Fast food - Jeer-meerya Kadhi

Not the fast food of the golden arches or the colonel, but fast food that comes to the table in as little time as possible. The past week was hectic for several reasons so dinners were simple, no frill affairs that didn't keep me in the kitchen for longer than twenty minutes.


Jeer-meerya kadhi is one of the easiest curries in the Konkani repertoire. It is made with cumin (jeera) and peppercorns (meeri). In keeping with our predilection to truncate words and make dishes sound like melodious songs, the curry is called 'jeer-meerya' kadhi. Tres francais if you ask me!

What elevates it from a humdrum curry to a super flavorful one is the tempering of crushed garlic cloves. These semi soft, semi crunchy cloves are so delectable that believe you me, fights can break out at the dinner table over who gets more!

Serve the curry with steaming hot rice, roasted papads and your favorite pickle and you have a satisfying meal at the end of a hard day. In less than the time it would take you to watch Rachel Ray's show :-)


JEER MEERYA KADHI (Cumin Pepper curry)
(serves 2)
3/4 cup coconut, grated
1 tsp cumin
7-8 peppercorns
1-2 dry red chillies (Kashmiri or Bedgi chillies will give you the right color)
7-8 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 tsp tamarind paste
salt to taste
2 tsp oil

Heat half a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Fry the cumin, peppercorns and chillies until well toasted and aromatic. Let cool, then grind with coconut, tamarind and 2 cloves of garlic into a fine paste (adding about half a cup of water gradually).

Transfer to a sauce pan, add a cup of water (or more/ less to get desired consistency) and simmer over moderate heat. Season to taste.

Smash 4-5 cloves of garlic lightly with the back of your knife. In a separate pan (tadka ladle) combine remaining oil and garlic cloves and place on heat (this will infuse the oil as well). Saute until they turn reddish brown. Pour the tempering over curry and serve hot.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to like jeera-meeryachi kadhi cold. :-D

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

It looks simple and delicious. Thanx

7:56 PM  
Blogger Vineela said...

Hi Ashwini,
We do make this means my mom used to prepare with tamrind,freshcoconut,greenchillies ,salt and grind into a fine paste(thick chutney).And it will be taken with hot rice or pongal in my house.
But i never tried "moms" recipe but i wanted to ask you one ?
Can i grind the all ing with water and it should be in liquid stage right?
I will try to do this.Photo looks good .

8:41 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Thanks Manisha
MT - let me know if you try it
Vineela - sure. you can add all the water in the blender itself and grind to a fine paste. Let me know how you like it

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow it looks appetising n healthy!!!!!!!!Surely gonna try

Rashmi Pandey

10:09 PM  
Blogger Rajesh &Shankari said...

I have not heard of this dish before, I have to try it definitely.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Sumitha said...

Hi Ashwini,we make a curry called Verumcurry somewhat similar to this dish.I must say this is so simple to make!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Sumitha said...

Hi Ashwini,Hey thanks a lot for your help,I have finally managed to add the links of my fellow bloggers!
Thank you Ashwini!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of my all time fav curry :).

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice healthy curry. I am going to make it one of these days. Bookmarked it!!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Martini Moon said...

Great tasty site. When i have the time I will try some recepies.

Greets Martijn

6:09 PM  
Blogger Vaishali said...

Never heard of this one, Ashwini. Sounds interesting and aromatic. "...dishes sound like melodious songs..." I totally agree with you there.

4:21 AM  
Blogger Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hey Ashwini... We make jeere-meri kadhi too.. Though ours is a little different & we add chicken or fish or any other meat... Will post it some time... I would definitely try ur version too..

Thanx for sharing..

9:11 AM  
Blogger BDSN said...

Hey Ashwini..

Nice pictures...I have never tasted such a kadhi...should try sometime..
is it supposed to be drank just like that or accompanied with rice?sorry i have no idea about this dish..

9:42 AM  
Blogger KA said...

Great pictures Ashwini! Nice display of colors.
Never tried this dish before though..

11:44 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Hi Rashmi - welcome to my blog. Let me know how you like the curry
Shankari, Sumitha - yes, its a very simple preparation
Friendlys (?) - next time
Shilpa - mine too :-D
Sailu - let me know when you give it a try
Martjn - thanks
Vaishali - yep, it is very flavorful.
Tina - really? I didnt know there was a non veg version too. Do post about it..would like to check it out
BDSN - do what you like with it :-)
It is served with rice and papads usually
Krishna - thanks

2:51 PM  
Blogger reshma said...

Ashwini, your photos are beginning to say their own stories. lovely images!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Picures looks very beautiful and neat presentation looks very appetising! I have never tasted one, i will give it a try!!!

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini,
Nice to see your site growing with superb recipes.Will try this one soon.

3:01 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Thanks DC. This is one of my favorite curries ever. Let me know how you like it

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i made this tonight for friends and it was awesome!

what do you use to grind everything together? i couldn't get mine to be as smooth as yours looks.

i also cut up some chicken and let it simmer for a long while and added a little garam masala. this recipe definitely opened some doors for me. was super delicious--thanks for sharing!

12:20 AM  
Blogger Kshama said...

Hi thanks for this recipe. Even though i am Konkani ,i did not know this exact recipe. i wanted to make this today and ur recipe has come to m rescue.

11:17 AM  

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