Think about hot Jowar/Akki Rotis (unleavened bread made of millet/rice flour) along with the mouth watering Badnekayi Yennegayi(Brinjal/Eggplant Gravy), eh???? Yes am talking about North Karnataka Food.The Kamat groups in Bangalore,India makes one of the finest North Karnataka cuisines.The lunch they serve is mindblowing a typical meal consists of Jowar Roti along with the trademark Badnekayi Yennegayi(Eggplant gravy),Kaalu (a lentil curry),Kosambri(salad),Palya(any veggie curry),Sambhar,Saaru(Rasam),Curd and a yummy dessert.Few of the sweets that I remember is “Dharwad Peda”,”Antina Undi”( meaning laddus made with edible gum and nuts),Yellu Holige (Indian bread made with Sesame seeds and jaggery). Once in India,I happened to get inside Hotel Kamat Lokaruchi’s kitchen where I saw women make Jowar and Akki Roti’s with so much ease,they used their hands instead of rolling pins.

In India, at my workplace hot Akki Rotis were served along with a spicy gravy made of Onion,tomato and peas for breakfast which I’ve always enjoyed .I have also tried making them many a times and failed miserably.However,the usual Akki Rotis using rice flour and onions are easy to make,but the dry ones have always been a challenge.

Jes like the way I think Strawberries are the best fruit,i think Brinjal/Eggplants are the best vegetables.I simply love them,there is so many recipes one can think of using them.Similar to Badnekayi Ennegayi,in Tamilnadu “Yennaikathirikai” is made,where in Eggplant is almost soaked in oil,however a tasty one!

Generally ,the consumption of peanuts & sesame seeds are more in this cuisine.Thanks to Ramya and Mangala for their wonderful recipes.I made Akki roti from Mangala Bhatt’s Recipe24x7 and Yennegayi Badnekayi from Ramya‘s Mane Adige. I did make some changes to suit our taste buds.

AKKI ROTI

Ingredients:

Rice  2 cups
Urad Dal 2 tbsp
Cucumber 1(grated)
Rice flour – 4 tbsp for dusting/rolling
Salt – as per taste

Method :

1.Soak Rice and Urad dal for about 3-4 hrs
2.Use cucumber to grind the Rice and Urad Dal together.
3.Make a fine paste and pour the paste onto a dry Pan/Kadai and keep stiring.This part is li’l difficult,because lumps form very easily.Keep stiring till you end up with a dough like consistency.Allow it to cool.Knead again,you need to apply a lot of pressure on hands.Use rice flour for dusting and make rotis using a rolling pin and bake without oil on low flame.

These Rotis taste very good when served hot.Two rotis leftover from previous days turned out hard.So this one is best when fresh.This measurement makes 10-12 rotis.Before serving,drop a li’l butter on top of it for better taste.Also, as per the original recipe,2hrs of soaking time is good enough.

Mangala has listed yummy recipes in her blog,do check out her mouthwatering and attractive recipes.The reason I said attractive is because of the pictures in her blog,she has presented it very well,each and every pic of hers would make anyone drool.

BADNEKAYI YENNEGAYI

Eggplant/Brinjal 8 nos(small purple ones)
Tamarind 1/4 cup extract (I soaked a lemon sized tamarind ball in water)
Onion 1 cup (finely chopped)
Green chilly  2 slit (optional)
Mustard Seeds  1 tsp
Curry leaves a few
Asafoetida/hing  a pinch
Jaggery 1tsp
Oil  2 tbsp

For the Masala/filling -

Coconut 1/2 cup
Coriander seeds  2 tbsp
Red chillies  8nos
Cumin seeds 1/2 tbsp
Peanuts 1/4 cup
Sesame seeds  1 tbsp
Onion  1 small (roughly chopped)

Method

1.Dry roast all the filling ingredients(except coconut and onions) and grind them alongwith the coconut and onions.
2.Vertically/lengthwise make two slits in the eggplant,jes till the end but not completely chopping it off from its head. Retain the stalk.
3.Stuff the filling mixture inside the slits.The remaining filling masala can be used for the gravy.
4.Heat Oil in a Pan.Temper with Mustard seeds,hing,green chillies and curryleaves.Add onions and saute for about 2 mins.
5.Drop the stuffed Eggplant one by one,gently mix them along with the onions.Close the lid and let it cook for 10mins.
6.Add Tamarind water,the remaining masala,salt,Jaggery and required amount of water.
7.Close the lid again and allow it to cook.Once they turn soft,check for the required consistency and switch off the flame.

I prefer semi gravy consistency,as it goes well with rice too. Serve hot with Akki Roti and enjoy the delicacies of North Karnataka.Ramya‘s blog is an apt place to look for Karnataka Cuisine.I sometimes feel nostalgic reading her blog:).Thanks again Ramya!

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