Thursday, July 26, 2012

Surna Ghashi / Yam in a Konkani style coconut masala

Rice is a staple in Mangalorean cuisine. Rotis were never really part of it. Its a more recent addition, with people adapting to food from different cultures or switched over from rice, for health reasons.

To go with rice, there is always a simple dali saar or the Mangalorean favourite - coconut based curries with sprouts or vegetables. Kadi, tambli or a lighter saar.
A favourite among these coconut based curries is the ghashi (gha-she)

soorna ghashi

Ghashis can be made using different legumes, vegetables or even fish. This time I tried a yam / surna ghashi and it turned out really good.

In Konkani cooking, there are slight variations in the ingredients that go into the masala, and then it turns into a new dish with a new name ! To make an 'ambat', skip the coriander seeds and add fenugreek / methi seeds instead. The seasoning is with fried onions in this case.

Yam / Surna ghashi

What you need -

100-125 gm yam / 1 cup chopped yam
3-4 garlic cloves
3 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp tamarind paste or a small ball of tamarind
4-5 red chillies
salt to taste

What you do with it -

Cut the skin off the yam, chop into bite size pieces and place in a colander under running water. Do not touch the yam while cleaning it, it can give you a bad rash
Drain and add a tsp of salt and cover with water, allow it to steam and cook. Do not let it get too soft.
Fry the red chillies and coriander seeds in a tsp of oil and set aside
Grind the grated coconut, turmeric powder, tamarind along with the friend coriander and red chillies, to a smooth paste
Add this to the cooked yam (along with the water) and bring it to a boil
Fry the garlic in oil and add it to the yam ghashi
If you don't want to use garlic, you can give it a seasoning of mustard seeds and curry leaves
Serve hot with rice


Lifewithspices said...

wow looks simple n yumm

Unknown said...

Oh nice Yam dish...I always have dry Yam preparations. This looks nice and delicious!

Unknown said...

Oh nice Yam dish...I always have dry Yam preparations. This looks nice and delicious!

Pooja said...

HI, once when i came to a temple in mangalore i had tasted magalore's cuisine. It was awesome ! liked the yam dish.

Prathima Rao said...

I love gashis!! This looks so very tasty!!! Bookmarked!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Lavi said...

This curry looks delicios, i will try this soon!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

in Bengali cuisine we have very few recipes with yam. mainly these are used in a medley type dish with other veggies. i like this curry sauce recipe, very flavourful and real creamy. bookmarking.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I generally mix yam with other vegetable but this version seems so good and creamy that even I am tempted to make this

Spice up the Curry said...

looks really yummy.

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This is what I love about blog hopping. Always come across something new and learn something new :) Thanks for sharing this. It's completely new to me!

kala said...

Never tried like this gonna try this

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