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August 27, 2007

Carrot Kosumbari




It is here. RCI Karnataka! Finally! I missed the RCI Tamilnadu event as I was very new to the blogging world at the time. I could have, with S's help, participated in the RCI Andhra event, but I was still reasonably new and thought that participation in food blogging events was only by invitation. Silly me.


Now, I know better. And I even saved up the stuff that I cooked right through August just so I could send them all to dear Asha, the hostess of RCI Karnataka. All through the next 30 days, you will mostly see recipes from Amma's kitchen, lovingly passed down from mother to daughter generation after generation.




For those of you who may not have read my original introduction, and are confused with the many states that I represent within India, I'm half Konkani (maternal) and half Tamil (paternal) and am married to a Telugu. I have lived all over India in the years since I left home (Madras) in 1997 and the city (town/village??) I now call home is Gurgaon. I have a tendency to call a lot of places "my own" and would consider myself Indian above all else. Home cooking for me is very global, but for this month, I am going to showcase a lot of Konkani recipes. (It does help a LOT that I will be at home with Amma starting tomorrow until Sunday evening.)



I'm starting my flood of entries to Asha with a simple carrot salad. Koshimbir, kosumalli, call it what you will. This dish is ready in minutes and is nutritious and tasty all at once.


Ingredients:

2 large Carrots, grated
1/4 cup Moong Dal, washed
2 tbsp scraped Coconut
1 tsp Green Chilli-Ginger paste
Salt to Taste
Coriander leaves for garnish

For the tempering:
1 tsp Oil or Ghee
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
7-8 Curry Leaves



Place the washed moong dal in a large bowl. Add the chilli-ginger paste, carrots, salt, and scraped coconut and mix well.



In a small kadhai, heat the oil or ghee, add the mustard se
eds and asafoetida, and when the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves. Add this to the carrot mixture.




Garnish with coriander leaves and leave aside for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy it as a side dish with rice and dal.




This goes to Asha with loads of love as my first entry to RCI Karnataka, an event started by Laksmi t
hat celebrates the regional cuisine of India. My earlier posts celebrating Konkani Saraswat cuisine have been:



Tomato Saar


Tandlya Roti Ani Lasnye Chitni


Biscuit Roti


Ambya Sasam


Rasayan



Tendlya Talasani


Sabudana Khichdi


Batat Phow


Bread Upkari


Chhollia Ghasshi





The sole Karnataka (non Konkani) dish that I have posted earlier is


Akki Roti




I am sure there'll be a lot of participation in this event. I'm off to Madras tomorrow for a lot of reasons. It's Rakshabandhan (no, it's not exactly a festival for us - Bhau Beej after Diwali is) tomorrow. My dear friend and ex-neighbour is getting married on the 30th. And my parents celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary on the 1st of September. So I'm going to have a lovely time with my folks.


52 comments:

Srivalli said...

wow...raaga...so you can feature all four regional cuisine...great...

and yes pour them all...would love to check out all authentic recipes...karnataka..and we only know bisi bella bath...so others are welcome

Sig said...

wow, so no Kerala connection? too bad :)

so, u are going to bombard asha with the RCI entries? nice idea :D

Raaga said...

@Valli: Just 3... but I can learn and post Kerala dishes... lot of similarities with Tamil food and konkani food :-) and I'll learn new stuff along the way :-)

Raaga said...

@Sig: I have you for my Kerala connection, don't I??
Yes, the bombarding starts now :-) and she can't say I didn't warn her :-)

Madhu said...

Hi Raaga,
Kosambari looks lovely.....nice entry. Are you from karnataka ? you have so many k'taka recipes so...

Raaga said...

@Madhu: Yeah, the konkani bit in me is from South Canara district or Dakshina Kannada. :-)

Thanks

Lakshmi said...

Hi Raaga,

A very apt, delicious and healthy entry for RCIK. Will wait for all your konkani recipes!

Raaga said...

@Lakshmi: Thanks :-)

They're going to flow now

Vcuisine said...

Nice to know more about you Raaga. The entry is simple and nice. Have a great time. Viji

Raaga said...

@Viji: Thanks. I'll start with the simple and end with the complex maybe :-)

Rajitha said...

hmmm.. wonder my my comment did not come thru..what i said was

raaga- what is this.. i was planning to make kosumalli for my RCI entry.. now i gotta break my head to remem all the yummy stuff our neighbour used to send over for many yrs for us kids to eat

(i think i got the whole thing down again.. only hope it come comes thru..)

Raaga said...

@Rajitha: Don't let my post stop you :-) Go ahead and post any dish that you know or read about :-)

Nupur said...

This is going to be a treat for me: learning about all sorts of Konkani dishes, authentic ones, that too!
The kosumalli is very interesting with the addition of soaked uncooked dal.

Raaga said...

@Nupur: The dal soaks in the juices from the carrot and does not need prior soaking :-)

I do have a whole lot of recipes lined up and hope to post all of them :-)

Thanks

Aruna said...

Raaga, Kosambari looks very yummm!!!!

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Raaga said...

@Aruna: Thanks :-)

shilpa(aayisrecipes) said...

