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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Soya Khaima & Batura

Recipe : Soya Khaima & Batura
Shared by : Swaminatha Sharma
Dated : 27/01/2015

Today we are going to watch 2 (two) recipes at a time in this video presentation....Well..

First one is Making of Batura as many have requested how to make this Batura. Second one is Soya Khaima, which is very well explained in this video, with Soya Chunks, which is a spicy semi-gravy / Dry gravy type, which goes yummy with Roti / Pulka / Naan / Batura, etc... Please watch this video, which is dedicated to Aaharam Members, and post your feedback here and on the Youtube video also.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Dal Dhokli

Recipe : Dal Dhokli 
Shared by : Radha Iyer
Dated : 22/01/2015

A one dish meal from Gujarat.
For Dal:
1. Toor dal- 1 cup
2. Peanuts-,1/4 cup
Cook toor dal and peanuts together in a pressure cooker. When done mash dall into a smooth paste. Care should be taken not to mash up the peanuts. Alternatively they can be cooked separately.
To grind
3. Tomatoes - 4 medium sized
4. Tamarind- 1 small lemon sized ball soaked
5. Green chilli- ginger paste - 1 tbsp
6. Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
7. Dhania Jeera powder- 2 tbsp
8. Jaggery powder- 2 tbsp
9. Curry leaves - 6-8 leaves
10. Coriander leaves -2 sprigs
11. Salt - As per taste
12. Haldi powder -1/4 tsp.
For the Dhokli
1. Wheat flour - 1 cup
2. Salt- (as per taste)
3. Sambar powder 1- tsp.
4. Ajvain - I tsp crushed in the palm and added.
Knead into a smooth dough, roll and cut into square or diamond shaped pieces.
For seasoning:
Oil - 2-3 tbsp.( you can also use ghee)
1. Mustard- 1- 2 tsp
2. Jeera- 1 tsp
3. Sesame seeds- 2 tsp
4. Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp
5. Whole red chillies- 2 broken
6. Curry leaves - 5-6
For Garnishing: finely chopped coriander and a tsp. of home made ghee.
In a wok, add oil or ghee. When hot add ingredients for seasoning in the same order.
Add the ground paste and stir till the mixture releases the oil. Now add the mashed dal and peanut mixture. Add 2-3 cups of water and let the dal boil. Now add the Dhokli pieces and continue to boil till the dhoklis are well cooked.
Garnish with chopped coriander and a spoonful of ghee( optional, but recommended) and serve.
Friends , one thing about this dish is that it becomes thick as it cools. Obvious because of the Dhokli and dal. While it tastes good even if it is cold, it must be diluted and salt and spices can be added to enhance the taste while heating it. My daughter and I like it with thick thayir.

Capcisum Potato Sabji

Recipe : Capsicum potato sabji
Shared by : Radha Iyer
Dated : 22/01/2015
Ingredients :
Potatoes : 2 (boiled and diced)
Capsicum: 3 medium sized cut into 1" size pieces
Onion. : 2 medium sized cut finely
Tomato. : 1 medium sized cut to pieces
Cashew nuts: 5-6 soaked in water
Ginger paste : 1/2 tsp
Coriander Cumin powder : 1 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder : 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder : 1 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Oil : 2 1/2 tbsp
Sugar : 1 tsp
Water : 1 1/4 cup.
Salt : according to taste
First grind together tomatoes, cashew nuts , coriander cumin powder, ginger into a paste. Add 1/4 cup water and make a purée and keep aside.  In a wok add I tsp oil and sauté capsicum with required salt for 2-4 mins. Keep aside the sautéed capsicum. In the same wok add and heat remaining oil . Now sauté chopped onions till they turn light brown. Add red chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala and mix well. Add in the puréed tomato mix , sugar and salt if needed and cook on low fire for about 5 mins. Now add the capsicum and diced potatoes and mix well.add remaining water and cook for about 3-4 mins till the gravy thickens. Turn off gas and Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with chapatis ,phulkas, parathas etc.  For the lunch box.

Kara Vadai

Shared by : Radha Venkatesh
Dated : 22/01/2015

is a snack you can find only in Thiruvanthapuram/Trivandrum City, Kerala ( mostly in Trivandrum, Alleppey side). Other areas usually will make Paruppu Vadai, uzhunthu vadai only .

This is a very traditional snack of Brahmins in Trivandrum. 

How tomake
3/4 cup boiled rice
1/4 cup raw rice
1/4 cup whole Urad dhal(black gram)
1/4 cup Vadai Parrippu (channa dhal/ Bengal gram)
8 to 10 red chillies, hing, green chilli -1-2, curry leaves,
Salt- to taste.
1/8 teaspoon of Asafeotida .
1/8 teaspoon of Baking soda ( optional, )

Soak together both type of rice. Soak urad and channa dhal separately. Grind urad dhal nicely then add rice and half portion of channa dhal,hing,red chillies, salt. . Make sure to grind into a coarse paste.   After taking it from mixi add the remaining channa dhal and curry leaves and mix.don't add too much water while grinding.  Take small balls of it and deep fry in oil until they become golden brown color.  Enjoy warm with coconut chutney and Sambhar.

