I guess it is inevitable that I let my professional avatar spill over onto most other aspects of life too. One example is to ‘structure’ or  ‘categorise’ almost everything around me – which also extends to food. So when I think of a meal I tend to categorise dishes into the standard categories like dry veggies, daal, aamti, salad, chutney, etc etc. But then, once in a while, comes along a dish that cocks a snook at me – gently suggesting that I should learn to sometimes just ‘let things be as they are’. Karmana is one such dish!!

Karmana is a unique dish which, although it looks at first glance like a green chutney, is actually to be eaten mixed with rice – like you would eat a daal or an aamti or a kadhi. It has its own unique taste – which is difficult to describe. So all I can say is – TRY IT!  Simply yummmmy. Karmana-Rice with Kachrya or fried fish is a great combo, incidentally. And what’s more – its also a “make-in-a-jiffy’ dish.


  • Coconut – fresh, grated – 1 vaati / katori (small cup)
  • Green Chillies – 2 or 3
  • Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1 tsp (heaped)
  • Tamarind – size of half a lemon
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust as per taste)
  • Coriander – 1 tablespoon
  • Heeng (Asafoetida) – 1/3rd tsp
  • Mustard Seed – 1/3rd tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp


Grind the coconut, green chillies, jeera, tamarind, coriander and salt with a little water to a fine thick paste. Then ‘liquify’ it a bit by adding a little water – till the consistency reaches a state where the mix is slightly more liquidy than your typical dosa chutney. It has to be ‘flowy’ enough to easily blend with rice, basically.

Season the above by heating 1 tsp of ghee in a separate bowl / seasoning ladle and adding on the mustard seeds and heeng. Add this to the mix above – and your karmana is ready!

Remember that the mix itself is never heated / cooked. So remember to pour the seasoning onto the mix and NOT pour the mix into the heated bowl that you may have used for the seasoning.

Mix with rice and add a dollop of ghee…the ghee lends it that amazing touch!

Karmana is yet another ‘silent gem’ from the kokani recipe storehouse that you rarely hear of/ find outside of homes. Check it out….


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