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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Puliyodarai - Spicy Tamarind Rice

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South Indian cuisine is rich in delicious prepared  rice varieties , like  tomato rice ,  coconut rice, lemon rice, brinji rice ,  vegetable rice, etc. .Puliyodarai  is one such tasty and delicious variety rice  recipe . It has an awesome taste of sour, salty, hot and spicy...!!!
It is not only yummy, but very easy to prepare, once its basic spicy paste Pulikaichal  is ready. This can be stored for longer time, by keeping in a air tight container in fridge...!  
Also Puliyodarai is ideal n  suitable as packed lunch for picnics and tours...!!!
Here goes the recipe of perennial favorite puliyodarai…:)
  • Cooked rice                  - 2 cup
  • Gingely oil                    - 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind                       - lemon sized ball
  • Fenugreek / vendaiyam- 1 tsp
  • Chana dal                     - 2 tsp
  • Red chilly                      - 2 to 3
  • Coriander seeds            - 2 tsp
  • Cashew                        - 5
  • Peanuts                        - 25 g
  • Mustard                        - ¼ tsp
  • Cumin                           - ½ tsp
  • Split urad dal                - ½ tsp
  • Asafetida                      - a pinch
  • Turmeric pwd                - ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves                  - handful
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash n soak raw rice and pressure cook it .
  2. Spread in a bowl, add a tsp of gingely oil, mix well and keep aside.
  3. Soak a good quantity of tamarind in hot water.
  4. Allow to soak for 10 mins.
  5. Take thick tamarind juice from it.
  6. Heat a pan.
  7. Dry roast fenugreek, chana dal, red chilly and  coriander seeds.
  8. Allow to cool and grind to fine pwd.
  9. Heat about 2 tbsp oil in a pan.
  10. Roast cashew, peanuts and curry leaves till golden.
  11. Take it aside.
  12. Splatter mustard, cumin, split urad dal, red chilly, asafetida and chana dal.
  13.  Add thick tamarind juice, salt and turmeric pwd.
  14. Allow to boil, till it reduces in volume and oil leaves the sides of the pan.
  15. Remove from flame, when it attains thick masala consistency.
  16. Allow to cool and add grounded spice pwd. Mix well.
  17. This paste is famous as ‘ Pulikaichal ‘..!
  18. Now mouth watering aroma floats around the kitchen...:)
  19. Mix it with rice and add roasted cashew, peanuts and curry leaves.
  20. Combine well
  1. By now, you got the home made traditional Puliyodarai ready to taste along with crispy chips  & crunchy Pakoras...:)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Prawn Fry / Spicy Prawn Masala

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Prawns are very popular sea food...!!!
This Indian dry Prawn Fry recipe requires almost no effort, coz prawns have such a short cooking time. If you are a sea food lover, then the very talk of spicy prawn fry , is sure to make mouth watering…!!!
It serves great as a side dish with Rice dishes or with chapatti..!
Not only Prawn fry is a tasty dish, it is  a healthy sea food dish also...!
Prawns are an excellent source of protein and a great way to add iron, zinc, Iodine, Phosphorous, Omega 3 fatty acids to our body.  And have smaller quantities of calcium, magnesium and sodium.
Also loaded with Vit B ; E , which are essential for healthy skin, bones and teeth..!.
Here is the very popular  Prawn fry recipe for you…
  • Prawns                         - ½ kg
  • Oil                                - 4 tbsp
  • Onion                           - 2
  • Tomato                         - 2
  • Ginger garlic paste        - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric pwd                - ½ tsp
  • Red chilly pwd              - 1 ½ tbsp
  • Coriander pwd               - 1 tbsp
  • Pepper pwd                  - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry and coriander leaves
  1. Wash prawns and marinate with salt , turmeric pwd and  red chilly  pwd..
  2. Set aside for 15 mins.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  4. Add chopped onion and sauté to transculent.
  5. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell disappears.
  6. Add mashed tomato and cook until oil separates.
  7. Now add turmeric pwd, salt, red chilly pwd, pepper pwd, coriander pwd and stir well.
  8. Add little water and allow to boil for few minutes.
  9. Add the marinated prawns and stir in the masala.
  10. Add ½ cup water and place the lik and cook covered.
  11. Add fresh coriander leaves and stir well.
  12. Allow to cook in low flame for 5 mins.
  13. Open lid and check for prawns are completely cooked.
  14. Simmer the flame and fry well, till the masala thickens.

