Last whole week was very interesting for me. It was a free week-too much time for me, too many movies and very little cooking. Don’t you just love when you get some ‘me time’? I am sure you do! Mr. Husband was in Hong Kong for the whole week and I had too much spare time-which I use neither in cooking nor in clicking. It was a movie marathon time for me-I watched 12 movies. I even shared on my Facebook page about the movie Julie and Julia-trust me every food blogger/lover must see this movie. It is awesome-period!
Coming back to today’s post, it is once again from my Marwadi kitchen- Papad Ki Subji/Poppadoms Curry. Yes that’s possible- people all over Rajasthan use papad to make curry and it is really really popular and my personal favourite. Whose idea was that? Who was such a genius? Well that we don’t know yet, but I am sure it was the necessity that turned out to be this amazing invention. The shortage of rains and water always made Rajasthanis think out of the box and thus they commenced using gram flour to make gatte; lentils to make mangodi and flour to make papad- and these final products were used in curries-Mastermind ideas. Totally brilliant-isn't it???
Marwadi cuisine is my favorite; after all I am a marwadi that too from Rajasthan. Months back I blogged about Marwadi Aloo Pyaz Ki Subji and the response was unbelievable-it was the most popular recipe on my blog for months; fellow blogger tried and loved it. Next, I posted about Marwadi BharwaBhindi and it too was liked by many. Soon I got requests about posting more marwadi recipes on my blog. So here it is.
Papad ki subji can be made in many ways; I am ofcourse sharing the authentic marwadi style. It is one no nonsense curry-no chopping of vegetables, no onion, no garlic; just simple yogurt and basic spices are used. The roasted papads are broken roughly and is added to the yogurt gravy with spoon full of chopped coriander leaves-the outcome is lip smacking, spicy curry.
Papads – 10
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
1/2 cup yogurt/dahi
1 and 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons Coriander Powder/dhaniya
1 tablespoon gram flour/besan
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder/haldi
To taste- red chilli powder/lal mirchi
2 tabelspoons coriander leaves chopped/dhaniya
1 tablespoons lemon juice
Roast/ fry/ microwave the Papads. Break them into pieces.
In a pan, heat the oil and add in the Cumin Seeds and allow them to splutter. Add in the asafoetida.
Meanwhile, work on the ingredients for the gravy, in a cup mix the yogurt and 1/2 cup of water. To the Yogurt mix add spices: Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, Gram Flour, Red Chili Powder and Salt. Mix well.
Turn down the heat to the lowest and add the yogurt/water mix while stirring constantly.
Keep stirring and once the mixture is all in the pan, increase the heat to a medium. Allow the mixture to reduce and the oil to separate.
Add the broken pieces of papad and mix.
Add the remaining water and allow it to cook for 8-10 minutes.
Taste and adjust the spices, add lemon juice if needed.
Garnish with Cilantro and serve hot.
If the yogurt is not sour, leave the yogurt on the counter-top overnight to get it to sour.
Don’t add too much salt first time, remember papad has salt.
You can chopped onion and garlic too, before adding yogurt gravy in the oil.
You can use any papad you want to, I used Natco Cumin/Jeera ones.