Friday, September 27, 2013

Potala/Parwal Rasa (Diabetic friendly)

Hi Friends,

Today, I am going to post about one of the most well known Odia recipe Potala Rasa. I am very fond of Potala/ Parwal and I like this dish made by my Mom. Well, there is twist that my Mom has come up with, to make it healthy with less oil. The original Potala Rasa recipe uses Potato and cashew nut paste and requires more oil to fry vegetables. In this version, I have not used Potato and cashew nut paste. Taste wise, it does not vary much from original recipe. Look wise it looks more greenish and yellowish as its cooked using Pressure cooker.

When we cook using pressure cooker, the ingredients tend to retain its original color unless we add up spices that change the color. But, yes the smell and aroma of the dish remains the same as in original Potala Rasa. As Odia I really like Potala as a vegetable and thus I try to avoid Potato and cashew to make it healthy.  Next time, I get this vegetable I will prepare the original recipe of Potala Aloo Rasa and post that for your use. One more thing, by cooking with Pressure cooker, you save time and energy. More over it becomes easier to make this. Lets now have a look at the recipe.

Ingredients :- 
Potala/Parwal  - 250 gms -peeled & each one cut into two half's with a tilt as shown in figure 
1 medium size Onion chopped length wise
2 Tomatoes chopped or pureed
1 tbsp coriander power
1/2 tbsp cumin and red chili dry roast powder
1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil 

Rasa Paste Ingredients :- 
1 cup fresh coconut 
6 to 7 garlic flakes
1/2 inch ginger
2 green chili 
2 tbsp water to grind

Method :- Grind the ingredients for Rasa paste and keep aside.
Heat a Pressure cooker. Add oil (just enough to fry the onions). Add cumin seeds. Add Onion and fry till it turns pink. Add tomato, turmeric powder, salt, coriander powder, cumin and red chili powder and cook for 1 min. Add the Rasa paste and cook for another 30 sec. Add the cut vegetables and mix it well, so that the paste sticks to vegetables. Now, if required sprinkle little water cover and cook in medium flame till 1 whistle. Remove and let it cool down automatically. Open and serve hot with steamed rice and dal or chapati.

Note:- you can add potatoes and cashew nut paste as well, but since this is for diabetic I have not used it.

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