Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ALOE VERA CURRY - CHETTINAD STYLE


Ingredients:
Aloe vera ..... 1 leaf
Onion ........... 1
Tomato ........ 1
Tamarind juice ... 2-3 tbsps.
Ginger-garlic paste ... 1 tsp.
Salt ..................... to taste
Red chilli powder .. 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp.
Jaggery ............... a small piece.
Oil
Coriander leaves .... to garnish
Roast and Dry Grind:
Cumin seeds ....... 1 tsp.
Saunf (aniseed)... 1 tsp.
Sesame seeds ...... 1 tsp.
Poppy seeds ........ 1 tsp.
Pepper corns ...... 1/2 tsp.
Clove................... 1
Cinnamon ......... 1 small piece
Dry red chilli ..... 1
Peanuts ........... 1 tbsp.
Dessicated coconut .. 1 tbsp.
( You can grind this masala in large quantity and store it )
Tempering :
Mustard seeds ... 1 tsp.
Asafoetida ......... a pinch
Curry leaves ...... 5-6
Dry red chilli..... 1
Method:

1. Peel and cut the aloe vera into small pieces.

2. Boil it for 5 minutes adding salt. Drain and set aside.


3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onion for 3-4 minutes. Add the ginger garlic paste and tomato.Sprinkle a little water and simmer.

4.Now add the aloe vera,turmeric powder,chilli powder, jaggery, one heaped tablespoon of the ground masala and salt. Also stir in the tamarind juice. Add a little water and cook further for 2-3 minutes.
5.Fry the tempering and add to the curry.
Garnish with coriander leaves.


Linking to :
Tried & Tasted - Chettinad Cuisine
Hosted by :
Kitchen Chronicles  
&
Classic Chettinad Kitchen

15 comments:

Asha said...

Masala looks yummy. Never used Aloe Vera before, dish looks delicious.

Shobha said...

Asha, aloe vera is eaten like a vegetable only in Rajasthan...for variation I thought why not try with Chettinad masala.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Never ever had aloe vera in any form, curry with aloe vera, that's amazing! You have a wonderful space here, happy to follow you:-)

Suman Singh said...

Aloe vera curry sounds unique to me...looks so tempting...yum!

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! curry with aloe vera..lovely..I know it has got lot of medicinal value my grandma used to make some chutney with it..but I never tried it..

Shobha said...

Thanks Mymoonah, Suman & Nithu.
When I heard that a curry is made with aloe vera in Rajasthan, I got the recipe from my Rajasthani friend and tried it out. I always had the feeling that it would taste bitter,but it turned out to be like any other vegetable.
This time I tried making with Chettinad masala.

Chetana Suvarna Ganatra said...

Hey Shobha, thks for stopping by my blog n leaving those wonderful comments.
When i saw dis post, i rubbed my eyes n saw it again...never heard of aloe ki sabzi.
However looks like any other vege...never knew one cook aloe.
Tats de beauty of blogging... you always learn sumthing new.
Thks for sharing dear.

Shobha said...

Ya Chetna,u r absolutely right ... we get to learn so much.

Padhu said...

This is totally new to me .I do not know that aloe vera can be cooked.Thanks for sharing .Do drop by
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com
when u find time

Shobha said...

Thanks for dropping by.
Yes aloe vera is generally used for medicinal purposes.
I did see your blog ...lovely presentations and nice recipes...will surely see them again leisurely.

Punam said...

Hi didi, I see you finally found your way out with the Aloe Vera curry. The one in achari masala, is done by pounding methidana, onion seeds, dhania seeds, jeera seeds and ginger and garlic in mortar-pestle.. then cooking it like any common Indian subzi.. brown onions, then add the pounded masala, then tomatoes, bhunofy and finally add the boiled n drained aloe vera. I hope I recall it properly, but that is how it is basically made.
~Poonam

Shobha said...

Thanks Poonam..will try it out with the achari masala next time.

ABD said...

it's really innovative...i have never seen aloe vera added to any curry...i had 4 pots of aloe vera when i was in B'lore. Wish I knew about this recipe then. I would have surely tried. Thanks for posting....

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Nilu A said...

Wow! Good and innovative recipe Shobha :-)

Yesenia said...

I never eat aloe vera