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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Malabar Spinach & Green Gram Curry (Basale Hesarukalu Bendi ) | ಬಸಳೆ ಹೆಸರುಕಾಳು ಬೆಂದಿ (ಗಸಿ)

Malabar Spinach & Green Gram in Coconut Gravy for Rice & Breakfast Items 


1 bunch of Malabar Spinach  |  ಬಸಳೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪು
1/2 cup Green Gram seeds  |  ಹೆಸರು ಕಾಳು 
Small piece of Banana Stem (Optional)  |  ಸಣ್ಣ ತುಂಡು ಬಾಳೆ ದಿಂಡು (ಬೇಕಿದ್ದರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ)
2 medium sized Onions  |  ಈರುಳ್ಳಿ
Grape sized Jaggery  |  ದ್ರಾಕ್ಷೆ ಗಾತ್ರದ ಬೆಲ್ಲ
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder (1/4 tsp for Masala + 1/4 tsp for Cooking)  |  ಅರಶಿನ ಹುಡಿ (1/4  ಚಮಚ ಮಸಾಲೆಗೆ,  1/4  ಚಮಚ  ಬೇಯಿಸಲು)
1/2 tsp Chilly powder  |  ಮೆಣಸಿನ ಹುಡಿ
1.5 cups grated Coconut  |  ತುರಿದ ತೆಂಗಿನಕಾಯಿ
3 - 4 Red Chillies  |  ಕೆಂಪು ಒಣ ಮೆಣಸು
3/4 - 1 tsp Coriander seeds  |  ಕೊತ್ತಂಬರಿ ಬೀಜ 
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds  |  ಜೀರಿಗೆ
Small grape sized Tamarind  |  ದ್ರಾಕ್ಷೆ ಗಾತ್ರದ ಹುಣಸೆ ಹಣ್ಣು
Salt to taste  |  ರುಚಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಷ್ಟು ಉಪ್ಪು
8 - 10 cloves Garlic (1-2 for Masala , Remaining for Seasoning)  |  ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ (1-2 ಮಸಾಲೆಗೆ, 8-9 ಒಗ್ಗರಣೆಗೆ )
1 tsp Mustard seeds  |  ಸಾಸಿವೆ
1 - 2 strands Curry leaves  |  ಕರಿ ಬೇವಿನ ಸೊಪ್ಪು
3 - 4 tsp Oil  |  ಎಣ್ಣೆ 

Soak green gram seeds in water for about 8-10 hrs. Wash the soaked green gram seeds for about 2-3 times and keep them aside for about 10 hrs for sprouting. 

Make thin round pieces of banana stem by removing its fibre content and chop them into medium sized pieces as shown in the picture below and put this in a Pressure Cooker.

Wash malabar spinach properly, separate the leaves from its stem and keep it aside. Chop the leaves into medium pieces and stems into 1.5 inch sized pieces. Add the cut stems and leaves to a Pressure Cooker.

Chop the onion into medium sized long pieces as shown in the picture below and add it to Pressure Cooker.

Add the sprouted green gram seeds, salt, jaggery, chilly powder, turmeric powder, sufficient amount of water (2 cups) and cook. (3-4 whistles)

Put grated coconut, red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, tamarind, 1-2 Garlic pods in a mixer and grind it to smooth paste by adding sufficient amount of water. (If it is frozen coconut, use hot water while grinding.) 

Add the ground masala to the cooked ingredients. Add required amount of water, salt and bring them to boil. Keep the curry in medium flame for about 2 mins.

Remove the outer cover of garlic flakes and mash them. Put this mashed garlic in a pan, add 1-2 tsp oil and heat. Fry this in low flame until they turn golden in color. Add mustard seeds and sauté. As soon as it starts spluttering, add curry leaves. Add the seasoning to Curry. 

Mix well before serving. It goes well with Rice and Breakfast Items.

Tips (ಸಲಹೆ):
 * Adding Banana stem will enhance the taste or flavour of the Curry
 * Always put the vegetable that takes longer time to cook at the bottom of Pressure Cooker (Banana Stem, Spinach Stem)
 * If you are using frozen / refrigerated Coconut, use hot Water while grinding
 * ಬಾಳೆ ದಿಂಡು ಪದಾರ್ಥದ ರುಚಿ ಹಾಗು ಪರಿಮಳವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ
 * ನಿಧಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಯುವ ತರಕಾರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಪ್ರೆಷರ್ ಕುಕ್ಕರಿನ ತಳ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಕಿ (ಬಾಳೆ ದಿಂಡು, ಬಸಳೆ ದಂಟು)
 * ಫ್ರಿಡ್ಜ್/ ಫ್ರೀಜರ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟ ಕಾಯಿತುರಿಯನ್ನು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸುವುದಾದರೆ, ರುಬ್ಬುವಾಗ ಬಿಸಿ ನೀರನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