RCI - Andhra Cuisine: Kanda Bachalikura

This is my entry to this month's Regional Cuisine of India (RCI) - Andhra Cuisine, being hosted by lovely Latha (@ Masala Magic). This dish is mostly made during celebrations like weddings, house warming ceremonies etc. This was on the list of my favorite things that I miss about my Mom's cooking.

I did not have enough bachalikura, so I also used spinach. (For authentic taste, use bachalikura without spinach).
RCI - Andhra Cuisine: Kanda Bachalikura

Little more information on Bachali Kura: Basella alba Stewaret (syn Basella rubra Linn) Basellaceae; Common English Name: Malabar nightshade, Ceylon spinach or Indian spinach; Tamil: Pasalai keerai; Hindi: Poi; Thai: Phak ptlang.

RCI - Andhra Cuisine: Kanda Bachalikura
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This is my entry to this month's Regional Cuisine of India (RCI) - Andhra Cuisine, being hosted by lovely Latha (@ Masala Magic). This dish is mostly made during celebrations like weddings, house warming ceremonies etc. This was on the list of my favorite things that I miss about my Mom's cooking. I...

Kanda Bachalikura

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisineandhra
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Total Time40 minutesPT0H40M

Ingredients

Kanda (Suran) (I used frozen cubed suran)
1 cup
Bachalikura - chopped
1 cup
Spinach - chopped
1/2 bunch
Ginger - minced fine
1"
Green chilies - finely chopped
6
Tamarind paste
1tbsp
Turmeric
1/4 tsp
Salt
to taste
For Popu:
Chana dal
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Hing
pinch
Curry leaves
6

Steps

  1. Microwave the suran pieces in 1 cup of water for 6-8 minutes, or until the cubes are tender.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan on medium low heat, add the popu ingredients and when the seeds splutter, add curry leaves, ginger and green chilies. Stir fry for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add turmeric and chopped green veggies, cover and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until they wilt down and don't smell raw anymore.
  4. Add the microwaved kanda (suran) pieces; cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. With the back of the spoon mash kanda pieces till it becomes smooth. You can leave them chunky, but traditionally this dish has a very smooth consistency.
  6. Add the tamarind paste, salt and little water (if needed). Cook for another 5 minutes. Serve hot with rice.
RCI - Andhra Cuisine: Kanda Bachalikura
Kanda Bachali kura & Mixed vegetable curry with Rice

Note: Lemon juice can be used instead of tamarind paste in this dish and it will taste equally yummy.

Here's another similar dish from Ammalu's Kitchen - Kanda Palakura Avapetti.

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