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Friday, October 9, 2020

Navaratri Menu planning 9 days 9 treats!

 

Navaratri 2020 is already here, its good to plan and buy groceries ahead, so it makes easy to do the festival and Golu hopping. check my detailed planning post here.

Due to Pandemic, many are doing E-vethalaipakku or split the schedule due to restrictions imposed.

Hope these help you to plan and you can add in many more dishes of your choice and time.

Click on the names for the recipes, you can use millets/brown sugar/karupatti for the sweets.








Morning NeivedyamSundal VaritiesTiffin Varities
Paal PayasamKadalai SundalVen Pongal Gotsu
Thenga Arisi PayasamPasiparippu SundalIdli Thenga chutney
Rose PayasamKondakadlai SundalDosai Thakkali thokku
Carrot /Rice PayasamPatani SundalAval Upma
PongalMixed SundalUpma Kozhakattai
Javarsi PayasamKaramani sweet SundalRava Kichidi
Paruppu PayasamPayaru Karamani SundalSevvai /Semiya Upma sambar
Oats Semiya PayasamSoya/Rajma Bean podi SundalAdai Aviyal or thokku
Kesari/KesribathVerkadalai SundalPoori Kurma


Multipurpose podi - Curry podi recipe is here 
For all recipes you can search in here .You can add in variety rice like Puliyodarai, lemon rice, coconut rice, dhokla, badam milk as per your taste. Can add and make your favourite choices of fruits, vegetables and millets. All recipes are no onion and no garlic. You can also plan and schedule timings for your friends and do a simple take away packing can make the visit short and satisfying.


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Do follow me on Instagram id - saraswathiyer for more food stories and recipe ideas.Thank you. 


Happy and Safe Navaratri.

Love,
Saraswathi

Monday, September 18, 2017

Planning for Navaratri | Prasadham | Neivedyam Post!

Once festival season begins in July, biggest festival is Navaratri which we celebrate for 9 days between september and October. To celebrate the festival as easier way, planning ahead and executing plays a major role here.

We love to clean and decorate the house, take out all the dolls and set up neatly. Arranging can be from simple to grand depends upon once convenience. If kids are small its difficult to do everything, so can keep it simple. Many don't have house help here, some ladies do everything alone and takes lots of interest involved in it and months of preparations goes in. Themes are thought and each year some do different theme. We need to prepare almost a month before for doing art work if we are doing at home. They need time to dry, repaint, etc.

When I was in India, the affair was very grand, my in laws and sister in laws house they keep a lot of dolls, the set up will be almost 3/4th the big hall. But unlike here,  I keep it simple.

In India only sundal will be served with vethalai paaku as we will be visiting the whole neighbourhood around 50-60 houses, but in singapore we visit around 8-10 houses and they serve food to all ladies who come, some will come from quiet far. Here each day they visit one friends home all are called together. So everyone visits friends place and spend time. 

Here life is mechanical for some, in the festival season one can visit friends and have a divine darshan, chat and enjoy food.

Now coming to food part, planning.
1. List number of people you will be inviting.
2. Plan a menu, I will be giving down my menu suggestions below.
3. Buy groceries. 
4. Buy gifts, checkout options for ladies and kids. If you are going or while coming from India pickup few items also some extra.
5. Shop online 
6. Taking out dolls and wipe it.

Recipes
click on the names




Sundal






Tiffin/Dinner Ideas

👉Vadai
👉Idli
👉Chutney
👉Sambar
👉Dhokla


All menu please prepare without onion and garlic.


Wish you all Happy Navaratri!

Saraswathi Iyer

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Do follow me on Instagram id - saraswathiyer for more food stories and recipe ideas.Thank you.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Besan Poha Laddo | Krishnajayanthi recipes!

Maaladu/Besan poha laddu is a slight twist for regular maaladu/besan laddu. My kids love maaladu a lot, I added aval and prepared for this krishnajayanthi and they liked it. Checkout my Maladoo/Besan ladoo recipe here.



