Feb 7, 2009

Mor Kuzhambu

Mor kuzhambu is lightly spiced up buttermilk with a little addition of veggie or urad dal bondas. Its amazing how addition of little spice surprisingly brings out a beautiful taste and aroma. This dish goes good with rice and a spicy side dish like fried potato.

This is what u'll need....

Curd 2 cup
Rice 1 tspn
Tuvar dal 1 tspn
Cumin 1 tspn
Green chilli 3
Coconut 2 tbspn
Hing a pinch
Oil 1 tbspn
Mustard 1 tspn
Urad dal 1 tspn
Salt to taste
Vegetable 1 cup - chopped and boiled lauki or okra cut and fried in little oil

Here is the stir....
  • Grind cumin, green chilli, tuvardal, rice, coconut, salt and keep the masala aside
  • Cook 
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, urad dal, hing
  • Add above masala to the pan and cook for 3-4 mins
  • Blend curd with little water to make thick buttermilk
  • Pour this into the pan and add the vegetables
  • Heat mixture and remove just before it comes to a boil

Feb 6, 2009

Vada curry

Have leftover vadas then try this recipe to make the best and tastiest use of it :)I have heard lots about this recipe from my dad but never tasted it till I got married. Its so delicious and I could never figure out why my mom never tried to make it. My mil makes this simply tasty. You got to try this if you too have never tasted it before.

This is what u'll need....

Chana dal - 1/2 cup - soaked overnight / leftover vadas
Gg paste - 1 tbspn

Green chillies - 4
Onion - 2 medium
Tomato - 1 big
Sambar powder - 1 tbspn
Turmeric - 1/4 tspn
Salt to taste
Fennel seeds - 1 tspn
Whole garam masala

Here is the stir....

  • Pressure cook chana dal upto 2 whistle and grind coarsely with little salt
  • Heat a pan and put the chana dal mix like a dosa. Turn and cook on both sides with little oil. Keep this aside. You can also cook this like idlis if you want to. You can use leftover vadas too for this recipe
  • Heat oil in pan and add fennel, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves
  • Toss in chopped onions and cook till lightly brown
  • Put gg paste and slit green chillies into pan and for 2 mins
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook
  • Break chana dal vada or dsa into small pieces and add it to the pan
  • Add a little water to this 
  • Mix in sambar powder, salt, turmeric. Cook this for a few mins
  • Once cooked remove from flame

  • Serve hot with idli or dosa and enjoy

  • There is enough salt in the vada or dosa that we add to the gravy. So dont add too much
  • Cook for a few mins after adding the spices. This helps the vadas soak up the gravy and the spices to lose their raw smell

Feb 5, 2009

Appalam Kootu

An addition to the everyday menu list. This doesnt take much oil so not too heavy to the tummy. Its usually had with rice.

This is what u'll need....

Appalam 10-12 nos
Onion 1 big
Tomato 1 big
Green chillies 4
Salt to taste
Shredded coconut 2 tbspn
Sambar powder 1 tbspn
Oil 1 tbspn
Mustard 1 tspn
Urad dal 1 tspn
Boiled chana dal 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves 

Here is the stir....
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard, urad dal
  • Toss in chopped onions, salt and fry till they turn translucent
  • Add in cut tomatoes, green chillies, sambar powder and cook for 4-5 mins
  • Pour about 2 cups of water, chana dal and bring to a boil
  • Meanwhile fry the appalams and keep them ready
  • Crush the appalam and add it to the pan followed by shredded coconut
  • Stir everything together and let it stand for a minute
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and its ready to be served

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