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Thursday, August 29, 2013

KANDATIPPILI RASAM RECIPE | PATHIYA SAMAYAL RECIPES


Kandantippili rasam i wanted to post for a long time , but somehow i didn’t search for that in Singapore, but when my mom visited me last month bought this for me and i wanted to start a series of recipes which we used to give for moms after delivery , commonly called as Pathiya samayal in Tamil and Postpartum food in English.  My athai used make this for me when i delivered my second kid Varun, and  she used to tell this kandantippili rasam helps in digestion too. Now a days we generally do not follow pathiyam after delivery and in my case too when i deliverd my first child 12 years back my mom strictly followed pathiyam but for the second one after 4 years i never follow any strict pathiyam. This kandantippili i don’t know what is is the English term of this but you can get this easily in most of the small shops in chennai. I will be posting some Postpartum food which we generally follow at our house, more frequently here.
kandatippili rasam
Before moving on to the post, thank you so much for trying out the Gokulashtami recipes and i am overwhelmed to see the mails . Thank you so much again.
INGREDIENTS: SERVES 4
KANDATIPPILI 4-5 sticks
TOOR DHAL 1 TBLSP
BLACK PEPPER 1 TSP
JEERA 1/2 TSP
TAMARIND EXTRACT 1 AND 1/2 CUP
TURMERIC POWDER 1/4 TSP
GHEE 1/2 TSP
COOKED TOOR DHAL 1/2 TBLSP
MUSTARD SEEDS 1/4 TSP
CURRY LEAVES FEW
ASAFOETIDA A PINCH
SALT AS NEEDED
rasam
METHOD:
kandantippili
  • Dry roast the kandantippili , toor dal, black pepper .
  • Powder it finely in a mixer along with cumin seeds.
rasam rasam
  • Soak a small lemon sized tamarind and extract the juice from this.
  • In a vessel add the tamarind water, 1 tblsp of the ground powder, salt, asafoetida, turmeric powder.
rasam rasam 2
  • Let this boil for 7-9 minutes in a low flame.
  • Add 1 and 1/2 cup of water to the cooked toor dal and add this to the boiling mixture.
  • Let this become frothy , add curry leaves and switch off the flame.
  • Temper with mustard seeds in ghee.
rasam 1
  • Super flavourful rasam is ready for serving.
Rasam - pattiya samayal
Note:
  1. You can make the powder in bulk and make rasam whenever you want.
  2. If you want you can add 1 tomato (pureed) while boiling. But for pathiyam tomaotes will not be added.
  3. You can add 1/2 tsp of coriander seeds while roasting if you want.
       

Monday, August 26, 2013

RAVA UPPU SEEDAI RECIPE | GOKULASHTAMI RECIPES


Gokulashtami is always special to my mother i law as she always tells me to make as many items as possible to offer Neivedhyam for Lord Krishna. Two years back when i was talking to her she told that she made Rava uppu seedai for Krishna jayanthi and she learnt the recipe from her friend. At that time i didn’t remember asking her the recipe but last week suddenly i remembered that conversation while talking to her and asked her for the recipe. She couldn’t give exact measurements but i was bit worried whether the seedai will burst as rava is bit coarse in texture. But she told me to try in small quantity but she told the rava uppu seedais didn’t burst. Later after 2 days, while talking to my relative here, she was mentioning her mom will make rava seedais and to my luck she is now in Singapore now to visit her. So mami instructed me properly the recipe of Rava uppu seedai and following her recipe i made it correct.These Rava seedais turned out crispy too. Thanks to your mom Chitra.
rava seedai
INGREDIENTS
RAVA | SOOJI 1/2 CUP
POTTUKADALAI |CHUTNEY DAL|ROASTED GRAM 1 TSP
COOCNUT (SCRAPPED) 1 TSP
BUTTER 1/2 TBLSP
SALT AS NEEDED
SESAME SEEDS(WHITE) 1/4 TSP
OIL FOR DEEP FRYING
rava seedai
METHOD:
  • Powder the rava and pottukadalai  in a mixer. You can even powder the pottukadalai  alone finely. My rava was bit coarse i felt and so i powdered it too.
rava seedai Rava seedai
  • Dry roast the coconut and sesame seeds separately till golden brown.
  • Add butter , salt and the roasted coconut, sesame seeds and the ground rava and pottukadalai.
Rava seedai Rava seedai
  • Knead the dough into a soft pliable dough. This will take very less water 1 to 2 tblsp.
  • Cover this and keep it aside for 45 minutes.
Rava seedai Rava seedai
  • After that make small balls out of this and allow this to dry in at kitchen towel or a while cloth for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oil for deep frying.  Carefully drop this in oil and deep fry in a low flame till  nice golden colour.
  • Drain this in a kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil.
rava seedai Rava seedai
  • Rava Seedais are ready for neivedhyam.  Rava seedai
Note:
  1. Adding pottukadalai is optional. I just added out of my own interest as the original recipe mami gave was without pottukadalai. I just added for binding.
  2. But do not add more than the proportion mentioned. It will become soggy.
  3. You can add 1 tsp of rice flour too instead of roasted gram dal, but if adding rice flour roast it nicely and sieve and then add.
  4. Red chilli powder can be added to enhance the taste.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

