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Friday, May 11, 2012

Vazhakkai Roast | Crispy Raw Plantain!

Crispy flavoured Vazhakkai/Raw Plantain Roast is a popular in Tamil Nadu non-brahmin homes. Its very tasty and flavoured. This recipe was taught by my MIL and she told it will be very nice. I tasted it for the first time and like it.

Here goes the recipe.

Vazhakkai/Raw Plantain - 1 no (medium size slice)
Rice flour - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder - 1 tspn(As per your spice taste)
Turmeric powder - 2 pinches
Asafotida/Hing - 2 pinches

Oil for shallow fry.

Preparation Method

Wash, remove skin and cut vazhakkai into medium slices. 

Mix all the other ingredients to form a smooth paste.

Apply on the veggie. Leave for few mins.

Heat a skillet/tawa and put oil on it. When its hot.

Cook on one side flip/turnover and pour little oil and cook on other side too until crisp.

Vazhakkai Roast | Crispy Raw Plantain is ready to serve.

Serving suggestion : Enjoy with hot sambar rice/rasam rice or curd rice.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Samba Rava /Broken Wheat Kanji!

Samba Rava /Broken Wheat Kanji is a healthy drink. I have been preparing every month and its my son's favourite one too. This can be your breakfast too, if you are bored of any breakfast or looking for an easy breakfast on weekends. This is my daily breakfast. My MIL taught me and we all liked it a lot.

Samba Rava - 2 cups
Pottukadalai/Fried Gram -  1 cup
Soya Bean -  1/2 cup
Elakka podi/Cardamom powder - 1/4 tspn or 4 nos
Nuts - Badam 1 cup
Milk - 1 cup

Preparation Method
In a kadai, dry roast all the ingredients to slight brown separately. Transfer it to a plate.
Allow it to cool.
Grind to fine powder in mixie with little sugar for easy grinding. Mix well.
Store this in a air tight container.Healthy mix is ready.

Now for Kanji
Mix 2 tspns of this powder with little water and boil, then add one glass of milk. Add sugar and Serve.

Samba Rava /Broken Wheat Kanji is ready. Enjoy this healthy drink.

Notes - If you have mill near your place, you can skip sugar.
You can make in large quantity and store for months and stored in fridge too for later use.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Arasi Paruppu Payasam | Happy Gokulashtami/Krishna Janmashtami!!!

Payasam is a mix of Rice, Jaggery and choice of Dal. Here I have used Channa Dal/Kadalai Paruppu, its very aromatic and tasty. I have posted few payasam varieties here. I prepared this for Avani Avittam Festival on Saturday.

It was perfect and everyone liked at my home. This recipe was taught by my Mother in Law, Thanks a lot.

Pic courtesy : Google images

Wish you all a very Happy Gokulashtami!!!

Here goes the recipe.

Rice - 1/2 cup(I used Ponni)
Channa Dal/Kadalai Paruppu - 2 tspns
Vellam/Jaggery - 1.5 cups(powdered or broken)
Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup + Rice - 1/2 tspn(for grinding)
Elachi powder - 1/4 tspn
Milk - 1 glass
Ghee - 1 tspn
Cashews/Raisins - 2 tspns

Preparation Method
Wash, rinse rice and channa dal. Pressure cook upto 3 whistles with water.
In a vessel, add vellam/jaggery with 1/2 cup water and allow it to dissolve. If required add more water, once its fully dissolved, filter it and again start boiling in low flame on occasional stirring till the raw smell of Jaggery goes.
Grind the coconut and rice with little water to fine paste.
Once the pressure is gone, take the rice and dal mix and mash it with a laddle/karandi.
Add the rice, dal mix to the jaggery, coconut paste and mix well.
Finally add milk and boil well. It should be to medium consistency. off the stove

Heat ghee in a pan, add cashews and raisins. Fry till brown and add to the payasam.

Delicious Payasam is ready for Neivedyam and Enjoy it warm or chill!!!

Once again wish Happy Gokulashtami to all friends celebrating the festival.

Until my next post. Happy Weekend.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sajjige/Rava Kesari Type 2

Sajjige this is a sweet prepared for Sathyanarayan Pooja or Pournima Pooja or any ocassion. This was prepared by my Mother in law for Aadi Perukku. It was very tasty. I have prepared another version of Kesari Bath and Pineapple Kesari taught by my  Dad.

Chiroti Rava/Upma Rava - 1 cup
Water -  2.5 cups
Sugar - 1.5 cups (If you like less sweet can reduce accordingly)
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Banana - 1/2 no(chopped)
Cashews/Raisins - 2 tspns
Elachi powder/Cardamom - a pinch

Preparation Method
Boil water and keep aside.
Heat a kadai, add 1/2 tspn ghee and fry cashews and raisins till brown. Transfer it to a plate.
In the same kadai, add 1/2 tspn ghee and roast rava till you get good aroma and slightly brown.
Now add warm water and mix it. You can use whisk for easy mixing and to avoid lumps.
The mixture should not be very thick it should be thin. Reduce flame and wait till rava is completely cooked.
Add little ghee and mix. Now add sugar and mix well. Add chopped banana, a pinch of elachi powder and mix well.
It should not be thick. So it will be soft later. Add left over ghee.
Off the fire and add the fried cashwes and raisins.

Offer to God and then enjoy.

Sajjige is ready for Prasadam.

