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Celebrate this onam with Pumpkin Payasam!

Desserts, Indian recipes, veg | September 7, 2014 | By

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Onam holidays have started a break of ten days Onam being the state festival of our Gods own country titled Kerala! All over the state of Kerala, festive rituals, traditional cuisine, dance and music mark this harvest festival. The ten day Onam festival is celebrated floral carpets, traditional dance forms , onam sadhya-the feast on banana leaf, boat race….At school we had the teachers day and onam celebrations on adjacent days.The  Thiruvonam day..the tenth day and the most sacred day of the celebrations…..its great fun all members in the family get together ,friends and relatives all ..the onamsadhya is prepared and served on the banana leaf with different curries , rice and desserts. This Onam I wanted to post the recipe of a special payasam .Payasam is basically the dessert that’s served after the feast. Today’s post is Mathanga Payasam /Pumpkin Payasam..

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Mathanga payasam / Pumpkin Payasam
2249 calories
218 g
22 g
158 g
20 g
136 g
1403 g
131 g
172 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1403g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2249
Calories from Fat 1327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 158g
243%
Saturated Fat 136g
679%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 131mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 218g
73%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 172g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
1530%
Vitamin C
46%
Calcium
28%
Iron
168%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of pumpkin cubes (de skinned &deseeded)
  2. 3/4 cup of jaggery syrup
  3. 2 cups of thin coconut milk
  4. 1 cup of thick coconut milk
  5. 2 cardamoms crushed
  6. 4 tbsp of sago cooked in water
  7. 2 tsp of ghee
  8. For Garnish
  9. 2 tsp of coconut pieces
  10. 2 tsp of cashews and raisins
  11. Ghee for frying
Instructions
  1.  Cook the pumpkins in water, sieve and blend into a smooth paste.
  2.  Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel and fry the pumpkin paste for about 5-10
  3. minutes on medium flame.
  4.  Mix in the jaggery syrup and keep on stirring.
  5.  Let the jaggery syrup blend well in to the mix and then pour the thin coconut milk and
  6. continue stirring.
  7.  Add in the cooked sago balls and cardamom.
  8.  When the milk starts thickening, pour in the thick milk and when it is on the verge of
  9. simmering, turn off the flame.
  10.  Fry out the coconut pieces in ghee along with the raisins and cashews and garnish
  11. the pudding.
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calories
2249
fat
158g
protein
20g
carbs
218g
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Serve it warm or cold and enjoy this onam !

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It was while writing this post , I was reminded of a website I stumbled  on to while browsing on apps that help you order food online in India.It has got everything that a foodie would want to devour from mughlai cuisine to south indian to pizzas..With a userfriendly interface and a catchy name “Foodpanda

They cover most cities in India and when you have the app on your phone its pretty much more easier. Theres also city based pages like for Bangalore , Mumbai and Delhi .Well I have my foodpanda app on my phone..planning to use it once am in the listed cities. 🙂 Hope you all would find it equally handy  🙂unnamed

Being up all in festive mood,Heres the writeup on me that came up in Grihasobha Malayalam magazine (Delhi press publication)this September

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So signing off for now …Wishing all a happy and prosperous onam!

Jeeraka kanji ..the porridge to boost your immune!

Jeeraka kanji ..the porridge to boost your immune!

Indian recipes, Rice, veg | August 13, 2014 | By

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It’s been like ages that I have been wanting to post on my space.. There’s loads of things that had gobbled up my time to write n my blog. Well when school closed up for the monsoon vacations this time round I was the most eager one compared to my munchkins to go “home”.Oh yes…even though you are married although you have a home here ,you still quote ur parents place as “home”. It’s not only my personal experience,but I think most women have this “home”sickness.I really chucked on this only when my colleague brought it to my notice.It was almost a month that I got with my parents in Thrissur..but this time round there came up a few surprises with media interviews, write-ups and the best part was being felicitated by the Thrissur Mayor , Mr.Rajan Pallan at the Council Meeting.

