Thursday, July 31, 2008

10 Simple Benaras Curries

This cookbook lists 10 Benarasi curries, greatly simplified, so that a first time cook can easily cook them. For detailed recipes, refer Shashi Prabha Jain’s Benares Ki Rasoi. The following curries are listed in this cookbook:

1.: Benarasi Raita (Thick yogurt with fruits) is just strained, thick yogurt mixed with fruits

2.: Karonda ki chutney (Gooseberry chutney) An unique chutney using sour gooseberries.

3.: Guava Chutney : Another fruit based chutney, similar to a Jain chutney.

4.: Aam ki Kadhi (Mango - yogurt curry) . Famous for its mangoes, Benaras even uses mango pulp in a yogurt curry.

5.: Radish - Ginger pickle is an easy to make Benarasi pickle.

6.: Baingan Bari Sabji (Eggplant & dumpling curry) Uses fried Baris (sun dried lentil dumplings), which are cooked along with eggplant.

7.: Muttar Nimona ( Mashed pea curry) . Green peas are the undisputed favourites in Uttar Pradesh.

8.: Shakpanta ( Urad dal with spinach) : The use of urad dal along with spinach is unique to Benares.

9.: Kevati (Five lentil curry) is very similar to the Rajasthani / Gujarati five lentil curry.

10.: Lauki dal (Chana dal with bottle gourd). Bottle gourd is another favourite which is cooked here with Chana dal.

Off this goes to Srivalli's Curry Mela

3 comments:

Pallavi said...

Fantastic.. I have become a fan of your site.. :) keep them coming..mtn

bela said...

excellent recipes. these are those that i've been looking for .i am very interested in benarasi cuisine esp. baigan ki kalonji and kachoris. please keep me posted ,once again i really appreciate this site

surefoot said...

There is one word for your site...Awesome :)
I have just stumbled here and like the concept.

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