Coorg Recipes

Recipes from Coorg

Kori Earchi Curry – Mutton Curry

Kori Earchi Curry – Mutton Curry

Kori Earchi Curry – Coorg Mutton Curry Recipe Ingredients: ½ kg fresh mutton with bone 1 tsp turmeric 2 tsp coriander powder red chilli powder to taste 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 2 ½ cups hot water salt to taste Scant 1 ½ tsp kachampuli oil for frying Grind together spice paste 1: 4-5 cloves 1…

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Karjikais

Karjikais

Karjikais Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups plain flour 2-3 tbsp melted ghee 1 ½ cups freshly grated coconut. Take care not to grate in any of the hard, woody parts. ½ cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted on a dry tava ¾ cup sugar a few cardamom seeds for flavouring water to mix a very tiny pinch…

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Kaad Maange Curry – Wild Mangoes curry

Kaad Maange Curry – Wild Mangoes curry

Kaad Mange Curry – Curried Wild Mangoes Ingredients: 10 small, ripe wild mangoes peeled. While peeling the mangoes, try and capture whatever juice oozes out, in a small vessel, squeezing it out from the inside of the skin. You can also cook the mangoes skin on, slicing each into three as you do when eating them,…

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Kuru Curry Recipe – Coorg dried beans curry recipe

Kuru Curry Recipe – Coorg dried beans curry recipe

A curry of local beans Ingredients: 150 gms dried beans (such as rajma) soaked overnight in water. 2 level tsp coriander powder 1 level tsp turmeric 1 level tsp red chili powder, or to taste 3-4 tsp whole cumin, very lightly dry-toasted on a tava, and then powdered fine. Salt to taste. 4-5 cloves of…

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Bainay Barthad – Brinjal Fry Recipe

Bainay Barthad – Brinjal Fry Recipe

Bainay Barthad Recipe – A fry of tender aubergines / brinjal fry. Ingredients: 250gms tender aubergines (brinjals). Choose the slender, purple variety, about six inches or less in length.  ½ tsp turmeric powder  1 ½  tsp coriander powder ½ tsp red chilli powder 1 level tsp mustard seeds 1 small onion, finely sliced scant ¼  fresh…

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Drinking Partners – Kaima Unde Barthad (Poached and fried meatballs)

Drinking Partners – Kaima Unde Barthad (Poached and fried meatballs)

A small ritual unfolds at sunset in many Coorg homes. There’s a clinking of glasses as they are arranged on trays, followed by the heavier thud of bottles of whiskey, brandy, rum – or homemade wine for the ladies – being brought out of locked cupboards, cabinets or bars and lined up for the evening.…

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Kadambuttus – Steamed Rice Dumplings

Kadambuttus – Steamed Rice Dumplings

There’s not much that can compare with these round, steamed rice puttus, faintly glossy on the outside, firm and moist in texture, piled up neatly and swathed in damp muslin in a traditional steamer. Kadambuttus are a personal favourite, equally good with the classic pandi curry, or with a simple curry of vegetables and dal;…

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The Perfect Puttu

The Perfect Puttu

The beauty of Coorg deepens towards the end of the year, when acre after acre of paddy grows tall, slender stalks, first translucent, then a vivid green, complementing the indigo hills. In late November or December, the crop is harvested and welcomed into homes in the greatest celebration of the year, putari. Rice is everywhere…

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Coorg Chicken Fry – Koli Barthad

Coorg Chicken Fry – Koli Barthad

Celebrity Chicken Fry Koli barthad – quite simply, fried chicken – is one of those unassuming, ordinary sort of dishes that can transform a meal into something special. Easy to rustle up at short notice, since it does not bother with any complicated ingredients or equipment, it was a favourite, when unexpected guests arrived at…

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Rainy Day Blues – Madde Kool

Rainy Day Blues – Madde Kool

Moody, melancholy landscapes, cold, rough weather, and unrelenting rain pounding on rooftops, the outline of the hills watered down under a wash of subdued blue – the beauty of the Coorg monsoon is not the obvious kind, but it is one that the Coorgs love and appreciate. As the rains build up, drowning the valleys…

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