Thursday, May 22, 2008

A simple JHOVAN!!!

"Jhovan" is the konkani term used for "meals".A typical konkani jhovan consists of 10 or more items which is usually vegetarian.So many items are usually prepared on festivals or occasions.A daily meal will consist of only 3-4 items-rice,dal,upkari,pappad and pickles.

Here i have prepared a delicious combination of methi dal,kellya salli upkari(banana skin) and pappad.My 4th post to the recipe marathon event.



Toor dal - 1 cup

onion - 1/2 cup , finely chopped

methi leaves - a bunch , roughly chopped

grated ginger - 1 tsp



mustard seeds - 1 tsp

urad dal - 1 tsp

green chillies - 3-4 ,slit

curry leaves - 1 sprig

Asafoetida - a pinch(optional)


Cook the dal in pressure cooker along with some grated ginger and salt.Heat a tbsp of oil in wok/kadai.Add the onions and fry them till golden brown.Add the cooked dal to it.Add enough water to get the consistency you want.Check salt.Cover and let it come to a boil.

Now prepare the tadka and add into the wok.Serve hot with rice.



Banana skin - 4-5 strips
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
turmeric pdr -1/2 tsp
red chilli pdr - 1 tsp
minced Garlic - 1 tsp(optional)
salt to taste


Peel off the outer skin from the banana skin and cut it into strips.Heat little oil in a pan.Add mustard seeds.When it starts to crackle add turmeric pdr,garlic and red chilli pdr.Add the cut banana skin strips.Add salt.Cover and cook for 10-15 mins.
Serve hot with rice and dal.

Do check what my marathon buddies are upto in their kitchen.

Siri - Tomato Coconut Chutney

Arundathi - Raspberry and Blueberry Muffins

Srivalli - Onion chapathis

DK - vegetable chips

Bhags: Baked Chapati: Matzoh

Swathi - Mint Coriander Chutney

Raaga - Vegetable Focaccia

Lakshmi - Kashayam

Divya Vikram - Cauliflower peas poriyal


Sangeeth said...

wow ranji...i never knew you could use banana skin to cook something this delicious...will try it out soon.....thanks for sharing this recipe :)

Cham said...

wow, the methi dhal and kellya upkari seems to be a great combo, next time , i will not throw my banana skin Ranji!

Suma Rajesh said...

This looks gr8t ...i usualli heard pf palak ,but this methi leaves combo is new to me....ur presentaion with rice and upkari looks perfect 4 a meals...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Ranji...
Methi dal is my fav. Loved ur version. Looks YUM!. Banana skin fry looks good. Love it.... Nice pics..

Divya Vikram said...

both dishes look awesome Ranji

Shubha Ravikoti said...

wowo this looks so nice...:) loved the upkari... will try it out...:)

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delhibelle said...

Lovely upkari and such a wholesome meal!

Srivalli said...

Looks great!

Andhra Flavors said...

I never knew banana skin to cook something.good recipe.

Homecooked said...

Wow....lovely dishes! Look really yummy!

lakshmi said...

raw banana skin is edible???!!!!! you've got to me kidding. :O

I have three raw bananas in my fridge - will try and let you know how this turns out.

Asha said...

I like the word "Jhovan", delicious itself!:)
Glad to see the Kela skin recipe, will try next time, bookmarked.

Roopa said...

Hey ranji, very tempting pics!! Good going on tha marathon girl:) The dal looks too good!! and the Thali looks just like the ones they serve in restaurants!!

ranji said...

Hi everyone!!!thank u so much for ur comments..i really appreciate it.Come back for more treats:).