Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Jeer Meere Kadi Chutney (Cumin Pepper Rasam and Chutney)

Here is a "Kadi" or Rasam and Chutney combination ( Soup and Spread) , that is not just tasty but also has numerous health benefits.
This dish is made from Cumin and Pepper.
Cumin or jeera is a excellent source of iron, a very good source of manganese and a good source of calcium, phosphorous, copper and magnesium. 
The health benefits of cumin include digestion, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, lactation, anemia, skin disorders and immunity.
Black pepper is an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of iron and vitamin K, and a good source of dietary fiber and copper. It helps in digestion and breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.

This is a traditional Konkani dish which is served with Rice.
My granny and Mom are experts in making this.

Ingredients:
Pepper - 1 tsp
Cumin/Jeera - 1 tsp
Dry Red chilli - 2
Tamarind - small piece
Grated coconut - 1 cup ( desiccated coconut can also be used)
Ghee or Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves - 8 ( half mashed along with skin)

Method:
Take a shallow pan,  fry coconut till brown and keep aside.
Now in the same pan add 1/2 tsp ghee and fry the red chilli, pepper and cumin separately.
Now grind the roasted coconut, tamarind and the fried spices along with a few spoons of water to form a chutney.
This Chutney is a good accompaniment with Chapatis.
Now to make the Rasam or Kadi, take a vessel, put 1 cup of water and half the quantity of Chutney and mix well. Bring to boil.
Now take a seasoning pan. Add the remaining ghee, fry the garlic cloves and pour over the Kadi.
This "Kadi" can be served with steaming white rice served with the Chutney.

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