Madra, a traditional dish from Himachal

Hello All!

This time its a post on the not-so-famous-but-utterly-delicious dish called, Madra. It is a traditional dish which is prepared by people in Himachal. This is one of my hubby`s favorite dishes and so I keep cooking it every now an then 🙂 I remember how my in-laws burst out laughing when I reconfirmed if Madra has anything to do with madira (alcohol) !? 😛 😀 How is a Tamilian supposed to know that BTW 😐

Madra is prepared by simple and nutritious ingredients, that has a unique flavor and rich texture. It might sound to be a time-consuming recipe, but the results are something you`ll love 🙂

Okay lets start with the ingredients. You will need

  • 500 gms chickpeas soaked overnight and boiled
  • 500 ml curd
  • Spices – Cloves, Cardamom, Bay leaves and Cinnamon sticks
  • Seasoning – 1 tbsp Cumin , 1/4 tbsp Fennel, 1/4 tbsp Fenugeek
  • Turmeric – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste

Steps to a perfect “Madra”

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Take a heavy-bottomed pan and put 2 tbsp ghee

Step 1

Step 1

Add Cumin, fennel, fenugreek seeds, turmeric powder and all the spices after the ghee heats up. Make sure the you do the entire process at simmer flame.

Step 2

Step 2

Now add the curd and immediately start stirring it in one direction. This is the bottle-neck of the entire process. We need to keep on stirring the curd until it reduces to 1/3 of the actual amount.

Step 3

Step 3

Note: If the curd is too sour, you can add some milk to it.

This is how it looks after reducing to half

Step 4

Step 4

Before the curd reduces to a rich creamy gravy, add the boiled chickpeas to it.

Step 5

Step 5

Let it cook for another 15-20 mins on simmer flame then add 1 tbsp Dried Mango Powder (Amchur) and cook it for another 2 mins.

Madra

Madra

Serve hot with rice or rotis!

Some use Rajma instead of Chickpeas to prepare Madra. I enjoyed it with jeera rice and ended up with Falooda for dessert. That`s how we welcomed our new year 🙂

Do tell me how did you like Madra and how would you rate this nutritious and delightful recipe! 🙂

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  1. Anonymous September 6, 2016