Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Mandua ki Roti, Phansu and Til ki Chutney~Indian State: Uttarakhand

Mandua ki Roti, Phansu and Til ki Chutney~Indian State: Uttarakhand

 Today we eat Utranchal cuisine. Actually, what I said at home it was “today we eat Uttaranchal. “My younger daughter who is hooked to Percy Jackson, a book based on Greek mythology kept asking me what  kind of monsters are we.

Uttarakhand formerly Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the "Land of the Gods" due to the many holy Hindu temples  and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state.

Uttarakhand's name is derived from the Sanskrit words Uttara meaning north, and  Khaṇḍ  meaning country or part of a country. The name finds mention in early Hindu scriptures as the combined region of Kedarkhand (present day Garhwal) and Manaskhand (present day Kumaon). Uttarakhand was also the ancient Puranic  term for the central stretch of the Indian Himalayas.

Uttarakhand is known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai.
The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, the largest city in the region.The natives of the state are generally called either Garhwali or Kumaoni depending on their place of origin.

Garhwali and Kumaoni along with other hilly dialects and sub-dialects are the main regional languages, whereas Hindi is the most widely spoken language. Uttarakhand is the only state in India with Sanskrit as one of its official languages.

Two of the most important rivers originate in the region, the  Ganga  at  Gangotri  and the Yamuna at Yamunotri. These two along with Badrinath  and  Kedarnath form the Chota Char Dham, a holy pilgrimage for the Hindus. The state hosts the Bengal tiger in Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park of the Indian subcontinent. The Valley of Flowers, a Unesco World Heritage Site located in the upper expanses of Bhyundar Ganga near Joshimath   in Gharwal region, is known for the variety and rarity of its flowers and plants.


For me Vaishali had done the research. She told me, “You make Mandua rotis.  I am sending the atta.” When she came down she brought the atta. (It’s not simply that I call her Santa the goody bag still has stuff that will keep coming out.)

But with the rotis what  my search of foods from Uttaranchal landed me at this site which solved my problem of what to make to go with it. So feast on Phansu and Til ki Chutney.


Mandua ki Chapatti, Phansu and Til ki Chutney

Mandua ki Roti, ~Indian State: Uttarakhand

Indian State: Uttarakhand
Mandua ki Roti
Ingredients:
  • 600 grms Mandua Pisun (Flour)
  • 200 grms Wheat Flour
  • Salt
  • Water as required

Method:
  • Mix Mandua Pisun and Wheat Flour well with salt.
  • Add water and prepare stiff dough.
  • Divide into even sized balls and roll out into Chapattis
  • Cook on slow fire from both sides till they are well cooked.

Phaanu is also made of dals or lentils, the dals are soaked in water for about 4 to 6 hours before its use. A different variety of dals like- gahat, arhar or green mung can be used to prepare phaanu.
Since we do not get kulith dal I used the entire kulith which is gahat or horse gram.
Phaanu
Phansu ~Indian State: Uttarakhand

Recipe Source: Recipes from Uttrankhand
Serves: four
Ingredients:
  • 250 grms Gahat or Kulith (Horse gram) 
  • 100 ml Oil (mustard oil is preferred but I used Rice bran)
  • 45 cloves Garlic 
  • 1/2 inch piece Ginger
  •  3 to 4 Green chillies
  • 1 tblspn   jeera/cumin  seeds
  •  a pinch hing/asafoetida  
  • 1/2 tblspn dry dhania/ coriander powder
  • 1/4 tblspn haldi/turmeric powder  
  •  3 cups water
  • Salt to taste

 Method:
  • Soak the gahat in water overnight.
  • In the morning wash and rub the dal in running water so that it is free of seed covering (chilka). (I did not do this just washed it clean).
  • Then, grind it into a dry thick paste in a mixer along with green chillies, garlic and ginger.
  • Make thick cutlets   using half the dal paste. 
  • Place a /griddle /taw on a moderate flame and fry till reddish on both sides.
  • Meanwhile Mix water with the remaining paste making it of pouring consistency.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and hing.
  • Now add gahat paste, turmeric powder, dry coriander powder and salt.
  • Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on slow fire.
  • Add the gahat cakes to the gravy and continue simmer for another ten minutes.
  • The gravy should have pouring consistency. If thick add some more water and heat till it boils.
  • Garnish with pure ghee and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with steamed rice.

Notes:
If using arhar dal, soak for 1-2 hr.

Til ki chutney is mainly prepared during winters and tastes great with Toor ki dal and Bhaat or with Gahat ke paranthe. It can also be used as a dip for various snacks.

Til ki Chutney

 Til ki Chutney~Indian State: Uttarakhand

Ingredients (serves 2-4)
  • 3-4 tblspn Til/ sesame seeds
  •  1 bunch Coriander leaves
  • 3-4 Garlic  cloves
  •  2-3 Green chillies
  •  3-4 tblspn Yoghurt or Lemon Juice
  • Salt - To taste
  •  1/2 tblspn (optional) Sugar

Method:
  • Dry roast til seeds in a pan on a moderate flame for 4-5 minutes.  Take care not to overdo it.
  • Grind til seeds with coriander leaves, garlic cloves and green chillies.
  • Add lemon juice or yoghurt and grind to a fine paste.
  • Adjust salt and sugar.
 Phansu and Rice~Indian State: Uttarakhand



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11 comments:

  1. You done beautifully Archana, delicious dishes especially that phansu looks very delicious and healthy.

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  2. Good picks for Uttaranchal, Archana.

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  3. All these dishes with horsegram are tempting me to try it out soon. Your platter looks so hearty and filling -- a very comforting meal indeed.

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  4. I made the rotis but made something else for the side dish. The side dishes you made, look and sound very nice indeed...good choice!

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  5. mandua roti really seems to have captured everybody's heart. i'd like to try it sometime

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  6. Mandua ki roti is such a healthy and nutritive one,I made it for the first time and loved with the aloo tamatar jhol..

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  7. wow such an tempting spread arachana :) Phansu is just calling me, looks very tempting ..Til ki chutney also is a wonderful combo :)

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  8. Til ki chutney is lip smacking.. love the color and must have taste very good with mandua. Phansu is interesting.. This cutlets in the gravy must have tasty awesome. You made a nice complete meal for the state.

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  9. Uttarakhand Camps Comment Thanks for sharing good information !

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  10. nice combo platter for the state

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