Saturday, August 17, 2013

Chettinad Saiva Meen Kuzhambu/Vegetarian Fish Gravy

If you would have gone through my previous post, you might know very well that am running my third week of blogging marathon with a super duper interesting theme called 'Meatless dishes'. Coming to today's post, its going to be a Chettinad Special, this dish is well known in chettinad cuisine and this vegetarian fish gravy or curry goes for a legume based vegetarian fish. For making this vegetarian fish, we need some crotons plant leaf or banana leaf for steaming the legume mixture which is supposed to be the vegetarian fish.But here in Paris,its a hard task for me to get those both leaves,so i used a greased baking sheet for steaming which turned out the vegetarian fish prefectly as much as like those leaves.

Actually this vegetarian fish gravy goes for soaked red chori/cowpeas aka thatta payir which is grinded as bit coarse paste with few spices.After going through a steam cook, this cooked red chori mixture will looks almost like steam cooked fish which is later sliced as fish slices. Then they are fried and added to a tamarind based gravy.This is how this vegetarian fish gravy is prepared, however the cooking process goes for bit time consuming, am sure this vegetarian fish gravy is definitely worth to try.A fingerlicking gravy tastes simply awesome and obviously you wont miss the fish here.Serve this gravy with rice topped with ghee and papads, am sure you will have a super filling lunch.Sending to Srivalli's Side Dish Mela..



For Vegetarian Fish:
1cup Cow peas/Red chori
2nos Dry red chillies
3nos Garlic cloves
1tsp Fennel seeds
Salt

Soak the cow peas overnite.

Next day, take the soaked cow peas in a mixie jar with dry red chillies, garlic cloves,fennel seeds and salt, grind as bit coarse paste.

Grease a baking sheet, transfer the grounded paste to it, flatten them as thin as possible.

Fold the sheet and steam cook for 5minutes.

Once the steamed mixture is bit warm, cut as medium size pieces.

Shallow fry the vegetarian fish pieces until they turns golden brown, keep aside.

For Gravy:
2cups Tamarind extract
15nos Shallots (diced)
2nos Tomatoes (chopped)
5nos Garlic cloves
1/4cup Gingelly oil
1/2tsp  Mustard seeds
1tsp Fenugreek seeds
Few curry leaves
1tbsp Coriander powder
1tsp Chilly powder
Salt

Heat the gingelly oil, fry the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.

Add the shallots,garlic cloves and chopped tomatoes and saute everything for few minutes until the shallots gets partially cooked..

Now add the tamarind extract with salt, coriander powder, chilly powder, cook in medium flame for 5 minutes.

Add now the already fried vegetarian fish pieces to cooking gravy, close it with lid and dont disturb it.

Cook the gravy until it turns thick and the oil gets separates..

Serve warm with hot steaming rice and papads.

36 comments:

Nadji said... Reply To This Comment

Avec du basmati, c'est le bonheur.
A bientôt

Ruxana Gafoor said... Reply To This Comment

innovative..loved the color of the gravy,looks inviting..

Niru said... Reply To This Comment

Wow..veggie fish...nice one..innovative...

Maha Gadde said... Reply To This Comment

Thats really amazing luking gravy.very well goes with rotis..
MAHA

Mahi said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting recipe! :)

SavvyMomma said... Reply To This Comment

I love how you present you scrumptious dishes in a steel tiny fry wok! So cute!

radha said... Reply To This Comment

Smart twist to creating a veggie dish from an authentic non-veg one. Like the kuzhambu. Looks so finger licking.

Rajani S said... Reply To This Comment

The curry looks great!

Roshni said... Reply To This Comment

I have mad this before and we love it.

Swasthi Blank said... Reply To This Comment

Amazing recipe dear. looks too good.

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Bookmarked. .this is absolutely amazing. .and new.love the idea of fish with lentils.

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said... Reply To This Comment

ooh! vegetarian fish !!! thats cool Priya !!! loved the gravey.. "Liked" your fb page as "The Pick'y Bank"..

Hasna Hamza Layin said... Reply To This Comment

wow...full f spices

Veena Theagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

interesting healthy and tasty dish

Sona S said... Reply To This Comment

Innovative dish, looks delicious.

Sapana Behl said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful vegetarian fish curry!

Sebeena Loyd said... Reply To This Comment

that's a really creative dish. Superb. Will try this.

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said... Reply To This Comment

first time am seeing this kuzhambu aks... very lovely one looks original fish kuzhambu...

kitchen flavours said... Reply To This Comment

A lovely vegetarian dish! Delicious with rice!

Manjula Bharath said... Reply To This Comment

very delicious and drool worthy kozhambu :)

Suja Manoj said... Reply To This Comment

Unique healthy dish,love this vegetarian fish curry,gravy is drool worthy

CHITRA said... Reply To This Comment

Non-veg kalakkal :)

CHITRA said... Reply To This Comment

Non-veg kalakkal :)

Akila said... Reply To This Comment

Wow that's a great thing.. Looks yummy

Nisha said... Reply To This Comment

Loved this preparation , new to me .

Nithya Naveen said... Reply To This Comment

Wow.. Very interesting and innovative recipe..

Priya Anandakumar said... Reply To This Comment

very interesting and innovative akka will try this soon...

Mélange said... Reply To This Comment

Exotic,I must say Priya..Haven't read anywhere so far of this recipe..Unique !

Apu said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful dish! I am agreat fan of red chori beans!

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said... Reply To This Comment

Ingenious way of using cowpeas (I just googled it, it's the white karamani) for a mock fish. Love your idea. Definitely gonna try it sometime soon.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

This is one of our fav dishes Priya. Looks so inviting..

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

What an interesting recipe to make fish.. Bookmarked to try soon :-)

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Awesome and finger licking recipe...

Sreevalli E said... Reply To This Comment

Innovative & delicious..

veena krishnakumar said... Reply To This Comment

wow!!!How do you manage to come up with such wonderful recipes!!

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Reply To This Comment

wow that is so good... nice one!!!
Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
Sowmya