Sunday, February 6, 2011

Remembering Maa with her favourite Fenugreek Raisin Apple Curry and Okra Curry

It's been 2 years today since she left us and I still can't believe it. Maa, my grandma in law, to whom I was really really close. Unfortunately, both my hubby and I were the only one who couldn't meet her when she was taking her last breaths and we miss her dearly.

For 8 years, on every India visit, for those few days, I always spent a lot of time with her in the kitchen - that was the place where we not only cooked together, but also shared and talked about a lot of things. That obviously included food and she taught me a lot of traditional recipes.

She was a great cook and it's hard to replicate the dishes she made. Even her simple and easy to make dishes don't taste the same when we make them. One example is this bhindi ki sabji (okra curry), which is our as well as was her favourite vegetable, one which she would always make multiple times when we were visiting. 

Another thing she loved was cooking veggies with a sweet touch - or even fruits in curries! And my hubby (and to some extent me) have picked up this taste as well. 

Since I am dedicating this post to her, I have taken the liberty to use loads of oil compared to my usual standards - which was the way she cooked. In fact she actually used to almost deep fry the okra, then squueze out the extra oil and then tell me, "dekho, saara tel nikal gaya, ab isme jyada tel nahi hai" translated into english, "look, I have squeezed out the extra oil from the okra and now it's not that oily"... and I would just smile. And, believe me when I say that her okra curry was simply yummy and the best I've had.

This platter has all her favourite dishes and am sure, this would have made her really happy. 

Fenugreek Raisin Apple curry


2 tbsp - raisins, soaked overnight
1 - dried red whole chill, soaked overnight
1 tbsp - fenugreek seeds (methi), 
1 - apple, peeled and chopped into small pieces
3 tbsp - sunflower oil
1/8 tsp - fennel seeds and nigella seeds 
a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/8 tsp - turmeric powder + a pinch
1/4 tsp - coriander powder
1/4 tsp - dried mango powder (amchur)
salt to taste
red chilli powder (optional)
2 tsp - sugar

  1. Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight in some boiling water with a pinch of turmeric powder and a pinch of salt. Cover the lid.
  2. Remove the water from the soaked fenugreek seeds, chilli and raisins the next day. Cut the chilli into small pieces.
  3. Heat up the oil in a non stick pan and add the fennel, nigella seeds and hing. Add the apple, fenugreek seeds and raisins. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the spices and mix lightly and cook for another couple of minutes or until the apples are slightly soft.
  5. Add the sugar and mix. Cook for a half a minute and remove from the heat.
  6. Serve hot.

Okra curry (bhindi ki sabji)


500 grams - okra, cut into small pieces
6 - 7 tbsp - sunflower oil
1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
1 tsp - red chilli powder
2 tsp - coriander powder
1 tbsp - raw mango, grated
1 tbsp - coconut, grated (i used dessicated coconut but fresh tastes better)
salt to taste
corainder leaves to garnish

  1. Heat the oil in a non stick pan and add the okra. Cook on a medium heat until the okra gets a little darker / brownish in colour. 
  2. Remove from the heat and add the spices, grated raw mango and coconut. Mix well.
  3. Place the pan back on the heat and cook again for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add chopped coriander leaves and serve.

Missing you Maa...wish you were here with us.


  1. very innovative curry... nvr hrd of this b4... bookmarked...

  2. Rachana, a simple soul-satisfying spread.
    The love and care that generation took in cooking for their family translates into recipes like these.
    I liked the touch of grated raw mango in okra, have never tried it. Thankyou for sharing your grandmother's recipes.

  3. SUch a inviting spread, truly makes me hungry..That fenugreek raisin apple curry sounds absolutely new for me..

  4. very inviting and the apple curry is totally new to me..Will try for sure

  5. What a lovely meal, I am sure that your husband really appreciated that you can cook his mother's recipes. It is a lovely way to remember a loved one, especially when we live so far away from home.

    have a great day



  6. delicious curry,mouthwatering here..wonderful clicks.

  7. What a great way to remember your made me miss mine..
    Both the dishes look great!

    US Masala

  8. Hi Rachna

    Apple Curry looks so lovely that I have bookmarked it. Also loved okra curry very much.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Great spread Rachana. Your grandma is awesome cook.

  10. Such a delicious spread! The apple curry and okra sound interesting and yummy, must try them sometime..

  11. grandmas are always special. very unique and interesting recipe

  12. a delicious meal indeed. wud definately try both the curries.

  13. Yummy platter tht thali very much

  14. please pass me tht platter

  15. Very lovely post Rachna!..Yummy platter and nice words :)

  16. Lovely Post. Thank you for sharing your grandma's recipes. She added an extra ingredient called love in her food - and that's why you enjoyed her dishes so much.

  17. Love for Ma adds so much value to the post. great
    memories-great dishes. Raja

  18. The whole spread looks very yumm,wish to have that plate of food!

  19. Lovely post Rachana, a great way to remember your grandma ! All the dishes look delicious, I especially loved the apple fenugreek raisin curry, it sounds so intriguing...

  20. Makes me hungry..looks so inviting.

  21. Grandmas are the dearest..
    Love your curries and the perfect wholesome meal..

  22. i have been searching for fenugreek recipe..

    will try it tomorrow and soak all the things right now.

    May maa soul rest in peace.


  23. lovely post and what a nice to remember grand da, their recipe are the best...very new to know :)

  24. Bookmarked the page Rachana. grand ma's are the BEST!

  25. Beautiful and tempting recipe...

  26. Mouthwatering recipe...
    Happy to follow you..

  27. The apple fenugreek raisin combo is totally unique and extremely tempting. i am gonna make this very soon.

  28. A lovely tribute indeed. Such unique recipes too... Grandmas are truly wonderful!

  29. The love and dedication they used to infuse in their cooking would make even the simple dishes taste exotic!
    Great Post, Rachana. The dishes look fab!
    I am sure this must have made your Grandma very proud of you :-)

  30. yummy dishes. A nice way to pay tribute to your loved one.

  31. Very innovative and quite interesting dishes...everything looks nice.

  32. Very lovely platter..I can understand how u feel about it.. There are always some recipes which we cant replicate..I

  33. Inviting combo. Its also innovative of mixing fruits in curry - mango with okra and fenugreek raisin with apple. Awesome.

    Indian recipe corner @

  34. Thanks for sharing your grandma's recipe..nice recipe..

  35. Pass me the plate. i want to taste everything :)

  36. Bhindi looks so yummy Rachana fell like having it :)....loved the raisin curry ill try and let u know how is it:)

  37. Hey, I made this platter yesterday.. was really a nice combo..Me and My DH loved it.. Thanks for the recipes!

  38. Hi Rachana,
    How are you? Its been long since I last visited your blog.
    Lovely post dear..a great way to remember grand ma..that platter of food looks so inviting n delicious...never made curry with apple...sounds really interesting..must try!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  39. wow....luv the food.....i've eaten the raisin apple curry before at a friend's house....and it was toooooo gud!!!

  40. Hi
    wonderful post and very innovative apple raisin curry, never heard of it, will definitely try someday.

  41. First time here...your space looks good, and raisin apple curry seems to be very interesting, and looks yummy.



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