Thursday, April 12, 2018

KIRLAYIL MOOGA GHASHI


KIRLAYIL MOOGA GHASHI

I have used this blog to share, amongst others, recipes from our Konkani speaking GSB community. Elsewhere in this blog , you will find recipes therefore for our popular dishes such as Soyi Bajjile Ghashi, Peas and Potatoes Ambat, and Ghosale Alle Piyava Ghashi.  

Today's dish is a "Ghashi'" which is a mildly-spiced coconut-based curry of lentils. Generally, in making a ghashi, the lentils are paired with yam, potato, raw jackfruit or tender bamboo shoots. 

In today's recipe, we use Sprouted Green Gram which we call "Kirlayil Moog" in Konkani and Tender Bamboo Shoots ( called Kirlu) which we consider a delicacy.

To start with we need to sprout the green gram (moong).  You will know that sprouting the moong adds to it's nutritive value and also makes it more easily digestible.

Wash and soak the green gram for 8-10 hours or overnight. Drain the water fully the next day and tie the moong beans in a wet muslin cloth and allow them to sprout. The sprouted moong is shown in the picture along with the list of Ingredients. In my experience, about 1 cup of soaked moong will yield about 3 to 3 and 1/2 cups of Sprouted Moong.







Ingredients:




  • Kirlayil Moog ( Sprouted Moong) (Green Gram),  1 to 1 and 1/4 cup
  • Kirlu ( Tender Bamboo Shoots) brined, 1/2 cup
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1 cup
  • Roasted Byadgi Red Chillies, 4 to 5 
  • Tamarind, size of a small gooseberry
  • Raw Rice, 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
For the Seasoning: 
  • Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig 
  • Oil, 2 tsp * traditionally, coconut oil is used

Method:

Wash the sprouted moong thoroughly till it is de-skinned yet retains the sprouts. Cook the sprouted moong in a pan with adequate water until it gets done. Take care that it does not get overcooked or mushy. Keep aside.

Wash the brined bamboo shoots in several changes of water to get rid of the excess salt.
Dice the bamboo shoots and cook it in adequate water in the pressure cooker for 1-2 whistles or till they became tender. When the cooker cools, remove the cooked bamboo shoots and keep aside.
In a mixer, grind together the coconut gratings, roasted red chillies, tamarind, and raw rice to a smooth paste adding the required amount of water. Keep aside.

To the pan in which the moong has been cooked, add the cooked bamboo shoots
To this, add the ground paste and a little salt (in adding salt, remember that the cooked bamboo shoots have been brined)
Mix well and add water, if required, to get a ghashi-like consistency. The ghashi should not be too thick or too watery.
Now bring it to a boil, then lower the flame and allow it to simmer for a few minutes stirring from time to time
Heat oil in a kadhai and when it gets hot add the mustard seeds
When they splutter, add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds
Add this seasoning to the kirlayil mooga ghashi
Serve hot