Matvadi Palya

This is Matvadi Palya. Can be eaten with hot rice, with sambar chadam, curd rice.
Recipe:  Matvadi Palya
Shared by : Shobha Balasubramaniam
Dated : 22/01/2015
Channa dhal 1 cup( soaked for 2_3 hours in water).
Methi leaves _1 cup..washed and chopped
Curry leaves little
Mustard 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Red/green chillies 3_4
Coconut _ 2 tsps (optional)
Ginger one small piece
Oil 4_5 spoons
Hing 1 pinch
Salt as per taste.
Method :
Drain water from channa dhal. To this add chillies, little salt, ginger. Coconut and grind coarsely in mixie without water . transfer this to a vessel and steam cook.  Now take a kadai, put oil then mustard, cumin seeds. Fry for two minutes, add curry leaves and fry till it becomes crop. Now add turmeric powder, hung, chopped methi leaves and sauté for 4_5 minutes. Now add the steamed dhal breaking the lumps . add required salt and keep the stove on low flame for five minutes and switch off.

Kathirikkai Kuzhambu

Recipe : kathirikkai kuzhambu
Shared by : Ananda Gomathy
Dated : 23/01/2014

Temper mustard, jeera, venthayam and curry leaves. Add onions and sauté. Add tomato and sauté for a minute. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric. After the raw smell leaves, add whole brinjals cut into 4 upto 3/4 th lenth of the brinjal to preserve the shape intact and shallow fry for 5 min. Take care not to break the brinjal to pieces. Then add tamarind juice and after two min add one tablespoon of coconut milk. 
Boil it for ten minutes. Season with coriander leaves. Your muzhu kathirikkai kuzhambu is ready!!!!

Rasam Powder

Recipe : Making of Rasam Powder in Video
Shared by : Swaminatha Sharma
Dated : 21/01/2015

Vazhakkai Podimas

Recipe : Typical Vazhakkai Podimas
Shared by : Swaminatha Sharma
Dated : 23/01/2015

Ingredients :-
Vazhakkan - 2 nos
Green Chilly - 3 to 4 nos (Depending on spicy)
Ginger : 1 inch size and grated
Coconut : 1-cup grated
For tempering
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard : 1 tsp
Urud Dal : 1 tsp
Asafoetida : 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves : 1 Koththu
Method : Steam the Vazhakkai in a cooker, peel of the skip and grate it in a grater to pieces (As we do for Carrot).. In a kadai temper, mustard seeds, urud dal, curry leaves, greenchilly, ginger and saute for 1 minute.. Add the grated Vazhakkai and saute for 2 mins. Add Salt and Coconut and stir evenly for 1 min. Add now the asafoetida powder and mix evenly. (Take care while mixing that it does not become a Koozh)...Serve with rice as desired....!!!

Kovakkai Thogayal

Shared by : Chitra Lalitha
Dated : 24/01/2015

10 to 15 kovakai
Red chilli - 6
Ulatha parapu - 2 tsp
Tamarind - a small ball marble size
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves - handful (optional)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Wash and cut Kovakai into thin strips or rounds.  Heat oil and fry the red chillies first then add ulatha parapu and fry till its golden brown, now add the kovakai and fry till it becomes soft (do not add water). Add needed salt. Once the kovakai becomes tender, switch off the flame.  Add grated coconut, coriander leaves and saute in the heat of the pan itself. Allow it to cool.  Grind it a little coarse with the tamarind. If you like a clove of garlic can be added while frying.

Sundakkai Araicha Kootu

Shared by : Girijamani Lakshmanan
Dated : 23/01/2015

Traditional recipe learned from my Mother-in-law

Pacha Chundakka. 1 small cup. (Fresh ones) Slit the chundakkai with a knife.
For grinding:
Coconut 1/4cup grated
Uluthamparuppu. 1tspoon
Dhaniya 2 tablespoon
Jeera 1tablespoon
Red chillies. 8 nos
Kata perungayam small piece
Vellam. One big piece
Tamarind. Small nellikkai size
Turmeric powder 1tspoon
Salt to taste
Oil 2 table spoon
Mustard seeds. 1 tspoon
Karuveppilai few leaves for seasoning

Soak tamarind in water and squeeze the purée and keep it aside.
In a Kadai fry uluthamparuppu, dhaniya, jeera, red chillies in a little oil when it is fried, add the coconut to it and fry it. After cooling it grind it into smooth paste.  In another Kadai add 2 tablespoon of oil and add the chundakkai to it and fry it till it is sautéed thoroughly (Nanna vathakkanam). Then add the tamarind extract to it. Add turmeric powder, perungayam, salt and the vellam to it. In sim fire boil it till the pacha vasanai vanishes. Add the ground paste to it and cook till oil separates from it. Add a cup of water to make it into the required consistency. Boil it for two minutes.  Season the KOOTTU with mustard seeds and karuveppilai.  This KOOTTU will have a slight bitter taste like pavakkai. But it is good for health.

