Thursday, June 29, 2006

KobbariAnnam&Omelette Curry

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I never knew coconut rice till I went to Andhra... inspite of being a Keralite,who found an excuse to add coconut in every other dish!...It was indeed one of the best items in our hostel menu...Our cook Shanthakka's Noonavankaya,chicken curry,kobbari annam etc was definitely classy.My students used to still crib about the taste but I think Shanthakka added some extra seasoning for me! ;)...And there was a sweet girl,Ratna, who took real good care of me...(poor girl!... was badly misunderstood by everyone else cos of her foolishness at times!)She used to cook some special dishes for me at times...and I should say that I have never eaten a better chicken or a better coconut rice than her's...that Andhra touch was inimitable...(Lost touch with her with the flow of Time...whereever she is now, I hope she is happy and content)...This Kobbari Annam is what I have seen Ratna doing in my hostel room...and the Omelette curry is my mom's, with a little touch ups by me...Whenever Amma ran short of eggs she would make this omelette curry for the uniform distribution!!Mothers know only to share everything...selfless souls!


For Kobbari Annam/Coconut Rice

(serves 2)
Basmati Rice-1 cup
Coconut milk-1 cup
Grated coconut-100g
Green chillies-4(slitted)
Dry Red chillies-2
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Mustard seed-1/2 tsp
Black gram-1/2 tsp
Chana dal-1/2 tsp
Water-1 1/4 cup
Ghee-2 tbsp
Salt-as required
Bay leaves-2(optional)
Garam Masala-1/2 tsp(optional,traditionally not added)
Roasted Cashewnuts-25g(optional-for garnishing)

Wash the basmati rice and soak it in water for 10 minutes.Fry rice with 1 tbsp ghee added to it for 3 or 4 minutes. Now cook it with 1 cup coconut milk(preferably squeezed out from fresh grated coconut,adding some water-the tinned coconut milk often tastes far from the original) and 1 1/4 cup water with salt added.(I microwave it at hight for 20 minutes).Now to prepare the seasoning, heat the remaining ghee(you could use any edible oil as well) in a wok.Add mustards,blackgram,chana dal,dry red chillies, curry leaves,bay leaves(optional),garam masala(optional)& green chillies. Once the seasoning has spluttered,add grated coconut to it till it turns light brown.Now add cooked rice to it and mix well.Finally garnish it with fried cashew nuts. Coconut rice is ready.(You may use coriander leaves also if u want to make it a little more tasty-but dont blame me if people say it is not coconut rice!!)....Now serve it hot with Potato fry or with my Omelette curry or chicken curry or any spicy curry of your choice!!

Omelette curry

For the Omelette

Eggs - 3
Onion, finely chopped - 1
Green chillies, finely chopped - 2
Milk-1/4 cup
Corn flour-1tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves - one small bunch
A pinch of ground pepper

For the Curry

Grated coconut - 2 tbsp.
Cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/2 tsp.
Fennel seeds (saunf) - 1/2 tsp.
Coriander powder - 2 tsp.
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp.
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp.
Oil - 2 tbsp.
Small onions, finely sliced - 3
Green chillies, chopped - 2-3
Tomatoes, finely chopped - 2
Vinegar - 1 tsp orTamarind paste-3/4tbsp)
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tbsp.


Grind together coconut, cumin and fennel seeds, coriander, red chilli, turmeric and garam masala powder very less water(may be 1 or 2 tbsp)to a paste. Set it aside.

Whisk the eggs along withmilk,corn flour,green chillies, chopped coriander leaves, a pinch of black pepper powder and salt.Heat oil in a wide pan.Saute onions till they become transluscent and slightly golden.Spread it uniformly in the pan.Now pour in the whisked egg mixture. Cook till both sides are cooked and puff up.Remove from fire and cut into probably one inch size pieces and keep it aside.

Now heat oil in a deep bottomed wok.Fry the chopped onions till they turn slightly brownish.Add all the ground masala paste and saute for 4 minutes.See to it that the gravy doesnt stick to the wok.add the green chillies and tomatoes and saute further till tomatoes become soft.Now add vinegar/tamarind paste,2 cups of water and salt as required.Simmer the gravy for nearly 8 minutes.Add the coriander leaves and the omelette pieces into the gravy.Simmer it for another 3 minutes...Now serve it hot with the coconut rice!!


sudhav said...

they look yummy..omelette curry is going to be in my to do list, so can u pls post the recipe
:-) ..nice photos shynee..

KrishnaArjuna said...

Omlette curry?? Sounds kinda interesting... can you please post the recipe?

sherin said...

Indianadoc,u r amazing.How on earth do u know the recipes from the whole of South and North too!Everytime I visit u have a new recipe posted!

vkn said...

WOW! Great photos! That is exactly how make the omlette curry at My Dhaba too.

Chanced upon to your blog via one of the comments we received today. Let us stay in touch Doc. Cheers!


Sumitha said...

Shynee Ma'am full day cooking thanne aano? Everyday not one new recipe but 2!!! I wish i was your neighbour,I could get to taste all the yummy dishes you make everyday!:)

Anonymous said...

Photo okke ittu adichu polikkuvaanallo..!! :)

How many languages you know? Looks like you are like our ex- PM , Narasimha Rao who knew 7 languages.

Nila said...

New one to me, but looks divine.
By the way, you have been tagged for Tag World confessions meme. Looking forward for your post dear :)

indianadoc said...

>thanx sudha...tis indeed do try it...i just love this combo...of coconut rice n omelette curry..
>KA...Sorry 4 the delay in held up with some work...Pl do try it and let me know..
>Sherin...thanx for those sweet words...Luckily I have been exposed to a multicuisine probably that has come very handy now that I am cooking on my own...
>VKN....thanx...we shall definitely stay in touch...
>Sumi...I at times cook for lunch and dinner separate dishes,and then comes the multiple posts!...I wish you were my neighbour...we cd definitely try out a lot of shared recipes and share the food too!!
>lg..PVN-nu pingamiye kittiyillennulla I thought I'll help him a bit!!Satyam paranjal ente lg,Kanjikku poyappo koodey ponnathanu ee bhashakalellam !!Kettiyappo athum multicultural aayi!!
>Nila,thanx for tagging me for the Meme...shall post it soon!!

sherin said...

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper!! I wanted to tell you that I tried it.Absolutely lovely combo.

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BT said...

Ormagal of a long ago taste..Omlette curry and i was so was a gr8 dish i had at the home of a dear Andhra friend in Chennai..ages ago.. and this was the combo with dosa and hot&spicy peanut chutney..i am so delighted ...wish 2 see the face behind all this 'good hand' at cooking ! besides i too share a similar interst.multi cultural cuisine..North, south, chinese, thai - indian and a wee bit American.. all thaat i seem to love..ur chutta chamandhi link :)etc..passed on this link to all my desi friends here..ur writings and the recipes + pics are the best!