Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dalimbe Vatte Kadi (Sun dried Pomegranate Peel Gravy/Soup)

Daalimbe Vatte Kadi is a very healthy konkani dish. I got this recipe from amma. This is a very old recipe and nowadays people don't make it that often.
Daalimbe Vatte in konkani means Dried Pomegranate peel. The peels are saved and sun dried for few days and then stored in an air tight container. My amma used to make this often. She says that these peels improve digestion. Also the peel is very helpful to children. Few pieces of the dry peel is boiled in diluted milk for 10 minutes on low flame. This milk is then given to the child suffering from Loose motion.
I made it for the first time and absolutely loved it. Try making this healthy dish and I am sure you all will love it. So don't forget to save the peel(as well as to dry) and get the goodness of it!

  • Dried Pomegranate peel- 5-6 small pieces (I added 1/4 th of the peel, of a whole)
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 2/3 cup
  • Roasted Red chillies- 2-3
  • Tamarind- A small ball (gooseberry sized)
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera- 1/2 tsp
  • Whole Pepper (Peppercorns)- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil- 1-2 tsp
  • Garlic pods- 5-6
  • Ghee/ Clarified butter- 1 tsp

Fry the dried pomegranate peel in ghee, until it turns light brown. Transfer these pieces on a plate and allow it to cool. 

Now, in the same left over ghee fry whole pepper and cumin seeeds, until they turn slight brown. Allow them to cool on a plate.

For Masala: Grind grated coconut, roasted red chillies, tamarind along with roasted peel, cumin seeds and pepper, to get a smooth paste. Add water as required. 
Transfer this ground mixture to a dish and start heating it. Add salt to taste and adjust the consistency, by adding water ( I made it little thinner than the medium thick consistency). Bring this mixture to a boil and continue heating for 3-4 minutes . Turn off the heat.

For Seasoning- Heat oil and add crushed garlic. Fry it until it turns golden brown. Add this to the mixture and mix well. Daalimbe Vatte Kadi is ready!!

Serve it hot as a side dish to rice. Above measurement serves two people.