Monday, April 27, 2009

Kadugu Yerra....Not! - Pondicherry Mustard Curry

Regional Cuisines of India- Pondichery, hosted by Lavi this month, got me digging into Pondicherry and it's cuisine. Puducherry, as it's now called, is a Union Territory of India and has FOUR official languages - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and French. It's cuisine is influenced by the French colonists as well as the regions surrounding it. Pondicherry is famous for it's beaches, Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and many monuments and places of religious worship.

I found this Kadugu Yerra recipe here. The recipe called for prawns but since the event is vegetarian only (plus the fact that I don't eat/cook seafood!), I swapped the prawns for cauliflower florets. I understand Kadugu means mustard in Tamil. Not sure what Yerra means. Prawns, maybe? Any comments on that?
Update: So yerra does mean prawn/shrimp. Thanks, ISG! Changed the post title!

Kadugu Yerra - 001

Ingredients:
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp mustard seeds, ground to paste
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds, ground to paste
1 large potato, cut into small cubes
1/2 a head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut cream
1 tbsp vinegar

Kadugu Yerra

Heat oil in a pot. Add crushed garlic and cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds and add onions. Fry for a minute and add tomatoes, salt and red chili powder. Once the tomatoes are soft, add potatoes, cauliflower florets, coconut milk and salt. Cover and cook on low until the veggies are cooked. Add mustard and methi pastes, coconut cream and a little water. Bring to a boil. Add vinegar. Adjust seasonings and you are done! Serve with white rice. I liked it with rotis too.

Thanks to Lavi and Lakshmi, for hosting and creating this event respectively.

49 comments:

Asha said...

Yerra probably is Prawns, so you have to change the name to Kadugu Gobi? ;D

Looks delicious with chunky vegetables. We are boiling up here. I think most of the states have heated up this week! :)

indosungod said...

Right on both counts, kadugu = mustard, yerra=shrimp.

This is a very delicious looking curry Vani.

Pooja said...

Sounds new to me..looking yummy vani..

Priya Sriram said...

Thats a very delicious looking curry Vani! I'm always up for gobi! I admire the clicks Vani! Awesome! :)

Ashwini said...

No idea what yerra means..What ever the name is..it looks delicious. Nice entry..

meeso said...

Looks so so delicious, and I would love this much more with the cauliflower than seafood.

Pavithra Kodical said...

Wow,looks delicious and aloo being my favourite, will try this at home.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow excellent work I could hear my named called out loud and clear... Very tempting and I would love to have dinner again...

Madhu said...

Looks delicious and flavorful with mustard in it.

Divya Vikram said...

Looks creamy and delicious!

Prathibha said...

Looking creamy lovely...Nice click too..

Lavanya said...

Ultimate Vani! This looks so creamy and delicious! Love the idea of aloo gobi in it! Thanks for sending it over to RCI-Pondicherry.

Uma said...

Lovely dish Vani! looks so rich and yum :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy delicious curry

Kay said...

That is one delicious curry. Good thinking about the substitute, Vani.

A_and_N said...

That looks spicy and creamy! And there is a slight resemblance to Thai cuisine too :)

Sandeepa said...

My parents visited Pondicherry last year and loved it. The Aurobindo Ashram is beautiful, they sat

The curry looks too good, can we replace the sesame oil with canola ?

Happy cook said...

Wow that curry looks so creamy delcious.

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. looks delicious & awesome...

Deepa Hari said...

Beautiful clicks Vani...curry looks creamy and delicious.

Malar Gandhi said...

Pondy recipe sounds kool, love the vegetarian version...infact u gave me an idea for dinner, today.

Varsha Vipins said...

Wah..I can feel the taste..rich creamy n yum..Kaduku gobi looks totally fab Vani..:)

Cham said...

May be I would be the appropriate person to comment ur curry.
To tell the truth, never heard the name of ur dish, being a pondy native, adding prawn in all veggie is quiet common in my place! Ur guessing is right, yerral is prawn!
Delicious curry Vani!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! nice curry very new recipe to me ..looks delicius thank u dear for the recipe

Vani said...

sha - seriously thinking abotu calling it kadugu gobi but gobi is not exactly Tamil now :)

ISG - thanks for the info. updated it :)

Pooj,a Priya, Ashwini - thank :)

Meeso - I agree..gobi beats seafood here and according t me, in everything (am biased..) :)

Pavithra- thanks :)

Ramya - wanna have dinner again? come on over. I still ahve some left :)

Madhu, Divya, Pratibha - thanks, gorls :)

Vani said...

Lavi - thanks for hosting this event. Got me digging into Pondi and make this yum curry :)

Uma, Shama, Kay - thanks :)

A&N - yeah, that would be coz of the coconut milk. tastes nothing like it though :)

Sandeepa- oh yeah, canola oil or any other oil should be fine as well. I happened to have sesame oil so could use it, like the recipe called for

HC, SK, Deepa- thanks for the comments :)

Malar- i thought so too, what with fenugrrek, mustard and vinegar! tasted cool too :)

Vani said...

Varsha - thanks:)

Cham - good to know you're a Pondi native. Sounds like a very nice place! thanks for the input. maybe i do need to change the name after all. I was hoping yerra meant "curry" or something! Soon as I figure out what gobi is called in Tamil :)

Mangala - thanks. was a new curry for me too. thats what is so great about events like these, right? hope you've been doing well.

Jaya said...

Vani,
this must be very flavourful...cauliflowers,potatoes cooked with these ingredients should taste heaven.....
hugs and smiles

Purva Desai said...

I miss Gobi soo much, as I am off Gobi's post my marriage as my hubby dislike this yummy veggie......love the curry...

Yasmeen said...

The veggie version of the curry looks delish with enticing spices and coconut:)

DEESHA said...

That looks really really delicious & is soo new to me

Ann said...

You have a wonderful blog, yummilicious recipes!!

Sireesha said...

Sounds new to me looks very tempting...How r u Vani?

Anonymous said...

I looked at the title and then the picture and wondered where the Yerra was. Yeah, Yerra is Prawns in Tamil. Love the spice mixtured used in this curry.

Mamatha

Pavithra said...

Thats really looking delicious and mouthwatering too....wonderful

Sharmila said...

What an absolutely delicious looking dish Vani! Great with plain rice. :-)

rekhas kitchen said...

ooohhh simply superb looks so deliciou nice creamy curry yum yum

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Looks delicious, as always.

Ann said...

Wow.. looks so Yumm! never added vinegar before sounds so cool :)

Vani said...

Thanks for the cpmments, all :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

Nice curry Vani...very new to me. Looks rich and creamy :)

Tina said...

wow ...curry looks very thick nd creamy....

SJ said...

Hi Vani,
I made your nuchina unde- very very delicious!! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)

Vani said...

Gita, Tina- thanks! :)

SJ- hey, so glad you tried and liked it. That's my mom's recipe - each morsel sorta melts in the mouth, right? Thanks for letting me know :)

n33ma said...

Te curry is to die for,lovely color and click.

Vani said...

Thanks, Neema!

Archana Potdar said...

Whats in the name? Its absolutely delicious. I got one more dish with my husbands favourite vegetable Gobi. Thanks I have copied the recipe.

Archana Potdar said...

Made it its awesome.Of course I tweaked it. Will be posting it on my space. Do I have your permission? I will be giving you credit to the recipe. Thanks.

Vani said...

Hey, thanks for trying it and letting me know. Yes do post.