Monday, 5 April 2010

Mutkule…a one pot meal

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Hi.
There are days when I feel lost at deciding a menu either for lunch or dinner, I am sure every one faces this problem sometime. On such days there are a few dishes which are my saviors. I prefer one pot meals so that I cook fast and have a filling meal. One such pot meal which has been my childhood favorite is Mutkule a traditional Maharashtrian recipe. It is also called Dive or Varanatali Phala/ fruits in the daal. The daal made here is the traditional ambat-goda varan (sweet-sour) daal. This daal has an amazing taste and is a regular at Maharashtrian homes. Amsul/Kokam is used to impart the tanginess and a hint of jaggery for the sweetness. It is the dried part of the fruit that is used in the curries. To read more about Kokam, check here.
I remember at my Mom’s place this was a favorite amongst me,  brother and mom. Dad never liked it, so we used to wait that he goes on a tour so that Mom could make this and we three could  relish eating it. Gladly now my family also loves eating this, so I can relish it more frequently.
This particular preparation is my kind of meal, it’s quick to make, healthy, filling and very tasty. One can enjoy the health benefits of lentils and wheat together. I can say I enjoy cooking this hassle free stuff. It’s a hearty meal to be enjoyed with some ghee on top and some pickle to tickle the taste buds.
Ingredients
3 cups of cooked Toor daal/ Pigeon Pea
3 cups whole wheat flour
about 5 tbsp oil for shortening
3 tsp carom seeds/ ajwain
2 onions chopped
5-6 green chilies chopped
8-10 kokam
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tsp goda masala
2-3 tsp red chili pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric
a pinch of strong asafetida
2 tbsp crushed jaggery
salt to taste
3 tbsp oil for cooking
2 tsp mustard seeds
Method
To the wheat flour add carom seeds, salt to taste and oil for shortening, using water knead a tight dough. I add more carom as it’s good digestive and it does impart a nice flavor to the dough.
There are two ways to make the Mutkule, firstly by rolling out thick rotis and cutting them (I prefer this as it’s convenient to eat), secondly by breaking small dumpling and pressing them in the fists. I have shown both the methods in the following pics so that it’s convenient to understand.

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Cook the lentils along with a pinch of turmeric and asafetida in a pressure cooker till it’s cooked soft. Blend it with a ladle.
Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, add asafetida followed by onions and green chilies  and saute them. Put some curry leaves.
Add turmeric and red chili pwd, saute.
Add the cooked dal and mix properly. Adjust the consistency by adding the water.Now add the kokam, salt to taste and the jaggery. Put the goda masala and mix. Also put some chopped cilantro too.
When the lentils come to a boil, tip in the Mutkule one by one. Let the Mutkule cook in the dal. This will take about 10-15 mins.
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Once done, serve immediately with a dash of clarified butter on top.

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I would surely like to know which dish is your savior when you are undecided what to cook..As for now, do let me know how do you find this preparation which is my family’s favorite.
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46 comments:

ruchikacooks said...

Interesting name and the preparation looks delicious.

Swathi said...

Pari,

This is new to me, really healthy one pot meal, we have some thing similar using dal dumplings and rice dumplings curry.

Kairali sisters said...

wow...love the color.. all the nutritious stuff from a single curry....great recipe pari..

Love
Kairali sisters

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Very interesting..........looks tempting.Never made it.

nandini said...

hey this is absolutely new to me ... looks very interesting... will try sometime!!.

Trish said...

oh my goodness...that looks very good!

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! this is very interesting..loved your step-by-step presentation..lovely pictures too..

Sushma Mallya said...

Very interesting name pari,sounds delicious too, very nice recipe to try and has got a beautiful colour as well....

priya said...

new and inviting..delicious

Kanchan said...

Bookmarked Pari !

I recollect there was this Nanny who used to be with us when we were kids - she was from Dhule part of Maharashtra and she used to prepare this for us. We used to love this. Will prepare this soon.

Ms.Chitchat said...

This dish is new to me, an awesome and is filled with goodness. Thanks for those illustrative clicks, made us understand the procedure very well :):)

SathyaSridhar said...

