Keerla neeli is the heart of tender bambo shoots. For those of you who are still confused and are familiar with artichokes, the same rule applies where the outer skin is discarded and the center of the vegetable is typically relished in any delicacy.This dish is prepared along with crushed bikkand ( jackfruit seeds).
tender Bamboo shoots/ keerlu - 2 cups, chopped fine
bikkand /jack fruit seeds - 10 seeds
Coconut - 1 cup
Tamarind - 1 tsp
Jaggery 1-3 tbsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chilli's - 6-8
For the seasoning
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves 2 sprigs
With a little oil, fry urad dal, coriander seeds and red chillies. Grind roasted ingredients with tamarind and salt to a fine paste.
In a kadai, heat Oil and season with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add bamboo shoots and bikkand till they are almost cooked. Add ground masala and jaggrey and cook completely.
Serve as a side dish with rice.