Arisi Payasam

Recipe : Arisi Payasam
Shared by : Radhika Bharathan
Dated : 23/01/2015

Raw Rice ½ cup.
Grated Coconut 1 cup, (Same size cup)
Jaggery 1 cup, (Grated Jaggery)
Fresh milk around 250 ml
Cashew nuts around 10 full pieces (break into small size)
Cardamom 2 or 3 pieces. (powder the cardamom)
Water 500 – 600 ml.

First soak the raw rice in sufficient quantity and keep it for about 30 minutes. Spread the grated coconut on a plate and let it for a few minutes.  First Grind the coconut into a semi coarse texture and transfer it to a container.   Grind the Rice with minimum water to a fine coarse texture. Now, add the ground coconut and run it for a few seconds to get a well-mixed content. (Collect the washed mix in a separate container) Collect the thick mix separately.

Take a sufficiently round bottom, thick, vessel and heat it. Coat the bottom with a pinch of Ghee. Now, add around 200 ml of water and allow it to boil. Once, it starts boiling, add the coconut rice mix. While adding the mix, keep stirring. Keep the stove in full flame, until the mix reaches boiling. Once it has reached boiling, keep the stove in medium flame. Let the mix be boiling for sufficient time. 

Now, prepare the jaggery. Grate the jaggery and immerse in water. Now, stir this vigorously and allow the solids settle at the bottom. Slowly take out the pure jaggery water and leave the solid sediments at the bottom.  When the mix is boiling evenly, add this jaggery water and increase the flame to full. Keep stirring then and there. When the mix reaches a homogeneous state, the sweet aroma would be coming up. This is the proper mixture. When the Paayasam gets thicker, keep adding a bit of water.   Meanwhile, boil the fresh milk and keep it hot. When the Paayasam gets thicker, add the milk and keep stirring constantly.  Now, after adding the milk, the Paayasam would be frothing on the surface and let it mix and boil for a minute.  Enough and bring it down from the stove. Now, add the powdered cardamom over the surface. Don’t stir. Just leave it.  Take a pan, add ghee and when it is hot, fry the cashews to golden brown color. Transfer the entire contents to the Paayasam and just leave it like that. 

Veppampoo Rasam

Recipe : Neem Flower (Veppampoo) Rasam
This is one of the important dish in Tamilnadu during the Tamil New Year's day. I have given here the methodology as per my granny's way. This healthy Rasam should be one of the favorite dish in the coming New year's dishes....
Ingredients :
Tomato - 2
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp (or small lemon sized tamarind)
Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Rasam powder - 2 tsp.
Toor dal - 2 tbsp (cooked)
Vepampoo(Neem Flower) - 1 Tbsp
For Seasoning:
Oil or Ghee - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
fresh coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 10 leaves.
Method of preparation :-
In a pan, add a cup of water to cut tomatoes, mix the tamarind paste. Add turmeric powder, rasam powder and salt to it. Let it cook/boil for about 10 minutes. Now add the toor dal and another cup of water to it. When the rasam starts emitting a very good aroma, turn off the stove. In a small pan, pre-heat the oil/ghee, add mustard seed, when seeds start splutter, add Vepampoo, fenugreek seeds and asafoetida and curry leaves to it. Pour it in the rasam. Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves. Its always better to eat this Rasam after few minutes of cooking, so that the aroma of Neem flower mix with rasam. This is a traditional dish on new year's eve. Serves 4 people.

Raw Chutney

Recipe : Raw Chutney
Shared by :Saranya Simhan
Dated : 24/01/20145

Raw chutney:
Dry chilly-3
Salt to taste

To temper:
Gingely oil -3 tbsp
Asafoetida -a pinch
Grind all the ingredients in mixie. Heat a pan or tempering karandi.. it should be very very hot. Once it starts to leave smoke, immediately add oil mustard and switch of the flame. Add hing. If ladle, put it directly into chutney. if pan, pour the mixture into the pan.. its ready to serve. Slight raw taste will be there..
Very simple and easy to make chutney. Tastes good with dosas...