5 EASY RECIPES FOR KRISHNA JAYANTHI(GOKULASHTAMI) | JANMASHTAMI RECIPES


 Gokulashtami | Krishna Jayanthi 2016 falls on Aug 25. Though i have posted an elaborate post on recipes to make for Janmashtami , HERE, but if you are working and don’t have time to prepare for an elaborate neivedhyam like uppu seedai, vella seedai, mullu murruku or thattai or due to any health reasons if you can not make preparations the before day, here are 5 quick recipes that you can make for Neivedhyam to Lord Krishna on Gokulashtami | Krishna jayanthi.  In our family, we have the tradition as we have to fry some sweet or savory in oil on Krishna jayanthi. So even if ladies in the house can not go into the kitchen and make anything the men in the house make some simple vadai and aval payasam. My mil says that the smoke comes out from the oil get rids of the negative thoughts inside the house. Some more updated easy janmashtmi recipes.

Friday, August 23, 2013

NEI APPAM RECIPE | KRISHNA JAYANTHI RECIPES


Nei appam is generally made during Krishna jayanthi |Gokulashtami along with Uppu seedai and Vella seedai.  We also make this for Ganesha Chathurthi and Karthigai Deepam too. Even for working women who cannot come and make all items elaborately after coming back from office, they can offer Nei appam and Aval payasam for neivedhyam. This nei appam my amma makes very nice and generally she deep fries it . But i made in paniyaram pan . So sharing today the recipe of nei appam  which i learnt from my mom.
nei -appam
INGREDIENTS: MAKES 12 APPAMS
RAW RICE 1/2 CUP
URAD DAL 1 TBLSP
RAVA | SOOJI 1 TSP
JAGGERY 1/4 CUP + 1 TBLSP
GHEE AS NEEDED
CARDAMOM POWDER A PINCH
COCONUT GRATED 2 TBLSP
nei appam 3

METHOD:
  • Soak the rice, urad dal and rava for 2 hours.
  • Drain the water and grind this into thick paste without adding much water. When  it is done, add the jaggery and pulse till it mixes to the rice mixture.
nei appam nei appam
  • Add coconut and cardamom powder to this and pulse again.
  • The batter is ready, Let this be like a ildi batter consistency.
Nei appam Nei appam
  • Heat the paniyaram pan and add ghee to this. Spoon in the batter and keep the flame low. When it becomes golden brown flip on the other side. Add some ghee and cook till golden brown.
  • Repeat the same for the rest of the batter too.
Nei appam nei appam
  • Nei appams are ready for neivedhyam.
nei appam
  • If deep frying add ghee plus oil in a pan and spoon(little bigger spoon) in  for one appam at a time.
nei appam 2
Note:
  • Instead of urad dal you can add 2 tblsp of wheat flour to ground rice and jaggery mixture.
  • You can add mashed banana (1 banana) to get pillow soft appams.
  • A pinch of baking soda can be added just before making this.
  • If you feel the jaggery has impurities then grind the rice separatelythick, and melt the jaggery in little water and add filter this and add this to the rice paste.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

