December 27, 2009

Radish-Broccoli-Onion-Potato Sukke

Elaborate lunches. They get pushed to weekends. When the weekend comes, they get pushed back into the next week. This kept happening for quite a while before I realized that we were eating one pot meals all the time. One weekend, I decided to fix this issue and made a konkani meal. Sukke, dali-saar and rice. Not elaborate by any standards, but when all your other meals are pulaos or mixed rice dishes or roti and sabzi at best, this meal, simple as it might be, comes as a much needed whiff of fresh air.

Sukke is a dish that was a staple at Amma's place, more as a side for chapatis than with rice and dali-saar. I added whatever vegetables I wanted to use up and I was rather happy with the result. I tend to use broccoli florets a lot and the stalks always seemed to only get used in soup. Now, I am bursting with ideas to use broccoli stalks in many ways.

1 Radish, peeled

1/2 cup Broccoli stalks, peeled

2 Potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 Onions, quartered

1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds

1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds

1 tsp Oil

1/4 cup Coconut

3-4 Red Chillies

1 tbsp Tamarind Paste

1/4 tsp Turmeric

2 tsp Jaggery (optional)

Salt to taste

For the tempering:

1 tsp Oil

1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

7-8 Curry Leaves

Cut the radish and the broccoli stalks into 2" long pieces. Pressure cook the radish, broccoli stalks, onions and potatoes with a little salt for 1-2 whistles.

Heat the oil and fry the fenugreek seeds and the coriander seeds for a minute. Grind this along with the turmeric, tamarind, coconut and red chillies to a somewhat fine paste. Add this paste to the cooked vegetables and add salt to taste. Add the jaggery, if using. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Heat the teaspoon of oil for the tempering in a frying ladle. Add the mustard and the asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves. Add this tempering to the vegetable mixture. Serve hot with rice and dali-saar.


priya said...

looks so yummy and delicious...tempting pic!

Pavani said...

Pushing elaborate meals to the weekends and never getting around to that weekend sounds so much like our household too.. Sukke looks delicious.. very interesting combo of veggies.

Ashwini said...

I liked the way you have married all the vegetables. The sukke gravy is simply one of its kind. Slurp!

Sheetal Kiran said...

For some odd reason, I have never used Broccoli in an Indian preparation, this sounds very intriguing and delicious!

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Miri said...

Radish in this house is consigned to parathas and sambars - time to remedy that maybe?! I bought red radishes last weekend, need to use that up today..

Linda said...

I have never cooked broccoli in Indian dishes either -- I sometimes do a plain radish stir-fry. This looks yummy! :)

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Hi Again Raaga,thanx a ton dear-u know i have around 8-10 pages of urs open on my laptop and we have had a rather heavy dinner but still am drooling...u rock with suc a variety or recipes.
Between mom and me and together we cook alot and everyday but u cook up a storm-a good storm and post it up too and am so happy u do...wanna make loads from ya blog and my first cook up is tommorow. :-)))