Monday, November 30, 2009
This is related to my uncle's post here.
When he wrote it, I wanted to post a picture of it.
This is Rasathu Vandal with Brown Rice.
Vandal is actually the bottom part of the rasam. It should have the dals, the cury leaves and the coriander stalks and the mustard seeds with the red chillies.....
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My Friend Rashmi made this Thecha. It means to crush or to pound in Marathi.
Rashmi's Mother in law Mrs Meena, introduced me to this...
I had taken pictures of it a long time ago, but i don't know where they are. I will find it and post it soon....
This is made with Red chillies, Garlic, Lime Juice and salt nothing else,
and oh my god, it is just a great accompaniment to anything, dal, curry tofu, veggies etc.....
Her mother in law also makes one with spinach and green chilies, yummmmmmmm
Rashmi's Thecha was made with Red Chillies, Curry Leaves, Garlic, Salt, Lime Juice and a few peanuts...
Although I mixed some in my Tomato Bisque Soup (it was great), Mrs Meena made a roti (She makes the best roti in the world) and put some of this and some ghee and rolled it and gave it to me...
The taste was just heavenly....
Rashmi uses it in any thing she makes...
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
This was my dinner on Nov 3rd...
I had a block of tofu and made a very simple marinade with
Yogurt, Turmeric powder, Red Chilli Powder, Lemon Juice and Salt.
All you do is to drain the tofu and then cut it in pieces and soak it in the marinade.
In a non stick tawa, put 1 teaspoon oil and spread it around so that the whole pan has little oil in it, and then arrange the tofu and keep the fire on a low medium flame.
In about 10 minutes, use a griddle to carefully turn the tofu around so it gets grilled lightly on the other side.
The tofu is done if it gets a light brown hue on both sides.
Make a salad (any way you like) and put the tofu on it and enjoy!
My kids (especially my daughter) is not a fan of tofu, but she liked it made this way.
It is called Anusham.
Although this has nothing to do with cooking, it is an interesting read.
My aunt, Mrs. Vijayalakshmi (Perima) also has a done a post in Tamil on the blog.
The latest post is on Rasathu Vandal....
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
To complement this, you can make a regular Keerai Masiyal.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Navarathri started on September 19th. Just like last year I had two big Parties...
Only this time, I had them back to back.... one on Sep 19th Saturday and the other on Sunday Sep 20th...
Menu for Party on September 19th
Vatha Kuzhambu Sadham (Rice)
Javvarisi (sabudana) Payasam
Menu for Party on September 20th
Milagu Kuzhambu Sadham (Rice)
Pachai Pattani Sundal (with Mango)
Javvarisi (sabudana) Payasam
I had made lots of Bell Pepper Chutney, earlier in the week, enough for both the parties. That was the hit Chutney in both the parties. On Saturday, the Vathakuzhambu sadham was a hit also and on sunday the Milagu Kuzhambu sadham was a hit.
The new addition to this year’s golu was the Kali Doll that I got from Calcutta, and the Vittal and Rakumayi doll which I got in Chennai. The Marriage set is also a new addition to my collection this year.
I would like to mention some of my friends who helped me make these parties a grand success...
Drum Roll Please......
First of all to Gayatri a.k.a. Gayu, my daughter's friend, who dutifully came on a nice Friday evening, to help us unwrap the dolls and arrange them on the steps. She also helped in making the streets of India exhibit...
To Mina, who came after playing tennis to rearrange some of the dolls on the shelf.
And thanks to my husband, and my kids, Varun and Varsha who helped in the unpacking of the dolls, in arranging the cricket set and the other dolls and also packing all of them again, sealing the boxes and special thanks to Varun for dismantling the Golu Shelf and putting them back in the basement!!
As for the Parties here is my thanking speech
For the Saturday Party Many Many Thanks to
Suman , Priya and Madhu.
Suman Helped in peeling and cubing the potatoes, Washing the coriander, Frying the Aplams, garnishing everything.....
Priya helped in Making the Potato curry, frying the aplams
Madhu helped in washing all the vessels I had used that day......
And to Bairavi, Suman, Priya, Harshi, who helped in making the idlies during the party....
For the Sunday Party, Many Many Thanks to
Aparna, Asha, Bairavi, Vasanthi who helped in making the idlies while the party was going on....
