Friday, May 15, 2009

இன்றைய ஸ்பெஷல்

1)vaazhakaai or banana Pepper fry

This is my favorite curry or side dish jus like any other curries we make each day.
This is infact very easy to prepare too.
Raw Banana – 2
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Broken Black Gram – 1 tsp
black pepper powder - 2 tsp or as per taste, if you need to add more spice to the curry, you can add more.. :)
Curry Leaves – few
corainder leaves - few
red chillies - 4
Salt- to taste
Cooking Oil

Peel off the skin of raw banana and cut it into small cubes. Add the raw banana cubes in a pan with enough amount of salt and 2 glasses of water. Let it to cook in a high flame. It will get cooked within 5 minutes. It should not be overcooked since it spoils the taste of the dish. When the raw banana cubes are cooked, switch off the flame and drain the excess water and keep them aside. Let it to cool for few minutes.
Heat oil in a pan and sauté it with mustard seeds, broken black gram dry red chilly and curry leaves. Add cooked raw banana and stir fry it for few minutes and switch off the flame.

2)Poricha Kootu (kootu without tamarind) (bottleguard kootu)
you need: toor dal, coriander seeds, urud dal, whole black peppers, cumin seeds - each 1 teaspoon, red chillies - as per spice taste, grated coconut - 6 tsp (fry last)
preparation: Vegetables - bottleguard or sorakai - 200g, moong dal or toor dal - 50g
Cut bottleguard into small pieces, add moong dal or toor dhal and steam it in pressure cooker.Add the grinded masala and salt as per taste to this and heat for a little while to mix uniformly.Add spluttered mustard seeds.Add curry leaves.

3)Healthy salad:
Ingredients: chopped carrots- 1 cup, boiled chickpeas- 1/2 cup, chopped olives- fistful, chopped cucumber- 1/2 cup, chopped tomato- 1/2 cup, chopped cabbage- 1/2 cup
Method: mix all above ingredients with lemon juice,pepper powder, chopped ginger and salt. serve chilled

4)Palada Pradhaman
Palada pradhaman is a sweet dish made of flakes of cooked rice, milk, and sugar. A Sadhya means “big feast” in Malayalam is not completed without a dessert. “Vishu”(Malayalam New Year day) is incomplete with this sweet,Anyone who visits Guruvayoor temple or iyyappa temple wouldn’t miss this dessert. Ready made rice ada is available in all grocery stores, and it is pretty easy to make this recipe.
Ingredients (Recipe for two)

Rice ada ½ cup
Milk 2 ½ cups
Sugar ½ cup
Ghee 2 tsp
Cardamom powder ¼ tsp
Cashews 1tbsp


Soak rice ada in boiling hot water for 10 minutes and rinse them in cold water.
In a pressure cooker, add milk, rice ada, sugar, and cardamom powder and cook in medium heat until the cooker releases the first whistle. Turn off the heat and let it remain in the same stove top for 10 -15 minutes.
Remove the lid, milk and ada turns to a light pink color.
Transfer the mixture to another vessel and cook the mixture in medium heat for another 20 minutes until the consistency becomes thick.
Once the mixture becomes thick turn off the heat. In another pan, add 2 tsp of ghee and fry the cashews and add to the mixture.
Serve hot or cold.


You can make Palada prathaman in a traditional way by skipping the cooker method. Instead of making it in a cooker, you can heat milk, sugar, rice ada, cardamom and cook until the consistency becomes thick. This will take minimum 1 hr to 1 ½ hrs, and follow rest of the seasoning process as above.
Preparing pradhaman by cooker method saves time and the results are the same. The cooker method helps to cook the rice ada fast.

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