Poppy seeds-buttermilk gravy (Gasgase tambli)

Gas gase or khus khus or poppy seeds are supposed to have a cooling effect on the body. Until recently, I had not seen any recipes which had this spice as the main ingredient. I heard about these for the first time from my Kannada colleagues. I found this recipe in a Kannada book, since I love tamblis (they are fast, easy and tasty), I prepared this. It tasted great, a very nice change to everyday gravies.

1/2 cup poppy seeds
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract
3-4 red chillies
1 cup yogurt
A pinch turmeric
1″ piece ginger

Roast poppy seeds for few minutes(this step is optional but gives a nice aroma).
Grind to a smooth paste with ginger, red chillies, tamarind, turmeric, salt.
Cook the paste for few minutes. Now take off the heat and add well beaten yogurt(this can be done after the paste cools to room temperature). Do not heat/reheat after adding yogurt.
Serve with rice.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 10mins

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