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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Konkani Style Stir Fry (Upkari) (thoran)

upkari  is a Konkani style Stir fry that is made with bare minimum spices and very little oil . Its very mild and the very taste of the vegetable rules. You can relish on just the upkari like a snack or a salad. Upkari can be made with french beans, long beans, gherkins/tendle/tondekai and many other vegetables. Usually only one kind of vegetable is used and can be combined with potatoes.
ingredients
2 cups   --    chopped vegetable (any kind)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
3-5    red  chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp coconut, optional

Wash, clean, rinse french beans in enough water. If the beans are over grown then remove the strings on the sides. Chop the french beans to 1 cm size.

Heat oil in a wok/kadai, splutter mustard seeds. Add slit   red chillies and curry leaves, fry for a moment. Add chopped   veg tables   and salt. Add just enough water till all the veg are soaked. Cover and cook on medium flame till the      veg are tender. Now add coconut, if you opt to and gently mix into the upkari.

Serve with rice and dal or with chapati. I also like to eat it like a snack.

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