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Karkidaka masam/Ramayana Masam /Karkidaka month is considered the last month ie. the twelfth month according to the Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.This year the Karkidaka masam started on July 17th  and ends by August 16th.The sacred scripture , Ramayana is recited during this month and so this month is also known as the Ramayana masam. It is to welcome the new year ie.The Chingam month  that the Ramayana is recited from the starting to the end of the month. In Kerala , Karkidaka kanji is very famous which is a medicinal rice porridge that is very much healthy .The monsoon months are considered to the most appropriate time to have medicinal rice porridge. On my stay in Thrissur , I had the opportunity to meet up with Dr.K.S.Rajithan (Medical Superintendent ) of Oushadi Panchakarma Hospital and Research Institute,Thrissur.Dr. says ,”Its during the monsoons that the immune system of our body deteriorates and we are more prone to sickness, digestive issues and many ailments. .Our ancestors used to have many practices with Ayurveda to boost their immune system . So this is in fact is the most suitable time to have different kanjis (rice porridges) in your diet.” During my period of stay in Thrissur there was a “Kanji Mela”(Rice Porridge fest ) organised by the Oushadhi Panchakarma Hospital Canteen.It was indeed a feast out there with 11 varieties of rice porridges each with special benefits.It  was the Kudumbasree unit(a women empowerment cluster ) working in the fabrication of  flavoursome dishes and variant rice porridges.

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So coming over to the recipe, for this post..it is Jeeraka kanji /Cumin rice porridge.The courtesy for the recipe goes to Dr.Rajithan. This is a pretty easy recipe and its only the ingredients that you have to get hold on to to make the medicinal mix.Its best to have it for 14 days in the monsoons..

Jeeraga kanji
1382 calories
81 g
66 g
118 g
15 g
97 g
1548 g
254 g
0 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1548g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1382
Calories from Fat 998
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 118g
181%
Saturated Fat 97g
487%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 66mg
22%
Sodium 254mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 81g
27%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 0g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
16%
Iron
87%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. For the Medicinal Cumin mix
  2. 2 tsps of cumin (jeerakam)
  3. 2 tsps of black cumin seeds (karinjeerakam)
  4. 2 tsps of long pepper (thippalli)
  5. 2 tsps of Carom or Thymol seeds (Aimodagam)
  6. 2 tsps of Black peppercorns
  7. 2 tsps of dry ginger powder
  8. For the porridge
  9. 80g of broken rice /podiari
  10. 1 litre of water
  11. 450ml of coconut milk
  12. 5gms of the medicinal mix
  13. Salt to taste
  14. 2 tsps of ghee
  15. 3-4 shallots sliced
Instructions
  1. Dry roast the ingredients for the medicinal cumin mix and powder it finely in a
  2. blender.
  3.  Store this mix in an airtight container.
  4.  Wash the rice and cook it in a vessel with the required amount of water.
  5.  When half cooked add in the powdered mix.
  6.  Take care to keep stirring the porridge and keep on medium flame.
  7.  Pour in the coconut milk and add salt.
  8.  Cook till the rice is soft.
  9.  Heat ghee in a small pan fry the shallots till caramel in color and pour over the rice
  10. porridge.
  11.  If you feel that the porridge is a bit bitter, add in 2 tsp of jaggery syrup to cut down the
  12. bitterness.
  13.  You can serve this hot /warm with pickle, vegetable stir fries, pappad or even with
  14. fried salted curd chillies.
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calories
1382
fat
118g
protein
15g
carbs
81g
more
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Here’s a glimpse of the media coverage..

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Start off Monsoons with… Coconut Rasam!

 

Hah! Laggin on posts ……………………….

I’m not able to update up my news after Beijing….Its been running around most days ………travelling up and down ,classes, school,kids, welcomings, interviews…….Achoo…………… sniff.. …..Achooooo…..yikes its Monsoon back in Munnar and I have been haywire in my schedules…latest update am down with a cold…..Sniff! Sniff! Theres just one more week left for the school to close for monsoon vacations here in Munnar..

