Here is the recipe for Drumstick Aamti/ Shenga Chi Aamti.
Ingredients needed are
- Drumsticks - Chopped in Bite sized pieces- 1 Cup
- Turmeric - 1 teaspoon
- Coconut Cream Can- 200 ml
- Lite Coconut Milk Can- 400 ml
- Finely Grated Fresh Coconut- 150 gms
- Peppercorns- 8-10 in number
- Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon (can reduce or increase the quantity as per taste)
- Onions- 1 large sized- finely chopped
- Tamarind - golf size ball soaked in warm water.
- Oil- 1.5 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Rice flour - 1 teaspoon (Optional)
1) Coconut milk – the RAS
If you want to make coconut milk at home – you need to scrape a fresh coconut using a coconut scraper and then add some warm water to the scraped coconut. Then run it through a mixer and then squeeze the milk from the coconut using the palm of your hands. Use a strainer to strain the milk. This is the first press of coconut milk- thick coconut milk.
The Easy method- Go to your super market – get a can of coconut cream. We will be using 200 gms of coconut cream.
Thin coconut milk – is the second or third press of the coconut milk strained.
The Easy method – Get a can of lite coconut milk – add a bit of water to dilute the same. This is your thin coconut milk ready in seconds. We will be using 400 gms of lite coconut milk.
2) Getting the Gholi Ready – Ground ball of coconut and spice
Take about 150 gms of finely grated fresh coconut / frozen grated coconut. Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric , peppercorns, half teaspoon red chilli powder and salt. Add a bit of water grind into a thick paste. Make a ball out of it and keep aside. This is the Gholi ready.
3) Soak the tamarind in warm water and make pulp.
4) Chop the Drumsticks and remove thick skin off them.
Take a Non stick wok and add 1.5 teaspoon oil. Once it heats add 1 teaspoon chopped onion and let it brown. Then add the remaining onion and drumsticks. Add enough water to cover the onions and drumsticks. Keep this on low flame.
Point to note – Aamtis do not use a lot of oil. The onion and drumsticks cook in water and release their own juices. This gives Aamti a unique taste.
In about 7-10 minutes check on the drumsticks, once they are nearly done add the thin coconut milk mixed with 1 teaspoon rice flour and salt and mix well.
Then add the tamarind juice, remaining red chilli powder and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for another 6-7 minutes.
Then mix the Gholi with the thick ras /coconut cream. It should look like this picture below.
Your Drumstick Aamti / Shenga Chi Aamti is now ready.
Photography - Ankit Mehan
Until next time have a food filled weekend.