Upkari in konkani is typically stir fry. A very simple stir fry made with few ingredients and practically with any veggies makes upkari very unique. Basic ingredients remains the same but what enhances the flavor in this dish is the vegetable. Mix and match vegetables or just make it with only one. My husband is a big fan of any upkari and so am I. Our daughter does not like spicy food so upkari and dalithoy keeps her happy too :-) My non-konkani friends have wondered always how can only red chillies, mustard seeds and curry leaves make a stir fry tasty. I guess it's our inherited konkani specific tastebuds. Same reaction goes to even dalithoy ! But we have few friends who are a fan of dalithoy and call it as comfort food !
But sometimes I make a little bit of changes when I make brussel sprouts or broccoli. I have posted the recipes for each of the upkari separately too.
3-4 red chilles
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
Grated coconut (optional)
Wash and cut vegetable into cubes.
In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering add curry leaves and red chilles. Add diced vegetables. Close the lid and cook until done. Sprinkle water if needed.
Sprinkle grated coconut on top. This is optional. But if sprinkled gives out a tinge of natural sweetness. But upkari may go bad more sooner during hot days.
Serve it with rice and gravy of your choice.