Letter ‘F’ was one of the tough letters in this A-Z challenge, Journey Through the Telangana Cuisine. I could not think of any regional food that starts with ‘F’. As I mentioned in my first post, there are a couple of extra clauses to the theme when dealing with such tough letters. One of them is to use an English name of the dish, as long as the dish and method of cooking is regional. However, when this clause was added to the rules, I don’t think Valli thought I would use it so soon for letter ‘F’ 🙂 Had I not narrowed my theme to only Telangana Telugu cuisine, I could have done either Firni or Falooda from Hyderabadi cuisine.
I will be referring to Hyderabadi cuisine a lot in coming posts. Hyderabad is the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This cuisine dates back to Qutb Shahi dynasty who ruled the kingdom of Golkonda and later was also the cuisine of Nawabs of Hyderabad who ruled the princely state of Hyderabad. Hyderabadi cuisine is an amalgamation of Mughlai and Arabic cuisines, and is also influenced by native Telugu and Marathi cuisines. Telangana was part of both the kingdom of Golkonda and the princely state of Hyderabad. Some of the dishes from this cuisine are common preparations in kitchens of Telangana. One such preparation is dalcha which I considered doing for letter ‘D’. This was a common preparation when I was growing up and only later realized it is the influence of Hyderabad cuisine. There are many more such dishes that have become part of Telangana cuisine.
Few days ago when I posted an Instagram picture of attu tunukala koora in one of the closed FB groups, one of the members replied that she had seen this curry on Telangana cookery show. Until then I was unaware of this cookery show and more over, I do not have access to Telugu channels. When she mentioned the show, I did a Google search to find Telangana Shakam cookery show videos on YouTube, hoping to find recipes for tough letters. I could not find any but it is a good source to search for some Telangana dishes and recipes. The lady who cooks the recipes is called peddamma, mom's elder sister, pedda is older/big and amma is mom. It was nice to see Telangana accent on screen but was disappointed with the the anchor. I felt she went over board with her accent. Peddamma's Telugu is accurate depiction of the language spoken by many.
When short listing the recipes for letter ‘F’, the only dishes I could think of were Firni and Falooda. Since that doesn’t fit my regional Telugu Telangana cuisine, I was stuck with Fenugreek. Fenugreek is a spice (seeds), a vegetable (fresh leaves) and a herb (dried leaves). Fenugreek is slightly bitter in taste. Seeds are roasted and the fresh leaves are well sauteed to reduce the bitterness. Fenugreek is menthi and fresh fenugreek is menthi aaku (menthakku) in Telugu. Menthi aaku / fenugreek leaves pesaru pappu koora is the only dish I could come up with for 'F'. This curry also has a slight bitter taste but not as bitter as bitter gourd to not like this wonderful leafy vegetable & the curry. In some kitchens, fenugreek leaves are added to almost all the curries when tempering to enhance the flavor of the curry. Today’s recipe is a simple koora/curry with fenugreek leaves and moong dal. This is an everyday dry curry prepared with soaked moong dal sauteed with fresh fenugreek leaves.
I just realized after publish this post that I could have done F for Fish; fish fry (koora) or fish pulusu. For some reason it did not occur to me until this morning when my cousin guessed F for fish on FB, playing the guessing game on what is next in the series. I have not posted either of these recipes.. duh.. Well, next time. I cook fish very often and for some reason never get to update fish recipes here.
Total Time: 25 - 35 minutes + time to soak moong dal
Preparation: 10 - 15 minutes + time to soak moong dal
Cooking Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Serves: 2 - 3
- ¼ cup Moong Dal soaked for 1 hour
- 2 tablespoon Oil
- ¼ tsp. Jilakara ~ Cumin Seeds
- ⅛ tsp. Aavalu ~ Mustard Seeds
- ½ cup chopped or sliced Onions
- 3 - 5 Green Chilies
- 1 tsp. crushed Garlic
- ⅛ tsp. Turmeric Powder
- ½ tsp. Chili Powder (adjust to taste)
- ½ tsp. Salt (adjust to taste)
- 2 - 3 cups Fenugreek Leaves ~ Methi Leaves, moderately packed
- Wash and soak dal for 1 hour.
- Chop fenugreek leaves and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan, add cumin and mustard seeds.
- When seeds crackle add onions, green chilies and saute until onions are soft.
- Add garlic and saute for few seconds.
- Add turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and give a good stir.
- Add dal, stir, cover and cook until dal is soft. Reduce heat if required and sprinkle some water if necessary.
- Once the dal is 90% cooked, add fenugreek leaves and saute until leaves are lightly fried.
- Cover and cook until dal is completely cooked. Uncover and saute for few more minutes until curry is dry and done.
- Serve with rice or roti.
- Moong Dal - I soaked the dal for almost one hour. If time does not permit, semi cook the dal on stove top or in the microwave. Do not over cook and dal needs to hold it's shape. To speed the cooking process, after soaking the dal, microwave for 2-3 minutes. This is not required but can reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.
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VEENA KRISHNAKUMAR says
This is new to me and it looks absolutely delicious. Will ty this
ruchi indu says
Fenugreek seems to be ruling F recipes... I have tried this with coconut of course...
Priya Srinivasan says
Simple and healthy subzi usha. I add some coconut too when make this stir fry!!
Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille) says
a hearty and healthy dish...looks great
I usually add moong dal to drumstick leaves stir fry and potatoes to fenugreek leaves stir fry. Must try this version. Enjoyed reading your post Usha...
I add a spoon of sugar sugar also to compensate the bitterness of fenugreek , else it's more or less the same. good choice and nice pictures. Can't guess what you will be presenting for the alphabet I!!
Nice and healthy stir fry,addition of moong dhal makes it more colorful and love the color contrast in the curry..
Smruti | Herbivore Cucina says
I have always had my Moong dal with palak. Methi looks like an interesting combination. Lovely clicks too Usha!!
Love the combo of fenugreek and moong dal.
Methi is one of my favorite greens and this curry with pesarapappu looks so delicious.
Priya Suresh says
When i saw the name of the dish, i thought this dish might looks like a pappu, but this dry curry with moong dal sounds absolutely delicious to enjoy thoroughly with a cup of rice.
The fenugreek moong dal curry looks very inviting .I thought it would be a gravy curry .I see the backdrop and if I am right its the same that you told about on whatsapp.Pictures looks stunning as usual.
I have tried gravy curry only. This dry curry with moong dal sounds amazing.
Padma Rekha says
so many fenugreek recipes today, this stir fry looks simple and a perfect side dish....
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
Very simple and different kind of stir fry this. Love the addition of moong dal.
Suma Gandlur says
I have Telugu channels on TV at home but I rarely watch the shows but I know about the show you are talking about. I saw a couple of episodes and lost interest because of their presentation style.
Leafy greens - Bean combo dishes are a norm in my home too and love these kind of simple, everyday dishes.
The fry looks delicious Usha, healthy one too:) F was a tough letter when I was looking through overall Andhra. I had use the clause with no option.
Nice reading through your notes Usha..I was almost imagining how you would have gone ahead..even I was thinking you would do with Fish...I agree that the clause was for the later tougher alphabets...though I guess all of us used up the clause one way or the other..Let's see how we do it..:)..this is a wonderful curry and the picture looks stunning..
Love this type of stir fries. It is so simple but makes a great side dish for rice. I skip dhal and add coconut to the stir fry.