A Happy Ugadi to all readers. Wishing plenty of good health, happiness and laughter in all your homes. All who celebrate must be busy with the shopping and cooking of the special Ugadi feast. Ugadi, Yugadi, Gudi Padwa are different names to the New Year Celebrations across Karnataka, Andhra and Maharashtra. As part of festivities, I bring to you an extremely flavourful and healthy dish from the North Karnataka region.
If the name of the dish sounds tongue twisting to non-Kannadigas, I apologise. Do not let the long name fool you. It just means ‘a curry with mung bean and dill leaves’.The dish itself is quite easy to put together. A North Karnataka special recipe, I was introduced to this super aromatic and healthy dish at my dear friend Deepa’s place. Deepa’s enthusiasm for life and generous nature is so infectious. I do have a feeling that she is so high on life because she makes and shares dishes like these, which are so nutritious and lip-smacking tasty at the same time.
Dill leaves are used in several cuisines around the world. What’s good about dill leaves? This amazing aromatic green is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of 1.Dietary Fiber, and a very good source of 2. Vitamins - Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Niacin as well as 3. Minerals - Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
To those not familiar with the flavour, it does take some time to accept. To be honest with you, my family was not so welcoming of the dill flavour when I made it first. At the next attempt, I reduced the quantity of dill leaves to half that of the mung beans. This then, found appreciation among my ‘testers and tasters’ - (read family).
- Mung Bean – uncooked, 1 cup
- Dill leaves – pick leaves, discard thick stem and measure 1/2 cup packed
- Onion – diced, 1/4 cup
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Green chilli – 4-5 chopped fine
- Salt – 1 level tsp or less
- Rinse the mung beans well, pressure cook them in just enough water for only 2 whistles or till just cooked but not mushy.
- Was the picked dill leaves under several changes of water, chop fine and set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan, add mustard to crackle, pour in the chopped green chilli and diced onion. Toss well till light brown.
- Add the dill leaves, sauté on high heat, stirring briskly.
- When the leaves have been tossing for a couple of minutes, add the cooked mung beans, add salt to taste. If there is extra water from the cooked beans, add only if required to the pan at this point. The curry should be moist but not ‘gravy–ish’.
- Stir on high heat for 2 more minutes, switch off flame, cover and set aside for flavours to blend well. Ready to serve after half an hour with Steamed rice or Jowar Roti.