Serve hot with white steamed rice or chapathi…:)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tomato Chutney / Hot n Spicy Chutney

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Red Chutney is a delicious & versatile Indian condiment goes with just about anything from Idly, dosas to sandwiches, chats, grilled chicken, burgers, fish, etc.  This will add a liitle zing to any dish..! 
This spicy and hot chutney is made with lots of red chillies, tomatoes and lemon juice.  This chutney or sauce is relished in South Indian hoseholds as tasty side dish with breakfast menus..!
Check out the unique and interesting recipe here…:)
  • Red chilly                      - 5
  • Oil                                - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato                         - 2
  • Ginger                          - small piece
  • Garlic                            - 3 to 4 pods
  • Cumin                           - ½ tsp
  • Split channa dal            - ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice                  - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  1. Soak red chillies in warm water for 2 hours.
  2. Heat oil in a fry pan.
  3. Sauté grated ginger, garlic, cumin and tomatoes.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. Now grind red chilly with all the other ingredients.
  6. Add little water, salt and grind to smooth paste.
  7. Transfer to a bowl.
  8. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  9. Hot and spicy red chutney ready to taste
  1. This chutney makes a  very good combination with hot Idly, spongy dosa, crispy adai  and can also be used in chats…!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ragi Pakora / Finger Millet Fritters

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Pakoras are a favorite in India...!  Generally are made with besan flour..but  in this recipe pakoras are made with Ragi flour...!!   
This is a very quick and easy recipe that can be served as  crispy and spicy snack..! 
Also this healthy pakoras serves as perfect n very fulfilling evening snack, when teamed up with hot cup of tea and sure it impress our kids...!
In general,  Ragi has a number of health benefits like cooling our body, treating diabetes, cardiac diseases, etc. It is rich in Iron, minerals, protein and has high nutritive value...!
Here comes the easy n  tasty recipe...!
  • Ragi flour                                  - 1 ½ cup
  • Rice flour                                  - 4 tsp
  • Green chilly                               - 4
  • Onion                                       - 2
  • Ginger garlic paste                    - ½ tbsp
  • Fried gram                               - 2 tbsp
  • Saunf                                       - ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves                              - handful
  • Salt to taste

  1. In a mixing bowl, take Ragi flour, rice flour, chopped green chilly, fried gram, onion, saunf, ginger garlic paste, salt and finely chopped curry leaves.
  2. More the addition of onion, more tasty the pakora…!
  3. Sprinkle very little water and make soft dough 

  1. Heat oil in frying pan.
  2. Drop ragi mixture little by little here and there in hot oil in small batches.
  3. Deep fry to dark brown and crisp.
  1. Healthy  and yummy Ragi pakora ready to relish now…:))
Thanx once again,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sundakkai Vathal Kuzhambu /Dried Turkey Berry Curry

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I love Sundakkai in Kuzhambu n one of my fav dish ever..! I learnt this authentic South Indian speciality from my MIL...!
This simple dish tastes divine and bursts with flavor , when added to hot steamed rice with a touch of ghee.  It also tastes good with plain yoghurd rice.
Indians wherever they are, go craze for this dish and would love to taste it with roasted pappads...!
This delicious kuzhambu can be prepared with both  fresh sundakkai  ( Turkey berries ) or dried ones..!!
The dried ones are prepared by soaking the fresh berries in yoghurd and salt for a couple of days and sun dried. This can be stored in air tight containers and used for months together.
Health benefits:
  • Turkey berries are good for mouth & stomach ulcers.
  • They are rich in fibre content.
  • It is considered as a good antidote for worms in stomach.
  • It helps in controlling blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disorders.
And , this is how my MIL makes this delicious sundakkai Kuzhambu…:)
  • Dried sundakkai                         - ½ cup
  • Oil                                            - 3 tbsp
  • Onion                                       - 1
  • Tomato                                     - 2
  • Turmeric pwd                            - a pinch
  • Red chilly pwd                          - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander pwd                           - ½ tbsp
  • Pepper pwd                              - ½ tsp
  • Thick tamarind juice                   - ½ cup
  • Jaggery                                    -  a little
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves
To temper:
  • Mustard                                    - ¼ tsp
  • Cumin                                       - ½ tsp
  • Fenugreek                                 - 1 tsp
  • Split urad dal                            - ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves                              - handful
For Spice powder:
  • Toor dal                                    - 2 tsp
  • Channa dal                                - 2 tsp
  • Sesame seeds                          - 1 tsp
  • Red chilly                                  - 1 or 2
  • Coriander seeds                        - 1 tsp
  1. Dry roast the spice ingredients and grind to fine pwd.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add dried sundakkai vathal and roast for few mins.
  4. Take it aside and reserve.
  5. Now add the seasonings mustard, cumin seed,  fenugreek, curry leaves and split split urad dal.
  6. Wait to crackle then add finely chopped onion and sauté till transculent.
  7. Add finely chopped tomatoes and fry till oil separates.
  8. Add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, pepper pwd, coriander pwd and salt.
  9. Sauté well and allow to boil for 2 mins.
  10. Add thick tamarind juice, 1 cup water and allow to cook covered.
  11. Once it attains thick consistency, add spice pwd and a pinch of jaggery and mix well.
  12. Cook for 2 more mins and add roasted sundakkai vathal and combine.
  13. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings.
  14. Stir for 2 mins and turn off the flame
  15. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  1. Delicious tongue tickling vathal kuzhambu ready to enjoy…:)

Meet you in next post…until then,