Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Kadugu Cauliflower~Union Territory Pondicherry

Kadugu  Cauliflower~Union Territory Pondicherry

The union territory of Pondicherry cuisine is also a reflection of a perfect blend of different cultures and customs. Do you know they have 4 official languages Tamil, Telgu, Malayalam and French! Wow I was thinking that only Goa has two official languages!!

The union territory of Pondicherry in the country of India was a French settlement for a long time. The French way of life has left a deep impact on the lifestyle of the people in the union territory of Pondicherry.

The Indo-French of food is an innovation in taste. The influence of the neighbouring areas like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala is also visible. The concoction of the various kinds of cuisines is something to be savoured and relished.

In my hunt I found this delicious vegetable that in now a sure inclusion to our home menu as even my FIL has liked it. After I made it my husband asked me where was this from? After I told him its from Pondicherry he has promise me that he will take me there!!  I hope I go there soon so that I can taste all the wonderful cuisines!!  

It is called Kadugu Yerra! Kadugu is mustard and yerra is prawns! Don’t worry the prawns and substituted with cauliflower. The other ingredients I substituted were 1 tbsp coconut cream with ½ cup thick coconut milk and 1 tbsp vinegar with 1 tomato and oil its Rice bran.

Kadugu  Cauliflower~Union Territory Pondicherry

Kadugu  Cauliflower

Union Territory: Pondicherry
Recipe Source: Mysoorean
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  •  1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, paste
  • ½   tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 large potato, cut into small cubes
  • ½   a head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 cup coconut milk, thin
  • ½ cup coconut milk thick

  • Grind fine one tomato, mustard and methi use a little thick coconut milk if needed.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai /wok.
  • Add garlic paste and cumin seeds sauté for a few seconds and add onions. Sauté till transparent.
  •  Add 2 tomatoes, salt and red chilli powder, mix cover and cook till tomatoes are soft.
  •  Add potatoes, cauliflower florets, thin coconut milk and salt.  Mix well.
  • Cover and cook on low until the veggies are cooked.
  •  Add the tomato mustard and methi paste, the rest of the thick coconut milk. Bring to a boil. 
  •  Adjust seasonings and you are done!
  • We liked it with rotis.  You can have it with rice too.

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  1. coconut milk gives such a lovely glaze and you have captured it beautifully here

  2. beautiful coconut milk there!! so apt!

  3. The cauliflower surely looks great..and I am sure all that coconut milk must have made it so rich..

  4. The dish looks so so tempting with those cauliflowers...and the pics look amazing..so good that you feel like picking up the dish from the screen, and hope you take a trip to Pondi soon:))

  5. Lovely vegetaraian twist to the usual non veg dish. Excellent side dish, i can have with some rice..

  6. That curry looks so delicious Archana. Love the clicks.

  7. very tempting dish. I am glad you found a sub for prawns.

  8. Delicious cauliflower curry. The addition of coconut milk must have given a rich taste to the dish...

  9. Oh, you made the vegetarian version for kadugu yerra. I made kadugu yerra. Your version looks equally delicious. So this is the recipe that so in demand in your house.. :) Nice to know your family loved it.

  10. what a delicious cauliflower curry

  11. wow thats an deliicous kadugu cauliflower, I love the addition of coconut milk init just fabulous :)

  12. sounds yummy archana.. i am intrigued by the spice paste.. mustard methi and tomato.. definitely have to try it


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