This recipe of carrot upkari is simple but the blog is very special as I am posting it on my Amma‘s birthday today. Since I am not with her, this post is my gift for her, my little way of showing my love to make her feel special (the least I can do ❤️). Hope you like it Amma. 😍
Amma and Aanu (my dad) got married in March 1989 and I was born in December the same year. So Amma always says that I am the greatest gift from God as I came into her life so quickly. As for me, her love made me so close and attached to her that even today, she’s the one I am closest to, in my life. ❤️
Amma was a working woman and I am amazed at how well she used to manage both work and home together. She used to cook very lovingly for me and my brother, which made the food taste so delicious that I still remember the flavours and aroma of her dishes (Maa ke haath ka jadoo ❤️).
These are some of my favorites from what she used to make and each of these dishes carry a special memory of Amma in it. ❤️
The moong curry with chapatis which I used to take in my college lunch box, a favorite among my friends too.. ❤️
The eggless Tomato omelette which Amma used to make with the most pieces of tomato in my omelette (out of extra love for me 😍).. ❤️
The panpolos with tomato chutney which Amma made during my pregnancy craving, not one or two but more than 15 at a time, while using her walker for support.. Can never forget that ever in my life.. ❤️
The piping hot, delicious Alu parathas and carrot pulao which were made during weekends by Amma after we were bored of regular meals.. Her love made it extra tasty for sure. ❤️
Same is with today’s recipe of Carrot Upkari.. Though it’s a very simple dish, Amma made it so well that I used to ask her to make it always.. ❤️
This is a collage of pictures of Amma with me in the first two photos and with my kids in the photos below it. The left side picture is of Amma with my daughter, when she had come here to Qatar and we had taken her to Villagio mall. I captured this moment between the loving grandmother in Amma and her first grandchild, to be treasured forever. ❤️ The right side picture is with my son, her second grandchild but not loved any less. This is when he had worn the Krishna costume on Janmashtami. Such a beautiful moment this was, my Shankar Krishna immersed in grandma love. ❤️
As loving a mother Amma is, she is equally my kids’ most loving grandmother too, their moga mamama, as they call her. 😍
I searched for many quotes to describe her, to make a card and found this one apt for her. ❤️
Her beautiful smile is always reassurance for me, that I have her with me, to share my feelings and thoughts, to listen to my woes, to feel happy for my happiness and to pray for me always. ❤️
Amma suffers from muscular dystrophy in her legs since many years and needs wheelchair for movement. But the way she lives her life, happily, filled with devotion to God, music, even doing many household chores while sitting on the wheelchair, without complaining, is commendable and very inspiring for me. Hats off to you, Amma. So proud of you! ❤️
A mother’s love is always exceptional and unconditional. I believe that we can’t be loved by anyone more than our mother can love us. Even if we are far from her, she only wants us to be happy and will always pray for us. Her love is not based on conditions that I should be with her, I should talk to her or even does not expect me to love her as much as she loves me. She just loves truly with all her heart, irrespective of any conditions. ❤️
On this note, here’s wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Amma. May you always be healthy and happy. Love you so much. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
For my readers, excuse me for such a long write-up. But I know you all will also agree that no matter how much we write for our mothers, it’s very less for their love. Anyhow, hope you all will try this recipe and remember my Amma when you do. Happy and healthy cooking! ❤️
3 Cups peeled and chopped Carrots
1 medium sized Onion
3 to 4 Red chillies (depends on the variety)
6 to 8 Curry leaves
Salt to taste
2 tsp Coconut oil
2 Tbsp grated Coconut for garnish
Step by step recipe:
1. Take chopped onion, red chillies and curry leaves in a mixer.
2. Now add little water and grind to a smooth paste.
3. Heat oil in a pan and add the ground paste. Fry for couple of minutes till the raw smell of onion goes away.
4. Now add chopped carrots and salt. Mix well. Add little water, cover and cook till the carrots turn soft.
5. The mixture turns dry on cooking as all the water is absorbed. Remove from flame. Garnish with grated Coconut. Serve with rice meals.
* The number of red chillies depends on the variety of chillies you have. Since carrots are sweet, the masala needs to be spicy to make the curry spicy too.
* Remember to fry the ground paste well in oil. Else there will a raw smell of onions in the curry.
* Curry leaves adds a wonderful aroma and flavour. So don’t skip it.
* Here are the other recipes by Amma which I have added on the blog: