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Friday, March 14, 2014

Mor Kuzhu | Breakfast | Tiffin | Tamil Brahmin Recipes!

Mor Kuzhu is a very delicious tangy breakfast or tiffin.

This is one of the favourite tiffin at Brahmin home. I learnt it from my mother in law, I have not had this in Bangalore, after marriage when looking for tiffin ideas, my Mother in law taught me this. Mor Kuzhu is very delicious rice cake. Iyengar's call it as Mor kizhi. They also add tamarind water.

Now going to the recipe.

Rice flour - 3 cups
Curds/Plain yogurt - 3 cups
Water as reqd.

Nalla Yennai/Gingely oil - 4 tblspn
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Mor milagai/curd chilli - 4 nos(As per your taste)
Hing/peringayam - 1/2 tspn

Preparation Method
Mix, rice flour, curds, salt, water without forming lumps in whisk or in mixie to form a liquid batter.

Let it rest for 4 hours or more.

Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard, peringayam, mor milagai, saute till the mor milagai are dark brown and not black in low flame.
Then add the batter to it and stir continuously till the rice flour is thick and cooked.
Touch with hand to check the rice flour is cooked properly.
Grease a plate with oil, just put these and spread evenly.
Allow it to cool. Cut in desired shape.

Using Rice - Method 2
Idli rice or Raw rice - 1 cup

Preparation Method
wash, rinse and soak rice for 4 to 6 hrs and grind to fine paste in grinder or mixie with water and salt. It should be like butter milk consistency.

Ferment it overnite.

Use the same procedure.

Serve with Idli molagai podi.

Packed this for my hubby to office:-)

Notes - 
* Can also use sour curd.
* You can mix morning by 9 and keep. You can prepare tiffin by 3 or 4pm. 
* If you want for morning breakfast, mix the batter at night and morning you can cook this.

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.
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)
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
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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kathirikai Gothsu | Brinjal/Aubergine Sambar| Sidedish for Pongal/Idli!

Gothsu is a south indian gravy, like sambar for Pongal or Idli. For this we use split green gram/siruparuppu. I never knew until I got married to a Chennaiate. Many dishes are different from Karnataka.Tamilnadu dishes are prepared and enjoyed with combinations. I have prepared many times and today posting it.

Kathirikai/Brinjal -  2nos(Medium size chopped)
Tamarind water - 1 cup
Paasiparuppu/Split green gram - 1/2 cup(cooked and mashed)
Sambar Powder - 2 tspns
Ginger - 1tblspn
Curry leaves/Coriander - 1 tblspn
Turmeric - 1/4 tspn
Jaggery - a small piece(optional)

Oil - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1/4 tspn
Hing - 1/4 tspn

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard,wait till it pops out.
Add hing and saute for a minute.
Add ginger and curry leaves and saute for 5 mins.
Add brinjal, salt and cook till soft.
Add tamarind water, turmeric and boil
Add sambar powder and mix.
After one boil add mashed dal with water.
Check on salt.
Add jaggery and let it boil once.

Off the stove add chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Ven Pongal / Idli / Dosas.

I have served with Venpongal for Sunday morning Breakfast which was truly delicious.

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

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.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Soya Bean Idlis | Breakfast Recipes!

I have already posted recipes for Idlis here, this time when my Mother in law told about this, I have been adding soya bean to batter. Its very healthy and perfect for breakfast and dinner.

Idli Rice - 5 cups
Whole Urad dal- 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tblspn
Soya Bean - 1/2 cup

Preparation Method
Soak rice separately and dals separately except salt for 5 to 6 hrs.
Grind it to coarse or fine paste with water in a mixer/grinder.
Grind soaked dals first to fine paste and then grind rice. Add salt and mix well by laddle or hand.
Leave it outside overnite for fermentation.
Grease idli plates with Oil/ Gingely Oil. Pour the batter and close the lid. Steam it for 12-15 mins. Check with a spoon or fork. If it comes out clean. Off the stove.
Allow it to cool a bit and then remove from the plates.