Woow, curry looks creamy n rich texture,,i hv nt tried this one yet myself looks very easy n delicious curry,,sure will try this one soon dear,,thanks for sharing ,,hope u also enjoyed ur long weekend with ur family,,take care n keep on smiling,,

Rekha shoban said...

wow! nice click...recipe looks yummy!

Rujuta said...

Hi Pari.....
This is yummy and amazingly delicious one pot meal.
we call this Varanphal and my father's absolute favourte....
Check my recipe for the same..
http://theworldaccordingtorujuta.blogspot.com/2010/02/varan-phal-repost-event.html

Meena said...

this reminds me of my childhood in mumbai when our neighbor would make dishes w/kokam n pass on to us...love this...

sowmya's creative saga said...

my maharashtrian friend makes something very similar like this one..love it...

Dershana said...

such a nice dish, pari. we make something similar but with rice flour and usually chicken instead of the dhal called pidi. the tang of kokum and the sweetness of jaggery must be so yummy!

sulagna ™ said...

pari mala amrathi yetah..ani henceforth mee tujhashi marathi amdhey bolnar hai :)

being in Pune has got me addicted to everything from vada paoto tyhaali peeth to pitla :) this one is new..must try this on days when my kitchen pantry looks empty..

and your compliments on my blog make me go sky high..coming from such a wonderfully talented lady,it makes me feel special..waise take up the tag if you ever get time..would love to see you write more

Nandini said...

Slurp! Yum! This is so absolutely scrumptious and awesome! Must be aromatic too!

Priya said...

Pari, wat a beautiful dish, looks wholesome and yummy, truly new to me..

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow yummy and new recipe to me.y neighbour told me about the dhokli ,very similar to this.
Btw,we can mae the same type of kootu(which i posted in my blog)with bottlegourd too.

simply.food said...

I love this one pot dish in gujarati we call it dhal dokri.Its ameal in it self.

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Sounds like a yummy luscious one pot meal....sure it does:-)))

Judy said...

This looks so interesting, something I would love to try, but the ingredients are not available to me. It would be helpful if you had explanations on what they are and what could be substituted in the US.

Tina said...

Yummy and colourful dish..

notyet100 said...

this looks so delicious

Gulmohar said...

Interesting recipe..never had this..Sounds like a wholesome meal, Pari

Suparna said...

wow pari,
this is absolutely new to me...am so fascinated by the name , ingredients and preparation ...would wanna make it when am running out of ideas of what to prepare :)
Thanks for the detailed post
TC

Saswati said...

hi a very tasty one pot meal...infact its so much like dal dhokli.looks delicious:)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow Pari, looks yummy and as you alreayd said, a complete meal, it has everything in it. Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

Ramya said...

This dish sound interesting and new to me whos a SouthIndian..HAve never used kokum b4..Love to try this:)

Kiran said...

A nice one pot meal indeed.Very colorful and delcious looking.Nice step by step presentation.

Latha said...

Interesting recipe....would love to try it sometime :).

Cham said...

Interesting and unusual gravy!

Yasmeen said...

Sounds like a filling meal :D

Simply Life said...

oh this looks delicious!!!

Nithya said...

This is so new and so yummm :) will try it out for sure. :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Very new to me and sure sounds so filling!

PJ said...

omg, it has been so long since i have had mutkule! and i just realized that while reading your post! I have got to make this now.. :)

Deepa said...

hey this looks like varan phal isnt it, though I have never made any of these, but now that I have this authentic recipe and such a delicious looking too..will try it soon. the clicks are making me hungry..

Suma said...

I have eaten the North Karnataka version of this dish and its simply delicious!! Great to eat specially when you have a cold:-) thanks for this version, will try this out. Nothing like a one pot meal on a lazy day.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is so an amazing recipe !! I Would love to try this someday !! Looking Yummy !!

Madhavi said...

Oh this is yummmmmm :))

Soma Pradhan said...

I just heard abt this dish on weekend from hubby's colleagues wife who never shares her recipes and see I got the recipe from you !!! Thx so much for sharing

jenn said...

Thanks for recipe, turned out really good and easy, fast and nutritious.
Please post more one pot meals recipes.

Anonymous said...

We can also boil it in water

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