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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Murungai Keerai Poriyal / Drumstick Leaves Poriyal / Step by Step

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Murungai Keerai Poriyal :
Murungai  Keerai  Poriyal  is an easy & most nutritious recipe.  My Mom uses a lot of drumstick leaves from the drumstick tree from our backyard, in sambar, poriyal, masiyal and kootu recipes. 
The leaves are very rich in vitamin C, iron, calcium, minerals etc and are rightly called as the  “ Queen  of  all  Greens” 
It helps a lot for the people who suffer from knee pain. Also it helps to reduce swollen foot during pregnancy. And it is highly recommended for anaemic people and pregnant women. 
It tastes awesome with any rice varieties like sambar rice, rasam rice, variety rice etc.
Do try it and you will love the healthy taste..:)
·      Drumstick Leaves       - 1 bunch
·      Oil                             - 1 tsp
·      Mustard                     - ¼ tsp
·      Cumin                       - ½ tsp
·      Split urad dal             - ¼ tsp
·      Red chilly                   - 1 or 2
·      Asafetida pwd             - a pinch
·      Onion                         - ½
·      Tomato                       - 1
·      Garlic                        -  2 no.s
·      Fresh grated coconut - 2 tbsp
·      Salt to taste
1.   Separate the tiny leaves from the stalk.
2.   Wash the drumstick leaves and chop them finely.
3.   In a kadai, add oil and temper with mustard seeds, cumin, split urad dal, dry red chillies broken to pieces & a pinch of asafetida.
4.   Add chopped onion and garlic, fry for some time.
5.   Add finely chopped tomoto and sauté further for some time.
6.   Now add the drumstick leaves along with salt and stir well.
7.   Sauté until the leaves shred the water and wilt.
8.   Stir now and then.
9.   Once the keerai is cooked and tender, add fresh shredded coconut and mix well.
10.Add coarsely powdered peanuts to garnish and switch off.

11.Healthy Murungai Keerai Poriyal is ready.
12.Serve hot with rice & sambar or rasam.
Similar Recipes:
·         Murungai Keerai Sambar
·         Palak Keerai Masiyal
·         Red Radish Leaves Curry
·         Spinach Fritters
·         Keerai Kootu
·         MudakathanKeerai Dosai

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How to make Pal Payasam / Milk Kheer / Easy Step-by-Step Recipe:

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For celebrating  Karthigai  Deepam ,  we prepared  Pal  Payasam, which is a delicious Indian dessert recipe. It is very easy to make with few ingredients and a real treat for our tastebuds ! 
Usually this payasam is prepared for neivedyam ( offering to God ) & on special occasions like marriage & Feast. 
The best  taste for Pal Payasam is when the raw rice is cooked in milk on slow heat in heavy bottomed vessel or in pressure cooker.
Do try and enjoy this rich & creamy dessert..:)
 Check out the Karthigai Deepam Special Recipes here..!
·      Full Cream Milk                                   - ½ l
·      Raw rice or basmati rice                      - 2 tbsp
·      Ghee                                                 - 1 to 2 tsp
·      Sugar                                                - ½ cup
1.   Heat a pan and add rice to it.
2.   Sauté it in low flame for 2 to 3 mins.
3.   Allow to cool and grind it coarsely in a blender.
4.   Take a pressure cooker and grease the bottom of it with ½ tsp ghee.
5.   Add milk and allow to boil.
6.   Now add the powdered rice grains, mix well.
7.   Pressure cook for one whistle and simmer it till the rice is cooker. ( aprrox 5 mins )
8.   Once the pressure goes off, mash the contents.
9.   Transfer it to the pan,  add sugar, a small pinch of salt ( to enhance sweet taste ) and stir well.
10.Allow to boil in low medium flame, until it reaches the desired consistency.  

 ( on cooling, the payasam turns thick, so you turn off the flame accordingly )
11.Garnish with finely chopped almonds, pistachios, saffron threads and cashewnuts.
12.It tastes best, when it is taken chilled.
13.Delicious Pal Payasam is ready to be served.
Similar Recipes:
·         Aval Payasam
·         Chana Dal Payasam
·         Carrot Payasam
·         Badam Payasam

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Karthigai Deepam / Karthigai Deepam Wishes:

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Hy Friends,
Wish you all very happy Karthigai Deepam  !!!!! 
Let this festival of deepam ( lights ) brings us brightened and enlightened life like the light of Lamps…
May our Lives Shine N Glow like the Deepam. 
It is a favorite festival of mine,  which is celebrated with sweets & lights. 
Karthigai  Deepam  is a very ancient festival of lights,  celebrated in every home & every Temple in Tamil Nadu on the full moon day of Karthikai month ( November / December ) .  
On this day, people wear their traditional dress and pray for their family’s welfare and safety by lightling earthen oil lamps and making tasty delicacies. 
Houses are cleaned on this day and rangoli or kolams are drawn outside the houses. 
Lamps are lit up in the evening and are decked in the pathway, staircases, compound walls and balcony. 
The burning lamp ( Agal Vilakku ) with the divine flame is considered an auspicious symbol and believed to fend off evil forces and escort ecstasy and prosperity. Thus the houses and streets are lit up with glowing Karthigai Deepams. 
This festival is also celebrated to commemorate the bonding between brothers & sisters. Sisters pray for the prosperity and success of their bothers and light lamps to mark the occasion.
Mythological Aspects:
Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma, were arguing for years, who hold the supreme power. Lord Shiva appeared as an endless flame of light and said that the matter could be tested , if the two could search for Lord Shiva’s Head and Feet & who finds it first will be considered having the Supreme Power. 
Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and delved deep into the earth, Lord Brahma that of a swan and flew towards the skies. After years of searching, both accepted that is impossible to find Shiva.  
Lord Shiva appeared as a flame, this day is called Maha Deepam. Vishnu and Brahma requested Shiva to stay on Earth to protect the devotees and appeared once in a year in form of Jyothi ( Agni / fire) for devotees.  The place Shiva transformed as Holy Hill is Thiruvannamalai and it is called “ Annamalai Hill “.
Celebrations at Thiruvannamalai
Karthigai Festival at Thiruvannamalai is very famous. Every year, on Karthigai day, a huge fire lamp is lit up on the Annamalai Hill around 6 pm. The fire dheepam is called Mahadeepam, and is visible for several kilometers around the hill. 
Once again, Happy Karthigai Deepam to you and your family..!!
Enjoy the pretty sight, with rows of lamps, fireworkers and lipsmacking festival special delicacies..:)
Check out the Karthigai Deepam Special Recipes here..!