Rajapalayathu Keerai

Shared by :  A K Ganga Prasad
Dated : 23/01/2014

Arai Keerai – 1 kattu
Garlic big – 10 teeth
Tomoto medium – 4
Onion Big – 4
Gingili oil – as required
Green Chilli – as required
Mustard – as required
Salt – to taste

Remove leaf from the Arai Keerai and wash, clean and filter it removing dust and mud.  Take 2 onion, peal the skin and cut slice it .  Peal garlic  Steam cook sliced onion, garlic, tomato, chilli and cleaned araikeerai. let it cool down after fully cooked.  Slice the remaining onion into small pieces.  Keep oil in frying pan and bring it to full heat. Put mustard seeds. After mustard blasts put sliced onion and sauté well.  In the meanwhile nicely grind the cooked items in mixie.  Once the onion is sauted add the ground items. Add salt as required. Once oil forms on the top stop the fire. THE ENTIRE PROCESS SHOULD BE DONE ON LOW FIRE ONLY.  The preparation will be yummy when taken with rice.  The same can be kept for months refregirated.  as dictated by Mrs. G. Rajalakshmi

Dry Fruits Burfi

Recipe : Dry Fruits Burfi
Shared by : Swaminatha Sharma
Dated : 24/01/2015

Lets make a different but common available Dry Fruits Burfi, which shall be home made. Making sweets of our own and distribution makes sense of happiness in the family and the maker too. The ingredients are commonly available, and it should be easy to prepare... Lets rock on with making of DRYFRUITS BURFI....
Cashew nuts chopped – 1 cup
Pistachios chopped – 1/4 cup
Almonds chopped – 1/4 cup
Grated desicated coconut – 1/8 cup
Poppy seeds – 1 tbsp
raisins – 1/4 cup
jaggery - 1 cups
ghee – 1 tbsp
Method of Preparation
Heat a Kadai and dry roast or bake cashews, almonds and pistchois until lightly roasted. Heat a tsp of Ghee, add powdered jaggery and mix with required water until its immersed. Let the jaggery reach a soft ball consistency for syrup. Check the consistency by adding a drop of jaggery to cold water to form into soft balls. Once the syrup reaches the consistency add all the dry fruits, dried poppy seeds, and cardamom powder and stir well until its mixed together. Pour the burfi on a plate coated with Ghee. Wait until its cool in room temperature and cut into desired shape.

Puli Pongal

Recipe : Puli Pongal
Shared by : Siva Lalitha
Dated : 22/01/2015

Broken rice - 1 1/2 cups
Tumarind water - 3 cups
Ulundhu - 1 tspn
Gram dal - 1 tspn
Red chilli - 10
Turmeric powder
Mustard - 1/2 tspn
Ground nut - 1 tspn
Curry leaves
Oil - 2 tspn
In a cooker add 2 tspn oil and heat it.  Now add ulundhu, gram dal and groundnut and fry it till it turns brownish. Add asafoetida, red chillies and curry leaves fry it. Add turmeric powder and pour tumarind water to the cooker and boil it.  After few minutes when water boiles add broken rice and salt. Close the cooker and leave 3 whistle.

Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu

Recipe : Chettinad Poondu Kuzhambu
Shared by : Indu Murali
Dated : 24/01/2015

Ingredients:onion medium size 2, garlic15 cloves, tomato 2 medium size, curry leaves, tamarind small lemon. Size,salt to taste, pepper powder 2 tsp, chilli powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp dhaniya powder 2tsp.. For tampering mustadr. Bengal gram, fenugreek jeera, gingely oil 3 tablespoons... Method in two tsp oil fry chopped one onion, one tomato , 5 garlic cloves and little pepper corns.. Keep aside.. Let it cool add the tamrind water and grind the mixture to smooth paste keep aside. Then pour the blance oil tamper it with above ingredients one by one then add onion garlic fry for a while then add tomato chopped when done add the powders one by one finally add the ground masala let it boil till the oil separates... It tastes so yummy!!! the recipe given by my son!!!!

Eggless Cake

Recipe : Eggless Cake
Shared by : Sandhya Sriram
Dated : 23/01/2015

2 cups - wheat flour
1 cup - milk powder
1 1/2 cups - Sugar powder
1/2 cup - cooking oil (no groundnut oil)
2 cups - Milk
1 tsp - vanilla essence
1tsp - Eno fruit salt

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly, in the end add eno fruit salt. Grease the baking tray with ghee, transfer the contents to baking tray and bake it at 180 degree c for 38 minutes. Cool before taking out.  
If you want to use baking powder and soda, then use 3/4th tea spoon baking powder and half tsp baking soda. I didn't use because I don't want to give those to my younger one. Also you can add a spoon of vinegar in milk and then add baking soda to that milk. when it bubbles, mix that with dry ingredients.

