Saturday, March 20, 2010


முருங்கைக்காய் புளிக்குழம்பு


Sambar onions-1 cup
Finely crushed tomato-half cup
Tamarind- a big lime size
Kashmir Chilli powder- 1 ½ tbsp
Coriander powder-1 ½ tbsp
Turmeric powder- half sp
Fenugreek powder- half sp
Gingelly oil-4 tbsp
Curry leaves-2 arc
Salt to taste


Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of warm water for half an hour and then extract its juice.
Heat a pan and pour the oil.
Add the sambar onions and fry them to golden brown.
Then add the crushed tomato with the turmeric powder and the curry leaves.
Cook them until the tomatoes are mashed and the oil floats on top.
Add the fenugreek powder and cook for a few seconds on slow fire.
Add the tamarind extract with the powders and salt.
When the kuzhambu starts boiling add the drumstick pieces.
Boil the kuzhambu on medium fire until the gravy is thickened and the drumstick pieces are cooked well.
Finally pour 1 tsp of gingelly oil around the pan and cook for a few seconds on very slow fire.


மரவள்ளிக்கிழங்கு கட்லட்

Tapioca always takes a special place in our kitchen. In my mother in law’s house, she used to cook the tapioca pieces in lots of water with turmeric powder, slices of garlic and salt. The garlic takes away the gas produced by the tapioca and also enhances the flavour. We still eat this as breakfast without any accompaniment. Usually we will drain all the water after the tapioca pieces are cooked. As it is rich in carbohydrate, it can be eaten in small quantities. This cutlet had been prepared with cooked tapioca.

Mashed tapioca cooked without salt- 3 cups
Mashed paneer- ¾ cup
Cooked and mashed palak-half cup
Chopped coriander- 3 tbsp
Sliced onion-3
Chopped tomato-half cup
Fennel seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 arc
Ginger garlic sauce- 1 tbsp
Shredded ginger- 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Breadcrumbs-1 cup
Oil to deep fry

For the batter:

Plain flour-2 cups
Corn flour-1 tbsp
Chilli sauce-1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- quarter sp
Salt to taste


Heat a pan and pour 3 tbsp of oil.
Add the fennel seeds and when it splutters, add the sliced onion and fry them to golden brown.
Add the tomato with the greens and turmeric powder and fry them until they tomatoes are well mashed.
Add the chilli garlic sauce and ginger and fry for a few seconds.
Add the mashed paneer and fry it to a few seconds.
Add the mashed tapioca with the palak and enough salt.
Mix well on slow fire until all the ingredients are combined.
Take the mixture and allow it to cool a little.
Make small balls, flatten them slightly, dip in the batter, coat with the breadcrumbs evenly and fry them in hot oil to golden brown colour.