Ingredients

Aval/Poha/Rice flakes - 1 cup(medium size)
Potukadalai/Chutney dal - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom - 4 nos
Ghee - 1 cup melted
Cashewnuts - few

Preparation method
Heat a kadai/wok, add aval and dry roast it for 5 mins. Then transfer it to a plate.
Add pottukadalai and dry roast till you get good aroma. Tranfer it to plate.
Let it cool a bit.
Now add aval/poha to mixie and pulse to fine powder. Transfer to a bowl.(You can also seive it)
Add pottukadalai to mixie and pulse to fine powder. Add the aval/poha powder and grind together again to fine powder. Transfer to a bowl.
Add sugar, cardamom in mixie and make a fine powder.
Transfer to bowl and mix all well.
Heat the ghee and add cashews. Once its brown off it, add to the powder and mix well and start making lemon size balls.

Laddoo is ready to serve.


PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vinayagar | Ganesh chathurthi Recipes in one place.

Ganesh | Vinayagar Chathurthi recipes here



Oats Jaggery Kozhakattai
Recipe here http://www.sarascorner.net/2014/08/oats-jaggery-kozhakattai-for-vinayagar.html

Ullandu Kozhakattai - http://www.sarascorner.net/2013/02/ullandu-kozhakattai-savory-dumpling.html

Modakam - step by step  http://www.sarascorner.net/2010/09/kozhakattaimodhakam-steamed-dumplings.html

Aminni Kozhakattai payasam - http://www.sarascorner.net/2011/08/amani-kozhakattai-payasam-step-by-step.html

Ellu Urundai - http://www.sarascorner.net/2010/09/ellu-urundaisesame-sweet-balls-hei-zhi.html

Karjikai - http://www.sarascorner.net/2008/12/karjika-somaasi-sweet.html

Sundal - http://www.sarascorner.net/2009/08/happy-vinayagaganesh-chathurthi.html

More Sundal recipes here http://www.sarascorner.net/search/label/SUNDAL

Menu for the festival - http://www.sarascorner.net/2010/09/vinayagar-chathurthi.html

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Do follow me on Instagram id - saraswathiyer for more food stories and recipe ideas.Thank you.

Tags - Vinayagar, Ganesh Chathurthi, Festival Recipes, Homemade, Indian, vegetarian




Oats Jaggery Kozhakattai for Vinayagar Chathurthi | Festival recipes.

A long pending post, prepared last year. I had prepared this for Healthy Dumpling Festival in Singapore. I also taught many people to make the dough for the dumpling. It was fun doing this with any different people.

Finding a right type of rice flour abroad is little difficult, unlike india. So I have used Idiyappam flour which is available in shops. Its fine and looks like milled one for Kozhakattai.



Ingredients
Idiappam flour - 2 cups and little more
Hot Water - 2 cups or more if required.
Nalla Yennai/Gingelli oil/Sesame Oil - 2-3 tspns
Salt a pinch

Preparation Method
In a wide vessel add oil, idiappam flour and salt. Boil water on stove or kettle add it to the flour, slowly mix with a spatulla continously to form a chapathi dough consistency. Allow it to cool. Mix again to form soft dough. Grease hands with oil and make small balls out of it. Close a clean wet towel on it to avoid drying. Take small balls and fill in the moulds.

Oats Jaggery Stuffing

Ingredients
Fresh Grated Coconut - 2 cups
Jaggery - 1 cup(powdered) (if you find it too sweet can reduce)
Rolled Oats - 4 tablespns
Rava/Sooji - 1 tablspn
Cardamom /Elachi powder - 2 pinch



Preparation Method
In a wide kadai, add jaggery with a tspn of water. Allow it to dissolve with stirring on intervals. if you feel it has dust particles, filter it and then keep again on stove. Add grated coconut oats, rava and cardamom powder. Mix till its thick and dry. Transfer it to a plate.

Oats Jaggery filling is ready.

