Horse gram sidedish (Kulitha koddel)

There was one time, when I absolutely hated horse gram. Aayi even stopped cooking with it after the tantrums I would throw when she made anything with this. Somehow it has changed in last couple of years. One of my friends recently asked me for this traditional Konkani recipe.

Koddel is a kind of watery side dish with coconut. I recently prepared it with horse gram and drumsticks. This combo along with the garlic seasoning creates absolutely yummy dish.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup horse gram
1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
1/2 cup vegetables – any one of drumsticks, sooran, raw banana, kooka(chinese potatos)
4-5 red chilies
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 2 pieces of tamarind
1 tea spn chopped garlic
Oil
Salt

Method:
Cook horse gram with enough water in cooker till it is completely cooked (I soaked it for about 8hrs and then cooked, even though some people say, unsoaked version tastes better).
Cook the vegetable.
Dry roast the red chilies till they are crispy. Grind them with coconut, tamarind to a smooth paste.
Add the paste, salt and vegetable to cooked horse gram and cook until the gravy thickens. (Even though this is a side dish, it is bit watery like most of the Konkani side dishes with coconut).
Heat a little oil and fry garlic. Add this to the koddel and mix well.
Serve hot as a side dish with rice.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 40 mins (horse gram takes a long time to cook. All other steps are pretty fast).

Note : Even though it is not traditional way of making koddel, those who don’t eat garlic, substitute it with teppal(sichuan pepper). If this ingredient is chosen, slightly crush it in 1tbl spn of water and add to the paste while it is boiling.

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