an indeed individual regions, have some variation of steamed rice balls in their cuisine. Andhra has Uppu Undrallu, Coorg has Kadambuttu, while Kerala and Tamil Nadu have Kozhukattai. The Udupi-Mangalore region of Karnataka is famous for Undi, a seasoned steamed savoury rice dumpling, which is a favoured breakfast.

Also called Pundi Gatti in Tulu, Undi is light on the stomach and very easy to make. It took me about 40 minutes to make this batch. As it is fairly neutral in taste you can pair it with anything, even a simple Coconut Chutney.

The best way to enjoy this breakfast is to top a hot Oondi with some coconut oil. Just that. Nothing else. Believe you me, you will be in heaven.

I made three accompaniments: a cool and mustardy Hasi Saaswe | Hasi Sasmi (Manglore Cucumber in Yogurt), a spicy Hinga Chutney (Asafoetida flavoured Coconut Chutney) , and a sweet Jaggery Syrup. So there was a side for every palate. 🙂

A Single Oondi | Undi
A Single Oondi | Undi

How to Make Undi | Oondi | Pundi Gatti

Undi | Oondi | Pundi Gatti
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

Undi | Oondi is a savoury steamed, seasoned rice dumpling that is a popular breakfast in the Udupi-Mangalore region. It is also called Pundi Gatti in Tulu.

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Karnataka, Udupi, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Rai, Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Methi, Fenugreek Seeds
  • 2 tsp Udad Dal, Husked Black Gram
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves Chopped Fine
  • 1 tbsp Oil Coconut Oil, preferred
  • 2.5 Cups Water
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
Making the Rice Batter
  1. Wash the rice and soak it in 2 cups water for about 1 hour.

  2. Drain all the water from the rice and grind to a coarse paste. Do not make it very smooth.

  3. Add 2 cups water and mix well.

  4. Add the grated coconut and salt. 

  5. Mix well and set aside.

Making the Undi Dough
  1. In a large pan, over medium flame, heat the oil.

  2. Add mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.

  3. Add the udad dal and methi.

  4. Stir-fry till golden brown.

  5. Add the curry leaves and stir-fry for a few seconds.

  6. Turn the heat down to low and add 1/2 cup water.

  7. Add the rice flour batter and mix well.

  8. Over low flame, keep mixing till the dough starts to form a ball.

  9. Take off the heat and transfer to a plate.

  10. Cover and set aside for a few minutes.

Making the Undi
  1. Add water to a steamer/pressure cooker and let it start boiling.

  2. Divide the dough into 16 to 20 equal portions.

  3. Grease your palms and roll each portion into a ball.

  4. Slightly flatten each ball.

  5. Press your index finger into the ball to create an indentation.

  6. When all Undi are ready, steam them for 10 minutes. 

  7. Serve hot with Hinga Chutney or Coconut Chutney, and Jaggery Syrup.

 

Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Undi | Oondi | Pundi Gatti

  1. Getting the Rice Batter Ready
    1. Wash the rice well under running water till the water runs clear.
    2. Soak the washed rice in 2 cups water for 1 hour. This will help remove the raw taste of the rice and reduce cooking time.
    3. Drain all the water from the rice and immediately grind to a coarse, grainy paste. Grind as soon as you drain water so that the moisture in the rice is not lost. Do not add any water. The batter should feel like rava mixed in water with the rice broken to fine pieces and not ground to a flour. I find that just a few seconds at the lowest speed does the trick.

    4. Transfer the ground rice to a large vessel and add 2 cups water.
    5. Add the grated coconut and salt.
    6. Mix well to create a flowing batter.
    7. Cover and set aside.
  2. Cooking the Undi Dough
    1. In a large pan, over medium flame, heat the oil and add mustard seeds.
    2. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the udad dal and methi.
    3. Stir-fry till the dal and methi are golden brown.
    4. Now add the chopped curry leaves and stir-fry for a few seconds.
    5. Turn the heat down to low. This is important to ensure that the dough cooks properly.
    6. To cool down the tempering, add 1/2 cup water. I find that it cools down the pan and prevents the rice batter from sticking.
    7. Immediately add the rice flour batter and mix well.
    8. Over low flame, keep cooking the batter till it becomes a dough and starts to form a ball.
    9. Take off the heat and transfer to a plate. You can keep it in the pan as well, but the dough tends to form a crust at the bottom because of the heat.
    10. Let the dough cool a bit for 5 minutes or so that it is not too hot for you to make undis.
  3. Making the Undi | Oondi | Pundi Gatti
    1. Get the steamer ready by adding water to a steamer/pressure cooker and let it start boiling. It is important that the Undi are steamed immediately. If you start building steam after putting in the Undi they will become hard.
    2. Divide the dough into 16 to 20 equal portions.
    3. Grease your palms with a few oil drops and roll each portion into a ball.
    4. Slightly flatten each ball and press your index finger into the ball to create an indentation. Perfectly round rice balls are served ONLY during funeral or remembrance services.

