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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thaalaga Kozhambu | Thiruvadirai special! Contribution by Latha Ganesh!

This recipe is contributed by my Sister in law Mrs. Latha Ganesh from Bangalore. I will be adding the photo soon.
 
This is a trademark dish of Tirunelveli. it is called THAALAGAM. made on Tiruvadhirai.
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Ingredients for roast:
Black Thil Seeds: 3 tbsps(Main ingredient)
Raw Rice : about 2tbspns
Toor Dhal: 1tbspn
Red Chillies - 2 nos(As per your taste)
 
Vegetables:
The most important veggie for this is Pumpkin- 1/4kg.
Vaazhakkai/Raw Plantain - 1no
Carrot - 2nos
Beans - 100 gms
Mochai - 100 gms
Peas - 100 gms
Chayote/Chow chow - 2nos
 
Method:
Soak Tamarind in water about lemon size
Dry roast all the ingredients to roast, add one half of a coconut n make a paste or powder.
Cook the veggies with salt n turmeric. Add tamarind pulp, bring to a boil. Then add ground paste or powder
to the veggies. Boil well, for about 6-8mnts.
Grate some jaggery with knife n add to the Thaalaga kozhambu and stir well.
 
Season with mustard  and curry leaves. (no Peringayam)
 
This recipe does not require cooked Toor Dhal separately as there is Rice for the thickness. The Flavor of the Till seeds is the main part of this recipe.  
 
Thanks Latha for your lovely recipe.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pumpkin Soup | Winter Recipes!

I am posting a recipe after a long time, my inlaws are here and with the baby I am not able to blog. But still will post when I find time.

This week it was a bad weather in singapore, it was raining daily so all of us fell sick with cold, cough and flu. My father in law got more cold and fever. My son also has school holidays and he loves soup.

So I prepared this simple soup for the weather. They just loved it. 



Ingredients
Sweet Pumpkin - 200 gms or 1 cup chunks
Pepper - 1/2 tspn(adjust as per taste)
Spring onion -2 tblspns
Salt
Water 1 to 2 cups
Cream - 1 tblspn(optional)

Preparation method
Pressure cook or steam the pumpkin.
Allow it to cool a bit.
Transfer it to a mixie, add 1 cup water and blend to smooth paste.(it should not be too thick or too thick just soupy consistency)
Add spring onions, salt, pepper.
Boil it.

Garnish with cream.) I have not used

Serve hot with garlic bread or as it is. I like spicy.

PS - Adjust salt n pepper according to your taste.

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