Punjabi Chole

Recipe : Punjabi Chole
Shared by : Swaminatha Sharma
Dated : 22/01/2014


Kozhukkattai forms an important food, which is offered During all the festivals. There are different methods of making kozhukkattai, but the method described here is traditional old, which my granny explained to me. I have given here the exact method of making the stuff, which be please be tried to get a good form.
Raw rice 1/2 cups (First soak the rice in water for about 1 and half hour and grind to paste in Dosa batter consistency)
Salt ( a pinch)
Ghee - 2 ts
Milk - 1/2 cup
water - 1 & 1/2 cup
Grind raw rice into fine paste. In a bowl take 1 & 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 cup milk and mix rice flour, ghee and a pinch of salt together. Heat the batter in a pan (preferably non stick) and keep stirring without any lumps, till it forms a dough consistency. In a wet muslin cloth or thin cloth, keep the dough, tie and keep it aside.
For Sweet Poornam (Stuffing)
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Elachi (Cardamom) - 3 nos (grinded to poweder)
Ghee - 4 to 5 ts
Water - 3/4 cup (less than jaggery)
Put the Jaggery in a heavy bottomed vessel and add water and boil it. Remove dusts and mud if any. Boil for another 2 minutes and add cocunut and stir well still it sticks. Add elachi powder and ghee and stir well. If you could take some, it should be able to be rolled out. Take out from the stove and allow it to cool. Make small small balls (Half the size of the lemon) and keep aside.
Take the cooked rice dough tied in the cloth. Sprinkle little water and apply some oil in your hands. Take the dough and knead it till it becomes like a soft ball. Apply oil in your hands and flatten it so that it becomes circular and forms like a cup. Fill the Poornam Stuffing inside and make it in the form of Kozhukkattai. Place all the Kozhukkattai in the Cooker Idli plates and steam boil for 10 to 15 minutes. When fully cooked, remove and place in a Plate and offer to Lord Ganpathi first and serve hot to all....!!!!

Cooking Tips # 9

Cooking Tips # 9
Shared by : Saranya Simhan
Dated : 24/01/2015

1. Oil changes its colour leaving black residues when frying poori because of the flour we use for dusting when rolling out. To avoid this, use little oil to roll out so we have clear oil till the last.
2. Use pepper powder instead of chilly powder for making bakshanams( ribbon, omapodi) its gives a nice flavor and is also much healthier than chilly powder.
3. When boiling any vegetable for curry (potato, plaintain,colacasia, yam etc..) chances that it might get overcooked resulting in sticky or smashed curry. once boiled and peeled the skin, cool it completely or keep it in freezer for about half hour. later cut into pieces or grate it and temper for making curry.
4. Cut chow chow and rub against each other.A white sticky paste will be formed.Remove before chopping for curry/kootu.Not sure why we are removing but it is being followed so long in our house.
5. Mix quarter portion of powdered black chenna to wheat flour when making chapathi. It tastes good and is also good for diabetics.
6.when making home made paneer, add a cup of curd instead of lemon juice. This yields more quantity of paneer.
7. When making puli kaachal, Add salt only after the tamarind water gets cooked completely and is reduced to half. When adding initially, it will get stuck to the bottom so we might have to mix it without taking hands.
8.Do not cut and store onions. It has the tendency to absorb bacteria in the environment. So cut and use immediately.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Chick Pea / Potato Puli Kuzhambu

Potato - 2 nos (Boiled and cut to pieces
Chik Peas - 50 gms (Boil with salt, drain water and keep aside)
Onion - 2 nos
Garlic - 1 full
Tomato - 2 nos
Tamarind - 1 Lemon size
Salt -2 tsp
Red Chilly powder - 2 ts
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 2 ts
Oil - 3 tsp
Mustard - 1 ts
Cumin seed - 1 ts
Orid Dhal - 1 ts
Channa / Toor Dhal - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - small pinch
Curry leaves - 1 ark

Extract Tamarind Pulp and keep aside.  In a pan add Gingely Oil and add mustard, orid dhal, curry leaves, toor dhal, channa dall, cumin seeds and asafoetida.  Add onion, tomato, peeled Garlic, boiled potato, chik peas (Konda Kadalai) and saute for 5 minutes. Add Turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, and saute for 2 minutes.  When its fully cooked, add Tamarind Pulp and bring to Boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes until it is fully cooked.  
Serve hot with Plain rice with gingely Oil, Papads and along with Dal chutney.

Mostly this type of dish is prepared in Interior parts of Tamilnadu for noon meals with Plain Rice.

Idli Manchurian

Recipe : Idli Manchurian
Shared by : Meenakshi Sampath
Dated : 18/01/2015

Ingredients: batter
Idli-5 , cut into squares
Cornflour - 2 tbsp 
Maida - 2 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Oil - to toast
Oil - 1 tbsp
Capsicum - 1/2 cut into squares
Garlic - 1 tsp chopped finely
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped finely
Big Onion - 3 tbsp finely chopped
Soya sauce - 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
Cornflour - 1/2 tsp mixed with 2 tbsp water
Salt - to taste
Metho: mix all the ingredients mentioned under batter with water and add the idli pieces to mix and deep fry in the pan with little oil, until it turns golden brown. In a kadai, pour oil, and the finely chopped ginger and garlic. Add onion, once it turns golden brown, add capsicum. Fry until it doesn't lose its crisp. Add soya sauce followed by tomato sauce and corn flour mix(for saucy content) and finally add the idlis to it. Fry for some 2-3 mins. Garnish with coriander.

