Monday, December 31, 2012

Pumpkin Pachadi

1.Pumpkin 1 cup (cut into small pieces)
2.Turmeric powder 1 tsp
3.Tamarind 1 lemon size
4.Jaggery 1 tblsp
5. salt and water as required
For grinding:-
a.grated coconut 1 tblsp
b.mustard 1 tsp chillies 2

For seasoning:-
a.mustard 1 tsp
b.fenugreek 1 tsp chilli 2
d.curry leaves few
1.Take a kadai. Add little water.
Put pumpkin pieces,turmeric powder and salt.
Boil for five minutes. Add tamarind water.
2.Grind all the grinding items into a paste.
Add this paste along with pumpkin and allow to boil for some more minutes.
3.Reduce the flame and add jaggery.
Heat oil in another kadai.Add seasonings and mix well with
the prepared pumpkin pachadi.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Puli Inji


Ginger 2" piece
Tamarind a small ball size
Red chilli 4
Green chilli 2
Fenugreek 2tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Jaggery 1 tblsp (powdered)
Salt and oil as required


* Fry cumin seeds,red chilli and one tsp fenugreek with little oil and grind it
into a fine paste.
* Cut ginger and green chillies into small pieces.
* Soak the tamarind in hot water and extract the juice.

* In a kadai heat oil (sesame oil preferable) and add mustard seeds and one tsp
fenugreek seeds, When the mustard crackles add the ground masala.
Stir well.Add chopped ginger and green chillies.
Add tamarind water and salt
Bring to a boil.
Add some more water and allow to boil till the gravy is thick.
Puli Inji is a very good side dish for Pongal,idli and dosa.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Watermelon Popsicles


Seedless Watermelon 4 cups (cut into 1" dice)
Sugar 1/2 cup
Lemon juice 2 tblsp


Combine the watermelon,sugar and lime juice in a blender
and process until smooth.
Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds.Insert the woodden sticks.
Freeze for atleast 10 hours.
To unfreeze the ice pops insert the moulds in hot water for 5 to 10 seconds.
Serve immediately.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Shredded Papaya Salad


1.Papaya 1 cup (shredded and raw)
2.Cherry 1 cup
3.Tomatoes 2 (cut into pieces)
4.Beans 1/2 cup (chopped)
5.Green chillies 2 (chopped)
6.Garlic 4
7.Red chillies 3 (fried)
8.Peanuts 1/2 cup (roasted and pounded)
9.Sugar 2 tblsp
10.Tamarind pulp 2 tblsp
11.Soya sauce 1 tblsp
12.Lemon juice 2 tblsp
13.Coriander leaves 2 tblsp (chopped)
14.salt as required

.Peel papaya and cut into long thin shreds.
Grind fried red chillies,green chillies and garlic.
Then mix in shredded papaya,peanuts,tomatoes,beans.soya sauce,tamarind pulp
and salt.
Finally add lemon juice,sugar and coriander leaves.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mint Chutney

1.Mint leaves 1 bunch (washed and chopped)
2.Onion 1 (chopped)
3.Garlic 4 crushed
4.Ginger one small piece
5.Red chillies 2
6.Grated coconut 2 tblsp
7.Urad dal 1 tsp
8.Asafoetida little
9.Tamarind little
10.salt to taste
11.oil as required

1.Heat some oil.Add mint leaves.Fry for a minute.
Set aside. Fry onion till it becomes brown.
2.Heat the rest of the oil.
Fry red chillies, urad dal,asafoetida and tamarind separately.
Fry garlic,ginger separately.
3.Blend all the ingredients to a smooth paste with little salt and water.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ragi Koozh


Ragi Flour 1/2 cup
Water 1 cup
Sugar 1 tblsp
Milk 1/4 cup
In a pan mix ragi flour with water.
Keep the pan on medium flame and stir well until the mixture starts to bubble.
Stir continuously .
After few minutes a nice aroma emanates.
That is the indication that the kooz is  done
Add milk and sugar.
Add butter milk and salt instead of sugar and milk.