Marwai pundi ( clams and rice dumpling coconut curry)
In Konkani we call it khubho, in Malayalam kakka or Erundhu. In Tulu its called marwai . Pundi means rice dumplings. It is really tasty when the rice dumpling is put into coconut gravy with clams and kept for 30 min or more as it soaks all masala and flavours of clams. Mostly its prepared for breakfast. I first tasted this dish in my neighbor Sumithra aunty’s home. She prepares the best marwai pundi. My amma used to prepare only Konkani style curries with Marwai, but as kids it was very new and interesting for us to see the marvai cleaning and preparing dishes from it.
Here we do not get clams normally. Yesterday my husband brought good clams, so I thought of making marwai pundi. For today’s breakfast I cooked Manglorean style marwai pundi.
Unlike nowadays dishes, it takes a lot of time cleaning and preparing, but gives immense taste and satisfaction which we don’t get in the instant food. Its really tasty and healthy. It’s a like a complete meal. Its worth trying.
Ingredients for marwai curry
Marwai/Clams 100 washed and cleaned
Grated coconut 1
Red chillies 10
Coriander seeds 3 tsp
Jeera 1 tsp
Methi seeds ¼ tsp
Pepper corns 5
Garlic 5 to 6 cloves
Onion 2 chopped
curry leaves few
salt to taste
coconut oil 1tbsp
in a kadai heat little oil and fry red chillies, coriander seeds, methi seeds, jeera and pepper corns till aroma comes. Then grind grated coconut with garlic, half chopped onions and roasted spices into fine paste. Boil this paste for 5 minutes then add washed and cleaned clams and again boil it for another 10 to 15 min.
Switch off stove. Keep aside.
To prepare pundi (Rice Dumplings)
White rice 2 cups
Grated coconut 1 cup
mustard 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsp
MethodSoak white rice for 2 hours. Then wash and grind it with grated coconut adding little water to thick coarse paste. Heat kadai put oil add mustard and rice paste and salt keep stirring till it becomes thick. Let it cool for some time. Then make small dumpling from it and steam it for 15 to 20 min. Pundi is ready.
Now time to make marwai pundi.
Again boil the marwai curry when start boiling add pundi(rice dumpling) into it and boil it for 5 to 10 min. Then heat a pan add little oil put chopped onions fry till dark brown add curry leaves fry for a min pour this on boiling curry. Turn off the gas. Allow to soak pundis in gravy for atleast 30 min. Serve hot.
Yummyyyyyyyyy my mouth is watering