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Hi friends, Howdy all?
Shama asked me to share my first cooked experience for her FIRST COOKED FOOD EVENT.
So here I go .......
I did Yam Kootu when I was studying my 5th or 6th standard, (don't remember;) ). During summer holidays, my cousins from Bangalore and Hyderabad used to come to stay with us in Chennai. Can't forget those days, it was SO MUCH fun. We used to sleep in open terrace speaking about all those happened in school, home, etc.
Once it was some special day, my mom and my aunties went to temple in the morning. They left us at home since it would be crowded in the temple. They said would come back by 11 am and cook for us. But it was 12'o clock, they didn't turn back. Me, my 2 brothers, 4 cousin sisters, 2 cousin brothers were very hungry. We thought why can't we cook ourselves and surprise them.
But we don't know anything about cooking. So checked kitchen, found a big Yam and some dal in a bottle. After some discussion, me and one of my cousin sister planned to make kootu. There was a kerosene pump stove which we used to boil water. We thought of using it since other stove was too high for us. So we kept it in the middle of the hall and everyone sat around it ;), as we wanted to see how it get cooked:D
Quickly we kept a big pan and cooked the whole dal(later we found that it was 1kg of dal;)) in water. Every 10-15 minutes, water was drying and we kept pouring glasses of water. It took nearly an hour for the dal to cook. In the mid, we transfered the dal to a big cooker as the pan was not sufficient to hold it ;)
Meanwhile we cut yam(3/4 kg) into small pieces. Then added this to the dal and kept mixing them. Everyone wanted to try mixing it. So the ladle was passed to everyone. We added salt, curry leaves, coriander leaves and didn't temper it;) But trust me it tasted heaven, we almost finished half of it just by tasting it ;) Whole hall was messy and we quickly cleaned it before the elders came.
We thought our mummies would praise us today for this wonderful dish and kept waiting for them eagerly. They all came back around 2 pm and brought us lunch from outside. We didn't tell them as we wanted to surprise them. One of my aunty went to kitchen to bring plates and found the cooker on the stove. Instead of praisings, we got scoldings since the pan was spoiled and one whole bottle of dal had been wasted. And since we used green gram, the gravy became too thick, once it was cold :(
But when my dad and grandpa tasted it for dinner, they were praising us a lot. Dad did ate it 2 times with rice, saying it was better than my mum's;) Of course now I understood that it was a lie, he did it just to make us happy!
So now we go for the ingredients.....
Both Krishna Jayanthi and Vinayaga Chathurthi are special this year, since this is Thaswika's first festivals. Both the days, she kept me engaged;)
Our little Krishna idols. My MIL was there for Krishna Jayanthi, so she did everything on that day. She made Vadai and payasam.
You can check the recipes in the below links:
Now to Vinayaga Chathurthi celebrations:
Thaswika kept me busy on that day, she was litte cranky, so was with her till 2 pm. After that I started my cooking and had lunch around 5 pm :(
So didn't do much items. I made rice, capsicum sambhar, dal, potato peas masala, vadai, sweet kozhukattai and salt kozhukattai.
Filling of sweet kozhukattai was left over. So I added rice flour to it and steamed it. It was very nice. Usually, I wont do this, since, once the dough became watery for me. But this time, it came out well.
Thaswika had high temperature yesterday because of her vaccination. Though it was normal, I got tensed up seeing her cuddled in my lap. Temperature got reduced from midnight and got a relief after seeing her smile. She was too tired today and streching her legs straight as though asking me to massage her as it was paining for her:)
Coming to the recipe, I got this from one of my school friend. Love this with curd rice. I am OFF from the kitchen for the past 2 months;) these were tried before my delivery:) Until my MIL stays with us, I would be posting my old dishes ;)
Dry Sundakkai vathal (Dried Turkey Berry) - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1, medium sized chopped
Red chillies - 4-5
Garlic - 5 cloves
Uzhuthu (Black gram dal/Urad dal) - 1/2 tablespoon
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Asofoetida powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder - 1 tablespoon
Tamarind - lemon sized
Rice flour - 1/2 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 2-3 tablespoons
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tablespoon
Lentils (Toor dal) - 1/2 tablespoon
Split Chickpeas (Channa dal) - 1/2 tablespoon
Fenugreek - 1 teaspoon
Garlic - 5 cloves
Heat pan and fry coriander seeds, channa dal, toor dal and fenugreek for 10 minutes.
Dry grind them with garlic and keep aside.
Soak tamarind in 1-2 cups of water, extract juice and keep aside.
Heat oil in a thick pan and allow mustard seeds to splitter in it.
Add urad dal, garlic, onion, curry leaves, red chillies and fry until onions turn golden brown.
Then add sundakkai vathal, grinded masala powder, asofoetida powder and fry for 10 minutes.
Add chilli powder, tamarind juice, salt to taste and allow it boil.
Dissolve rice flour in 1/4 cup of water and make a thin paste.
Add this to the boiling curry and stir continuosly.
Switch off the flame once it is thick.
Serve hot with plain rice or curd rice or idli or kal dosai.
Cooking time - 40 minutes
Serves 3 persons.
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Posted by Illatharasi at 11:17 AM
Hello Everyone..... I am back:)
I was blessed with a baby girl on June 16th. Her name is THASWIKA and we were very happy to have her after 6 years of marriage.
But unfortunately, she had to undergo major heart surgery on her 4th day of her birth, as she was diagnosed with Coarctation of Aorta.
By GOD's grace and everybody's prayers she is improving now. Enjoying every single moment with her now :)
Coming back to cooking, here's a very simple dish to go.....
Dry Nethli (Anchovies) fish - 100 gms
Chilli powder - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Boil 2 cups of water. Switch off and add turmeric powder to it. Soak dryfish in it and allow it for 20-30 minutes.
Gently wash it 3-4 times with cold water and drain water completely.
Mix it well with chilli powder and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Once it is hot, add fish and fry well.
Once they are half cooked, add salt to taste and fry for 5-10 minutes until they are crispy.
Goes well with hot sambar rice.
Cooking time : 15-20 minutes
Serves 2-3 persons
This is one of the famous snack from Chettinad cuisine. It can be prepared easily from Idli batter either sweet or salty. I tried it salty and spicy. Check it out!
Idli batter - 3 cups (check the recipe below)