Notes :

- You can skip banana and prepare. 
- You can also lessen ghee and add oil or vanaspati.
- Can be consumed within 2-3 days, need not be refridgerated.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Curry Podi/Powder!!!

As one of my blog reader has asked me for the recipes of podis. Am sharing the recipes.

Curry Podi/Powder is a very handy homemade masala powder. This can be used for any vegetable curry's. Its very flavourful. I make in small quantities and use it. This recipe is from my mother in law.

Dhaniya/Coriander seeds - 1 cup
Kadala Paruppu /Channa Dal- 1/2 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 1/2 cup or 10nos(As per your spice level increase or decrease)
Peringayam/Asafotida -  a small piece or 1/4tspn

Preparation Method
Dry roast all the ingredients one by one with a 1/2 tspn oil till its slightly brown.
Cool and grind it to a coarse powder.

Store it in an air tight container and for later use.

Notes - You can dry roast without oil for long use and if you are preparing in large quantity.

This multipurpose podi can be used in rice, sundal and curries. 
Check my recipes using this here. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mangai Inji Urugai/Mango Ginger Pickle

Mangai Inji/Mango Ginger is a traditional Tamil Brahmin pickle. This has both flavours mango and ginger. This is available in India in Aadi Masam. But it was available at Little India. I have learnt all these recipes after marriage from my Mother-in-law. My hubby and in-laws like this a lot. Its good for digestion.

Mangai Inji/Mango Ginger - 100 gms
Green Chilli - 10 nos
Lemon Juice - 1 tspn
Salt as per taste

Preparation Method
Wash, remove skin and chop into small pieces. Chop green chilli also into small pieces.
In a glass bowl, add both and mix with salt and lemon juice.

Enjoy Mangai Inji/Mango Ginger with Curd Rice.

Notes - Can be stored in air tight container for about a week.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Puli Inji(Ginger Tamarind mix)

Puli Inji is a very spicy and tangy sidedish for Kootu rice. It can also be mixed with hot steamed rice and ghee or oil. This is my MIL speciality and she taught me. Puli Inji is also one of the dish in Palakad Iyer/Tamil Brahmin wedding menu.

Ginger/Inji - 1/2 cup(chopped or thinly sliced)
Green Chilli - 1/2 cup (chopped)
Tamarind water - 2 cups
Turmeric - a pinch
White Sesame powder/Ellu Podi - 1 tspn
Gingely Oil/Nalla Yennai - 2-3 tspns
Jaggery/Vellam - a small lemon size

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai/wok, add oil,  add ginger, green chilli and a pinch of salt. Saute till the raw smell goes.
Then add tamarind water, turmeric and boil well till the water becomes thick and condense.
Finally add jaggery and sesame powder and boil till the jaggery dissolves or its dry.

Puli Inji is ready to serve. This can also be sidedish for chapathi.

Notes - This can be stored in air tight container for 14-20days in refridgerator.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Masala Veggie Pulav

Masala Veggie Pulav is very different from other Pulav since we ground special masala. This recipe is from my Mother in Law.

For Deco have used Carrot, Tomato and Curry leaves.

Rice - 2 cups- Normal/Basmati
Carrot - 1no
Potato -1 no
Beans -10 nos
Cauliflower - few florets
Green Peas - 1 cup
Onion - 2 nos
Tomato - 1 no
Garlic - 2nos
Vendhaya Keerai/Methi/Fenugreek Leaves - 1 cup(This was leftover leaves)

For Masala
Kothamalli Verai/Daniya/Coriander Seeds - 1 tspn
Black Pepper - 1/2 tspn
Dry Red Chilli - 2(As per your taste)
Jeera - 1 tspn
Saunf - 1/2 tspn
Cinamon/Cardamom/Bay leaf/Cloves - few

Preparation Method
In a pan dry roast the masala ingredients. Allow it to cool and grind it to fine powder.
Wash and chop all the veggie into small pieces.
In a Kadai, heat oil, add onion, garlic and fry till light brown. Then add tomatoes and cook till soft.
Now add all the veggie and saute. Add salt and turmeric.
Add the grounded masala powder. Mix well.
Add rice and mix. Add about 5 cups of water, salt and a tspn of ghee. Mix well.

Pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Serve when steam is up with Raitha.

This Recipe is off to the following events.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Homemade Dhaniya Podi/Coriander Powder

Dhaniya Podi is usually added in many dishes in our kitchen. But this podi is quiet different to mix with white rice.

This recipe is from my Mother-in-law who has learnt from her mom.

A very simple and tasty powder. I usually love mixed or podi sadam. Tried for the first time and just loved it and sharing it.

Dhaniya/Coriander Seeds - 1/2 cup
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1 tspn
Dry Red Chilli - 2 nos (As per your taste)
Puli/Tamarind/Imli - a small piece
Peringayam/Asafotida/Hing - 2 pinches
Salt to taste

In a heavy bottom kadai, dry roast dhaniya till its slightly brown/black and transfer it to a plate.
In the same kadai, add 1 tspn of oil, add rest of the ingredients except salt and puli. Saute till its brown.
Now allow it to cool and grind to a coarse powder with salt n tamarind.

Serve with hot rice. You can mix ghee or Nalla Yennai/Gingely oil for yummy taste.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from ( take a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at 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.

This is going off to Cooking with Seeds Event hosted by Radhika started by Priya.


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