Saturday, January 22, 2011


This is always a favourite dish for me. Though it is very simple to make, it always makes a super side dish for any kitchadi rice variety, sambar sadham and thayir sadham. We must search very tender brinjals for this.

கத்தரிக்காய் வதக்கல்;


Tender brinjals-8
Ripe tomato-2
Sambar onions- a handful
Chilli powder- 1 tbsp
Tamarind- a small lime size
Salt to taste
Gingelly oil- 3 tbsp
Chopped coriander- 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder- half sp


Grind the tomatoes and the onions coarsely.
Soak the tamarind in a cup of warm water for half an hour and the extract its thick juice.
Heat a pan and pour the gingelly oil.
Add the ground paste with the turmeric powder and the coriander.
Cook them until the oil floats on top.
Add the sliced brinjals with salt.
Fry them for some minutes.
Then add the tamarind juice with the chilli powder.
Cook well until the gravy is thickened and the vegetable is cooked finely.
Now the delicious brinjal vadhakkal is ready!!

Friday, January 14, 2011



Now, about my recipe......

This is a very different curry which I have learnt when I was very young. This one is a favourite dish in our family. The main ingredient is gram flour. [ கடலை மாவு]. Just adding some greens and a little spice, it will yield to a very delicious side dish. This dish is very suitable for pulao varieties as well as sambar sadham.

கூலா மசலா கறி


For koola:

Gram flour- 1 cup
Small garlic flakes-5
Green chillies-2
Shredded ginger- half sp
Coriander leaves [ chopped]- half cup

For masala:

2 onions,
2 big tomatoes,
Turmeric powder- half sp
Curry leaves,
Chopped coriander- half cup
garam masala powder- half sp
Salt to taste
Enough oil to fry and cook
Turmeric powder- half sp


Sieve the gram flour.
Grind all the ingredients for the koola.
Add this to the gram flour with enough salt.
Knead to a soft dough.
Make oblong sized balls and steam them for 10 minutes.
Cut them in to slices.
Fry them to a slightly golden colour in enough oil.
These should not be fried to crisp.
Heat a broad pan and pour 5 tbsp of oil.
Add the onion and fry it to golden brown.
Then add the chopped tomato with the greens and cook them until they are mashed to a paste and the oil floats on the surface.
Add the fried koolas and cook on slow fire for some minutes until the koolas are combined and soaked well in the tomato mixture.
Sprinkle the garam masala powder and mix well.
Cook for a few more minutes until the koolas are coated well with the masala.
The delicious koola curry ready now!