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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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{ 18 comments… add one }

  • Aruna September 17, 2008, 6:47 pm

    Wow what a different tambali. First i have to check if i have so much khus khus. Hey no coconut?

    Shilpa: No :)

  • Divya Vikram September 17, 2008, 7:04 pm

    Looks healthy..Havent heard of this though.

  • jayasree September 18, 2008, 12:19 am

    Thats sure one easy gravy to go with rice. It looks like my kind of gravy being both spicy and tangy.

  • Purnima September 18, 2008, 12:35 am

    Shilpa..this is very new tamboli…but no khus khus here! :D No coconut, no phanna! Wonderful!

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  • Suma September 18, 2008, 4:34 am

    Hi Shilpa….this is a new tambli…..i havent heard of this before. Must try it soon! Thanks for sharing.

  • sia September 18, 2008, 9:06 am

    ghase ghase is also used in making payasa and amma used to make very often during summer. may be i should get hold of that recipe from her.

    Shilpa: Yes Sia. I have heard so much about gasgase paysa. Will wait for the recipe.

  • Munni September 18, 2008, 9:10 am

    Nice refreshing recipe, must try.

  • Veda September 18, 2008, 11:55 am

    hi shilpa,

    I make many varieties of tambuli since i love it and its very healthy too….i have so many posts of tambuli pending….refreshed after a short break from the blogging scene…should come out with the recipes sometime…..meanwhile i will def give this kind a try for sure…


  • nagesh kaikini September 18, 2008, 12:00 pm

    Poppy seeds are quite a routine additive in sweet Kheers made during ceremonial lunches. It is not only soothing but has an excellent soporific effect.

    Thanks for the Tambli suggestion. Any tambli is always welcome. Quite a few ladies around Bangalore, South Kanara use green leaves of Cauliflower, White radish (tender though) for making tambliees.

  • Chetna September 18, 2008, 12:09 pm

    Looks like a very nice Tambli, Shilpa.
    Have got to try this one..

    Tamblis are normally not cooked. if it is cooked, it becomes a kadhi. Wonder how it will taste if not cooked.

    Did you serve it hot or cold with the rice ?

    thanks for a new Tambli recipe-love all of them.

    Shilpa: Chetna, here yogurt/buttermilk is not cooked. In this case, since poppy seeds are roasted, I think it will taste good even if the paste is not cooked. It is served cold(room temperature).Tamblis can have one or more cooked ingredients. I updated post for more clarification

  • Anjali J. September 18, 2008, 12:15 pm

    tambli looks so delcicious.. lovely color..

  • Ashley Designer Baby Bags September 18, 2008, 7:30 pm

    Wonderful recipe for the late summer! I tend to like soups this time of year anyway. I always enjoy your posts.

  • Raji September 18, 2008, 9:08 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Have u heard of mor kuzhambu, that they do in the south? Actually, i wanted a version without the coconut in it and i think i have found it here. Will try it out. Thanks.

  • Sweta September 19, 2008, 5:35 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Your recipes are very good..I have tried some and my husband and I have always appreciated the outcome!! :).

    Regarding the above recipe, my husband has an allergy to milk products, so I cannot use yoghurt.Is there an alternative? will Soya yoghurt taste the same?

    Shilpa: Sweta, I have never tasted/used soya yogurt, so don’t know how it will taste in this. I am very sorry. But if you have prepared any other tamblis with the soya yogurt, it will work for this too.

  • fanatic September 23, 2008, 7:50 am

    Aaah..gasgase tambli in the afternoon and you’re assured of the best nap ever. This can even be diluted and consumed as a beverage. Like lassi. :)

  • Ramki October 12, 2008, 7:21 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    It was your earlier post on Tamblis which motivated me to write 1001 Tamblis. This iss sure a novel Tambli !

  • The Nomad October 13, 2010, 7:22 am

    Hello Shilpa,

    I came across your blog recently and love it! Great recipes! In Bengal, we have many dishes which require poppy seed paste as the main spice ingredient. Some are mentioned at http://tinyurl.com/24yx65n, http://tinyurl.com/27frsus and http://tinyurl.com/2cat45b. My favorite is potato and onions in a semi dry poppy seed gravy. Looking forward to be a regular at your blog. Thanks.

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