Monday, February 22, 2016

Varagu Arisi Pidi Kozhukkattai (salted version) - வரகு அரிசி பிடி கொழுக்கட்டை

Varagu Arisi Pidi Kozhukkattai (Salt) - வரகு அரிசி பிடி கொழுக்கட்டை

Usually we make this dish with broken rice.
Nowadays I started taking sirudhaniyam in different form.
I tried sweet version earlier [Sweet Version - வரகு அரிசி பிடி கொழுக்கட்டை - இனிப்பு ] and now the salt version and it came out very well.

Ingredients Needed:-

1. Varagu Arisi  - 1 cup
2. Salt to taste
3. Water  - 2 1/4 cup
4. Hing / Perungayam 

Ingredients for tempering:-
1. Oil  - 2 tsp
2. Mustard seeds  - 1 tsp
3. Urad dal  - 1/2 tsp
4. Channa dal  - 1/2 tsp
5. Curry leaves

வரகு அரிசி பிடி கொழுக்கட்டை

Ingredients for grinding:-
1. Tuar dal  - 2 tsp ( soak in water for 30 mins )
2. Jeera / cumin seeds  - 1/2 tsp
3. Red Chilli - according to taste
4. Grated coconut  - 2 tablespoon 
Grind the above ingredients adding little water to coarse paste.

1. Wash few times Varagu Arisi and drain water and keep it aside.

2. Heat oil in a kadai  to season with mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal and curry leaves.
3. Pour the measured water, grinded paste and bring it to boil.
4. Slowly add the washed and drained Varagu Arisi and stir well without forming any lumps.
5. Close with a lid and cook till water evoporates  in a medium flame.
6. Cool it and if necessary sprinkle water and mix well.
Make Kozhukkattai and steam for 15 mins in medium flame.

7. Serve this Kozhukkattai with chutney, sambar or with gothsu.

வரகு அரிசி பிடி கொழுக்கட்டை
We can make this Kozhukkattai sweet and salt version with Samai Arisi, Kuthiraivali Arisi too

Monday, February 15, 2016

Goduma Rava vegetable Upma - கோதுமை ரவை வெஜிடபிள் உப்புமா

Godhuma Rava Vegetable Upma - கோதுமை ரவை வெஜிடபிள் உப்புமா

This Upma is so popular among Kongu region and it is even in weddings they serve this Upma for breakfast.
This is a highly repeated item in our home.

Ingredients Needed:- 

1. Wheat Rava - 1 cup
2. Mixed vegetables cubed 2 cups (here I used beans, carrot, onion, tomato, cauliflower and green peas ) 
3. Oil - 2 table spoons
4. Green Chilli - 1
5. Red Chilli - 2 (broken into pieces ) 
6. Finely chopped ginger
7. Curry leaves 
8. Mustard seeds  - 1/2 tsp
9. Urad dal - 1 tsp
10. Channa dal  - 1 tsp.
11. Hing / Perungayam optional 
12. Water - 2 1/2 cups 

கோதுமை ரவை வெஜிடபிள் உப்புமா

1. Wash and cut the vegetables.
2. Dry roast godhuma Rava till nice aroma.
3. Heat oil in a pan season with mustard seeds, red chilli, urad dal, channa dal .
2. Fry onions and curry leaves for a while and add vegetables.
3. Add water and cut tomatoes .
4. When it's start boiling add Rava and mix well.
Close with lid .

5. Cook till done . 

கோதுமை ரவை வெஜிடபிள் உப்புமா
This measurement is sufficient for 2 persons..

Monday, February 08, 2016

Apple Appam - ஆப்பிள் அப்பம்

Apple appam (ஆப்பிள் அப்பம்) is a Sweet dish.
Good evening snack for kids.
Quantity of sugar is less compared to other type of Appams.

ஆப்பிள் அப்பம்

Ingredients Needed:-
1. Apple 
2. Maida or wheat flour 
3. Sugar 
4. Cinnamon powder
5. Milk 
6. Ghee (to make appams) 
7. Salt a pinch
8. Cooking soda a pinch 


1.  Peel the skin and grate the Apples and measure it.
2. Add half portion of sugar and mix well and keep it aside for few minutes.
3. Now goes 2 measure of maida  or wheat flour, cinnamon powder cooking soda and salt mix well.

4. If it is very thick add little milk to make correct consistency.
5. Heat appam pan add ghee in it.

6. When ghee becomes hot pour the appam mix and cook. 
7. Flip the appams and cook the other side too.

8. Serve this appam hot or cold, either way enjoyable.
ஆப்பிள் அப்பம்
1. To get fluffier Appam, after mixing milk keep aside for 20 mins.
2. Here I added raw sugar, it can be replaced with jaggery or palm sugar.
3. Cinnamon powder gives a good flavour to this appam.
4. Finely chopped Apple pieces can be added and it makes it crunchy and nice to bite into.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Angaya Podi - அங்காய பொடி

Here is a traditional and forgotten item.

Angaya Podi - அங்காய பொடி is a feel good item, enhances taste buds and supposedly good for nursing mothers, comforts gastric problems etc., 
My mom was an expert in making this Podi.