Curryleaves Powder

Recipe :Kariveppillai podi (Curry leaves Powder)
Shared by : Swaminatha Sharma
Dated : 18/01/2015
Urud Dal - 2 tsp
Bengal Gram - 2 tsp
Red chilli - 3 nos
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Curry leaves - 2 cups
Oil - 1 tsp
Method :- Take curry leaves removed in separate leaves and allow it to dry in room temperature for about 4 - 5 hours. In a large pan, take little oil (1-tsp) add Urud dal, Bengal gram and fry till golden brown. Add Red chilli, asafoetida and curry leaves and saute for 2 minutes in low flame, until curry leaves gets the heat. Add salt and after allowing it to cool, transfer to Mixer Blender and grind it to coarse powder. Pack it in Air tight container and shall be used for more than 15 days of use...
This Curry leaves powder should be taken with plain rice and Ghee along with fried Vadaams (papads, etc)

Kashmiri Pulav

Recipe : Kashmiri puloav
Shared by :Chitra Lalitha
Dated : 18/01/2015

Ingredients. 1 cup basmathi rice. 2 tsp jeera. 1/2 piece cinnamon. Few cloves and cardamon. 3 tsp ghee. Half apple cut into small pieces. A bunch of grapes. Half pomegranate. Two big slices of pineapple cut into small pieces. A handful of raisins. A pinch of salt.

Method. Cook rice with one and quarter cup of water in pressure cooker or rice cooker. In pressure cooker 3 whistle. In rice cooker upto it comes to keep warm mode.

Remove it and let it cool for some time. . In a pan add the ghee and allow jeera cinnamon cloves and cardamon to splutter. Then add the rice and mix and add a pinch of salt. Simmer the gas and add the cut fruits and close it and keep for five minutes. Remove from gas and garnish it with raisins. Serve with onion raitha. Serves two people.

Cooking Tips-8

Cooking Tips by Saranya Simhan

1. To extract tomato puree instantly, cut the tomato into two and grate on a carrot grater.
2. When grinding idly dosa batter, grind urad dhal first and then the rice. This will ease the cleaning process. Make sure to fluff the urad dhal mixture before adding the rice batter.
3. For making parupusili, grindly coarse the dhals with spices and mix with vegetables(beans,carrot,plaintain flower etc) and store it in fridge in a cooker container. Just steam it, cool it, and break the lumps and temper in a pan. This will save time in the early mornings and also consumes very less oil.
Mix besan flour with salt,hing,turmeric, chilly powder, turmeric and water to make it like a bajji batter. Temper in a pan and add this mixture..and keep stirring till it gets cooked.. it will form small lumps. Add cooked vege and give a quick mix. UNplanned instant parupusili with no grinding.
4. For making flavourful masala vadas , add dil leaves instead of saunf. (sombu keerai instead of sombu)
5. Mix porridge mix(kanji maavu) with little salt ,asfoetida and add water to make it a dosa batter consistency.steam it like idlis and break it. Can be taken as snacks as such or mix with vegetables and temperings just like paruppu usili. As none of us at home have big likings for kanji , we make like this and have !!
6.when making sugar syrup, add little milk when the mixture starts to boil.. and remove the dirt floating on top. Repeat till we get a pure solution before seeing string consistency for sweets.

