Upkari is a side dish popular in Konkani and Maharashtrian cuisines of India, prepared in two major stir-fried varieties with one being ‘upkari’ and the other being ‘taLasaNi’. Coconut is included in the making of upkari along with some water while cooking. The taLasaNi upkari recipe variety which happens to be spicier is cooked on very low flame with more oil and without the addition of coconut. Upkari is normally a very common thing in everyday meals.
Ingredients Used and Popular Methods of Preparation of Upkari
Upkari can be made using varied ingredients. Upkari recipe commonly includes vegetables such as cabbage, potatoes, channa dal or grams, etc, grated coconut, green chilies, curry leaves, asafoetida, mustard seeds, jaggery, turmeric, oil and salt. To begin with, the vegetables must be cooked. They can either be cooked in a pressure cooker or otherwise. In a pan, a little oil is heated to which mustard seeds are added. As soon as they start popping, asafoetida, turmeric, curry leaves and green chili slits should be added. Then it must be fried for about 4-5 seconds to which the cooked vegetables must be added. Another way to do this would be adding the uncooked vegetables to the fried tempering along with water to cook. Jaggery and salt are added, mixed and stirred for a minute or two. This is then garnished with coconut and cilantro leaves. This is normally served as a side dish with rice and any gravy or dal.
Popular Upkari Variations
Beans upkari is made using French beans or Farasbee beans.
Valasangi upkari is an upkari recipe that uses Valasangi in Konkani also known as alsande, chawlichya shenga, yardlong beans or cow pea beans.
Chitmitki (Konkani) is also known as mitkesaang or Gawar/Gaur or Cluster beans. They have a little touch of bitterness in their taste. Contrast to the other beans that are cut using a knife, these are broken into pieces by hand to remove the threads normally found along the sides of the beans.
Chonya Upkari is especially made as a prasadam or offering for god during pooja. Besides it is also tasty snack which is great when consumed hot or warm. This upkari is contains uniquely intermixed Chono and pepper powder with a sprinkling of scrapped coconut. It is also abundant in proteins. This is also a regular prasadam in most Gauda Saraswat Brahmin temples.
Cabbage upkari is an upkari recipe that uses cabbage along with other regular ingredients.