Oct 22, 2008


Film pic source from wikipedia

Gongura is one of the most popular leaf vegetable in Andhra Pradesh. I think each and every home in Andhra Pradesh will have this one at least weekly twice.
Now let us know about GONGURA Gongura pachadi is having an important place in Andhra Pradesh cuisine along with aavakaaya pachadi . While it has many culinary uses, like Gongura pappu, Gongura pulusu, gongura mutton, Gongura royyalu (prawns) and many more, the most popular is the pickled version. Apart from the curries there are many varieties of pickles made with gongura such as, Pulihara Gongura (Gongura and Tamarind) and udakabetina gongura pachadi (gongura with green challis)
Guntur in Andhra Predesh produces the best quality Gongura. Farmers pick Gongura early in the mornings so that the moisture is retained for the longest possible time.
In the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Puntikura. In
Telangana region they like to have this chuttney with jonna roti Gongura is a very rich source of Iron, vitamins, folic acid and anti-oxidants essential for human nutrition.
Before we move to the recipe I want to share some memories of mine here they are
I love this movie “Mayabazar" whose plot revolves around the wedding of Sasirekha(Lord Balarama’s daughter) and Abhimanyu(Arjuna’s son) of the epic Mahabharata. It was released in 1957 and is still considered one of the greatest Telugu movies for its sheer technique, screenplay and spectacular star cast with stellar performances by Savitri and SV Ranga Rao I must have seen this movie at least more then 100 times.
In this move there was a song vivaaha bhojanambu Ican see that song even every day there was a seen after this song
Scene: Wedding cermony of Lakshmana Kumara (Dhuryodhana’s son) and Sasirekha(duplicate Sasirekha; Ghatothkacha, son of Bhima dons Sasirekha’s avatar).
Characters: Two characters from the groom’s side that give hard time the characters (ok we call them s&s) to the (fake)bride’s side wedding organizers(for lack of a better word).
The bride’s side wedding organizers prepare an exotic array of delicacies for the wedding feast. They bring the s&s to the altar where the delicacies are kept to go over the menu. S&S are extremely displeased that the array is lacking “the” most important dish; the boon from Shakambari devi to the humans, the quintessential Gongura. They storm out of the kitchen.
He he hee any way this move is a fiction but I love the move a lot and Iam going to watch it again now ha hammm
Ok here is the recipe for Gongura pachadi(udakabettina gongura pachadi)
And this is very easy to make, no oil also
Gongura -- 1 big bundle
Green challis --- 10 -15
Salt to taste
Onion –1 big chopped
Clean and wash the gongura leaves and green challis and take them in to a pan add salt and let them cook till gongura become soft and all the moisture disappears
Then grind in to a paste and add chopped onion mix well
Serve with hot rice or with curd rice
This will stay for a week in the fridge
Don't add tamarind to this it will remove the gongura taste
I like to have this one with hot rice and a raw green chili by side oooh



Priya Suresh said...

Mouthwatering pachadi Rekha, really tempting me a lot...

Unknown said...

good one..my telugu friend has promised to make this one for me..I am waiting for it..nice post..

Indian Khana said...

Looks yum..I too have same to post in my blog too...gud info abt the movie

ST said...

chustunte ventane pachadi tineyali ani vundi. manchi colour lo bale vundi.

Recipeswap said...

drool worthy....my friends too make the gongura prawns and its awesome.
good dish.

Deepthi Shankar said...

pachadi looks nice ...

Unknown said...

looks really delicios dear... really tempting..

Sum Raj said...

i lov this..made this b4...ur looks yummy

Vidhya said...

Another gongura pachadi. looks really spicy

Adlak's tiny world said...

I like Andras spicy stuffs rekha. yr gongura pachadi looks yumm. I have passed the Butterfly award to u in my blog. I think u have not checked it out.

Lakshmi said...

this pachadi is my all time AP recipe fav..nice one

Uma said...

Vivaaha bhojanambu, Vintaina Vantakambu, Viyyala vaari vindu , oho ho naake mundu...thanks for reminding me such a beautiful song Rekha! I never knew there was such a history behind Gongura! I love, love, love this delicious pachadi. perfect with some onions on the side.

OK. now I am off to see Maya Bazaar!