Delicious Soya Bean Idlis are ready to Serve. Enjoy it with Sambar or Chutney and Filter Coffee/Kapi!

I have served it with Chutney Pudi/Chutney.

You can also prepare dosas with this batter.

Notes - Can also add soyabean to your own proportion.

This recipe is going to Sowmya's Breakfast event cookcookandcook and thoushaltcook

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.

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

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)
Parangikai Sambar (for recipe see below)
Paruppu Rasam

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.

Ginger - 2" piece
Green Chilli - 2 nos(As per taste)
Grated Coconut - 2 tablespoons
Curds/Yogurt - 1 cup
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.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thakalli Thokku | Tomato Pickle!

Thakalli Thokku | Tomato Pickle is very tangy and tasty recipe. This is a traditional dish taught by my Mother-in-law who makes this to her perfection,  as in Bangalore we used to do Gojjus. It was new to me and I loved it a lot. Its also my family favourite sidedish. A good timesaver and accompany many dishes. I always prepare and store it in my place, when I find really red tomatoes in Little India cannot miss it.

Fresh Red Tomatoes - 10 nos
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Red chilli powder - 1 tablespoon(As per your taste adjust)
Fenugreek seed powder - 1/2 tspn
Cooking Oil - 1/2 cup (I use gingely oil or olive oil)
Mustard - a pinch
Hing/Asafotida - 1/4 tspn

Preparation Method
Wash, cut and chop all the tomatoes into 4 pieces and keep aside.
Heat a heavy big kadai/wok, add oil, a pinch of mustard and hing.
Once mustard pops, add the tomatoes and mix.
Leave it for 5 mins. Then add, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and mix.
Close it with lid, as it will pop out while boiling and cook till the tomatoes are soft.
It will be too soft  and watery. Continue to close lid.
The colour will change from light red to dark red.
When its going thick add venthaya podi/fenugreek powder. Mix and check for salt and spice levels.
if you wish you can add. Usually, adding the spice and salt little more is better, when it cools, it will be to correct level. Do not cook for long after adding venthaya podi, this will make bitter.

When the gravy is thick and oil leav es the side and good aroma. The dish is ready. Allow it to cool.

Store in clean glass or plastic bottle.  This can be sidedish for kootu rice, curd ricechapathi, Idlis, Dosas and Adai .

Methods of using tomatoes in thokku. You can use any method.

1. Just chop them and cook
2. Remove seeds and cook.
3. Remove seeds, skin, grind to fine paste and cook.

Notes - This can be stored upto 15days in fridge.
Do not put stainless steel spoon and store, try to put wooden spoon.

How to prepare fenugreek powder at home.
Fenugreek powder /Venthaya podi - Take 1 cup or required amount of seeds dry roast in a kadai in medium flame to slightly brown. Allow it to cool and grind it to a fine powder. Store in air tight container for later use.

This recipe is going to Kalyani's Event Pickles and Preserve Fest and Spring Seasonal Food Event by Sravani.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pavakkai Pitla | Bittergourd Gravy - Type 1 | Diabetic Recipe!

Pavakkai Pitla is very tasty sambar, I never knew this pitla until my mother in law told and taught me when she was here. I will be posting the traditional one, but this one I have changed a bit. I don't do anything for the bitterness as I just love the bitter taste in this. I had packed this for lunch to my hubby to office and everyone loved it.

