Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Marcha nu loat waLu Shaak

This type of vegetable preparation is called "Peeth perun bhaaji" at my maaher/mom's place. The same type with little changes here and there, is called "Loat vaLu shaak" at my saasar/MIL's place. I have come across many dishes with astonishing similarity in Maharashtra and Gujarat. But then they are next door neighbors after all.

Marcha nu Loat walu shaak
Bell peppers with puffed chickpea flour
Ingredients
3 bell peppers, stems & seed removed, chopped
salt to taste
1/2 cup powdered daliya
1/2 tsp coriander-cumin powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 cup yogurt

Tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Method
1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add all the ingredients for tempering. As they splutter, add chopped bell peppers. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
2. Cover and let them cook till soft.
3. Whisk yogurt, salt, powdered daliya and powders. Gently pour the yogurt mixture. Stir well till porridge like consistency is reached. Simmer for 2-3 minutes till it appears cooked.

Note -
1. Besan or chickpea flour can be substituted for powdered daliya.

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