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Jihva for Mangoes # 1 - Uddamethi

In every cuisine there are a couple of dishes that stand out for their unique combination of flavors. You wouldn't think some ingredients could be married harmoniously, then you'd taste a dish combining just those very ingredients and you'd realize you were mistaken. There are a myriad such examples in Konkani cuisine, and where mangoes are concerned, there are two very famous ones.

One is sasam which has a pronounced mustard flavor and the other is uddamethi, which has a strong fenugreek-y taste. Mango and fenugreek in a curry - can you get more exotic than this?

Uddamethi is made in both a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian version. Mackerel is used for the non vegetarian one and sour ingredients like hog plums (ambade) and raw mangoes for the vegetarian one.
How does it taste? It has a slight tartness from the mango, a creamy texture from the coconut and a bitter undertone from the fenugreek. Like I said, unique.

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UDDAMETHI (Raw Mango Curry)
(serves 2-3)
1 unripe mango
2-3 tsp grated jaggery
salt to taste
Masala -
1 tsp black gram (urad dal)
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
2-3 dry red chillies
1/4 cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Seasoning -
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
a pinch of asafetida
a few curry leaves
oil

Peel mango and cut into cubes. In a little oil lightly roast urad dal, methi seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies. Grind to a fine paste with coconut and turmeric. Keep aside.

Add a tablespoon of oil to pan. When hot add mustard and curry leaves. Next add fenugreek seeds and let brown. Toss in mango cubes. Add jaggery, salt and enough water for mango to cook.

When it is soft to the touch, add coconut paste and mix well. Simmer for five to six minutes until well combined. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
* Entry for Jihva for mangoes!

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24 Comments:

Blogger archana said...

Nice photo, my mother makes a curry, almost similar to this one.
Good job !!!
Archana

12:31 PM  
Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

Ashwini,
Great recipe, nice presentation. Love the serving dish!!
This recipe is kind of on similar lines to a Thai mango curry isn't it? More on Indian lines I suppose with the tadka.

12:34 PM  
Blogger SUPRIYA said...

Ah! what an authentic goan dish....When i red JFI i thought of goad-lonche but not of uddamethi.Wow how i crave to have uddamethi on hot rice with papad on side...yummy!

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Manisha said...

Ashwini, gotta tell you I love uddamethi!

Krishnaarjuna, I can guarantee you that this is not like any Thai curry except for the coconut milk. There is a certain charm to this dish that can't be described. It tickles your palate with the various tastes, so aptly described by Ashwini. This is simply 'out of this world' delicious!!

12:55 PM  
Blogger Saffron said...

mmm..sounds so good! I'm going to try this as soon as I can lay my hands on some green mango!! fantastic picture ashwini - just love the colors of the mat and curry :)

cheers!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Vaishali said...

I have to make this one, Ashwini. I'll never forgive myself, if I don't. :)
Never heard of this one at my in-laws' place though. Maybe because it's a typically Goan dish?
'Reconnecting with own cuisine' - I totally agree with you there. Actually I related to a lot of things that you've written in the write-up. Can't comment on all here. I'll end up writing an essay. Plus, this is your blog, right? :)

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Deepa said...

Ooh Girrl! You realy know how to tickle my palate and bring back a rush of childhood memories buried deep down, layers and layers beneath bland American cuisine and the quick-n-easy Indian cooking I indulge in normally.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Archana & Saffron - Thanks
Krishna - Thanks. As Manisha has said nothing similar to Thai mango curry here except the coconut milk. The fenugreek seeds give a nice bitter crunch to the curry.
Supriya - Thats my fave meal too - uddamethi with rice and sanddge :-)
Manisha - and I thought I could wax poetic about uddamethi; you are way ahead. It is out of this world isnt it?
Vaishali - I know the dish is very popular in Goa but I think it is made in Karwar area too. Go on and write an essay...I love to hear about everyone's food associations!

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Vee said...

I don't remember ths dish at all...but sounds heavenly...goning to try it as soon as I am back from my trip...by which time I am not sure I will find mangoes here....I can't wait for a whole year to try this :(

hmm...maybe I should stop thinking aloud for now....

3:07 PM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

nice recipe, with a nice presentation.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Looks deadly. It definitely going to my top loaded "dos", but goes high in the ladder.. i will let know how it turned out..

3:21 PM  
Blogger Nupur said...

This looks absolutely delicious! What a burst of flavors!

6:47 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Deepa - Just hearing these names bring back memories don't they?These are some of the dishes that I have conveniently put away as well. "Too much effort" is my umbrella excuse. I know it would make our grandmothers frown but using canned coconut milk and frozen grated coconut allowed me to put uddamethi together in about 12 minutes. No excuses to eat bland TV dinners anymore :-)
Vee - Maybe you can get some good ol kairi in India? Anyway stop talking about your trip...its making me jealous
Laksmi - Thanks
KM - Let me know how you like it
Nupur - you are back?!! Thanks..its indeed flavorsome

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Indira said...

Thanks for digging deep and unearthing this marvel of recipe from your nostalgic days.

Interesting combination, I guess it's an acquired taste. But I like these types of recipes.:)After your mango-pineapple relish, I'm going to try this recipe.

Thanks Ashwini for participating in JIF-Mango Event.

8:49 PM  
Blogger spicehut said...

Oh my seeing all the quintessential marathi foods on your blog today. Cool :). Have got methi in the fridge, will definitely try this.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Santhi said...

What yummy curry Ashwini...
I have never cooked raw mango...
With JFI I guess its time...

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Nabeela said...

wow....your presentaion is very nice...and the kadai kind of thingy is very cute! i wanna leave comments on all who participated on the JFI...but there are wayyy too many entries!!!

9:17 PM  
Blogger Luv2cook said...

Aswhini:

That pic looks delicious. I am learning so much about all these Indian cusines that I was totally unfamiliar about. This blogosphere is an amazing thing that happened to man/womankind :)

10:04 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Indira it was a pleasure. Thanks for hosting an event like this. I am already looking forward to what future hosts decide :-)
Sonali - let me know if you try it. Btw methi here is the seeds not the leaves.
Santhi & Nabeela - thanks. you are kind.
L2C - It is amazing isn't it? One event and I have already bookmarked ten new recipes to try!

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini,
I have been hunting the net for konkani recipes n all i was getting are the portuguese varieties. Thanks for the Udamethi, its been ages since i had it. Will def make it soon.
Swati

4:15 AM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Ashwini,
Yummy recipe and nice picture.

4:58 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Swati - good to know you liked the recipes here. Let me know if you try any.
MT - Thanks!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Vineela said...

Hi Ashwini,
"Uddamethi" looks yummy.
I must try this recipe coz its new to me.Nice photo.
vineela

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Ashwini for an amazing recipe!!!
I am looking forward to more recipes. My mom makes with ripe mangoes. This is the first time I tried something with raw mangoes.

Laveena

10:06 AM  

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