September 04, 2016

Ulli Curry

Ingredients needed for Ulli Curry
2 cups of Small onions sliced fine
4 green chillies
handful curry leaves
Roast all the ingredients and grind to a smooth paste 
1 1/2 cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tsps chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsps coconut oil
tamarind pulp to taste
1/4 cup melted jaggery
Salt to taste

For tempering Ulli Curry
2 tsps coconut oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 chillies broken into bits
handful curry leaves
 2 tbsps coconut cut into small bits  / Thenga Kothu

How to prepare Ulli Curry?
Heat 2 tbsps oil, fry all the ingredients in the to grind list till they are golden. Cool and grind them to a smooth paste.
Heat 1 tbsp oil, fry onions till golden, then add slit green chillies  and curry leaves.
Now add the ground coconut masala paste , tamarind pulp and a cup of water. Mix well.
Add salt to taste. Add jaggery according to your taste.
As the gravy thickens remove from fire.
Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, chillies, curry leaves and the small coconut pieces  to a golden colour.
Pour over Ulli curry and serve hot as a side dish.

September 03, 2016

Vendaikka Ellu Pachadi

Ingredients needed for Vendaikka Ellu Pachadi
2 cups of Vendaikka / Lady's finger cut small pieces 2 cups
2 tsps thick tamarind extract
2 pinches turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp seasame seeds
4 red chillies
1 tbsp raw rice
2 tsps grated jaggery (optional)

Ingredients for tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 red chilli broken into bits
Handful curry leaves

How to prepare Vendaikka Ellu Pachadi ?
Roast sesame seeds, powder and keep aside.
Roast raw rice, red chilli, powder and keep aside.
Now take a vessel / a saucepan,  pour tamarind water, turmeric powder and salt to taste.
As it comes to boil add ladies finger pieces, cook until soft. Now add grated jaggery if you like.
Add chilli, rice powder and mix well. Let it boil for a minute.
In the end add sesame powder and mix well.
Temper with mustard seeds, broken pieces of red chilli and curry leaves.

September 02, 2016

Vendaikka Masala Curry

Ingredients needed for the Vendaikka Masala Curry
4 cups Vendaikka cut in to 1" pieces
4green chillies slit
1 tsp ginger chopped fine
10 garlic cloves
1 cup onions sliced
Handful of curry leaves
Salt to taste
3tbsps oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsps Coriander powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp pepperpowder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
2 1/2 cups coconut milk ( 1/2 thick + 2 thin )

How to prepare Vendaikka Masala Curry?
Heat a little oil in a fry pan, saute the lady's fingers  till the stickiness goes. Keep aside.
Now heat another fry pan, add a little oil, saute onions, garlic, ginger, and curry leaves.
Add chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and garam masala powder. Mix well till the raw smell goes.
Now add the second and thin coconut milk and ac up of water. Bring it to boil, simmer and add the Lady's fingers and salt to taste.
Once the gravy starts thickening, add the first and thick coconut milk.
As it comes to boil, remove from fire, mix well. Do not let the gravy boil.
Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve with chappathis / rice. 

August 31, 2016

Maambazha Pachadi

Ingredients needed for preparing Maambazha Pachadi
2  small ripe mangoes
1 raw mango
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 small piece jaggery
Salt to taste
1 cup freshly grated coconut
2 green chillies

For tempering
2 tsps coconut oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 red chillies broken

How to prepare Maambazha Pachadi?
Cut both raw and the ripe mangoesin to small pieces . Keep aside.
In a vessel add the mangoes , turmeric powder, salt to taste and a little water for the mangoes to cook till tender.
When done, add the crushed jaggery to the mangoes . boil for a minute.
Meanwhile, grind grated coconut, green chillies together to a smooth paste.
Add the coconut paste to the boiling mangoes and mix well. As it comes to boil, remove from fire.
Heat oil in a fry pan, splutter mustard seeds, add red chillies and curry leaves. Pour over the Maambazha Pachadi.
Serve hot with plain rice and the other side dishes.

August 30, 2016

Olan a sadya recipe

Ingredients needed for preparing Olan
1 cup yellow Pumpkin pieces
1 cup white ash gourd pieces
1 cup cooked black eyed beans
3-4 green chillies
1 cup thick coconut milk
Salt to taste
handful curry leaves
2 tbsps coconut oil

How to prepare Olan, a sadya recipe?
With a knife, peel the thick skin of pumpkin and ash gourd. Cut in to thin, wide squarish pieces, keep aside
Slit green chillies
Now add the pumpkin and ash gourd pieces, green chillies, salt to taste. Sprinkle a little water for the vegetables to cook till soft.
Add the cooked black eyed beans / lobia to the vegetables with curry leaves.
As it starts boiling again, pour the coconut milk  and simmer. Mix well.
As it comes to boil again, remove.
Now pour the coconut oil on top , mix well .

Maida Bonda

Ingredients needed for Maida Bonda
1 cup Maida
1 cup fresh curds
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
2 green chillies finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
few curry leaves chopped
Salt to taste 
oil for deep frying

How to prepare Maida Bonda?
Mix all the ingredients except oil in to a thick dough / paste so that you will be able to prepare small balls out of it.
Divide the dough in to uniform portions and shape them in to balls.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan. As it gets hot start putting the balls inside the hot oil.
See that they get golden . Do not let the oil get very hot then the outside part of the bonda will get dark and the inside will not be cooked right.
Remove and leave it on a kitchen  towel to drain the extra oil.
erve hot with sauce / chutney.

August 29, 2016

Vendaikka Kitchadi

Ingredients needed for Vendaikka Kitchadi
2 tbsps Vendaikka cut in to thin rounds
1/2 cup coconut oil ( oil needed for deep frying vendaikka to a golden colour )
1 cup fresh grated coconut
2 green chillies
1 1/2 cups curds ( a little sour not very fresh )
Salt to taste
For tempering Vendaika Kichadi
2 tsps oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
handful curry leaves
1 long red chilli broken into bits / 2 small chillies, just  slit

How to prepare Vendaikka Kichadi?
First heat the coconut oil in a fryingpan, deep fry the sliced venadaikka / Lady's fingers to a golden brown colur. Keep aside.
Grind fresh coconut and green chillies to a smooth paste . Blend with the beaten curds and salt. Keep aside.
Heat a fry pan for tempering. Add oil, splutter mustard seeds. Add red chillies and curry leaves.
As they get brown, pour over the ground coconut and curd mixture.  Check for salt.
Just before you serve the Kichadi, add the fried vendaikka and mix well.