Friday, April 13, 2007


This is an amazing Indian side-dish (from the west coast) but this is not a recipe. This is a meta-recipe.

Even the linguistics gives it away. It literally means "dry" but dry what exactly? Well, that's the meta- part!

Alas, they didn't have mathematical notation back in the day otherwise the CC would've begun the recipe as "∀V" (where V is a vegetable) do:

(Ignore the above. It's the CC's inner mathematician.)

For the record, the recipe varies up and down the coast. Towards the south, the recipe is as the CC records it. Up the coast, they start adding green chillies (Northern influence), and sugar (Gujarati influence.)

You may think, "What the hell? This doesn't look so special.", but rest assured, this stuff disappears the fastest every single time when the CC makes it.

Also, please don't make any substitutions. For starters, there's not a whole lot to substitute ergo you're looking at boiled V's minus the flavor.


2 tbsp mustard seeds
10-12 curry leaves
3 cups "vegetables"
3/8 cup grated coconut
salt to taste


Heat some oil in a pan. When it's hot, add the mustard seeds, cover the pan, until they pop. Toss in the curry leaves and fry for 20 seconds. Add the vegetables, coconut, and salt.

You may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water but remember the "dry" part!

Cook until the vegetables are tender. (If you use a multitude, add the "toughest" ones first followed by... etc.)

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