    5. When all Undi are ready, steam them for 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with just Coconut Oil, Hinga ChutneyCoconut Chutney, and/or Jaggery Syrup.
Oondi | Undi | Pundi Gatti
Oondi | Undi | Pundi Gatti

I am taking this classic Udupi recipe to the #119th Foodie Monday Blog Hop. I invite you to see what my fellow bloggers have cooked by clicking on the logo.

Ragi Rotti | Nachni Roti: A Recipe from Karnataka

Ragi Rotti is the lastest millet-based dish to be included in my diet. I have started to make it at least twice a week, and quite like this nutty, spicy Nachni Roti.

Ragi Rotti | Nachni Roti | Unleavened Bread Made with Finger Millet Flour
Ragi Rotti | Nachni Roti | Unleavened Bread Made with Finger Millet Flour

Reams have been written about how nutritious Ragi is and so I will not repeat it here. I often drink Savoury Ragi Ambli (Ragi Malt) for breakfast on weekdays and make Ragi Dosa on weekends. For lunch on weekends, I make Ragi Sangati and use it as a substitute for rice.

Now that I have added Ragi Rotti to my repertoire, I have started having it for lunch or dinner. 🙂

How to Make Ragi Rotti | Nachni Roti

Ragi Rotti | Nachni Roti: A Recipe from Karnataka
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Ragi Rotti is a nutritious roti made with Ragi Flour (Nachni Atta or Finger Millet). This recipe is from Karnataka and all the Ragi Rotti needs as accompaniment is Yoghurt.

Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian, Karnataka
Servings: 4 Rotis
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Ragi, Nachni, Finger Millet Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Coriander
  • 3-4 Finely Chopped Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Salt to Taste
  • Water as Required
Instructions
Making the Dough for Ragi Rotti
  1. To the ragi flour, add salt, green chillies, cumin, coriander, and onion.

  2. Add a little water at a time and knead into a soft dough.

Making the Ragi Rotti
  1. Divide the dough into six equal portions.

  2. Roll each portion into a ball.

  3. In the centre of a cold/unheated tava or griddle, place one portion of the dough.

  4. Wet your hand and press the dough into a 6" circle of even thickness.

  5. Using a medium flame, heat the tava and let the Ragi Rotti cook till the surface dries out.

  6. Flip over and cook the other side as well.

  7. Serve the Ragi Rotti hot with some Dahi.

Before Making the Next Ragi Rotti
  1. Let the tava cool completely. Use two tavas alternately or then wash the tava under running water.

  2. Repeat the process of making the Ragi Rotti.

Step-by-Step Recipe for Ragi Rotti | Nachni Roti with Photos

  1. How to Make the Ragi Rotti Dough
    1. Place the Ragi flour in a large plate or bowl.
    2. Now add the salt, green chillies, cumin, coriander, and onion.
    3. Mix all the ingredients well. I do this because the onion adds some moisture of its own and this reduces the amount of water needed a bit.
    4. To the flour mix, gradually add water (a little at a time) and knead into a soft yet firm dough.
  2. How to Make the Ragi Rotti
    1. The dough can make 6 Rottis, and so divide it into six equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Set aside.
    2. This Rotti needs to be patted into shape and so take a cold/unheated non-stick tava or griddle. If you are using an iron tava, lightly oil the surface using 2-3 drops of oil.
    3. Place one portion of the dough into centre of the tava.
    4. Dip your hand into a bowl of water. Using the wet hand, press the ball into a 6″ circle of even thickness.
    5. Now light the stove and over a medium flame, heat the tava.
    6. As the Rotti cooks, its surface will dry out.
    7. When the surface of the Rotti is almost completely dry, flip over and cook the other side as well for about 2 minutes.
    8. Serve the Ragi Rotti hot with some Dahi.
  3. Cool the Tava Before Making the Next Rotti
    1. The tava has to be completely cool before you can make another Ragi Rotti.
    2. So you can either use two tavas alternately or then wash the tava with cold water.
    3. Repeat the process of making the Ragi Rotti.