METHI PAKODA RECIPE |METHI PAKORA RECIPE


Methi pakoda is an easy and quick snack which i tried for the first time. This methi pakoda turned out well and we had this as an evening snack with hot tea on a rainy day. I have tried Methi pakoda kadhi but this is a different recipe of pakoda which i tried from a cook book. If you have Methi leaves in hand, just go ahead to make this methi pakodas.
methi -pakoda
INGREDIENTS: SERVES 3-4
METHI LEAVES 2 CUPS
BESAN |GRAM FLOUR 1/2 CUP
RICE FLOUR 1/4 CUP
SAMBAR POWDER* 1-2 TSP
JEERA POWDER 1/4 TSP
AMCHOOR POWDER 2 PINCHES
CORIANDER LEAVES 1 HAND FUL
SALT AS NEEDED
GARAM MASALA 1/4 TSP
ONION 1
OIL FOR DEEP FRYING
*Sambar powder can be replaced with coriander powder and red chilli powder.
methi -pakoda
METHOD:
  • Wash the methi leaves and chop them roughly.
  • In a wide bowl add the methi leaves and add the rice flour, gram flour, sambar powder,coriander leaves,amchoor powder,jeera,salt and garam masala.
  • Add chopped onions to this.
pakoda pakoda
  • Add little water to this and make it to a dough consistency.
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying. when the oil is hot, keep the flame to medium.
  • Spoon in the dough in small batches into oil and deep fry them till golden brown.
pakoda pakoda
  • Drain excess oil in kitchen towel and serve hot with tomato ketchup.
methi pakoda 3       NOTE:
  1. Adding amchoor powder lessens the bitterness of the methi leaves in the pakoda.
  2. Mint leaves can be added instead of coriander leaves.
Check out my other methi leaves recipes:

Monday, August 19, 2013

ONION CHUTNEY | VENGAYA CHUTNEY RECIPE|SIDE DISH FOR IDLI


Onion chutney was introduced to me when my mom was here. Very long back i learnt the recipe of vengaya thogaiyal recipe from my mami and tried it few times at home too. But this onion chutney i have never tried or tasted. When i posted the recipe of WHEAT DOSA Ii placed this onion chutney near by the dosa. Many readers asked the recipe of that. So i made this vengaya chutney last week for idlis. Try out this easy onion chutney (without coconut)
onion- chutney
INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 1 CUP
SHALLOTS | SMALL ONION 15
URAD DAL 1 TBLSP
RED CHILLI 4-5
TAMARIND A SMALL PIECE
SESAME OIL 2 TSP
MUSTARD SEEDS 1/4 TSP
SALT AS NEEDED
onion- chutney
METHOD:
  • Peel the skin the onions and wash it nicely.
  • Pat dry it and add little oil and add the urad dal and red chilli. In a low flame roast this till golden brown. Keep it aside.
  • In the same pan add the shallots
onion chutney onion chutney
  • Roast this in a low flame till golden brown.
  • Allow this to cool and grind this along with tamarind and salt into a smooth paste.
onion chutney onion chutney
  • Add little water while grinding.
  • In a pan add sesame oil and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. When done add this to the chutney.
onion -chutney    

Friday, August 16, 2013

AVAL PAYASAM WITH JAGGERY | FESTIVAL RECIPES


    Aval payasam is made generally during gokulaashtami and i have already posted the version of aval payasam with sugar Here. Aval payasam with vellam |jaggery is the one which is made during festival at our house. So i wanted to post the recipeof aval payasam with jaggery as Gokulaashtami is nearing. The jaggery which i bought this time is not so good in colour and so the payasam did not gain the vibrant brown colour as the usual vella payasam get.
aval- payasam
INGREDIENTS : SERVES 4
AVAL | POHA |RICE FLAKES 1/3 CUP
MILK 2 CUPS
JAGGERY 1/2 TO 3/4 CUP
GHEE 2 TSP
CASHEW NUTS FEW
CARDAMOM POWDER A PINCH
Aval -Payasam
METHOD:
  • In a pan add ghee and roast the cashews till golden brown and keep it aside.
  • Add the aval in the same pan and dry roast this till golden brown.
  • Allow this to cool and just pulse this once in the mixer. This step is optional. You can continue without doing this.
aval aval
  • Add 2 cups of milk to this and start boiling this. Let the milk boil and after sometime keep the flame low and stir in between.
milk milk
  • In a pan add jaggery and add 1/4 cup of water. Melt the jaggery.
  • Filter the impurities and boil it for 2 minutes.
  • switch off the flame.
jaggery jaggery
  • Switch off the flame in the milk also. Poha tends to cook faster.
  • Let both the milk mixture and jaggery becomes cool.
  • Mix them both and add cardamom powder and cashew nuts.
payasam
  • Aval payasam is ready for neivedhyam .
Note:
  1. Never add jaggery syrup to hot milk. it will get curdled immediately.
  2. Do not heat the payasam after mixing the jaggery and milk. this will get curdled.
  3. You can skip the step of grinding the poha too.
  4. Raisins can be fried and added to the payasam



   Aval payasam