Pavakkai - 4 nos
Black Channa /Karuppu Kadale - 1 cup
Soya bean - 1/2 cup
Tamarind water - 1 cup
Tomato - 1no
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup

For grinding masala
Onion - 1 no
Whole Dhaniya seeds - 2 tablespoon
Channa Dal/Kadale paruppu - 1 tablespoon
Urad dal - 1 tspn
Dry red chili - 3 nos(As per your spice levels)
Few curry leaves

Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Curry leaves few

Preparation Method
Soak the dals overnite, pressure cook them with toor dal  separately upto 4 to 5 whistles.
Cut Pavakkai/Bittergourd into small pieces.
Heat a vessel, add bittergourd, tamarind water, tomato, a pinch of salt, turmeric and boil it.
In kadai, put 1/2 tspn oil, and fry all the ingredients under Masala grinding till slight brown.
Allow it to cool.
Grind to a fine paste with little water. Mash or whisk the toor dal with water.
Once the bittergourd is soft and cook, add the steamed dals, ground mixture, dal and allow it to boil well.

Season/Talipu with the above ingredients under seasoning.

Serve hot with steamed plain rice.

This recipe is going to Only South Indian event by Pari and Cooking with Love Granddad guest hosted by Shama started by Saraswathi Iyer.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Vengaya Sambar | Arachuvitta Sambar | Tamil Brahmin Style!

Vengaya/Small Onion Sambar is very tasty sambar, this is very popular in South India. Remembring back at my home in India, they used not use onion often and garlic no entry in my house. After marriage am knowing the benefits of onion and garlic so started using them in my cooking. Occasionally they used to prepare this only with Ragi Mudde/Millet balls and it would be very tasty. I have previously posted a different version of Vengaya Masala Sambar, here.

Small Onions/Shallots - 20nos
Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Oil - 5 tspns
Tamarind - 1 lemon size
Jaggery - 1 small piece(optional)

For masala(grinding)
Coriander seeds (daniya) - 4 tablespoon
Dry red chilli - 4-6 nos (As per your taste)
Venthayam(Methi seeds) - 1/2 tspn
Fresh Grated coconut - 1 cup
Curry leaves - few
Onion - 4 nos

Preparation Method

Soak tamarind in hot water for few mins and squeeze the water.
Wash and remove skin of onion and edges of onions.Wash it again.
In a Kadai, add 2 tspns oil and fry the above masala ingredients without coconut till dal is brown. Transfer and Allow it to cool.In the same kadai, add 2 tspns of oil add onion and saute till soft. Add little salt.

Add coconut and few onions while grinding in mixie and grind it to a fine paste with little water.
Cook the toor dal, mash/whisk with water and keep ready.
Keep a vessel on stove and add tamarind water. Now add onion to this and allow it to boil and cook. Add salt and turmeric.
Add the grounded masala to it and boil.
Add few curry leaves.
Add dal mix well and allow it to boil. Add water if necessary.
Add salt.
Add jaggery for taste. Stir well and boil.(If you dont want you can skip jaggery part)

Heat oil and ghee in a kadai, add mustard, allow it to pop then add curry leaves.

Vengaya Sambar is ready to serve. It can be served with idlis, dosai or rice.

Notes - Since this is Arachuvitta it will become thick when it cools, so adjust water accordingly.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Murungaillai | Carrot |Beans Poriyal!

I had Murungaillai brought from Little India, the quantity was more. So thought of trying it with veggie. Murungaillai/ Carrot/Beans Curry is a simple and healthy curry. I have already posted Beans Curry here, this is slightly different version and tasted good.

This was also for Republic Day!

This bowl is gift given by my best friend Rekha. Thanks a lot dear.

Carrot - 2 nos(Big)
Beans -  20 nos

Murungaillai (Tender) - 1 cup
Onion - 2 nos
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup

Bengal gram - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1 tspn
Asafotida(hing) - 1 pinch
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn

Green chilli - 2nos
Curry leaves - 6 nos

Oil - 2tspns
Salt to taste

Preparation Method
Wash, clean and pat dry veggie.
Chop it into small pieces.

Heat a pan, put oil add mustard once it splutters add asafotida.
Add Bengal gram, curry leaves, green chillies and wait till dal is brown.
Add the chopped onions and saute till its transparant. Add Murungaillai and saute for a min.

