Tuesday, January 24, 2006

OOTTI or White Peas in cooking soda

Sury asked me to post some delicacy from Manipur.
Most of our delicacies are based on herbs that aren’t easily available, and even if they do I don’t know the English names. I haven’t been home for long so I don’t the picture either.

Many vegetables are quite common, and though we also eat all the masala based preparations of vegetables, one that is unique to us is that we also eat a lot of vegetable stew, flavored with herbs ( of the Allium families, the same family of garlic) and Smoked fish.

Another flavor we use for the stew or mashed popatoes with vegetables like beans and other vegetables only seen in Manipur is dried and fermented fish. Very smelly, in fact some people find it very pungent to point of finding it stinking. Most of the people from the orient love it though, and we use only about a TBS for a serving of 4 people.. Once used to it, it is quite tasty and addictive as people who have spent some time in Manipur will tell.

Since all these dish might not be easy to prepare without the ingredients, I am posting a rather easy preparation which is in fact another delicacy and is a part of every grand feast or celebration that we have.

And is as easy as playing the violin.OK kidding.
This is as easy as preparing daal.
Well it is daal.

Soak white Peas (mattar) overnight or for at least 6 hours.
Boil the peas, if you are pressure cooking it, make sure that it is not overdone.
The Peas should not crumble, only just soft enough that it will give away when you press with a spoon.
When the peas are soft as I said, add cooking soda ( Cooking soda is little diff from baking soda in that baking soda contains starch, ask for cookign soda.else baking soda might just do)

As for the quantity of soda, Add about 3/4 th quantity the amount of salt you usually put for that much daal. Add salt as well.

Don't panic- Bubbles will form, just reduce heat and keep stirring.

Temper the same in whole red chilli, half a small onion finely chopped and a little ginger( 1 tspcrushed) and 1 tsp mustard seed.. Well you have to add the chili and mustard first and fry the onions till golden brown, add the ginger, and then pour in the mixture.

the black or dark green strand you is a manipuri herb that I used for tempering instead of onions. For you onions will do.

Caution: This dish is very addictive and taste great with Puri or rice.
Do try soon.


Blogger Journal Actif said...

That sounds great! Something I'll try as soon as I get rid of administrative chores here.
Anthony, I'm linking you too... :-))

1/25/2006 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Sury said...

Thanks for honouring my request, Anthony. That does look yummy! Just confirming from you, is white pea the same as matar dal? We don't use it a lot in our kitchen so want to be sure I buy the right thing from the store.

Have to cook this soon. Thanks for sharing :)

1/25/2006 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Admin said...

@Zoubida: My pleasure. please do try. Tomorrow is hols so i am thinkign of what to prepare and post lol.

@ Sury: Matar dal is a derivative of White peas.. White peas are green peas that are rippened. It is not matar dal. matar dal is white peas or matar that have gone through the mill and sans the husk or skin.. you will get matar in all shops or supermarkets. It looks like green pea (without the pos) only whiter/or light yellowish in colour

To All who clicked the comments link: Like i said, eversince I started this blog, i have been having good food and I have improved a lot.. had i started it when is tarted to blog, I would had had many more variations.. I have been a Host cook for a long time now. lol.

1/25/2006 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Anthony, I make a similar dal out of dried green peas too. It tastes yummm!

Seeing these white peas reminds me of the dal used in chaats... when you ask for ragda patties, they invariably give some kinda mushy yellow curry made of white peas along with the patties. Do you know how to make that? I've been searching the whole world for that!

1/26/2006 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger Admin said...

I do make a lot of things with white peas.. and glad that you make the same dal with dried green peas. It tastes as good and it just another variant.. we also make it with green peas as well.. even fresh ones. lol.. You talking about the curry or the patty..

The curry is pretty simple. you need to boil till just soft enough and then fry them without the water in Onion- ginger- garlic and masalas.. then add some hot water. After it is done, add crispy fried ground nut and serve with puri or rice.

1/26/2006 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

Thanks Anthony! I was talking about the curry, ofcourse! Let me try the recipe you just posted.

1/26/2006 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger JATB said...

Looks really good! I'm going to try that.

BTW cooking soda is the same as what we call baking soda in the U.S. Baking soda does not contain starch: baking powder does, but not baking soda. (Baking powder is usually a combination of baking soda, cream of tartar, and cornstarch, but commercial brands may have various other ingredients as well.) Baking soda in the U.S. is just good old sodium hydrogen bicarbonate, which is exactly what cooking soda is.

(They also sell the same thing as "washing soda" here. Again, it's exactly the same thing, but sold in a larger box for household washing purposes.)

1/25/2007 04:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have got a plethora of yummy recipes, Anthony!! My Dh loves simple and easy foods....he wud be the most elated if I try any of your recipes!!

Iam adding your kitchen-blog to my blogroll!!


2/16/2007 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger jerina said...

Tips: Add like half cup of Milk and a teaspoon of ghee.....It give s real nice flavour

10/20/2009 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger ak said...

Dude gr8 site... nice recipes really.. but pls can u stop wit tat madrasi thing? all madrasis are south indians!!!!

6/05/2010 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Antony,

I should be most grateful if you could help us learn more about different communities within the Meitei group and their styles of cooking. I saw some Youtube videos of Wok thongbas in the Eigi style, other pork thongbas, duck thongbas etc. Would pork & duck be eaten by Vaishnav Meiteis or would they confine themselves to fish? Do they eat crabs, shrimps, snails, turtles, tortoises, etc.?

Who eat pork, duck, chicken and the many types of birds & game that must have been available in times past? Hill folk certainly eat lots of forest products & animals that many Meiteis
might abjure??

There are some nice Youtube videos by terakasha,Meiteirecipe etc.on Meitei cookery EXCEPT they are mostly opaque to non-Meitei speakers.You would do the culture an immense favor if you could translate some of the recipes on your blog.

Be well.


9/30/2010 02:38:00 AM  

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