Yayyy..I am so happy to see all those Konkani dishes here.Btw..I had heard someone is taking up Konkani cuisine also(apart from Karnataka cuisine). Not sure though...
Its great when you have the influence of so many states...I have grown all my life in a Konkani home and I don't have much idea about any other cuisines....

Coffee said...

Participation by invitation only!! LOL!! That was a good one! :)

Nice entry Raaga. :)

Asha said...

YAY!! A classic Karnataka Carrot Kosumbari, looks yum.I have posted one too.Thank you, looking forward more Saraswat dishes,sounds great:))
Have a great time at the wedding. To me, you are always be a Karnatakite, wherever you lived or live, your mum is one,that's enough! Hugs:))

Richa said...

hey, do u need to soak the dal for a while?
looks so good

Bharathy said...

Thanks a lot for dropping by Raaga!Rci-entry that too well ahead!!Yeah..Asha is going to have crowded entries for RCI!!..as she is a simply lovable likable lady around the blogosphere!!:)

I dint know that Carrot kosumbari belongs to Kannadiga cuisine as well.I posted the same dish for RCI-maharashtra,when Nupur hosted!:)

Arts said...

Such a simple n quick recipe..
Hope to see authentic karnataki dishes here..
Btw, dont u have any connections with the neighbouring Maharashtra?? ;)

Arts said...

forgot to say.. have a gr8 trip to Madras.. Wish ur parents a very Happy Anniversary!

Kumudha said...

The dish looks so vibrant! And it is also very healthy...

Latha Narasimhan said...

When I read kasambar I knew it is for the event! Raaga dear I think asha needs to start a new blog for our entries!
Carrot kosambari is lovely!

bee said...

bring them on baby. i'd like to learn about amchi food. you're like me. i'm half mallu, half telugu, grew up in maharashtra, married to a tamilian.

Padma said...

Wow Raaga, carrot kosumbari looks awesome, I did taste this at my neighbour aunty's in Bombay, they are from Hubli...and now I can count on her for my RCI-Karnataka

Mamatha said...

Raaga,
I like this carrot kosambari but adding dal without soaking is new to me I will try Yours,
Great entry for RCI

Revathi said...

44th anniversary...WOW.
My wedding anniv is on Sep 3rd... 9th.

Sreelu said...

Raaga made kosambari last friday for Lakshmi pooja, but added cucumber.lucky you to experience different cultures and cusine's.
Happy Anniversary to your parents, have fun in Chennai

Suganya said...

Bring it on, Raaga! Konkani cuisine is totally new to me.

Cynthia said...

I am happy to learn about these new and exciting dishes that can be made with ingredients I have or can easily purchase.

Pooja V said...

Nice entry...i am konkani too i m (goan). I love these dishes. Next time try adding sauted onions. Its very flavourful.

Raaga said...

@Shilpa: Wow... Konkani cuisine as a separate one? Should I save some recipes for that also??

Thanks :-)

Raaga said...

@Coffee: You can't blame me, can you? I had NO clue... really :-)

Thanks

Raaga said...

@Ashakka: I won't let you down. :-) My second entry is up already. I'll try and post one a day :-)

Hmm... you feel strongly about my roots... I won't dispute that... after all, I own a house in Bangalore :-)

Raaga said...

@Richa: No soaking :-) The carrot juices are enough to soak the dal :-) Try it.

Raaga said...

@Bharathy: Not just ahead of time. I'm targetting 20 recipes :-) maybe even one a day. Thanks.

And konkani and maharashtrian food have some similar dishes :-)

Raaga said...

@Arts: Big connection with the neighbouring Maharashtra... was born in Bombay and that's where Amma was born too... she's a Xavier's girl and my nanihal is there :-)

Will pass on the wishes. Thanks

Raaga said...

@Kumudha: Try it. It is ready in minutes. :) Thanks

Raaga said...

@Latha: Really? I don't post only for events, do I? I mean I try to post otherwise also :-)

Thanks :-)

Raaga said...

@Bee: Thanks girl :) Wow... we have so much in common... between us, we represent India I think :-)

Raaga said...

@Padma: Glad :-) Do get some North Karnataka recipes for us :-)

Raaga said...

@Mamatha: The juice from the carrots soaks the dal enough :-)

@Revathi: 9 years???? I am still sitting happy at the month counting :-)

Raaga said...

@Mamatha: The juice from the carrots soaks the dal enough :-)

@Revathi: 9 years???? I am still sitting happy at the month counting :-)

Raaga said...

@Sreelu: You can make it with cucumber too :-) That'll make it another dish :-)

Thanks and I'll pass on your wishes.

Raaga said...

@Sreelu: You can make it with cucumber too :-) That'll make it another dish :-)

Thanks and I'll pass on your wishes.

Raaga said...

@Suganya: Doubt anything can be new to you girl :-)

@Cynthia: This is super simple :-) I hope you try it and like it :-)

@Pooja: Thanks :-) I usually don't add onions to some authentic amchi dishes... no clue why :-)

Sharmi said...

that is a yummy entry. I love having this with rice and rasam. how are you?

Raaga said...

@Sharmi: I am fine... at my parents' place :-) Thanks :-)

Anonymous said...

Интересно написано....но многое остается непонятнымb

Anonymous said...

Интересно написано....но многое остается непонятнымb