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The tradional Bhel has these ingredients...
She made the Kulfi with a store bought (indian store) Kulfi Mix, but she had added some bread (soaked and mashed) to the kulfi mix, so it was very creamy and tasted sooooooo good...
Friday, August 21, 2009
If you are in Chennai, Do Check this place out. They have wonderful cakes and snacks. They operate out of a basement of an apartment building.
New #4/ Old #7
2nd Cross Street, C.I.T Colony
Water- as needed
Friday, August 14, 2009
I have already posted the recipe for Idli here. Idli is one of my comfort foods. Had it a lot at home in India. Wanted to post a picture of my perima, Mrs Sugantha's Idlies...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
The menu was
Lasagna - by Aparna
Spinach Rice - by Bairavi
Potato Dry Curry - by Asha
Salad - by Priya
Cake - ordered by Sabitha
Drum Roll please
I made Tomato Bisque soup, Focaccia bread and bread bowls.......
I am still waiting for the Lasagna recipe from Aparna.
Here is the recipe for Tomato Bisque Soup (serves 8 to 10)
Olive Oil - 3 tablespoons
Onion - 1 (diced)
Celery - 2 ribs
Garlic - 8 to 10 clovces minced
Diced Tomatoes - 1 (32 Ounce) Cans or (or 3 large fresh tomatoes, diced)
Fresh Basil - 3 to 4 tables spoons Chopped (or 2 tablespoonsdried basil)
Tomato Puree -2 (16 ounce cans)
Vegetable Stock - 1 (24 ounce ) carton
Heavy Whipping Cream- 1/4 cup
Bay Leaf - 1
Cayenne Pepper Powder - 1 Teaspoon
Salt and pepper to taste.
--->Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot.
--->Dice onion and celery and add to pot.
--->Saute until the onion is transparent.
--->Add garlic, diced tomatoes and basil, and stir.
--->Stir in tomato puree and vegetable stock slowly
--->Once it starts to boil, with your hand blender blend all ingredients to a puree.
--->Soup should be an Orange color with green basil bits in it.
--->Add bay leaf, Cayenne Pepper, Salt and Pepper, and simmer on low for about an hour.
--->Add the heavy whipping cream, Remove the Bay Leaf and blend again.
---> Season to taste with salt and pepper.
I doubled the recipe and it served more than 20. Really tasty. I had made bread bowls to drink this in, I will upload those recipes one by one....
Try and use fresh ingredients, the more you resort to canned and dry spices, the less tastier...
I used 1 small can of tomatoes and 2 fresh tomatoes....
USE fresh garlic, dont buy the aready peeled ones from the store....
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Let me tell you about my Filter, I take it with me, where ever I travel, along with the coffee powder. Recently at Newark Airport, I had to take an early morning flight back to Atlanta.
I had just made Filter Coffee in the morning and had washed the filter immediately and packed, the security guard looked at in the Xray and asked what kind of contraption it was, and I said, it is a coffee filter, and sure enough he opened it and could smell the coffee and he was intrigued .... :)
Now lets read the instructions,
You will need a filter for this, it has 4 parts, the cover, the press, the bottom, and the top with the holes. I grind my own coffee beans with a Braun Coffee Grinder. I buy the Millstone Columbia Supremo coffee beans, and grind what I need every day. (Yes, I do this EVERY morning). To use the powder in the filter, it has to be super fine.
For 2 people to drink coffee
Coffee Powder - 3 Table spoons
Milk - 2 Cups
Sugar - as needed
Boiling Water - 1/2 cup
---> Take the Coffee powder, and press in to the top part of the filter and use the press to press it down well
---> The water should be boiling water, and should be poured s-lo-wl-y over it
---> Cover the filter
In 5 to 10 minutes you should have the decoction
---> Take 1 cup of milk in a microwaveble pyrex glass cup and heat it well
--->Pour the milk frothy in a cup
and mix in 1/2 the decoction in it and add the sugar and you can have coffee
and repeat the same instructions for the second cup of coffee.
That is my favorite cup to have coffee. My family in India, tell me that I drink it in a jug, but I prefer to call it a cup :)
I liked these two posts on filter coffee also,