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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:28 AM IST

Kothimbir Vadi to Puran Poli: Goodies for Gudi Padwa

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Gita Hari lays out a feast for Gudi Padwa

A new Hindu lunar calendar heralds the lunar New Year’s day for Maharashtrians, Telugu and Kannada communities. With a change in the moon’s orbit, this day is celebrated as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Ugadi in Andhra, Telangana and Karnataka. Cheti Chand is celebrated on the same day by Sindhis as their New Year. Considered to be propitious to embark on new projects, this harvest festival is the harbinger of good times.

Aam panna, thalipeeth, bharleli vaangi, vatanache usal, kesari bhaat, shrikhand, sheera, puranpoli, amti are the traditional delicacies prepared in Maharashtrian homes but few know about an offering that is made on padwa in villages, which is called kadulimbacha prashad. It consists of neem leaves, gud/ jaggery, kokum or tamarind and salt where all the ingredients are muddled together and offered to God, indicating acceptance with gratitude of the various flavours that life offers – sweet, sour, bitter, salty.

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Chefs share their recipes of food prepared specially on Gudi Padwa day.

Puranpoli 

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Ingredients:

For Puran:

  • 1 cup chana dal
  • ¼ tsp  turmeric
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cup water
  • 1 tsp  ghee
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
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Method:

Pressure cook dal with turmeric.

Grind it into a find paste.

Heat ghee in a pan, add jaggery, dal and cook till it leaves the sides of the pan.

Flavor with nutmeg and cardamom powders. Set aside.

For Dough:

  • 2 cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup maida
  • ¼ tsp  turmeric
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • water to knead

Other ingredients:

¼ cup wheat flour

oil / ghee for roasting

Method:

Pinch a ball sized dough and flatten well.

Take a ball sized puran

Place the puran in center of dough.

Stuff the puran and pinch off the excess dough securing tight.

Dust the ball with wheat flour and flatten with hand.

Roll in one direction making sure the puran poli is thin

Now put the rolled puran poli over hot tawa.

Allow roasting on medium flame until it puffs up.

Grease with ghee and flip over and cook both sides pressing slightly.

Serve hot with ghee.

By Executive Chef Gulshan Kumar

The Orchid Hotel, Pune

Kothimbir Vadi

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped coriander
  • 1 cup besan
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp oil for kneading
  • oil for deep-frying

For serving:

Sev for garnish

  • green chutney

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well to form  dough without using any water.

Smoothen the dough using oil.

Divide it into 2 equal portions and shape each portion into a cylindrical roll of approximately 5″ thick roll.

Arrange the rolls on a greased sieve and steam on a high flame for 12 minutes.

Remove and keep aside to cool completely.

Once cooled, cut into 3/4” slices.

Heat the oil in deep non-stick kadhai, deep-fry a few slices, at a times till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.

Serve garnished with sev

By Executive Chef Sheriyar Dotivala

The Resort Mumbai

Valache Bhirde

Ingredients:

  • Vaal/field beans         1 ½  cupful
  • Garlic cloves      4 with skin
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • Red onion     one small finely chopped
  • tamarind paste  2tsp
  • Jaggery       ½ tsp
  • Mustard Seeds   a pinch
  • Cumin 1 small pinch
  • Oil        2 tbsp
  • Red Chilli powder      1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder       1/2 tsp
  • Coriander cumin powder      2 tsp
  • Fresh Coriander finely chopped to garnish – half of bunch
  • 3-4 heaped tbsp grated coconut paste made by running through a mixer fresh grated coconut or frozen coconut with 1 green chilli and 1 clove of garlic. add 1/2 a finely chopped red onion which has been tossed on a pan with the coconut and green chilli toasty warmth to the gravy
  • Salt as per taste

Method

Remove sprouted vaal into a bowl and pour lukewarm water on them,decant the water and discard the skins.

Heatoil in a saucepan and dust some asafoetida and throw in mustard and cumin.

Throw in garlic with their skin.  Smashto flatten and as they turn colour and release their aroma, add the chopped onion.

Whenonion turns a delicate pink add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and then add the vaal.

Now addturmeric, red chilli, coriander and cumin powders and quickly stir in enough water to cover the beans.

On a low flame cook with lidon.

When vaal is almost done, add jaggery-coconut paste and tamarind paste. Add salt and garnish with finely chopped coriander.

Serve hot with rice or rotis

By Executive Chef Navid Akhtar Sayyad

The Orchid Hotel Mumbai

Sago and Carrot Kheer 

Ingredients:

  • Sago (sabudana) soaked -01 cup
  • Fresh Carrot, smooth puree- ½ cup
  • Full-cream Milk -03 cups
  • Water- 02 cups
  • Sugar- ½ cup
  • Green cardamom powder -½ tsp.
  • Almonds – ½ tbsp.
  • Pistachio, chopped- ½ tbsp.
  • Cashewnuts chopped- ½ tbsp.
  • Raisins- ½ tbsp.
  • Charoli, blanched- 1/4th tbsp.

For the garnish:

Lightly toasted and chopped almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts- ½ tbsp.

Dried and Edible rose petals- 1/4 tbsp

Saffron strands steeped in lukewarm milk- a few strands

Method:

In a deep non-stick pan, heat 2 cups water.

Add soaked sabudana, mix and cook till transparent and done.

In deep non-stick pan boil milk, add carrot puree, mix well and cook on slow flame for 5 minutes.

Add carrot milk to the cooked sabudana. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Add sugar and continue to cook. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

Add raisins, blanched charoli and nuts to the kheer, mix and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Serve warm or chilled garnished with chopped nuts, dried edible rose petals and saffron strands.

By Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji

Culinary Expert & Blogger

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Published on: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 05:32 AM IST
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