Hing, sundakka vatral and sukku is good for gastric problems.
Dhaniya is good for Pittam and also tickles the taste buds.
Neem flower has anti oxidant properties  and pepper, jeera aids digestion.
Usually store bought Podi tastes bitter and is brown in colour, but my mom recipe is very flavourful with rich dark brown colour and less bitter.

Here goes the recipe 

Ingredients needed:-
1.    Sundakka vatral  - 1/2 cup
2.   Veppampoo dried  - 1 cup
3.   Dhaniya seeds - 3/4 cup
4.   Pepper - 2 tablespoon
5.   Jeera - 2 tablespoon 
6.   Channa dal - 3 tablespoon
7.   Urad dal - 4 tablespoon 
8.   Red chilli dried  - 20 nos 
9.   Hing - 1 tsp (here I used Katti Perungayam) 
10. Tamarind - little 
11.  Salt to taste 
12.  Jaggery  - little
13.  Dry ginger (sukku) few 

அங்காய பொடி

1. Heat kadai and dry roast each item separately.

2. Cool and powder it.
Store in a air tight container.

அங்காய பொடி

3. Mix this Podi  in hot rice by adding ghee or nalla ennai.

1. Neem flowers - Dark roast it so that its bitterness goes.
2. Sundakka - Crisp roast.
3. Hing - Use it generously and its better to use the Katti Perungayam or Hing block.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Meal maker Kurma

Meal maker Kurma 

Fully rich protein dish.
Mock meat dish ie., Meat look-a-like.
It has an awesome crunchy taste.

Ingredients Needed:-
1. Meal maker - 1cup 
2. Onion - 3 (2 for grinding and 1 chopped finely for frying)
3. Tomato - 2 (medium size) 
4. Turmeric powder
5. Chilli powder
6. Fennel powder (Sombu Podi) 
7. Oil - 2 tablespoons
8. Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
9. Water 

Ingredients for Grinding:-
1. Onion - 2 nos roughly chopped
2. Ginger - small piece
3. Garlic - 6 pods
4. Dhania - 3/4 tsp
5. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp 
6. Green Chilli - 1
7. Curry leaves 
Grind the above ingredients into fine paste. 

1. Grind the paste and keep aside.

2. Boil water and put meal maker.
Squeeze and wash few times to remove the raw smell.

3. Heat oil in a pan add chopped onion and sauté till it becomes brown.
4. Now goes the grinded paste and keep on stirring till it becomes brown in medium flame. Roughly it takes 10-12 mins.

5. Now add turmeric, salt, chili powder, fennel (sombu) powder and garam masala and stir for a minute.
6. Add in cut tomatoes and cook till oil separates on sides.
7. Add washed and squeezed meal maker to this gravy.

8. Thoroughly mix and add 1 1/4 cup water and cook.
9. Cook till the oil floats on top. Garnish with coriander leaves.

1. This can be served with hot rotis.
2. Tastes good with Jeera rice.
3. Coconut milk can be added at last to get creamy texture to this gravy.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kuthiraivali Vegatable Adai - குதிரைவாலி வெஜிடபிள் அடை

Adai made with kuthiraivali rice instead of regular rice.
Nowadays Siru Dhaniyam (Millets) is popular among food lovers and weight watchers.
With Millets many interesting dishes can be made.

Ingredients Needed:-
1. Kuthiraivali Rice  - 1 cup
2. Channa dal (Kadalai paruppu)  - 3/4 cup
3. Tuar dal (Thuvaram paruppu)  - 1/4 cup
4. Red Chilli according to taste
5. Salt to taste.
6. Hing / Perungayam  (optional) 
7. Oil to cook Adai 

Vegetables Needed:-
1. Carrot - grated 
2. Onions - finely chopped
3. Cabbage - finely cut
4. Coriander leaves - finely chopped
6. Green Chilli - finely chopped
7. Ginger grated (optional)
8. Curry leaves - finely cut

குதிரைவாலி வெஜிடபிள் அடை
1. Wash and soak Dal, Red chilli and Kuthiraivali rice separately for 3 hours.

2. Grind  first chillies and Kuthiraivali rice to fine paste and then add dal and grind coarsely.

3. Add salt, hing/ Perungayam and Finely chop/ cut the vegetables 
4. Mix all vegetables with Adai batter.

5. Heat tawa  pour this batter little and spread like thick dosa. 
6. Sprinkle oil on sides and cook well both the sides till golden brown on a moderate flame.
With all these mixed vegetables this Adai is thick and nice.

குதிரைவாலி வெஜிடபிள் அடை
1. This Adai can be made with other Siru Dhaniyam like Samai, Varagu and Thinai.
2. Adding Ginger and Perungayam optional.
3. Any greens like murunga keerai, mulai keerai also can be added to make this Adai (முருங்கை கீரை / முளைக் கீரை)
4. This Adai will be very soft so even elders can have this.
5. Serve this Adai with Avial, chutney, ghee and sugar or with jaggery.
6. Crushed jeera /cumin seeds can be added. This gives nice flavour to this Adai .
7. This measurement makes 8 Adais.