Cooking Tips-5

Cooking Tips # 5

1. சப்பாத்திக்கு மாவு பிசைவதற்கு முன்னால் கையில் சிறிதளவு உப்பைத்தடவிக் கொண்டால் கையில்சப்பாத்தி மாவு ஒட்டாது.
2. உருளைக்கிழங்கு வேக வைத்த தண்ணீரில் பாத்திரங்களை கழுவினால் பாத்திரங்கள் பளபளப்பாக இருக்கும்.
3. அரிசி மற்றும் காய்கறிகள் கழுவிய தண்ணீரை வீணாக்காமல் செடிகளுக்கு ஊற்றினால் செடிகள் செழிப்பாக இருக்கும்.
4. வெயில் காலத்தில் பெருங்காயம் கட்டியாகி விடும். அப்படி ஆகாமலிருக்க பச்சை மிளகாயை காம்பு எடுக்காமல் பெருங்காய டப்பாவில் போட்டால் பஞ்சு போல் மிருதுவாகஇருக்கும்.
5. ரவா,மைதா உள்ள டப்பாவில் பூச்சி, புழுக்கள் வராமல் இருப்பதற்கு கொஞ்சம் வசம்பை தட்டிப் போட்டால் பூச்சி, புழுக்கள் வராது.
6. தயிர் நீண்ட நேரம் புளிக்காமல் இருக்க இஞ்சியின் தோலை சீவி விட்டு கொஞ்சம் தட்டி தயிரில் போட்டால் புளிக்கவே புளிக்காது.
7. காய்கறிகளை வேகவைக்கும்போது அதிக தண்ணீர் வைத்து வேக வைக்க கூடாது. ஏன் என்றால் காய்கறிகளில் உள்ள வைட்டமின் சத்துகள் போய்விடும். அதில் உள்ள மனமும் போய்விடும்.
8. காய்ந்த மிளகாயை வறுக்கும்போது நெடி வரும். அவை வராமல் இருப்பதற்கு சிறிது உப்பு போட்டு வறுத்தால் நெடி வராது.
9. பச்சை மிளகாயை காம்புடன் வைக்காமல் காம்பை எடுத்து விட்டு நிழலான இடத்தில் வைத்தால் நீண்ட நாட்கள் இருக்கும்.
10. நெய் ப்ரெஷ்ஷாக இருப்பதற்கு அதோடு ஒரு வெல்லத்துண்டை போட்டு வைத்தால்ப்ரெஷ்ஷாக இருக்கும்.
11. காபி டிகாஷன் போடுவதற்கு முன் சுடு தண்ணீரில் டிகாஷன் பாத்திரத்தை வைத்துவிட்டு டிகாஷன் போட்டால் சீக்கிரம் காப்பித்தூள் இறங்கிவிடும்.
12. சீடை செய்யும்போது அது வெடிக்காமல் இருப்பதற்காக சீடையை ஊசியால் குத்திய பிறகு எண்ணெய்யில் போட்டால் வெடிக்காது.
13. சப்பாத்தி போடும்போது சப்பாத்தி போடும் கட்டையில் முதலில் உருண்டையாக போட்டு விட்டு பின்பு அதனை நாலாக மடித்து உருட்டி போட்டால் சப்பாத்தி மிருதுவாக இருக்கும்.
14. முட்டைகோசில் உள்ள தண்டை வீணாக்காமல் சாம்பாரில் போட்டு சாப்பிட்டால் மிகவும்சுவையாக இருக்கும்.
15. கொழுக்கட்டை மாவு பிசையும் போது ஒரு கரண்டி பால் சேர்த்து பிசைந்து கொழுக்கட்டை சுட்டால் விரிந்து போகாமல் இருக்கும்.
16. எண்ணெய் பலகாரங்கள் டப்பாவில் வைக்கும்போது உப்பைத் துணியில் முடிந்து வைத்தால் காரல் வாடை வராது.
17. இட்லி சாம்பாரில் கடைசியாக மிளகு, சீரகம், காய்ந்த மிளகாய், கொத்தமல்லி போன்றவற்றை ஒரு பாத்திரத்தில் போட்டு வறுத்து விட்டு மிக்ஸியில் அரைத்து சாம்பாரில் போட்டால் கூடுதல் சுவையாக இருக்கும்.

Cooking Tips-2

Samayal Tips # 2 = THAYIR - CURD - தயிர் 

இன்டர்நெட்டில் சுட்டது.... உங்களின் பார்வைக்கு...
1. ஒரு கை நிறைய தயிரை எடுத்து தலையில் நன்றாக தேய்த்தால் தூக்கம் நன்றாக வரும்.
2. தயிரில் உள்ள புரோட்டீன், பாலில் உள்ள புரோட்டீனை விட சீக்கிரமாகவே ஜீரணமாகிவிடும்.
3. தயிர் நம் உடலுக்கு ஒரு அரு மருந்து.
4. குளிர்ச்சியைத் தரும். நல்ல ஜீரண சக்தியை தருவது தயிர்தான்.
5. பால் சாப்பிட்டால் ஒரு மணி நேரம் கழித்து 32% பால்தான் ஜீரணமாகியிருக்கும்.
ஆனால், தயிர் சாப்பிட்ட ஒரு மணி நேரத்தில் 91% உடனே ஜீரணிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கும்.
6. பாலைத் தயிராக மாற்றும் பாக்டீரியா குடலில் உருவாகும் நோய் கிருமி பாக்டீரியாவின் வளர்ச்சியை தடுக்கிறது.
7. த‌‌யி‌ரி‌ல் இரு‌க்கு‌ம் பா‌க்டீ‌ரியா ஜீரண சக்தியை அதிகரிக்கும் நன்மை செய்யும் பாக்டீரியாவை உருவாக்குகிறது.
8. பாலில் LACTO இருக்கிறது. தயிரில் இருப்பது LACTOBACIL. இது ஜீரண சக்தியை தூண்டி வயிற்றின் உபாதைகளை சரி செய்கிறது.
9. வயிறு சரியில்லாத பொழுது வெறும் தயிர் சோறு மட்டுமாவது உணவாக உட்கொள்ளச் சொல்லி மருத்துவர்கள் சொல்வார்கள்.
10. அதிகமாக வயிற்றுபோக்கு ஏற்படும் பொழுது வெந்தயம் + தயிர் 1 கப் சாப்பிட்டால் வயிற்று பொருமல் அடங்கும்.
11. பிரியாணி போன்று உடலுக்கு சூடு தரும் உணவுவகைகளை சாப்பிடும்பொழுது வயிற்றுக்கு அதிகம் கேடு விளைவிக்காமல் இருக்கத்தான் தயிர் 'ரயித்தா' சாப்பிடுகிறோம்.
12. மெனோபாஸ் பருவத்தை எட்டப்போகும் பெண்களுக்கு தயிர் மிகவும் உபயோகமாகிறது. உடலுக்குத் தேவையான அதிக கால்சியத்தை தயிர் வழங்குகிறது.
13. வெண்ணெய் காய்ச்சி இறக்கும் பொழுது சிறிது தயிர் சேர்த்தால் நெய் வாசமாக இருக்கும்.
14. புளித்த தயிரை தலையில் தேய்த்து சுத்தம் செய்தால் தலை முடி மிருதுவாக இருக்கும்.
15. தயிர் புளிக்காமல் 2-3 நாள் இருக்க தேங்காய் சிறிய துண்டாக்கி சேர்த்தால் புளிக்காது.
16. வெண்டைகாய் வதக்கும் பொழுது ஒரு ஸ்பூன் தயிர் சேர்த்தால் நிறம் மறாமல், பிசுபிசுக்காமல் இருக்கும்.
17. வாழைப்பூ, வாழைத்தண்டு இவற்றை தயிர் கலந்த நீரில் போட்டு வைத்தால் நிறம் மாறாது.
18. மண்ணெண்ணெய் வாசம் போக தயிர் கொண்டு கை கழுவலாம்.
19. மோராக கடைந்து உப்பு,கொத்தமல்லி, கறிவேப்பிலை, பெருங்காயம் சேர்த்து நீர் மோராக்கி குடிக்கலாம்.
20. தயிருடன் + சர்க்கரை சேர்த்து கலக்கி லஸ்ஸியாக உண்ணலாம்.

