Sunday, September 7, 2008

Surna Adigai (Yam Pickle)

Surna Adgai means Suran or yam pickle. This is a konkani instant pickle, quite easy to make and simply delicious!

I had this after long at the “CHUDI” pooja we had here at Konkani Sabha. Chudi or Tulsi Pooja is a festival we have in Shravan month( usually falls in Aug) & we do this every Friday & Sunday through out the month. You basically make a small bouquets of Dirbankur ( Arugampul / Grass that u keep for Ganesh Ji) & 4 other flowers all ties together. Actually there r typical flowers but I make do with what is available! You basically give this to other ladies & if older seek their blessings, if they r younger u get to bless them :-)

So this long forgotten Adgai was there & hence I made it & posting it for my dear blogger friends!

I am also sending this to , as my second entry to RCI - Konkani,hosted by Deepa of Recipes n More.


Suran / Yam – a small piece
Red Chillies – 5
Tamarind – a small ball
Coconut – 3 tsps (if desired)
Salt – to taste


1. Take a small piece of suren & cut it into thin strips, about 1/2" long. Apply salt & let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then squeeze these & deep fry them till nice & crispy.

2. In the same oil deep fry the chillies till they turn slightly brown.
3. Now put the chillies & tamarind in a mixer & grind to a fine paste. Add water as required. Use as less water as possible.
4. At this stage you can add the coconut & grind in too or leave it. It does not matter. Adding coconut means you have to finish of this pickle in a weeks time. Minus the coconut it stays longer. Coconut just brings in a thickness to the pickle. I added some to the one I made.

5. Now transfer the ground paste to a bowl, add required salt & fried suran.If u want u can season with oil & mustard seeds.

Let it stay for a day before u can eat it, as all the chillies & salt will blend well & the suran wil get to soak well in this spicy mixture.

You can have this with idlis & dosas.. Yes, its spicy, add a drop of coconut oil on top & its heavenly!! Or just simply enjoy it with curd rice.. its delicious!!!!!!!!


Laavanya said...

I can see RCI-Konkani with a flood of entries from you Seema. I hope to cook something from your blog and send over.
So, it looks like you are being involved in some new pujas as well. Is A there already? Athai was mentioning it... well take care and hi to all at home.
Suran pickle is something i've never heard of but I can see how awesome it would be with curd rice.

Seema said...

Yup - I plan to have a flood of entries!! Hopefully will keep up to it :-) Not new pujas used to do while there too...
A will reach here this weekend. Suran puckle is yum with curd rice! try it out.

anudivya said...

Never heard of it, very interesting. You must try sending it to "Long live the shelf" event by romaspace. I just sent my pickle over there.

Meera said...

Yummy pickle!! I remember chudi pooja and that orange flowers and durva bunch that used to be distributed to all the ladies. Wow!! Very nostalgic!

A_and_N said...

Looks lovely! Very unique preparation :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious!! Definitely going to try it.


dharmabum said...

adigai ani ghassi - chaaaang jallen muntaan :)

this brings fond memories of grandma, and her konkani (kerala konkani, to be specific) dishes flooding back - thank you. am book marking you, and am going to try out some of these and then let you know :)

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow nice entry to the event. Pickle looks awesome.

Divya Kudua said...

Seema...oh Surna adgai is an ultimate favorite!!My bro can survive just with this adgai...we love to have it with polo,khotto and idli..lovely entry!!!

A doubt-I thought for RCI,only one entry per blogger is allowed..??correct me if am wrong!!

Mugha said...

Hey I have never tried Suran Adgai..we always had Kadgi Adgai. Looks delicious and Yummy...will give it a try soon