Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Spicy Cauliflower side dish - Cauliflower Song

Song a konakani dish is usually made very spicy. We love spicy food so Amma made a variety of songs with Potato(Batate song),Green Peas(Dried batani song),tender cashews(Bibbe song),Cauliflower, and okra(Benda Song). My hubby too is fond of spicy food so one of these songs happen to make their appearance in our kitchen frequently. After marriage my mom in law(refer to her also as amma) introduced me to one more variety of song made from Breadfruit(Jeevkadgi song). Song with White rice and Daalithoy is always a hit at our place.
We also make a spicy dish called Batate Vaagu the recipe will be soon posted. Song also tastes great with chapathi or dosas. My mhaav – Jayanthi mhaav(amma's elder sister) who is a wonderful cook makes this well. She usually made this with Shevai(Rice noodles) and i used to skip my meals just to have this all three times a day. We never had problem with our choice of food while growing up as my mhaavs stayed close by. Vidya mhaav stayed in the same building and Jayanthi mhaav stayed at a walkable distance from our place. When i would notice any food that was not of my choice I would check with my mhaav's as to what was cooking in their kitchen, and if they had something of my choice then it would be sent to me ;). Food was always exchanged between the houses depending on our liking. Now far away from all of them i miss everyone's cooking. So trying to recreate those dishes in my kitchen.
What's needed?
1 Cauliflower broken into bite sized florets and soaked in water with salt and pinch of turmeric powder for 15 mins.
1 big Onion chopped finely
1 Tomato finely chopped
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tbsp juice of Tamarind(decrease if u prefer less tangy)
½ tsp crushed Coriander seeds
1-2 tsp Chilli powder (Increase or decrease based on your spice level)
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Chopped Coriander leaves to garnish
1)Heat oil and add mustard when it splutters add chopped onions and little salt. Fry until they turn brownish.
2)Add chopped tomatoes and cook until mushy.
3)Add crushed corainder seeds and other powders and fry for sometime.
4)Add tamarind juice and stir well.
5)Add chopped cauliflower,salt and water.cook covered until done on medium flame.
6)Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with chapathi or as a side dish for rice.

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