Wednesday, May 5, 2010

(faux) Champa ni Gotli nu Shaak

These Gujarati words - champa ni gotli means jackfruit seeds. I don't get these seeds here. I followed Indira's instructions for roasting fresh chestnuts last fall. I thought they taste just like or very close to jackfruit seeds. So I used those seeds to make this shaak.

(Faux) Champa ni gotli nu shaak
fresh chestnut Stir Fry
1 lb fresh chestnuts, roast according to the instructions here, peel & cut into slices/slants
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled & sliced
salt to taste

1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander-cumin seed powder/dhaana-jiru
1/2 tsp chili powder/or per taste

1. Heat oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder. As they sizzle, add garlic cloves. Fry till they change the color slightly.
2. Now add all the powders. Stir fry for 1 minute without letting them burn.
3. Add peeled & sliced roasted chestnuts and salt. Saute for 5 minutes, till all the powders coat the nuts.
4. Take off the heat. Serve as a side dish with chapati/rotli.

Note -
1. If you are lucky enough to find the jacksfruit seeds/champa ni gotli/faNsachya aThalya/bikanda, pressure cook them, peel them, slice them and follow the same method.


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