Upkari (konkani) or Palya (Kannada) is a catch-all term used for the vegetable side-dish that is a staple of South Indian diets. The best part of these upkari's recipes is that they are very often steam cooked - making them very nourishing, aromatic and light on the stomach and also quick and easy to make!
You can use any of these vegetables - usually alone - or in combination - beans, cabbage, alsande, potatoes, raw banana, avarekai, ridge gourd, lady's fingers, yam (suran) etc.
Serves - 4
Preparation time - 15 minutes
* 8 - small potatoes 0r 6 medium
* 3 - tsp coconut gratings
* 2 - tsp oil - for seasoning
* 2 - red chillies - for seasoning
* 1/4 - tsp mustard seeds - for seasoning
* a little pinch asafoetida - for seasoning
* salt to taste
1. Peel the potatoes, cut into thin long pieces.
2. Heat oil in a pan, season the mustard seeds, red chillies.
3. When the seeds start to splutter, add the potatoes - add 2 spoons of water - cover the lid.
4. Every 2-3 minutes, open the lid and prevent it from burning at the bottom.
5. When done cooking - add the coconut and asafoetida.
6. Enjoy as a side dish with with rice and curry!!
1. You can leave the potato skin on also - tastes good - be sure to wash very thoroughly!
2. Feel free to experiment with combinations - potatoes go with almost everything (except the kitchen sink)