Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nutty Makhana Curry

I am having a very busy month and I hope that by the end of this month, things will be a little calmer and quieter. Apologies for not having been following all the delicious recipes floating around the blog world. 



I had made this curry long time back and this recipe was lying in my drafts since then. Its an easy to make curry and tastes great too. Hope you will like it too.

Ingredients

2 pods of garlic, thinly sliced
2 inch piece - ginger, thinly sliced
2/3 cup - yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup - onion, thinly sliced
1 - red chilli, cut into rounds
1 tbsp - ghee (clarified butter)
2 tbsp - sunflower oil
1/2 cup + 1/2 cup - low fat milk (may need more)
1 tsp - garam masala
a generous pinch of dried fenugreek leave (kasuri methi)
a generous pinch of sugar
salt to taste

To be coarsely ground together without using water

2 tsp - pistachio, blanched
2 tsp - melon seeds
4 - 8 pcs - cashew nuts
4 - 8 pcs - almonds, blanched

Method
  1. Heat the ghee in a non stick pan, add the makhanas and fry for a couple of minutes or until light brown. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, add the thinly sliced garlic, ginger, chilli, onions and pepper and saute for a minute on medium heat. 
  3. Add the coarsely ground nuts and cook for about a minute. Add the 1/2 cup of milk and cook until the milk evaporates.
  4. Add the garam masala, salt, sugar and 1/2 cup of milk and bring it to a boil.
  5. Lastly, add the fried makhanas and the kasuri methi and mix well. Remove from the heat and serve immediately. 


Euryale ferox seeds are often roasted or fried, which causes them to pop like popcorn. These are then eaten, often with a sprinkling of oil andspices. In Mithila culture of Mithilanchal,Bihar makhana is an auspicious ingredient in offerings to the Lord festivals and is used in cooking, specially to make a porridge/pudding called kheer of makhana or 'makhaanak kheer' or 'makhaanak payasam'. source: wikipedia


Enjoy!

40 comments:

  1. Delicious & wonderful looking curry, never tried making dishes with makhana, i recently came to know about these seeds, will try to get them soon from Indian groceries..

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  2. wow!! New recipe for me rachana..great click, very tempting!

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  3. this is very new to know, never heard of Makhana, would love to give it a try sometime yum!

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  4. Delicious new recipe Rachana. I love clicks.

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  5. that looks oh so delicious...hope you get some rest too.

    Hugs,
    Ruth

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  6. This looks and sounds fabulous!

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  7. Looks so creamy and delicious, never heard of makhana before, learned something new from you..

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  8. That does look delicious. Lovely pictures too!

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  9. Gravy with nuts that sounds rich...looks creamy n delicious

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  10. beautiful pics as usual, and the gravy looks rich and yummy...

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  11. i too make makhna curry but this is very different and looks delicious..will try it for sure:)

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  12. Delicious new curry.....looks awesome

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  13. I have seen this makhana in stores but had no idea about this! Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. new to me.. looks delicious Rachana.. clicks too are awesome!!

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  15. Looks yumm...I have a pack of it..need 2 open it n try soon..

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  16. Love Makhana and will surely try this out.

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  17. Very unique curry. I've never used makhana, but I must try it now :)

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  18. It sounds delicious! I didn't know these 'fox nuts', where do you buy them?

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  19. Makhana c
    Curry??????
    Interesting!
    Innovative!
    Delicious!
    Unique!

    nice presentation n clicks...

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  20. I've got this whole lot os makhanas pack from my in-laws and till now I've used them just in kheer... this seems interesting recipe !

    Would surely give it a try !

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  21. This is a very nutty curry! I absolutely adore nuts of all kinds and had never heard of this funny looking makhana/fox nuts, will definitely do some research about them!!

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  22. Superb recipe dear..yummy and rich gravy.

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  23. Nutty curry? Never heard of but definitely look delicious ;DD

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  24. Thats a very good one Rachana... We make makhana kheer but not curry...
    Looks delicious!!

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  25. Very new n interesting makhana recipe..will give it a shot..neat pics!


    US Masala

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  26. Hi, I don´t know what makhana is, but the recipe aspect is faboulous, I really love dishes like this!!!Yes, it looks delicious, congratulations!

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  27. Nutty curry looks creamy and must be very delicious..

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  28. Oh this is must try recipe dear, looks divine!!!

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  29. I'm drooling here my dear..looks deliciously mouth-watering:)

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  30. very rich gravy, picures are simply superb

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  31. looks delicious... never tried makhana curry earlier but now will definitely try it

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  32. never tried this :) looks good.

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  33. This curry looks divine, a must-try!

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  34. i have heard and eaten makhana, but never in a curry! Looks great!

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  35. Love all those flavors....sounds wonderfu!

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  36. very unique curry... looks yummy

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  37. Looks delicious. Makhana is a new ingredient for me, I'll need to find some.
    Mimi

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  38. This is a very interesting recipe, I have never tried anything with fox nut. Your post is inspiring me to try it.

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  39. thank you soooo much for posting this. i had forgotten about this curry...but after seeing your picture it took be back some 15 yrs ago...i remember tasting this dish in someone's place and i cannot remember the exact taste..but i know it was just awesome....a work or art...!! i cannot wait to try this out....and try and remember where I ate it. :) Love your blog and the work you do here...whenever i visit...i spend good time here and there is always something to learn. Thxs :)

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