This habit of theirs reminded me very much of home. This same practice of mid-day meals directly is still followed at my house, especially on weekends and holidays. We have a full meal mid day and in the late afternoon used to have some snacks or tiffin. Early in the morning, we have a nutritious and filling drink - Kanji, that helps us till midday. I still remember fighting with my mom over this, saying that this is such a strange thing (as though we were doing practising Voodoo or something). I don't know why exactly. I felt weird when I found out that, this was not the case at all my friends home. They all follow the regular eating habit. As a child, I think I felt odd to be left out of the whole group. Now, I feel so silly of my thoughts. Even now, it is the same; the other way round at home, meals followed by breakfast tiffin. Some customs just stick with us no matter how much we adapt ourselves according to our situation.
This "Ooti" dish from Manipur is served with Kichdi during Kang festival in their region. A simple peas dish that is very much prepared like dal. Cook the peas and add the tadka. This can be also served with dosa, Idly, rotis and parathas. A perfect alternative in the busy morning when you are time pressed for the regular accompaniments like peas masala or sambhar or any gravy.
Manipuri Mangal Ooti - Manipuri Side dish The recipe is adapted from Anthony's Kitchen.
A simple peas dish, very similar to dal, that is cooked with soda and in mustard oil Tadka.
Prep time: 05 mins | Cook time: 20 Mins | Total time: 25 Mins | Serves: 2-3
P.S. Out of the few online documentation on the internet, I found this no-breakfast concept of these people. So, if any north-east native happens to chance upon the blog, I would love to hear from you regarding the food habits and practices.
Nivedita Adhikari says
I remember my mom using bamboo shoots, broken rice and chives to ooti.
Hi Nivedita. That's nice to know. Thanks for your feedback. Are you from Manipur ?
vaishali sabnani says
I read alot about ooti and found it similar to our rsgda..but surely a dish worth trying.
Archana Potdar says
If i was not sold to ooti then your pics would have! Delicious.WIsh I can make it right now.
Suma Gandlur says
Lovely ooti. I too made it with khichdi.
Chef Mireille says
popular dish of the day - looks nice and creamy
Pavani N says
Simple and delicious Ooti.
Gayathri Kumar says
Today is Ooti day. Seeing so many versions of ooti. Yours look so nice...
Ooti has come out so well Nisha..
Jayanthi Padmanabhan says
ooti looks fabulous.. lovely picture
Nivedhanams Sowmya says
delicious side dish!! love it nisha!!
Harini-Jaya R says
Good one Nisha. Even today my parents follow the pattern you talked about 🙂
Varadas Kitchen says
The ooti is so similar to our peas curry. Nice write up on the different eating habits.
So many ooti recipes. Nice clicks
Priya Suresh says
I can have this mangal ooti happily with some rotis anytime of the day, wonderful choice. Seems like ooti is very easy and quick to make.