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1001 Indian Blended Curries
An Introduction
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Learn one recipe and cook a thousand more
Each recipe is broken into three easy parts, which are also numbered. You can mix and match these numbered ‘building blocks’ (one from each column) to prepare a new dish.

For example: In the following cookbook, a coconut thuvaiyal can be prepared by combining coconut (column 1, block 6), mustard and red chilli (column 2, block 0) and tamarind paste (column 3, block 1). Similarly, make Kottimeera pachadi with the number 300.

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This table lists 1000 easy blended curries from 000 to 999. The three digits denote the base, additives and flavouring.

Master Recipe :: In a blender, add a base from column 1 & an additive from column 2. Add two pinches of salt and two chilies (fresh/ dried). Blend to a smooth paste with a spoon of water. Optionally, mix in flavouring from column 3 & serve.
Base (1 handful)
0.: Salad vegetables Take a handful of cut vegetables that you can eat raw (onions, tomatoes, radish, carrot etc.,). 0.: Mustard + Red chili Heat half a spoon of oil. Add a pinch of mustard. Wait till itstops popping. Add a dry red chili.

0.: None
1.: Cooked vegetables In a pan, heat a spoon of oil. Add a handful of finely chopped vegetables. Stir for around 5 minutes till they are cooked. (Eggplant, Garlic, Onions, Capsicum, Ginger etc). 1.: Mustard + Green chili + Curry leaves. Heat a spoon of oil. Add a pinch of mustard, a slit green chili and a couple of curry leaves.

1.: Tamarind paste Take half a spoon of tamarind paste.

2.: Nuts Take a handful of Peanuts/Cashew nuts / Almonds I Pistachio.

2.: Mustard + Cumin Heat a spoon of oil. Add a pinch each of mustard, cumin, a couple of curry leaves and a red chili.

2.: Lemon Take the juice of half a lemon.

3.: Herbs Take a handful of chopped herbs like Cilantro, Mint or Curry Leaves.

3.: Mustard + Curry leaves + Asafetida Heat a spoon of oil. Add a pinch of mustard, two curry leaves, a red chili and a pinch of asafetida.

3.: Gooseberry Take a spoon of chopped gooseberry.

4.: Seeds Heat a pan. Add a handful of Sesame seeds / Coriander seeds / pumpkin seeds etc., Dry roast them over a low fire for a couple of minutes, stirring often to avoid burning.

4.: Mustard + Curry Teaves + Fenugreek Heat a spoon of oil. Add a pinch of mustard, 2 curry leaves and a pinch of fenugreek. Sir for a minute.

4.: Yogurt Take half a cup (100 ml) of curd ( need not be blended. Just mix in base and flavouring)

5.: Pulses. Heat a pan.Add a handful of lentils. Roast till they redden. (Lentils like Tuvar dal / urad dal / Bengal gram are normally used).

5.: Mustard + Lentils Heat a spoon of oil. Add a pinch of mustard, a couple of pinches of urad dal, a pinch of curry leaves, a pinch of asafetida and a dried red chili. Stir for a few seconds and remove from heat.

5.: Lime Take a spoon of sour lime juice.

6.: Coconut Take a handful of grated coconut.

6.: Mustard + Curry leaves + Garlic Heat a spoon of oil. Add a pinch of mustard, a couple of curry leaves and a finely chopped garlic clove. Stir for a minute.

6.: Kokkum (Kodumpuli) Take a couple of small bits of kokkum soaked in water.
7.: Fruits Take a handful of skinned mango / pineapple 7.: Roast & Ground Spices Heat a pan. Add a dry red chili, two pinches each of coriander seeds, tuvar dal, a pinch each of pepper & Bengal gram. Dry roast and grind. 7.: Mango Take half a handful of skinned & chopped sour, raw mango.
8.: Leaves Heat a spoon of oil. Add a handful of leaves (Young tamarind leaves, young neem leaves, Sorrel (Gongura etc.,). Cook for a couple of minutes. Add a pinch of jaggery. 8.: Your favourite flavouring Heat a spoon of your favourite oil. Add a pinch of your favourite spices. 8.: Fusion Take a spoons of a souring agent like sour cream I wine / soy sauce / a variety of vinegars.
9.: Any combination of the above. 9.: Any combination of the above. 9.: Any combination of the above.
Sample Recipes :: Tamil Coconut Thuvaiyal 601 :: Tamil Paruppu Thuvaiyal 501 :: Andhra Kottimeera pachadi 300 :: Tamil Eggplant Masiyal 112 :: Andhra Allam Pachadi 151 ::Andhra Kobari Velluli Pachadi 661 :: Tamil Carrot Thayir pachadi 014 :: Andhra Kobari Pachadi 600 :: Kerala Chena Arachu Kalakki 104 :: Konkani Tambli 641 :: Punjabi Radish Chutney 023 ::
A variety of blended curries are eaten all over India. Called as Chutney, Thuvaiyal, Masiyal or Tambli – they all belong to the blended curry family. Their names change depending on the building blocks used.
Thuvaiyals are made by blending raw / boiled vegetables / roasted pulses with red chili and tamarind. Masiyals / Kotsu are made by blending boiled/ grilled vegetables with green chilies and lemon juice. Chutneys are made by blending raw vegetables / herbs usually with coconut and green chilies. Konkani Tamblis are made by blending coconut with yogurt.. These blended curries are called pachadis in Andhra.
International blended curries: The equivalents of Indian blended curries exist in many cuisines. Replace chilies with pepper , add olive oil, garlic and lemon juice to a Indian blended curry and you get a range of 'International blended curries' . For example, toasted sesame seeds blended with sesame /olive oil, lemon and salt give the famous Tahini.. Mix in boiled and mashed chickpeas with Tahini and you have the famous Hummus. We'd have probably named it Channa chutney.

Instead of chickpeas, mash soaked and boiled double beans( fava beans) with lemon, salt, garlic, olive oil and chili and you get the Fava of turkey or Bigilla - the famous Maltese dip. Mix in grilled and mashed eggplant and lemon juice to Tahini and you have eggplant Chutney or Baba Ghanoush, another famous Middle eastern dip. Mix in chopped tomatoes and pepper powder to Baba Ghanoush and you have the Greek dip Melitzanosalata . Blend roasted peanuts to a paste and you have the eternal favourite Peanut butter. Add chilies and tamarind and it becomes Peanut chutney. The humble mustard when ground to a paste with turmeric , salt and vinegar ( or wine / honey) becomes the delicious mustard dip, so popular in the west. We'd probably call it Kadugu Thogayal. If Avacados had been known in India, we'd certainly have had an Avacado chutney by pureeing its flesh with salt, pepper and lemon juice. But now, we only know it as Guacamole. Another famous Middle eastern dip, Walnut chutney or Muhammara is made by blending walnuts, bread crumbs, chili, garlic, lemon juice, salt and olive oil .