Balekai Kodilu | Raw Banana Sambar ~ Udupi Style Sambar

>>  Wednesday, September 9, 2015

For the third day of Indian States, under BM#56, Buffet on Table, I am going to give you a feast from the Udupi Cuisine. Of all the cuisines of Karnataka, Udupi Cuisine is very famous and renowned for its vegetarian feast.

As you all might know already, I am very fond of Indian Thalis and have eagerly lapped on reading different Indian Thalis. Sometime back NDTV Food featured Top 10 Udupi dishes and ever since then I have been wanting to make a Udupi Thali myself.

Another reason was, Padma got me Jackfruit Appalam/Pappad from her visit to Udupi. As she was travelling and visiting Krishna Temple, she was sharing the pictures and I was so taken in by them. That also made me decide that I ought to cook Udupi Thali. Ever hear of a papad  leading to a thali? Well if you taste the Jackfruit appalam, you will agree on it.

One fine day, I finally sat down to pick up my Udupi menu. I knew I will not be able to prepare the elaborate and complete Thali. However I wanted to make sure that I picked up atleast one of the items listed in their elaborate menu. I saw this list and went ahead deciding.

Even before I knew about the Udupi Menu, I knew their Sambar was famous and wanted to make it. However from the Udupi Recipes site, I couldn't identify which was sambar. After hours of reading, I finally understood, it's called as Koddelu! I was reading about the Gulla Bolu Huli. I was having problems understanding the different regional words used. I am hoping I ended up with an authentic sambar, no matter how much I understood!

Another surprise element was reading that coconut being predominately used in Udupi Cuisine as well. So when a Sambar is prepared without coconut, it is called "Bol Koddel". As the natives think without coconut, the sambar is plain. 

The Bol Koddel can be prepared in two ways. One using the Udupi Sambar powder, another without the sambar powder. Since I was anyway going to the full measurement, I went ahead to prepare Udupi Sambar podi as well.

The vegetables that you can use in the Sambar can be Yellow Pumpkin, Eggplant, Beans, Carrot, Raw Banana, Ash gourd, Yellow cucumber (mangalore southe), Ladies finger, etc. However the most preferred vegetable is the Brijal or Eggplant (Gulla in Tulu). I read that even cabbage and red amaranth leaves can be used. 

Eggplant Bolu Huli is also a speciality at the Shri Krishna temple (Commonly known as Krishna mutt) of Udupi. Devotees from all over the country, throng the temple for this 'prasadam', served during lunch. I read about an interesting story on this variety of Eggplant that is locally grown. I was so glad I landed here as I enjoyed the visual treat this blogger has on her blog!

We also get a green variety of brinjal, however I couldn't procure it on the day I was cooking. So I decided on Raw Plantain. 

This is part of the Udupi Thali

How to plan and prepar Udupi Lunch Menu, has details on how I went about preparing the thali,

As I have said in the beginning, my representative of any of the regional cuisines is not complete by any means. I have picked up dishes that I could make and knew my family will like. The choices and dishes that will be part of any thali is beyond my aspiration to cook and enjoy in one sitting! 

Raw Banana Sambar

Ingredients Needed

Raw Plantain / Banana - 1 
Toor dal - 3/4 cup
Tamarind - lemon sized ball
Jaggery - Big lemon sized
Turmeric powder a pinch
Green chillies- 2
Curry leaves- 1 strand
Coriander leaves handful
Asafoetida - Chickpea size

For Seasoning

Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Red chilly - 1
Curry leaves handful
Oil - 2 tsp

How to make the Raw Banana Sambar

Wash and Pressure cook Toor dal till soft. I cooked for 3 whistles, and added the banana pieces and cooked for another whistle.

Once the pressure falls, add tamarind extract, chopped green chilies, hing, jaggery, salt, Udupi Sambar podi and enough water to get the required consistency.

Finally add the coriander leaves and bring to boil. 

Meanwhile in a smaller tempering pan, heat oil, add the tempering ingredients and when done, pour on the simmering sambar.

Remove and serve with Steamed Rice.
This is part of the Udupi Thali

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Sapana Behl September 9, 2015 at 12:19 AM  

wow ! that sambhar looks so mouthwatering.Very nice spread .You did lots of efforts .

Usha September 9, 2015 at 12:33 AM  

Like your styling here. Sambar bowl on a banan leaf looks very traditional. Raw banana in sambar is new to me.

vaishali sabnani September 9, 2015 at 6:18 AM  

Valli i am wondering what will i do if I have to do a Udipi Thali ! Seriously its hard for me to pronounce most of the names . Anyway the sambar sounds interesting and worth a try .

Kalyani September 9, 2015 at 8:43 AM  

Bolu Huli, halasina happala (jackfruit papad) and the entire thali takes me back to udipi and its lip smacking food !!! Thank u for all d memories Valli ...

Padma Rekha September 9, 2015 at 7:28 PM  

My God Valli this whole udupi spread making me drool specialy that bale Kai kodilu mouthwatering yaar.glad you like those jackfruit pappad...

Srividhya September 11, 2015 at 9:07 AM  

Awesome. I love udupi cuisine. Very yummy

sneha datar September 12, 2015 at 10:39 PM  

Lipsmacking sambar.

Harini-Jaya R September 14, 2015 at 2:54 AM  

Wow! Such an elaborate thali !! I have also attempted a mini one and loved their food.

Sandhiya September 18, 2015 at 9:06 AM  

I love to try different variety of sambar. This looks delicious & interesting.

Pavani N September 20, 2015 at 7:10 AM  

Delicious looking sambar. Never tried sambar with raw banana -- sounds interesting.

Gayathri Kumar September 23, 2015 at 5:39 PM  

Loving all your thalis. You say it is simple but they are so elaborate and looks absolutely delicious. This looks like a flavourful sambar..

Archana Potdar September 23, 2015 at 9:13 PM  

Wow awesome sambhar Valli. Come to Goa I will give you not only jackfruit but ragi ones also.

Suma Gandlur September 28, 2015 at 10:32 PM  

Seems like a flavorful kodilu. I don't know how you cook thalis when your plate is already full? That pun was a coincidence. :)I am lazy and don't cook a thali meal even on a festive day.

Padmajha PJ October 2, 2015 at 11:19 PM  

I love jackfruit pappad and got a huge pack on our visit there and am using it in rations!What a thali you have there Srivalli!Simply superb yaar...

Chef Mireille October 5, 2015 at 11:13 AM  

with their abundant use of coconut and plantain I would love spending some time in Karnataka...this is another great dish from this state which is fast becoming one of my fave Indian cuisines

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