Now take the rice flour, grease the mould with oil.fill a thin layer, then stuff this filling and close it. Slowly open the mould to form the beautifully shaped kozhakattai is ready for steaming.

Boil water in a wide vessel or idli cooker.

Grease the plates and steam the kozhakattai for 15mins or till the outer layer is shining and done.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Do follow me on Instagram id - saraswathiyer for more food stories and recipe ideas.Thank you.
Tags - Vinayagar, Ganesh Chathurthi, Festival Recipes, Homemade, Indian, vegetarian

Friday, February 22, 2013

Karuppu Ullandu Kozhakattai | Savory Dumpling | Modakam for Vinayagar Chathurthi!

Black Urad Dal Kozhakattai was prepared for the Creative Dumpling festival in Singapore and was tasted by the MP. This is the first cooking experience at the event. This is a savory dish. I had also prepared a sweet kozhakattai. Will post the recipe soon.

It was a big hit and tasted delicious. I have already posted this dish step by step here.


For the dough

Ingredients
Idiyappam flour - 2 cups and little more
Water -  as required
Nalla Yennai/Gingelli oil/Sesame Oil - 2-3 tspns
Salt a pinch
For Filling
Black Whole Urad Dal - 2 cups
Green Chilli - 4 nos(As per your taste)
Ginger - 2"
Curry leaves few
Salt as required

Preparation Method
In a vessel boil water and keep aside.
In a wide vessel add rice flour, add oil and salt and mix to form a chapathi dough consistency. Allow it to cool. Grease hands with oil and make small balls out of it. Close a clean wet towel on it to avoid drying.

In the meanwhile prepare the stuffing/filling.
Soak Urad dal in water for 1 to 2 hours. Grind with the rest of the ingredients to a coarse paste.

In a kadai/wok, add oil, hing, curry leaves and this grounded mixture. Saute till the raw smell goes.
Check on salt and add if required.
Mix well and keep aside.

Now take the rice flour mix and stuff the moulds.
Add the filling and close the mould.
Slowly open the mould and keep.

I have used the mould and was comfortable doing with this. You can do without mould too check out here.

Steam it for 15mins or till the rice flour is cooked.

Karuppu Ullandu Kozhakattai/Savory Dumpling is ready to serve.

Few Photos of the event and video below.

Few of my readers had asked how to use the mould pls see video below.






Click here for video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4m_9bhAP1Q

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from (http://www.sarascorner.net/) take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at simplysara07@gmail.com. Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Do follow me on Instagram id - saraswathiyer for more food stories and recipe ideas.Thank you.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Onam Recipes | Festival Menu!

Onam Sadya Recipes from Sara's Corner. Please click on the names for recipes.Do try and share your feedback




Palapazham Payasam

Unniappam or Banana Appam

Vegetable Sambar

Aviyal

Puli Inji

Mathan Pachadi

Olan

Poriyal

Kootu

Rasam

Pickle

Ada pradaman /Chakka pradaman 

Vendakai /Pineapple pachadi

Happy Onam to friends celebrating!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pooshanikai Mor Kulambu | Pumpkin Yogurt Gravy!

Mor Kulambu is my mom's favourite gravy in South Indian cuisine and you know many recipes are learnt from Mom. All recipes will be extraordinary when mom prepares for us with her motherly love. I am dedicating to her for Mother's Day.



Ingredients
Pooshanikai/White/Grey Pumpkin - 1/2 kg
Curds - 1 cup
Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Green chillies - 2nos(As per your taste)
Salt
Rice - 1/2 tspn

Seasoning
Oil - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Fenugreek seeds - a pinch
Dry red chilli - 1no
Curry leaves - few



Preparation Method
Cut pumpkin into medium size dices. Cook them with little water , salt until soft.
Grind fresh grated coconut, green chilli, rice and little water to a smooth paste.
MIx this in the cooked pumpkin and boil till raw smell goes.
Now add salt and off the stove.
Season it with the above mentioned ingredients under "Seasoning"
Once its cool add curds and mix well.

