Most days, our dinner is just ukde pej (matta rice cooked soft, eaten with its gruel) and couple of accompaniments to go with it. As much as it may seem from my posts that I cook a lot, our daily meals are very simple and basic.
One of the reason why I don’t (or rather can’t) cook elaborate meals are my kids who hardly give me time in the kitchen (I know it’s hard to believe 😀). My son pulls my dress (he literally roams around behind me with his fingers clutching my dress 😂 #fevicolkajod 😅) asking me to play football with him while my daughter who loves colouring asks me to draw something for her to colour (One is making me a footballer and the other, an artist 😬😬).
But my time passes very well and both the activities are so good to calm the mind. Never knew drawing is such a stress reliever. And about football, try playing it with a two year old who knows only to laugh when you kick the ball. It’s such precious source of happiness that I can’t thank God enough for blessing me with both of them. ❤️
And on days when they don’t leave me to cook at all, this carrot kismuri or Konkani style salad is our accompaniment for the day. Very quick to make, hardly taking 10 mins and tastes heavenly with pej and some pickle to go with it. The kids love it very much which makes it a perfect side dish for busy days.
Hope you all try and love it too. Happy and healthy cooking!
2 large Carrots, peeled and grated (about 2 Cups grated carrots)
3 Green chillies or to taste
1/4 Cup freshly grated Coconut
3 Tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
Juice from 1 1/2 Indian lemons
Salt to taste
1 tsp Coconut oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
A pinch of Hing or asafoetida
One sprig of curry leaves
Step by step recipe:
1. Take the grated carrots in a large mixing bowl. Add grated coconut, green chillies, salt and lemon juice.
2. Now heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, add Hing and curry leaves. Fry till curry leaves turn crisp. Pour seasoning over the carrots. Mix everything well. Done!
3. It’s really that simple. Serve along with white rice and rasam or matta rice gruel with some pickle. Trust me, it tastes delicious!
* You can add finely chopped onions to this too but I skip as after a while, it starts smelling. If made without onions, I can make even couple of hours beforehand and keep at room temperature.
* Some people add a tsp of Urad dal to the seasoning but I prefer only mustard seeds in it.