Aunty Susheela's Motte Pulav /Egg Pulav

My blog is skewed disproportionately toward vegetarian fare till date. This is not intentional, just that Kannadigas are very vegetarian-friendly folks! Historically speaking, we are a creed who experienced strong religious stimulus endorsing vegetarian way of life! In the ancient period it was the Jain monks... Jains are so rigid in their practice of vegetarianism that they do not eat meals after sunset lest they consume the fly that accidentally fell in their meal by the light of earthen lamp! They also refrain from eating vegetables, if the plants growing then has been harmed while harvest of the vegetable, like root vegetables. The contribution of Jain poets to Kannada literature is also widely recorded. One epic in old Kannada revolves around the ill-fate of a King spanning several births for killing an animal.
In the 11th century Ramanujacharya fled the religious persecution in the hands of Cholas to  Melukote in Karnataka bringing with him his brand of vegetarianism. That is why 'Ranganatha'- temples dedicated to lord Vishnu is so common in the the old-Mysore region!
In the 12th century it was Basavanna. His influence swept through wide swaths of from north to south. He recommended a softer brand of vegetarianism and roots vegetables were  very welcome. In later centuries, it was Madhwacharya and Ramanujacharya.
Our erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore were also strict vegetarians and indirectly endorsing Vegetarianism. No wonder 15-20 years ago to restaurants serving non-vegetarian food were very hard to come by.
This does not mean we do not have a talent to cook up great tasting non-vegetarian fare!! People from Coorg, Chikmagalur / Malanadu region are famous for their game-meats dishes. Coastal Kannadigas prepare excellent sea-food.. reserving these schools for later. I have asked my sister to source some Coogi recipes from her MIL for me.. Yes she is married to a wonderful Coorgi..

For now it is Gowda-style recipe series courtesy aunty Susheela, our delightful neighbour.

We will need,

Rice                   2 cups  washed and cleaned
Eggs                   4
Onions               2 medium chopped

Garlic                 4-cloves
Ginger                1"
Cloves                6
Cinnamon           1"
Coriander           a handful
Red Chilly Powder 2 tsp
Dhania powder       2.5 tsp
Peanut oil             3-4 tbsp
  • Wash clean rice in several changes of water and soak it in clean water. set it aside
  • Grind together ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, chilly powder and dhania. set it aside.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pot. Toss in chopped onion. Saute till onion is golden. Pour the ground masala and cook till the oil floats on the top, about 8- 10 minutes.
  • Push the masala to the side and break eggs one after the other into the center of the pot, scrambling the eggs. Once the eggs are set, stir in the masala. Cook the eggs thoroughly. 
  • Add about 3-4 cups of water. (3 if using Basmati, 4 if using other varieties). Adjust salt. 
  • Once the water comes up to a boil, add the soaked rice. Cover and cook till rice is done. Throw in the coriander.
  • Serve hot with lemon wedges and hard boiled eggs


Sudhir R said...

for a orthodox Non Veg Kannadiga, Have to disagree. That apart the dish looks great and would love to taste.

Sudhir R said...

Forgot to add, wonderful composition and lighting, the photograph is beautiful

Asha said...

Great to read this post. Yes, most Kannadigas are still very strict vegetarians, specially my Lingayat family back home, not even Eggs are used but we as a couple after leaving India have learnt to eat everything veg and non-veg!

Egg Pulav looks easy and tasty, bring more Coorgi dishes. I make Paputtu, Akki rotti with anna etc too. My mom and hubby is from and around Hassan district coffee plantation folks!:)

Kannada Cuisine said...

I had to probably highlight hydrabad karnataka and their orthodox-non-veg!!That wont happen till I receive ur family recipes!!!

@ Asha...
So right, once we leave homeland got to adapt our eating habits... said...

Lovely write up about vegetarianism in karnataka..I too die hard after learning to bake..I am used to eggs now..

ಪುಟ್ಟ PUTTA said...

I am an egg lover by heart.. I love any dish that will have eggs in it esp with rice. Thanks for bringing it up.

Kannada Cuisine said...

@Leena and Putta,

Hope u enjoy this dish!!!

Sudhir R said...

Bulls Eye!! Will start tommrow