Pooshinikai Mor Kulambu is ready to serve. Serve with hot rice.

Notes - Some people mix curds while cooking itself. But it may curdle due to heat.

This recipe is going to Veggie/Fruit a month by Priya hosted by Sowjanya.
CC Mom's Recipe by Sravani
Black & White Wednesdays by Susan and hosted by Siri.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mathan/Sweet Pumpkin Sambar | Inji/Ginger Pachadi | Traditional South Indian Thali!

Sara's Corner is featured on the Foodie Blogroll  Featured Blogs for April 27, 2012. See this link here Featured Blogs Page. I am very happy and excited.

Let it be festivals or any occasions, at home we will have thali prepared and served on Banana Leaf. I have served in this steel thali plate, it was given by my grandmother with other utensils for my wedding.


Click on the names for Recipes
Paal Payasam
Beans Curry(French)
Paruppu Vadai
Ingi Pachadi (for recipe see below)
Steamed Rice
Paruppu (Plain toor dal cooked)
Ghee
Parangikai Sambar (for recipe see below)
Paruppu Rasam
Appalam/Papad
Curds/Yogurt 
Pickle
Salt
Banana

Recipe for Mathan/Sweet Pumpkin Arachuvitta Sambar. On all special festivals and occasions Arachuvitta Sambar should be prepared - This is my family's favourite sambar.

Parangikai/Mathan/Sweet Pumpkin -  1/2 kg
Tuvram Paruppu | Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn

For Grinding
Dhaniya /Coriander -  2 tablespoon
Channa Dal - 2 tspns
Dry red chilli - 4 nos(As per your taste)
Katti Peringayam/Asafatida/Hing - a small piece/1/4 tspn
Venthayam/Fenugreek seeds -  2 pinches
Fresh grated coconut - 1 /2 cup

Preparation Method
Wash, remove skin and seeds. Cut the mathan into medium cubes.
Cook Toor dal in pressure cooker with water for 4 to 5 whisltes and keep aside.
Heat a Kadai, add 1/2 tspn oil and fry all the ingredients under "for grinding" till the dal is brown. Allow it to cool and grind with little water to smooth paste.
Boil tamarind water and mathan with little salt and tumeric.
Once the mathan is boiled slightly soft add the grinded mixture and dal.
Boil well. It should be semi liquid consistency as later it will become thick.
Season it with ghee, mustard, curry leaves.

Recipe for Inji Thayir Pachadi | Ginger Yogurt Raitha.

This simple pachadi is mostly prepared on auspicious occasions at my home.

Ingredients
Ginger - 2" piece
Green Chilli - 2 nos(As per taste)
Grated Coconut - 2 tablespoons
Curds/Yogurt - 1 cup
Salt
Chopped Coriander for garnish.

Preparation Method
Grind ginger, coconut, green chilli with little water and curds in blender to smooth paste. If you like ginger you can grind to coarse paste too. Mix in the curds. Garnish with coriander.

Inji Pachadi is ready to serve.

Notes - On all festivals dishes are prepared without onion and garlic.

This recipe is going to Indian Thali Mela Event hosted by Srivalli.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Manga Sadam | Mamidikai Annam | Ugadi Special Recipe!

I wish you all my readers a very Happy n Prosperous Ugadi and Gudi Padwa!

ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು,  ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు and  'गुढी पाडव्याच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा'.

Manga Sadam | Mamidikai Annam| Mavinakayi Chitranna |Mango Rice is very tangy and delicious rice. Its usually prepared on Ugadi. Click here for recipe for Ugadi Festivals.

