Let me tell you about this classic konkani curry that is simple yet can make your house smell good and comfy. It has the flavor boosters like cumin and pepper, I already told this in the title right? This curry is going to be my comfort food for the month of October I must say. The name jeera pepper daal sounds too straightforward. The authentic name given to this curry is varNa in Konkani, which is what captivated my attention initially.
Konkani food has always fascinated me since many years. It is because Udupi has major population of Konkani people and they have distinct tradition and cuisine all together. My neighbor in Udupi has made me taste various delicacies that she used to cook so affectionately. A decade ago as a teacher, I had many colleagues who belong to Konkani community. And I had got the opportunity to attend their marriage and relish the unique food that they serve in the feast. So as it was all lingering in my mind, I carried a good, fool-proof Konkani recipe book from my native this year. I am halfway through it and love to cook most of the yummy food.
This jeera pepper daal has yellow lentils, coconut, pepper and cumin(jeera) as main ingredients. The cooked and mashed lentils are combined with coconut plus spices puree. The combination tastes too delicious which I ever come across. Loved the authentic taste of VarNa. Try yourself to know..