When I think Andhra food, the first thing that comes to my mind is Spicy food. But over the years I have learned a few flavours that I now associate with Andhra food. The taste of powdered Mustard and powdered roasted Sesame seeds bring memories of Andhra food. I am not sure if the recipe below is authentic, I found it in a Tarla dalal book that I have. It tastes really good, once you get used to the taste of powdered mustard :-)
Sweet Pototo 3 big ones
Spinach (I used a 450gm bag)
Tamarind 1.5 tbsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Roasted Sesame Seeds 2 tbsp (Powdered)
Mustard seeds 1.5 tsp
Rice 4 tsp
Dry Red Chillies 3
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard 1/4 tsp
Dry Red Chilli 1
Curry leaf few
Oil a little
Method of Preparation
1. Dry roast the sesame seeds. Powder and keep aside.
2. Powder Mustard, rice and red chilli. Keep aside.
3. Peal and chop sweet potato. Add to a pot. Add a little water. Boil till it is cooked well, but still retains shape. Drain out of the pan.
4. In the same water, add chopped spinach. Add more water in needed.
5. When it wilts, add the powdered mustard mix and cook for a few minutes.
6. Add salt, tamarind, turmeric and the cooked sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for a little while till the raw smell of mustard is gone.
7. Finally add the powdered sesame. Mix well and switch off after a couple of minutes.
8. In a small pan, add a little oil. Add mustard and fenugreek seeds. When mustard sputters, add dry red chilli (broken) and curry leaves. Transfer to the pot of spinach.
Enjoy with some roti or rice.
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