Ingredients
Rice - 1 cup
Raw Mango - 1 no(Kizhimukku)Grated
Groundnuts - Handful
Gingely Oil - 2 tablespoon
Mustard - 1 tspn
Channa Dal - 1 tspn
Dry Red chilli - 2nos(As per your taste)
Turmeric pwdr - 1/4 tspn
Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves
Salt
Preparation method:
Cook rice with 2.5 cups water for 3 to 4 whistles. Allow the rice to come to normal temperature.
In the mean while
Heat oil in a pan/wok, add mustard seeds. Once it splutters add channa dal, groundnuts. Saute till channa dal turns light brown. Add curry leaves, red chillies and saute.
Add the grated mango and cook till its soft. Add little salt and turmeric powder.
Turn the stove off. Add the rice and salt. Let it sit for a while so that the taste of mango is gets obsorbed into the rice .




































Manga Sadam rice is ready to serve. This can be served with fried papads and vadams. I served with Mor Kolambu.

Notes - You can also cut mangoes into small pieces and grind coarsely in mixie.(Optional)

This recipe is going to Only South Indian event by Pari

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sweet Karamani/Black Eyed Bean Sundal | Navarathri Special!!!

Hi Friends,

Hope you are having great time this Navarathri. Have been quite busy with the festive season and couldnot blog. Just posting this recipe I prepared today. This sundal is special for Navarathri as it is a sweet one.

Sweet Karamani Sundal is a sundal prepared with vellam/jaggery and this is very tasty.
Tomorrow is Saraswathi Pooja, Kondakadalai/Chickpea/Garbanzo Sundal is prepared and offered to God with other menu for festivals. To read more on Navarathri click here.


IngredientsKaramani/Black Eyed Beans - 4 cups (Brown or white, I used white)
Vellam/Jaggery - 4 cups(powdered)
Fresh Grated coconut - 1 cup
Elakka/Cardamom powder - 4 pods

Preparation Method
Soak karamani/blackeyed beans overnite with enough water. Pressure cook for about 4 to 5 whistles with water and a pinch of salt in medium flame. (We should not cook anything without salt)
In a kadai or wide vessel, put vellam/jaggery with 1 cup water and boil well. Let it dissolve fully. Then filter it if any dust or mud particles are there. Wash the kadai and add the filtered jaggery, again boil it well till the raw smell goes and it reduces a bit.

Once its boiled, add grated coconut and mix.
Add boiled karamani and mix. Stir in intervals. Let it boil well and until no water left. Off the stove then add elachi powder mix.


Sweet Karamani Sundal is ready to serve to God.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sorakkai/Bottle Gourd Rava Ladoo Repost!!!

I usually make Rava Ladoo, this time tried with Sorakkai/Bottle Gourd. Sometime back this was showed on TV and tried by my friend.  It was different, tasty and moist.

Ingredients
Sorakkai/Bottle Gourd - 1/2 cup
Rava - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 1/2 cup(as per taste)
Elachi/Cardamom - powder of 2 pods
Ghee - 1 tspn + little more
Cashews/Pistachoes - few
Milk - 1 to 2 tspns


Preparation Method
Grate Sorakkai and squeeze just little water but not fully. Keep it aside.

Heat a thick bottom kadai, add 1/2 tspn ghee, add rava and roast till its slightly brown and gets good aroma. Transfer it to a wide vessel. Add sugar, press and mix well with a spoon.

In the same pan, add 1/2 tspn ghee, add grated sorakkai saute till the raw smell goes. Add this to the rava mixture.


In the same pan, add little ghee and fry chopped nuts till brown. Add this also to the mixture.


Now mix everything finely with a spoon.


Sprinkle little milk as sorakkai is little moist and mix to a soft dough by hand.


Take lemon size of the mix to get round shape.


Store it in an air tight container and enjoy. This will be perfect to eat next day or rests for a 2 -3 hrs. Its good to prepare for guests and festivals.



This recipe along with my Carrot Rice PayasamDumroot Halwa and MW Low Fat Carrot Halwa, Carrot HalwaJackfruit Payasam are going to Celebrate Sweets Fruits n Veggie by Raks and Nivedita.

This recipe alongwith the following is going for
"IndusLadies.com eBook for Diwali.

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