Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lasan ka Saalan (Garlic in Thin Coconut Gravy)

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This has to be the simplest dish. Cooking it takes minutes ( please discount the time you'll spend peeling garlic and shallots) and it takes just great. Moreover, it is really healthy (Unless you want to add in loads of oil). I read this recipe some time back, coupled it with a variation my mother used to make and Voila! the dish was born. Could have called it Floating Garlic Islands but, nevermind.

P.S. : The squid thing is still awaited. Can't wait to get it and cook it.


Garlic Cloves - Around 20 of them, Large ones
Shallots - Again around 20
Green Chillies, Slit - 4-5
Curry Leaves - 7-8
Methi Dana ( Fenugreek Seeds) - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 Tsp
Turmeric Powder ( Haldi) - 1 Tsp
Coconut Milk - 200 ml
Milk, warm - 100 ml
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - To Taste
Lemon Juice - 10 ml


1. Heat Oil in a wok. Fry Garlic, Shallots and green Chillies until shallots turn translucent. Take out with slotted strainer. Keep Aside.
2. In the same oil, add in Methidana and curry leaves. Fry for a minute.
3. Add in Red Chilli powder and Turmeric Powder.
4. Stir and add in coconut milk, milk and salt.
5. Bring to a boil.
6. Add in the fried garlic cloves, shallots and Green Chillies.
7. Add Lemon Juice before serving. (Serve Hot)

Easy ...isn't it.


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