Pistachio Sambharam + Shrimp Golgappa

It was a foggy , misty weekend with occasional drizzle , and the sky a thick cloudy soup , reminding us a lot about about the invigorating and charming monsoon evenings back home..We are yet to be recovered from the cold , salubrious or not , the nature created a perfect milieu for us to stay home , watched a lot of movies , with out goofing around much , yet we manage to make our presence for a dinner party at  a friends' place.
Talking about  rain , Monsoon is just days away in Kerala right? Remember how we all used to get drenched on the very first day of the school , the new uniforms , the bags and of course the new colored umbrellas with fresh smell on it , getting all soggy ?Good Times...
I guess ,with schools opening on all different dates  now, even Monsoon is in a fix as to when to make its grand entry ....

This recipe is inspired by "Hot Shots" from Monica Bhide's Modern Spice . Keeping the frame work , i altered it by adding spices and seasonings to my liking . I am not a big fan of pani puri or any chat for that matter , but this golgappa captured my taste buds like no other. 
Talking about Morum vellam aka Sambharam , I am a huge addict  , and i always have a bottle of spiced buttermilk , different seasoning each time , especially during Summer.
A simple drink and an appetizer , trust me , this is an excellent yet easy combo to serve at any party. Work your magic by adding your own ingredients just like me and serve. As Monica says , " Put the golgappa in your mouth and drink the soup , as you would eat a tapa with a glass of wine"


Recipe for Pistachio Sambaram / Spiced Buttermilk with Pistachios

Plain Yogurt - 1 cup
Chilled Water - 1.5 or 2  cups ( depends on how light you want it to be , i usually add 1.5 cup)
Shallots chopped - 2-3
Black pepper corns - 4-5 nos
Salt to taste
Pistachios - 3-4 table spoon ( shells removed and roughly chopped)

Lightly crush black pepper corns in a mortar and pestle .
In a bowl , add chopped shallots and crushed pepper , yogurt . Whisk well.
Add water , salt to taste and combine well. Add more water to make it in desired consistency.
Pour into glasses and top it with chopped pistachios.

Recipe for Shrimp golgappa /  Fried Crisp puris with Spicy Prawn filling

Golgappa - A packet may be ...20-25 nos.( depends on how much filling you put in each golgappas)

Shrimp - 1 cup ( i used the smallest salad shrimps i could get )
Onion finely chopped - 1 small
Garlic minced - 1 clove
Tomato finely chopped - 1 small
Red chili powder -  1/2  tea spoon
Turmeric powder - a large pinch
Mustard seeds 
Oil

If using raw shrimp , clean and de vein them. Heat oil in a pan and mustard seeds . When they splutter add chopped onion and garlic and cook till golden and add finely chopped tomato , cook till the oil separates. Add red chili and turmeric powder and mix well. Slide in the shrimp and cook covered for a couple of minutes. Uncover and stir fry a minute or two.( see notes at the end of the post ).

To serve :- Fill each golgappa with 1/2 or 1  tea spoon of shrimp filling and place on top of the buttermilk glass and serve.

Note :-
I used cooked salad shrimp and cooked for 5-7 minutes. if using raw shrimp , i advice you to cook for 10-12 minutes , sprinkling some water . Though they say , do not overcook shrimp , I prefer it to be a bit overcooked than undercooked , to be on the safer side. Shrimp can easily get your tummy sick :(
Good day
Sarah

48 comments:

Reva said...

What can I say... I am awestruck by this amazing combo... First of all the idea of shrimp in golgappa is mindblowing...along with pistachio buttermilk... U r truly a master of tasty creations... Hats off Chef:)
Reva

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Excellent recipes....sambharam is my fav too...Your version looks yumm...

Irene said...

Oh God, this looks super delicious. I want some...

Sunitha said...

Interesting take on golgappa for sure. Nice pictures as always Sarah!

Hari Chandana said...

Sambararam looks really good.. healthy and refreshing drink.. thanks for sharing !!
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Priya Sreeram said...

i spike up my sambharam with nuts too but ur pics are a real killer- kudos !

SpicyWorld said...

Excellent photos...sambaram looks really good..and new taste,,,thanks for sharing..

S.Menaga said...

Excellent recipes,looks delicious..

Treat and Trick said...

So creamy and yummy!

Madhavi said...

sambharam looks yummooo!!!

