Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hongone masoppu (Sessile Joyweed Curry)

My grandmom used to & even now prepare kajal (kannu kappu) with honagone soppu; according to her it is very good for eyes :))

Kannada :Hongone Soppu, English: Sessile Joyweed, Tamil: Ponnanganni Kerai (Courtesy Lakshmi)
I had got a big bunch of hongone soppu from the market last week & was wondering what could I prepare with so much of soppu. First day, I prepared palya(stir fry) with it & was wondering what else could be prepared. Later, thought of preparing sambar, but I had never prepared sambar with this or seen anybody preparing sambar. My mom & granny also used to prepare only palya. I have never seen my in-laws using this, so was in a confusion..., then the thing that struct me was masoppu (English translation: Masoppu means., masediro soppu => mashed greens).

I gave a try & the dish was sold out FDFS(First Day First Show) & was a super duper hit.
I could not even take a picture of the masoppu prepared, nothing was left :((
Anyways, who needs the picture, what we all need is the right recipe..


Ingredients:

  1. 1 bunch (washed & chopped) hongone soppu
  2. 1 medium sized onion
  3. 2-3 tomatoes (if the tomatoes are not sour, you may end up adding more !!)
  4. 3 green chillies
  5. 1 pod garlic (minced & finely chopped)
  6. 2 tablespoons of Toor Dal
  7. 2 cups water
  8. Salt according to taste.

For tempering:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 pod garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon jeera
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 1-2 red chillies
Method:
  • Put all the ingredients from 1-7 in a cooker & pressure cook for 3 whistles
  • Allow the cooked mixture to cool
  • Once cool, put the mixture in a blender & just run the blender for 10-15 secs (It should not become a very smooth paste).
  • Heat a pan, add oil. When oil is hot, add mustard & jeera to it. When seeds crackle, add garlic, chillies & curry leaves.
  • To this add the mixture(from the blender), add salt according to taste & boil for 5 mins.
  • Hongone masoppu is ready, tastes great with rice & papad/chips.

I took a photo of my plate & here it is..,
Next time, when I prepare, I'll put the photo of masoppu ;))