Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Raw jackfruits can be cooked in many ways like briyani, kurumaa, masala, vadai, poriyal, varuval etc. This snack, palakkai vadai is very tasty and it is very simple to make. Here is a small tip. When boiling the jackfruit pieces, just boil for a few minutes. It would be immediately cooked. Otherwise it could be cooked in a pressure cooker for one whistle. When grinding it, just run the mixi for a split of second. It will be ground nicely in this way. Do not over-grind it. Then it will be like a paste.

பலாக்காய் வடை


Small raw jackfruit-1
Tuar dal- half cup
Bengal gram- half cup
Red chilies-10
Fennel seeds- 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder- half sp
Chopped onion-1
Chopped coriander- 2 tbsp
Curry leaves- 2 arc


Clean the palakkai, remove the hard outer cover.
Cut it in to big pieces and boil them in clean water until all of them are cooked enough.
Cool them and mash them finely.
Soak the dals in enough water for an hour and then grind them coarsely with the chillies, fennel seeds and salt.
Add the mashed palakkai and the greens.
Mix well the dough and make small balls.
Flatten them in to vadais and fry them in hot oil to golden brown.
Tasty palakkai vadais are ready now!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


This chicken curry is a special dish simply due to its enormous quantity of onions. But the taste will be very delicious once it is cooked.



chicken pieces- 1 kilo
Finely chopped sambar onions-1/2 cup
Slit green chillies-5
Salt to taste
Oil- 4 tbsp

Grind the following ingredients finely:

Red chillies-12
Shredded ginger- 1 tbsp
Small garlic flakes-1 tbsp
Chopped coriander- half cup
Turmeric powder- half sp

Powder the following finely:

Fennel seeds- half sp, cinnamon- 1 small piece, cardamom-2, cloves-2


Pressure cook the chicken with the ground paste to 3 whistles.
Do not add water while cooking the chicken.
Take them away and let them cool.
Heat a pan and pour the oil.
Add the sambar onions with the green chillies, coriander and the garam masala powder.
Fry them to golden brown.
Add this tempering to the chicken and cook it again for a few minutes.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


This rice resembles a vegetable briyani with all the spices. But it tastes better than the briyani varieties. It resembles Milaku pongal with its texture. This is a full meal. But a side dish as a chicken gravy would be suitable.

தேங்காய்ப்பால் சாதம்


Jeeraka samba kuruNai- 1 cup
Sliced onion-2
Finely chopped tomato-2
Green gram- a handful
Mint leaves- half cup
Chopped coriander- half cup
Bengal gram- 2 tbsp
Shredded coconut- half cup
Salt to taste
Ghee- 2 tbsp
Oil- 2 tbsp

Grind the following ingredients coarsely:

Green chillies-2, shredded ginger- 1 tsp, small garlic flakes-6

Powder the following ingredients nicely:

Cardamom-1, cinnamon- 1 small piece, clove-1, fennel seeds- half sp


Wash the broken rice and the dals well and then soak them in clean water for half an hour.
Extract 1 cup of thick milk from the coconut.
Heat a vessel and pour the ghee and the oil.
Add the onion and fry them to golden brown.
Add the ground paste as well as the powder.
Fry them for a few seconds.
Add the tomato and the greens.
Fry them until the tomatoes are mashed and the oil floats on surface.
Pour 5 cups of water, the coconut milk and add enough salt.
Add the rice and the dals.
Cook them on medium fire.
When the rice is cooked well and the water in it is almost evaporated, put off the fire.
Pour some ghee on it.
The delicious thengai pal sadham is ready now!
Serve it with any chicken curry!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


This is Mrs. Geetha Achal’s Puli chutney.
As the recipe has much onion and tamarind, it attracted me very much. Hence I have recently tried this and the outcome was superb and delicious!



Sliced Onion-2
Red chillies-4
Tamarind-a big gooseberry size
Black gram- 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil-3 tbsp
Gingelly oil- 1 tbsp

For tempering:

Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Asafetida powder- half sp


Heat a pan and pour the oil.
Fry the black gram and the red chillies to golden brown.
Take away them and in the same oil fry the onion to golden brown.
Grind first the black gram, tamarind and the red chillies to a paste.
Then add the onion with enough salt and grind them to a coarse mixture.
Heat a pan and pour the gingelly oil.
Add the mustard seeds and when they splutter, add the asafetida powder with the curry leaves and fry them for a second.
Pour this on the chutney and mix well.
Delicious puli chutney is ready now!
Serve it with hot sponge idlies.