Add Carrot and Beans.
Add salt, turmeric and water.
Cook under low flame once its cooked with no water left add coconut.
Mix well and cook for 5mins.

Now its ready to serve.

Its a good combination for steamed rice, chapathi, Sambar, rasam and curd rice.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Beans Paruppu Usli!

Beans Paruppu Usli is very healthy and nice sidedish combi for sambar rice, vatha kolambu and Mor kolambu. It is popular in Tamilnadu.

Beans/French beans - 1/2 kg
Kadalai Paruppu/Channa Dal - 1 cup
Tavaram Paruppu/Toor dal - 1/2 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 2nos(Adjust as per your spice taste)
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1/2 cup
Mustard -  1/2 tspn
Jeera - a pinch
Asafotida/hing - a pinch
Turmeric - 1/4 tspn
Coconut oil - 1 tspn(optional)

Preparation Method
Wash and soak the dals in water for 2 hours. 
Cut the ends and chop beans into small pieces. Pressure cook with little water, salt and turmeric for 2 whistles.
Grind the dals with chilli to a coarse paste in a mixie or blender.
Heat a kadai, add oil, mustard wait till it pops, then add jeera, hing, curry leaves. saute for a min.
Add the grounded dal mix and cook well until it changes the colour. If required add little oil.
Add the steamed beans without water and mix well. Adjust salt..
Let it cook for few mins. Off the stove. Add 1 tspn coconut oil and mix for flavour.

Beans Paruppu Usli is ready to serve. Enjoy this with sambar rice, rasam rice, vatha kolambu, curd rice and Mor kolambu. I like to mix it with hot steamed rice. You can also eat hot as it is for tea time.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Upma | Uppittu Restuarant Style!!!

From yesterday Mahalaya Paksham is starting for the next 15days and cooking is done without Onion and Garlic. For Dinner it will be only tiffin. So I prepared this for my in laws and it was yummmmy... I know many of you dont like. But I like it anytime of the day and love it cold or leftover.

Semolina/Rava/Sooji - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups + 1/2 cup if required
Cashewnuts -  5 nos slit or broken
Ginger - 2 tspns chopped
Any cooking Oil - 5 tspns or 1/4 cup
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Jeera - 1/4 tspn
Channa Dal - 2 tspns
Hing/Asafotida - 1/4 tspn
Curry leaves - few
Coriander - 2 tspns chopped
Green chilli - 1 no slit 

Preparation Method
Dry roast the Rava in a kadai until slightly brown and smells good. Transfer it to a plate and let it cool.
In a same kadai, add oil, mustard, wait till it pops, then add jeera, channa dal, wait till its brown, add curry leaves, green chilli, cashews and ginger. Saute till cashews are slightly brown. Add water, chopped coriander and salt. Allow it to boil. Check for salt. you can add a drop of oil here also.
Once its boiled, reduce the flame and add rava, stir continuously and not forming lumps. Mix well evenly.
Close the lid and wait for 5 to 10mins for rava to cook.

Upma | Uppittu is ready to serve. You can serve this with Coconut chutney /Sugar/Sambar.

Notes/Tip -
If salt is slightly more, add 1 tspn of ghee and mix well and garnish fresh grated coconut.

This recipe is going to Vrat Ka Khana Event by Kalyani.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Manga Thenga Chammanthi | Raw Mango Coconut Chutney

Manga Thenga Chamanthi | Raw Mango Coconut Chutney is a Kerala dish. Its simple and tasty.
Raw Mango - 1/2 no
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Green Chilli - 2 nos

Coconut Oil or Cooking oil - 1 tspn
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Venthayam/Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tspn
Dry Red chlli - 1 no

Preparation Method
Grind all the ingredients above to coarse paste.
Then season it with the above.

Manga Thenga Chamandhi is perfect combination for Kootu Sadam.

This recipe with brocolli soup is going to Shilpa's Life is Green Event.


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