Here are a few paper reports that came up in a few regional papers…

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 Season is up for coughs and colds……so how about a special rasam???This Rasam is the best thing to have with rice if you are down terribly with a cold or fever. It’s more like a curry in its looks but is super Yumm soup!

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Coconut Rasam
175 calories
25 g
0 g
9 g
4 g
6 g
402 g
307 g
12 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
402g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 307mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 7g
29%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
51%
Vitamin C
31%
Calcium
10%
Iron
29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup of scraped coconut
  2. 2 tsp of cumin seeds
  3. 2 tsp of peppercorns
  4. 1 pod of garlic
  5. A gooseberry sized ball of tamarind
  6. 1 tomato (medium sized)
  7. ½ tsp of turmeric powder
  8. ¼ tsp of asafoetida powder
  9. 1 ½ tsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  10. 1 cup of water
  11. 8-10 shallots sliced
  12. 1tsp of mustard seeds
  13. Coriander leaves
  14. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1.  Grind scraped coconut, cumin seeds, pepper, garlic and tamarind into and separate
  2. the smooth paste.
  3.  Slice the tomato and grind it into a paste and mix it with the coconut mix.
  4.  Heat oil in a wok, splutter mustard seeds, sauté the shallots, add in the turmeric
  5. powder and chilli powder, fry and pour in the ground mix.
  6.  Keep stirring and when it starts boiling; add in a cup of water and salt to taste.
  7.  When simmering, mix in asafoetida powder and a few chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Serve with rice and enjoy the monsoon.
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calories
175
fat
9g
protein
4g
carbs
25g
more
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Red red melony red!

Drinks, icecreams, veg | April 19, 2014 | By

 

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A few more days to go for the school spree to start off…and back to the busy bee schedules. It was wonderful to be at my hus’s house to celebrate Vishu. As usual a wonderful get together with my co-sisters nephews and nieces. Being married into a joint family the best part is when you all come under one roof for celebrations. Kids have a blastJ.  Being in Munnar and getting used to the cool climate the hardest part of moving over to tropical parts of Kerala during the summer really gets on your nerves.

 

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The start of Summer and you find Watermelons all piled up in most fruit shops and road sides. These bright red fleshy beauties makes you crave for more..Todays post is on Watermelon Popsicles..I have had the moulds for quite some time in my cupboard…..so the start of summer was a good excuse to set off my batch of popsicles..

 

 

 

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Watermelon popsicles
480 calories
124 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
0 g
413 g
5 g
119 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
413g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 124g
41%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 119g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
35%
Vitamin C
44%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of watermelon cubes desseded and de-skinned
  2. ½ cup of sugar
  3. Juice of ½ lemon
Instructions
  1. Blend the watermelon cubes, sugar and lemon juice in a blender to make watermelon
  2. juice.
  3.  Pour the juice in to the moulds and freeze them till they are set.
  4.  Once freeze slightly pour hot water over the mould and de mould them by pulling the
  5. sticks.
  6. Enjoy licking and slurping over your watermelon popsicles…
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calories
480
fat
0g
protein
2g
carbs
124g
more
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Mint-lime coolers & cherished moments as an Entrepreneur!

Drinks, veg | April 13, 2014 | By

 

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The schools have all closed down for summer holidays……while most  the schools have about two months of vacations  ……we have just two weeks break before the start of the new year at school. We have our vacations during the monsoons (ie. During the months of June & July) …as going to school would be the most dreaded feeling when it rains cats and dogs. :P. The 4th of this month was our last working day at school .But I was all set for a rather new experience that was to take place on the 5th .Rushing back home after school and soon me and kids were all packing up and leaving Munnar to Perumbavur. A few days back I received a call from one and only prominent B-school in Kerala, SCMS school of Business studies-Cochin inviting me over to one of their program, Endeavour –Insights of Womenpreneurs (A one day workshop on Entrepreneurship) .I was a bit nervous on what my role would be there and on putting forth my query they answered, “We just want to know about your journey to success….”

