Pahari Madra

by - April 10, 2014


Pahari Madra

      Its amazed to see different dishes with same ingredients prepared in different ways in Indian cuisine.  One of the dish is Madra.. Madra is a Himachal Pradesh dish where lentils is cooked in yogurt.  This dish can be prepared using kabuli channa, red kidney beans, black eye peas.     Himachal Pradesh cuisine is referred as Pahari ( MOUNTAIN) Cuisine. So this dish got it name as Pahari Madra. There are many delicious dishes in Pahari cuisine which can be prepared in minimum time like Maahni (urad dal prepared with dried mangoes) or Madra (lentils made with yoghurt) while Indra is a dish prepared of urad dal and bada, bhatooru, marchu and chilra (bread or rotis),  sesame chutney and pickles using eggplant, plum, peaches, tomato, bottle gourd etc. However, non-vegetarian is preferred, due to the weather. The most celebrated non vegetarian cuisine of Himachal Pradesh is  Kullu trout and chicken anaardana.  
  
      The best time to enjoy Pahari Cuisine is during festival time, where the food is prepared only by botis (a particular stream of chefs who are brahmins) and the festival meal is named as Dham. Meal starts with rice, moong dal and a dish of Rajma cooked in yogurt. This is followed by boor ki kari and a dark lentil. This elaborate meals ends with a sweet. I adopted this recipe from here.  Sharing this recipe for Blogging Marathon #39 ..

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: Less than 30 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3

Ingredients:
1 cup boiled black eye peas 
1/2 tsp coriander  powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
1 cup curds
1 tbsp rice  
Salt to taste
1 tbsp chopped cilantro 

For Seasoning:
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp oil
2 ~ 3 cardamoms
2 inch cinnamon stick
4 cloves  
1/2 tsp  cumin seeds 
1/4 tsp asafoetida / hing

Method:
1. Soak the rice for at least an hour and grind into a paste.  keep it aside until use. Meantime blend the curd and set aside till use.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients one by one and allow it to splutter.
3. Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Saute for few seconds. Then add cooked beans and mix it.
4. After 2 minutes, Lower the heat and add yogurt.  Stir continuously for 8 ~ 10 minutes to avoid curdling of the curd.
5. Add the ground rice paste, ghee and salt and cook for another 5 minutes. Now the gravy will become thick an oil separates from the mixture. Turn off the heat and transfer it to serving bowl.
Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with poori or steamed rice. 

Pahari Madra

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Pahari Madra 


Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: Less than 30 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3

Ingredients:
1 cup boiled black eye peas 
1/2 tsp coriander  powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
1 cup curds
1 tbsp rice  
Salt to taste
1 tbsp chopped cilantro 

For Seasoning:
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp oil
2 ~ 3 cardamoms
2 inch cinnamon stick
4 cloves  
1/2 tsp  cumin seeds 
1/4 tsp asafoetida / hing

Method:
1. Soak the rice for at least an hour and grind into a paste.  keep it aside until use. Meantime blend the curd and set aside till use.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add the seasoning ingredients one by one and allow it to splutter.
3. Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Saute for few seconds. Then add cooked beans and mix it.
4. After 2 minutes, Lower the heat and add yogurt.  Stir continuously for 8 ~ 10 minutes to avoid curdling of the curd.
5. Add the ground rice paste, ghee and salt and cook for another 5 minutes. Now the gravy will become thick an oil separates from the mixture. Turn off the heat and transfer it to serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with poori or steamed rice.                         www.sarasyummybites.com



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18 comments

  1. Delicious and nutritious looking madra.
    Deepa

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  2. Love yogurt based gravy. Yours turned out great.

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  3. So tasty side dish.. I can have this as snack

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  4. madra seems to be the most popular curry

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  5. Creamy delicious Madra dear....Love it

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  6. today is madra... so many varieties and they are looking delicious..

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  7. Wonderful to see u went for black eyed peas for this madra, curry looks delicious and fingerlicking.

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  8. Rich, creamy and super healthy dish.

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  9. very interesting recipe, bookmarked!

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  10. This version of madra also looks so inviting...

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  11. good to see a new version of madra...the beans must have tasted real good, the dish is very tempting.

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  12. Oh man! so many tempting variations of Madra!!

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  13. madra is definitely the daily winner

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  14. Curry looks creamy and delicious.

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  15. I made this with chana and am sure even the black eye peas madra also tasted delicious.

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  16. Yummy. I too made the same dish.

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