Cooking Tips-3

Samayal Tips # 3 : 
சமையல் டிப்ஸ் 

(Now this is posted in English so that all members can make use)
1) While making ginger-garlic paste, the quantity of Ginger-Garlic should be in the ratio 5:3 so that, it would give exact aroma to the dish.
2) While making Tamrind paste, it is not necessary to use warm water. Just take some salt and add to the tamarind and keep it ready. While making the paste, the entire tamarind sour taste would be ready.
3) Normally people will apply salt over coconut and keep it for usage. Best is cut the coconut into pieces, put it in a plastic cover and keep in freezer. When needed, take the required quantity of cut pieces of coconut and put in water.. after 5 or 10 minutes, you can use it with same taste.
4) While making Thenga-paal (Coconut-Milk) for Aappam, just add 1 or 2 Cardamom while grinding the coconut. It gives perfect taste to the milk.
5) Do not worry about excess Drumsticks.... Cut into 3 inch size the Drumstick, wrap it in a cloth bag and keep it in freezer. The freshness would be available for more than a week's time.
6) Fear of insects / worm in Rice/Wheat/Maida flour ??? dont worry... Just take a Brinji-Leaf and put in the container. Insects gaayab !!!!
7) Worried of the change of colour in the bottom of Pressure cooker?... Add a piece of lemon and vinegar in water and boil it, colour vanishes and will be shining as a new smile emoticon
8) Remove the top portion of Green-chilly and store in an steel box inside the Refrigerator for long usages.. This would keep green-chilly fresh for more than 15 to 20 days...

Cooking Tips-4

Dear members, as winter season is very fast approaching, let us try to follow these simple steps and avoid from the malefic impact of the seasonal effect...
1. For simple fever during winter season try to have Nila-Vembu kashayam... (Recipe will be posted later)
2. Try to avoid having excess sweet during winter season..
3. Excess intake of Milk, Curd, Butter, Ghee should be avoided, as it will sediments over the internal parts of the body.
4. Excess Kaaram during this winter season makes your body function normal. Tasty foods with spices is good for health during this season.
5. Make it a practise during this season to have milk added with Panakarkandu, turmeric powder and pinch of pepper before to bed.
6. Avoid vegetables like Pumpkin, Surakkai, Pudalangai, peerkangai, cucumber (with are watery in nature) excess, which makes our body over cool, thereby leading to caugh/cold/sinus, etc..
7. Avoid oily foods during winter season, as we are all fond of Bajji / Bonda etc during this chillness... If you want to have hot food, boil sambar, idli, Upma, Maavu-urundai, toasted bread, etc...
All the above makes you normal health and will be away from diseases during this chill period

Cooking Tips-1

Samayal Tips - 17/12/2014
1. While sauting onion and tomato for chutney, saute in Iron kadai. Iron contents would increase and would give perfect aroma to chutney
2. While making rasam, add coriander leafs after removing from the stove and close it for 3-5 mins with a lid
3. To add natural colour to Halwa, just take 2 or 3 spoons of ghee in a kadai, add 2 or 3 tsp of sugar when melted and stir it for 3 - 4 mins... When the colour of the sugar changes, add this to the halwa, so that natural colour of halwa is maintained (as iruttu kadai halwa)
4. Are your fond of Fried rice ? Fried Noodles.. Use iron kadai, which is thin and your make full flame of the stove.... it gives smoky taste while sauting in high flame.
5. Need a perfect taste for Sambar. At last saute some Asafoetida / Perungayam in 2 tsp of oil along with 2 sliced red chilly and add to the sambar.... aroma restored !!!!