Being at SCMS was an overwhelming experience and one among the most cherished moments of my life. Really appreciate the hospitality and positive ambience of the SCMS family .It was like stepping into a whole new world. It was a wonderful opportunity to share glimpses of my journey with the budding business magnets of tomorrow. I was so very much impressed with the atmosphere of this institute that I really wished for a moment to be a student… 😀

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It’s been scorching hot in most parts of Kerala with the sun blazing out in full wave length and you just want to gulp down juices –an escapade from the heat. Today’s post is very much dedicated to a healthy &refreshing Mint-lime juice.

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Mint-Lime Cooler
887 calories
231 g
0 g
1 g
6 g
0 g
1017 g
53 g
206 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1017g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 887
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 53mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 231g
77%
Dietary Fiber 13g
53%
Sugars 206g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
75%
Vitamin C
243%
Calcium
26%
Iron
69%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of water
  2. 1 cup of sugar
  3. Juice of 3 lemons (medium sized)
  4. 1 cup of mint leaves
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan boil water with the sugar and stir till it dissolves to make thin syrup.
  2.  Refrigerate this syrup till cool.
  3.  Grind the mint leaves into a paste by adding water and squeeze out the juice through
  4. a sieve and separate.
  5.  Stir in the lime juice and mint extract in to the sugar syrup and serve chilled with ice
  6. cubes.
  7.  If you need more sweetness you can add in more sugar.
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calories
887
fat
1g
protein
6g
carbs
231g
more
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Beat the heat this summer with  Mint –lime juice 🙂

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Hummus – the Meditteranean delight!

Appetizers, veg | March 30, 2014 | By

 

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Being born and brought up in the Middle East has really influenced my taste buds. Being born there the most common question my friends would ask are, “Do u speak Arabic?” and I start grinning trying to answer them ..as I know how to read and write but have totally forgotten all the meanings..so literally don’t know to speak..as I have lost touch with it 😛

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My younger son had his Graduation day at school…he’s been graduated to his first grade and so has been bye bye to the kindergarten years. Dressed up in their pink academic dress and mortar board it was a pleasant sight to see all the kiddies singing with lighted candles and scrolls in hand..wish to be their age ….

The recipe that I will be posting today is of hummus. This dip is great with carrot sticks as well as pita breads.

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Hummus
1760 calories
152 g
0 g
110 g
60 g
15 g
394 g
348 g
22 g
0 g
89 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
394g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1760
Calories from Fat 940
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 110g
170%
Saturated Fat 15g
75%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 37g
Monounsaturated Fat 52g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 348mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 152g
51%
Dietary Fiber 46g
185%
Sugars 22g
Protein 60g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
74%
Iron
131%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of dried chickpeas (soaked overnight & pressure cooked)
  2. 3 cloves of garlic
  3. ½ cup of tahini paste
  4. 2-3 tbsp of olive oil
  5. 1/8 cup of lime juice (add 1tbsp more if u feel flavour is less)
  6. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel the skin of the cooked chickpeas.
  2.  Grind the chickpeas, garlic, limejuice and salt to a smooth paste.
  3.  Add water if it becomes too thick.
  4.  Mix in the tahini paste.
  5.  Serve it on to a plate and garnish with paprika powder and olive oil.
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calories
1760
fat
110g
protein
60g
carbs
152g
more
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Love Nutella…??? Get ready for ..Nutella Twists!!!

Baking, Breads, Snacks, veg | March 1, 2014 | By

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This weeks post is a special dedication to all those who love Nutella 😀 When I saw that the Nutella twists was the recipe chosen for last months Daring Bakers was thoroughly fascinated by this twisted beauty.Although it took off a few hours of my Saturday ..it was total bliss ..YuMM! 😀 The best part was having my sons ready to help me out in baking .My younger one was more keen in knowing if it was ready .Every five minutes he would be testing my patience ..asking if it was ready .He wanted to help me out in spreading out the Nutella on the layers…and guess what ….he had nutella all over his face.When I stared at him ..he gave me his angelic smile ..showing of his teeth all coated in chocolate..:PKids are kids ..hmm 😀

