Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TENDLE BHUTHI (A KONKANI DISH MADE OF GHERKINS)

TENDLE BHUTHI (A KONKANI DISH MADE OF GHERKINS)

Today I present to you one of my popular Konkani dishes. This one is made of what we call "Tendle" which is the Konkani word for gherkins. It goes well as a side dish with the main meal of rice and dal.  A " bhuthi" is a coconut-based semi-solid kind of preparation.



Ingredients:

Tendle (Gherkins) 300 gms
Onions, chopped, 2
Fresh Coconut gratings, 3/4 cup
Mustard seeds, 1 tsp
Red chillies, roasted, 5
Coriander seeds, 1 tsp
Tamarind, of pellet size
Oil, 1 tbsp
Salt, to taste

Method: 

Wash the gherkins and snip off the two ends
Cut the gherkins into small pieces
Chop onions 
Heat a little oil in a thick bottomed kadhai, on medium flame. 
Add mustard seeds and when they splutter, add and saute the chopped onions
Add the cut gherkins 
Add salt and a little water and keep it covered till the gherkins gets cooked
Grind together coconut gratings, roasted red chillies, coriander seeds and tamarind to a paste in a blender
Add this paste to the cooked gherkins and mix well 
Stir over medium heat till the excess water evaporates, giving you a semi-solid bhuthi
Serve hot