Thursday, 14 July 2016

Gift of Nature - Phodshi - Phodshi Amboda (Pakoda) Recipe

Phodshi Amboda (Pakoda)
With the early showers of rain, we notice the transition of fruits and vegetable in the markets. The last lot of summer produce is on the verge of exhaustion while the commencement of new monsoon crop is just on its way.
The king of fruits mangoes are also seen diminishing gradually, except for some selected late varieties like Totapuri (South India & Maharashtra), Fajri (U.P), Fernandin (Goa & Mumbai), Mulgoa (South India), Neelum (Tamil Nadu), Samarbehisht Chausa (North India).
Along with the remnants of summer fruits, the monsoon varieties like plums, cherries, peaches, pears, fresh dates etc mark their arrival.

In the first few showers of rain several plants and other vegetation spring up with their tender and bright green leaves in a complete splendor, as though showing their gratitude towards the relief from the summer heat. Spinach, small tender fenugreek, drumstick leaves, dill, Malabar spinach (mayalu in Marathi, wali in Konkani), amaranth (math) both red & green are a few greens which are in their best form in the early monsoon.
During monsoon our body becomes vulnerable to infection and water born diseases. Fruits and vegetables like pumpkins, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, sweet potatoes, corn, eggplant, cauliflower, apples, beets, ginger, garlic, brussel sprouts etc. are good to consume during this season.
Surprisingly or shall I say its Nature’s Gift to mankind that it produces few wild weeds and vegetable which are grown only during monsoon. Wild weeds like Shevala, Taikele (Tora), Phodshi (Kooli/Peva/Mulshi/Dongras) are very commonly found in patches of forest and hillside. They are known to have some medicinal properties that increases the immunity level and hence recommended to consume during this season. As these weeds are available only during monsoon one should grab the opportunity & reap the benefits of Nature’s Bounty!
Phodshi (Peva/Kooli/Mulshi/Dongras)

The other day while I was in the market I noticed Phodshi at the vegetable vendors. Since this is the best & only time to consume them, I bought some and planned to prepare something interesting.
The heavy downpour triggered me to cook this interesting recipe - Phodshi Amaboda (Pakoda). The torrential rain outside and a hot piping Amaboda (Pakoda) is a perfect combination. It’s like match made in Heaven!
Phodshi (Peva/Kooli/Mulshi/Dongras)
A couple of years back this recipe was suggested to me by my uncle Nagaprasad Kundapur Maam. I have added my twist and made some changes and taken it to another level. The Amaboday turned out to be so yummy and mouthwatering, that the moment I served them, they were almost gone. Fortunately, I was able to reserve some for photographs. 
Today I would like to share my version of Phodshi Amaboda recipe. So that all my readers can make the best use of this Gift of Nature. 


Phodshi Amaboda

Phodshi Amboda (Pakoda)

  • Phodshi – 1 bunch
  • Chana Dal – 1 cup
  • Rice  - ½ cup
  • Chilli powder – 2 tsp or as per taste
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp 
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Tamarind – small marble size
  • Jaggery – 1 – 2 tbsp or as per taste
  • Asafoetida (Hing) – ¼ tsp
  • Ajwain – 1 tsp
  • Soda bicarbonate – a pinch (optional)
  • Salt as per taste.

 Method : 
Soak chana dal and rice separately for atleast 4 – 5 hours or maximum overnight.  Then drain the water and leave to semi-dry.
Meanwhile wash the Phodshi 4 – 5 times in water properly, since they as wild weed, they have lots of mud on them.  The green leaves has a tough single twine, which is inedible, discard this twine. Mostly the twine is already been discarded/removed and then kept for selling, but still it’s always better to check before using it in any recipe.
Chop these roughly (including green leaves and white bulbs) and keep it aside.  Heat oil for frying in a Kadai.
Grind the soaked chana dal, rice, chilli powder, turmeric, jeera, tamarind, jaggery, asafoetida and salt.  Make slightly coarse paste. Now add the ajwain and the chopped phodshi and mix it well. Add the pinch of soda bicarbonate and on top of it pour 1 -2 tsp of hot oil.  Mix this well. 
Make small round balls and deep fry them till golden brown. Alternatively you can form small flat patty and shallow fry in a frying pan or tawa like Tikkies. If shallow frying, ensure you fry on both the sides till golden brown.
Serve hot with any chutney or sauce of your choice. I had made a special pakoda chutney to serve with this. Special pakoda chutney recipe coming soon in my next blog. However, these taste yummy even without any sauce or chutney.
Pls try this recipe and make best use of produce that Mother Nature is showering on us. And be free to write your comments and feedback below.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Immunity Booster - Must during the Rainy Season

Immunity Booster
After a long long scorching summer, finally it’s raining ....Yehhhh …. The smell of the damp soil and damp road, makes my heart goes Gaga J.  It reminds me of my childhood days when we used to get wet and play in the rain, make paper boats and let them sail in the flowing water.  It made me reminisce how we would collect those rain-drops and splash them on each other and giggling at every splash.  Also, we would annoy the elders by jumping into the puddle and getting our feet dirty.  Those were the carefree days, no worries, no stress (beside studies & exams). Playing all throughout the day till our energy gave away …. While we would enjoy playing in the rain, I always remember my granny and mom would warn us by saying “Kids don’t play too much in the rain, or else you will fall sick”. But we kids as usual would turn a deaf ear.  Such warnings were mostly accompanied by a list of other do’s & don’t ensuring that we don’t eat outside food or drink unpurified water etc etc… Monsoon was undeniable the season of too many restrictions that as kids we had to endure.

Now reaching adulthood, I’ve realized the quintessential truth behind the rules n regulations imbibed on us by our elders. 

Sitting by my window sill reveling myself to the downpour, I let few raindrops fall on my face and enjoyed the feeling of them trickling down.  The sound of the rain is like music to the ears and a sigh of relief, especially after this long hot summer.  Watching some kids playing in the rain, I wish to reverse the time and re-live my childhood days by drenching myself in the rain again.

Immunity Booster

Nevertheless, as we Welcome the most awaited RAIN after the blazing summer, lets not forget that the water borne diseases also comes along with it uninvited. May it be an adult or a kid, everyone is likely to be susceptible to them.

However, there are always some precautionary measures which need to be taken to safe-guard ourselves.

While I was thinking, I recollected seeing one such remedial recipe on a cookery show.  They called it an ‘Immunity Booster’.  I immediately had the urge to make it and serve it to my family.  This drink is so tasty, that you would want to have daily. Besides its so very easy and quick to make.

Here is the recipe :

Immunity Booster: 

Immunity Booster

  • Kiwi – 1 whole
  • Plum – 2 -3 
  • Slices of pineapple - 4-5 slices
  • Sugar – 2 tsp or as per taste
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Black salt – as per taste (optional)
  • Ginger – 1”inch
  • Mint leave – 8 – 10 leaves


Wash kiwi and plum. Remove the peel of the kiwi. Chop all fruits and put them in the mixer jar.  Add sugar, salt, black salt (optional), ginger, mint leaves and grind it with little water. 

Voila!!! Your Immunity Booster Drink is ready to serve. 

Serve this in a glass with few mint leaves. You may add some ice according to the weather. 

Its as simple as that :) and you are all set to fight those uninvited diseases.

Do try this recipe and feel free to leave your comment below ... Please give your feedback in comment below