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Nutella Twists

1 can (400 gm) (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs
1 cup (240 ml) vegetable oil
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
3 teaspoons (15 ml) (12 gm) yeast
7 cups (1 kg) (2.2 lbs) all-purpose (plain) flour, approximately
Pinch of salt
Instead of the eggwash use
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (25 gm) (1 oz) milk powder
3 tablespoons (45 ml) lukewarm water
1teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) sugar
1/4 teaspoon (1 gm) instant coffee
For the filling
½ jar (200 gm) (7 oz) of nutella (or similar)

Mix the condensed milk, yeast, oil, water, and eggs in the bowl of your mixer .Add the flour one cup at a time and knead using the kneading attachment or by hand till you get a
soft dough . The dough will be slightly sticky due to the sweetened condensed milk, don’t worry once the dough rests it will have a wonderful consistency .Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rest till it doubles in size . Punch down the dough and divide it into 2 parts. Wrap one part in a plastic bag and work with the other. Divide the dough ball into 4 parts.Roll each part into a circle at least 20 cm (8 inch) in diameter.You can use a plate or any other round item as a template if you want your layers to be identical and uniform.Spread the Nutella (or similar filling) on the first layer.9. Place the second layer on top of the first and repeat . Top with the fourth layer, this time only brush it with butter. Using a knife make cuts that divide the dough circles into 8 triangles starting at the center but don’t go all the way to the outer edge. I find that using a ruler to mark the dough makes the cuts easier and more uniform. Then divide each triangle into two (2) . That gives you a total of 16 triangles.13. Gently lift the triangles one at a time and twist them.The end result will look like this, repeat for the other dough ball. Brush the dough with egg wash replacement . Allow to rest for 15 minutes during which you would heat your oven to very hot 500°F/240°C/gas mark 9 (rack in the middle) . Bake for 5 minutes on very hot 500°F/240°C/gas mark 9, then lower the temperature to moderately hot 400°F/200°C/gas mark 6 and bake for 15-20 more minutes (ovens do differ greatly, so the time may differ… what you want is to bake it until the under side is golden brown).If you have a broiler (grill) in your oven. Turn on the broiler (grill) for a couple of minutes until the bread is golden on the top.I baked a few nutella filled buns too with my excess dough.

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So wishing all a happy baking :)!

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The tangy Puliyodharai..

Indian recipes, Rice, veg | February 24, 2014 | By

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Being shortlisted for the Gourmand World Cookbook awards came in as a big bundle of surprise for me to shortlisted among the 7 finalists from 187 countries for the title “The Best Local Cuisine in India “..:) I never knew that more surprises were yet to come ..thats when I get a tweet from reknown celebrity Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor..congratulating me on being shortlisted…..phew..the night I saw that tweet ..hehe..left me sleepless..:P

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Puliyodharai reminds me of tamarind ..and tamarind reminds me ..licking licking..;) makes my mouth water.I remember how I used to collect tamarind during my vacations in Kerala..depod nd lick o lick ..:D Wish to be a kid once more..hmm..it is funny though..in that age  all I had in mind was just to be a  grown up ….:P

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The courtesy of the Puliyodharai recipe that I am posting here today goes to the book “Festival Samayal -an offering to the Gods ” by Viji Varadarajan. Her cookbooks are explicit eyeopeners to the Tamil Brahmin cuisine. Her book  Vegetarian delicacies of South India has also been shortlisted for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards..kudos Viji Mami ! Although we have been chatting over phone ..really excited to meet this wonder lady in person 🙂

Puliyodharai Rice

2 cups of Rice

1/2 cup of thick Tamarind pulp

1/4tsp of Turmeric powder

1/2 tsp of Asafoetida powder

1/2 cup of skinned roasted peanuts(optional)

1/2 cup of sesame oil

2 tsps of salt

For seasoning:

1/4 tsp of Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp of husked split black gram

1/2 tsp of Bengal gram

5 dried chillies , halved

Curry leaves

Cook the rice in 5 cups of water. Each grainn of the cooked rice should be seperate. Set aside to cool . Heat a tablespoon of oil, add the mustard  to pop.Add the dals , stir for ten seconds till golden .Add the chillies and fry till it turns a bright red.Add the peanuts and saute for 20 seconds. Add tamarind pulp , a cup of water , turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt.Cover and simmer over a medium flame for 5-7 minutes.Open the lid and cook until it becomes a thick sauce .Add the remaining oil and take it off the stove.This is called pulikaachal.Mix the sauce and rice well without mashing it.Wet , crush the curry leaves add and stir for 5 seconds.Keep the tamarind rice for a couple of hours before serving.Add1/2 teaspoon of jaggery to balance the hot and tangy flavour of the tamarind rice.A dash of fresh lemon juice will make the dish more exotic.

