My MIL made this absolutely delicious kala vatana curry when I came home as a newly wed and I must say I was hooked to the nutty fiery taste…from then on I had tried to recreate the same magic but I guess its difficult to match up to the same taste. The key here is the fantastic kala masala which can spice up any gravy!!! I make it a point to make fresh kala or goda masala as it is also called as I love the aroma that the spices give when they are roasted, especially the dry coconut…Hmmm divine!! This masala is truly versatile….it can be added to masale bhaat, bharli vangi subji and various curries..its a great thickner. You can make and store the masala in airtight container in the fridge, it will keep for a few weeks. This curry is basically a Malvani speciality and tastes good with bhakri or malvani vada or even steamed rice.
Heat 1Tsp of oil in a kadhai and dry roast all the masala ingredients, cool and grind it to a fine powder. Store in airtight container.
Soak the Kala Vatana overnight or for atleat 7 to 8 hrs. Cook the soaked Vatana in a pressure cooker till almost done. This will take about 4 to 5 whistles on medium flame.
Cut onion and tomato finely. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan. Add the onion and tomato and saute till tender. Now grind the onion, tomato and about 1 tbsp of cooked vatana together to a smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pan and add the ginger garlic paste and saute add the ground paste, haldi powder, salt, chilli powder and the Goda Masala. Add 1 cup of water. Now add the vatana and cook covered for 10 mins. Serve garnished with coriander leaves.
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a teenager and a homemaker. I love to cook, read and travel (and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.
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I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
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Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
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