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Suman Singh said...

Both the dishes looks yummy!

Gulmohar said...

Golgappa is nice, but I can never get enough of sambharam ;-)I loved the twist with pistachios..

An Open Book said...

that golgappa idea is a great..esp as an appetizer..next time im gonna give that a go and show off to my guests :)
and abt being my neighbour..i hope the same too...and then i can switch all these goodies for a glass of sangria any day :)
and hey thanks for letting me know that i was featured on the kitch..its a great website.
although i was thrilled, it felt a bit weird that i now know people can just copy pics and paste it anywhere..im so lazy to even water mark my pics hehe..but thanks a lot for that..

Pushpa said...

Loving this combinaton,looks delicious.

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

innovative..pics are too good!

Lyndsey said...

Ahhh...such memories that rainy days bring back! This looks very good, nice to spice it the way you like it! Hope the sun will come out soon!

julie said...

yummy golgappa.. nutty sambharam...wow ,wonderful innovations!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Superb combo... love the medley of spices...

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Angie's Recipes said...

A new dish to me...look so very tempting!

Chitra said...

yummy yum.it's very inviting and as always wonderfull pics..

Swathi said...

Unique creations looks awesome delicious.

Sobha Shyam said...

Excellent recipes and presentation..golgappas look very tempting..loved adding pitachios to the buttermilk..:) Great one dear!! As us said, monsoon does remind me of the first day to the school each year..!!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

i'm a rain person, and i love the monsoon times in India ...i miss these days and golgaaps are fab idea, want wait to try! will a super big hit :)

Suja said...

Wow..yummy, nice one dear.

divya said...

Excellent recipes and presentation..golgappas look very tempting..loved adding pistachios to the buttermilk..:)

Biny Anoop said...

very innovative.....who wud have tot of such a thing...love the idea

நிரூபன் said...

wow, It's looks so good..
thanks for sharing with us.

aipi said...

WHOA ~ Creativity at its best ~ and how beautifully you have presented it ~ simply gorgeous!
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Nitha said...

Amazing one Sarah.. Loved the golagappa...

Biny Manoj said...

Mind blowing pictures, Honey!!! Excellent idea too...afterall changanacherry-kaaru okke anganeyaanu alle :)...

Shanavi said...

WOW WOW..mind blowing work !!! lovely

Babli said...

Very nice, unique and innovative recipe. Looks yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Both the dishes look very interesting..and shrimp golgappa is truely tempting me:)

Priya said...

Both tempts me a lot, golgappa makes me hungry..

Sushma Mallya said...

Intresting recipe, pistachio buttermilk looks perfect and beautiful photography!

Rinku Naveen said...

Very innovative combo.. and superb clicks Sarah..

Plateful said...

Loooove chats.... and that shrimp golgappa recipe is a keeper! Adding pistachio to the sambaram is a lovely twist. The recipes are beautifully captured. Way to go Sarah!!!

Madhura Manoj said...

Superb combo.Drooling here.. Beautiful clicks.
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Prathima Rao said...

Oh my....Im am truly amazed by this novel idea & superb clicks!!! Hats off to you for coming up with such a mouthwatering & interesting combo!!
Prathima Rao
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Smitha said...

this is something new to me and I am totally loving it!!....just too tempting...I got to make it soon!! :))

Yummy Team said...

WOW!! 2um superb aayittundu..Shrimp golgappa annu enikku kooduthal eshtamayathu..Kandittu kothiyakunnu..

Kairali sisters said...

Aa pistachio sambaran njn udan thanne undakununde..Ente daivame njna mikkavarum flight pidichu parsippanyku varendi avrum enna thonunne :)

Suhaina said...

wonderful combination and beautiful clicks as usual...yumm.

Indie.Tea said...

It looks like a very delicious chaat. And the pistachio-buttermilk sounds delicious.
I've never experienced monsoon, but its one of the things I hope to enjoy one day soon.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

What a fantastic looking golgappa recipe! Looks yummy!

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Biny Manoj..
Thanks a lot chechi...
athu pinne nammalu changanacherry karkku ichira ellam kooduthal analla...Soundaryam , budhi , ..pinne ichira ahankaravum ...hahhahahhaha

Jaleela Kamal said...

very cool and healthy, nutty super combination

Mehjabeen Arif said...

This looks adorable.. Such a creative thought..

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