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So Happy tangy tamarind cooking ……:) !

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Green peas in season …time for Peas Rawa !

Indian recipes, veg | February 18, 2014 | By

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Its in the midst of Feb and I am reminded of the climate during the months of Dec & Jan in Munnar…its been pretty cold for the past weeks .There were nights when the temperature dropped down to minus 2 and 3 and that’s pretty unusual during this month.The laziest part of all is getting up in mornings to go to school ..phew…:P when you just wish  to stay curled and cuddled in the warmth of your quilt  in bed..and ur alarm goes beep beep..ahh..:(

I was recently featured in the Deepika news portal..

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Green peas is quite in season ..so thought of posting my fav Peas uppuma recipe..which is a great time saver and is ready in a jiffy..;)

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Green peas Uppuma

2 cups of Semolina

5 cups of water

1 cup of green peas

2 tbsp of ghee

1/2 cup of grated coconut

7 green chillies chopped

2 large onions chopped

1tsp of mustard seeds

a pinch of asafoetida

Coriander leaves chopped

1 tsp of lemon juice

Salt to taste

 Roast semolina in a teaspoon of ghee till light golden brown and separate.Heat a wok, pour oil or ghee, splutter mustard seeds, saute green chillies and onions till the onions caramelize.Add in the green peas , fry them a little , pour in the water, let it simmer, add in salt to taste , asafoetida and let it cook.Once cooked , add in the semolina , stirring continuously .Add lemon juice , stir well and cover and leave on low flame for five minutes.When done turn off flame mix in chopped coriander and grated coconut and serve .

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Tangy twist with Panchmel Dal!

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Hope everyone celebrated their New year blast..so whts up with the resolutions…???My first and foremost resolution was to try to blog a bit more frequently 😛 ..the funniest part is how much I will be stickig on to it. One more day to go for the school to reopen and then back to the busy bee schedules…ahhh ..the first days are really goin to be damn lazy.Moreover the temperature over here has dropped down to around -2 ..which makes you longing to cuddle up even more into ur blankets..;)

Heres an interview on me which was printed in the magazine Sthreedhanam (Deepika Newspaper) in this months issue..

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Heres the article that came up in Deshabhimani news paper on Jan 4th 2014

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Now for this times post..thought of giving u all a tangy rajasthani recipe. This curry is a combination of 5 dals.I have earlier put up a recipe on 5 dal curry ..but this one is a tangy & spicy one…

Panchmel Dal

1/3 cup split bengal gram lentil

1/3 cup of yellow split peas

1/3 cup of green gram split lentils

1 tbsp of deskinned split black lentils

1 tbsp of green gram

3 tbsp of ghee

2 cloves

2 bay leaves

1 tsp of umin seeds

2 green chillies slit

a pinch of asafoetida

2 tsp of dry mango powder

2 tsp of tamarind pulp

Salt to taste

For masala paste

3 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp of coriander powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

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 Clean and wash the lentils.Pressure cook them with 4 cups of water till the lentils are cooked.Keep aside.In a bowl combine the ingredients for the masala paste with 3 tbsp of water to mix well to make a paste.Keep aside.Heat ghee in a pan and add cloves , bay leaves , cumin, green chilllies and asafoetida. When the cumin seeds crackle , add the prepared masala paste and saute on medium flame fo rabot 1-2 mins.Add the cooked dal , dry mango powder, tamarind pulp and salt and simmer fo r5- 7 minutes.Add water if required.Serve hot with rotis!

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