Alsande Tonak | Black Eyed Peas Goan Special Curry

>>  Thursday, December 25, 2014

For the second day of BM#47, under bookmarked recipes, I wanted to make the Goan Tondak, that I was drooling when Vaishali had made it for her Indian States. She had visited Archana and along with her cooked up a feast of the special Goan Tondak and Pav. Since I was cooking for a crowd with the wish to bring about a dish from each state, I thought this curry would be very delicious.

I originally wanted to make Butter Kulcha and Goan Tondak, later my team were feeling that butter kulchas would become tough and not be soft when we are making for such huge crowd. Also they felt using maida alone may not be healthy option. I had cooked up Kulcha over the weekend just to verify if it becomes tough over time, though mine were soft even after sometime, I realized cooking for a huge crowd, I might not be able to control the rolling and frying part.
 So I decided to go with Khamiri Roti, and all were happy that I was going to use wheat flour. I had pinged Archana to ask which other bean I could use instead of the bean she had suggested Vaishali. She said Black Eyed Peas/ Alasanda would be great option. Since it's a bean I love, I was so happy making it. 

On the day of making it, I got around making the dough at about 11. 30 in the morning and had couple of my colleagues to help knead the dough. The guys were enthu to flex their muscles and made sure the dough was really soft and well kneaded. We mixed about 7 kgs of wheat flour and rolled out about 180 rotis. Worse or best part was, the 150 Khamiri rotis disappeared and the last 30 rotis were plain chapatis. Since this was kneaded at the last moment, it didn't have proper resting time and turned out hard.

The gravy was made with 5 and half kg of Alasanda and a huge batch of Goan Masala that I blended early morning. The combination was super hit and many had to skip their dinner because they had their fill and couldn't resist. On the whole I enjoyed making this combination.

I had previously made Tonak Pav, with the Goan Garam Masala that Archana suggested. While a whole Wheat Goan Poee with Feijoada was made for Indian States. 

 Khamiri Roti
Alasande Tondak

Ingredients Needed:

For the Gravy

Black eyed peas/ Alasanda - 250 gms

Onions, finely hopped fine
Turmeric a pinch
Salt to Taste
Oil - 2 - 3 tsp
A few springs of coriander

For the ground masala

Freshly grated coconut - 1 1/2 cups
Onion chopped - 1
Garlic - 6 -7 cloves
A small ball of tamarind
Goan Spice Masala - 2 -3 tsp

Goan Spice Masala:

Coriander seeds 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/ Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red chillies - 3-4
Cinnamon - 1"
Cloves - 4 nos
Whole Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Star anise - 1
Nutmeg powder a pinch

How to make the Goan Tondak

Wash and soak the black eyed peas overnight. Change water couple of times, and pressure cook till soft. Keep it aside. Don't drain the water, you can use it for cooking.

Heat a kadai with oil, fry the red chillies, keep aside. Fry the other ingredients for the masala individually add oil if necessary. Keep aside.

In the same pan fry the coconut, onions and garlic, on low flame till the coconut is reddish brown in colour, use oil if needed. Cool.

Grind to a fine paste all the fried spices, coconut onion mixture, along with the tamarind. Keep it aside.

Heat a non stick pan with oil, fry finely chopped onions till soft, add the boiled beans without water. Combine and cook well.

Next add the ground masala paste, turmeric, salt. Saute everything well until the beans get coated well. Then add the reserved water and bring to boil. When the gravy thickens as required, add chopped coriander leaves and simmer for 5 mins.

Serve hot with rotis.

Sending this to PJ, who is hosting the MLLA, managed by Lisa, started by Susan

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM


Archana Potdar December 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM  

Making me drool Valli. Thanks for the mention.

Kalyani December 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM  

I love alasande too and this is s yummy gravy that I had bookmarked from Archana too !! Yummy

Priya Suresh December 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM  

Alsande tonak looks prefect to have rotis, beautiful combination..150 Kamiri rotis wow,very impressive.

Varadas Kitchen December 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM  

I am enjoying your story about the office cook out. A lot of work but must have been nice to work with colleagues.

Suja Ram December 26, 2014 at 6:05 AM  

Both Rotis n Alasande gravy look great. Hats off to you for making in such huge quantity.

Sarita December 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM  

Alasande gravy looks too good with roti..Good to know about the recipe.

Nivedhanams Sowmya December 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM  

looks so delicious and so comforting!!! such a beautiful blend of spices!!!

Manjula Bharath December 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM  

wow roti and alasande looks so scrumptious :) making me hungry !!

Priya Srinivasan December 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM  

Black eyed peas is our favourite lentil too! I too have bookmarked it had to try out now. 180 roti's wow valli, quite a task!!!

Harini-Jaya R December 31, 2014 at 9:55 PM  

Wow! Another one with black eyed peas! Must try!!

vaishali sabnani January 2, 2015 at 7:11 AM  

Oh my God...I am speechless..truly Valli you are an amazing lady...the combo looks awesome

Sapana Behl January 3, 2015 at 7:01 AM  

Black eyed pea is ne of my fav in any form . This combo sounds delicious .Good job..

sneha datar January 3, 2015 at 11:36 PM  

A classic combination, really delicious.

Padmajha PJ January 8, 2015 at 3:58 PM  

Wow! you cooked this for a crowd!! Sounds like a delicious combo! And thanks fro sending it across to the event :)

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