Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Vazhaithandu Chaat

#VazhaithanduChaat  [ #VazhaithanduBhel ] : Nowadays from old people to young ones crave for #Chaat [ #chat ] - a spicy mixture of grated raw vegetables, masala powders and puffed rice. Chaat lovers used to go to street shops to enjoy their favorite chaats. Venders are doing brisk business by selling different combinations of chaat items at street corners and road junctions. These chaat shops come alive only in the evenings and close by night. Actually chaats are more healthier food than vadai, bajji or bonda. This is also one of the ways to consume raw vegetables. We can easily prepare it hygienically at home from common ingredients.
I have included #vazhaithandu [ #BananaStem ] along with carrot, onion, tomato and coriander leaves for its health benefits. Vazhaithandu is full of fiber and diuretic in nature. It is rich in potassium and vitamin B6.
So add vazhaithandu as much as possible to get the benefits.

Vazhaithandu chaat [ banana stem chaat ]

Ingredients :
1/2 cupPuffed rice [ arisi pori ]
1/2 cupPuffed corn [ chola pori ]
1/3 cupCarrot grated
1/2 cupVazhaithandu nicely chopped
1 small sizeTomato, chop nicely
1 small sizeOnion, chop nicely
1/4 cupCoriander nicely chopped
Powders & sauce :
1/2 TspCoriander powder
1/2 TspCumin powder
2 pinchesTurmeric powder
1/4 TspRed chilly powder
1/4 TspChaat powder
1/4 TspSalt
1/2 TspRock salt
1/2 TspSweet & sour tamarind chutney
1/4 TspHoney

The measurement of ingredients given above are  only for reference.
You can add according to your taste and availability.

Method :
Take all ingredients barring puffed rice and puffed corn in a wide mouthed vessel.
Mix well with a long ladle.
Finally add puffed rice and puffed corn and mix well.
Adjust salt and chilly powder.
Transfer into a serving bowl topped with coriander leaves.
Tasty n spicy vazhaithandu chaat.
Enjoy freshly prepared chaat.

Vazhaithandu chaat [ banana stem chaat ]

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Saturday, April 29, 2017


#SundakkaiVathakuzhambu : #Vathakuzhambu is commonly prepared using brinjal   [ katharikkai ], drum stick [ murungaikkai ], yam [ senai kizhangu ], broad beans [ mochai ], cowpea [ karamani / thatta payaru ], chick peas [ kondakadalai ] and pea eggplant [ sundakkai ]. Generally dried sundakkai is used in the preparation of vathakuzhambu. But fresh sundakkai can also be used for the recipe.
Sundakkai or sundaikkai is called Devil's fig, Prickly nightshade, Turkish berry or Pea eggplant in English. The scientific name is Solanum torvum.

Sundakkai vathakuzhambu

Ingredients :
1/4 CupSundakkai [ pea eggplant ]
1/4 CupGarlic peeled
1/4 CupSmall onion peeled
1 small sizeTomato chopped
10 - 15Curry leaves
Big Amla sizeTamarind
Powders :
3 Tsp heapedSambar powder
1 TspCoriander powder
1/2 TspAraithuvitta kuzhambu powder [ optional ]
2 pinchesTurmeric powder
2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
To temper :
3 TspGingelly oil
1/2 TspMustard seeds
small pieceAsafoetida
2 TspBengal gram
3 TspPeanut [ ground nut ]
A small piece or 1/2 Tsp Jaggery [ optional ]

Method :
Soak tamarind in lukewarm water.
Wash sundaikkai and remove stem.
Cut into halves and put in a bowl containing water.
Chop garlic and onions nicely.
Heat a kadai on a stove over medium flame with oil.
After crackling mustard seeds add asafoetida piece, bengal gram and peanut.
Add curry leaves once bengal gram turns golden color.
Now add garlic and onion.
Saute for half a minute.
Now add chopped tomato and saute until soft.
Then add halved sundaikkai and turmeric powder.
Saute for two minutes.
Now add Sambar powder, coriander powder and Araithuvitta kuzhambu powder.
Mix well for half a minute adding enough salt and then add 1/2 cup of water.
Close the kadai and allow to cook sundaikkai till soft.
Finally squeeze out pulp from tamarind with half a cup of water and pour into boiling kuzhambu.
Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 Tsp of jaggery.
Mix well and allow to simmer till oil starts floating over the surface of the kuzhambu.
Adjust salt and mix well.
Transfer into a serving bowl.

An excellent accompaniment for paruppu sadham [ lentil mixed rice ] and keerai masiyal sadham.
It can also be mixed with rice adding a dash of gingelly oil [ till / sesame oil ] and relished with curry.
It tastes very good with curd rice.

Sundakkai vathakuzhambu

Senai vathakuzhambu
Senai kizhangu vathakuzhambu
Manathakkali vathakuzhambu
Manathakkali vathakuzhambu
Karamani [ cowpea ] masala curry
Karamani [ cowpea ]
masala curry
Vazhaipoo [ banana blossom ] Kuzhambu
Vazhaipoo [ banana blossom ] Kuzhambu
Tomato bhindi curry
Tomato bhindi

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


#ThengaiPoonduMilagaiPodi  #CoconutGarlicChillyPowder : It is always a great pleasure to have hot & soft Idli  with gingelly oil [ sesame oil ] soaked spicy garlic milagai podi as an accompaniment. The soft Idli  with spicy poondu milagai podi [ garlic milagai podi ] is one of the favorite combinations of many people. Those who can't take spicy food can have idli with its poor cousine, thengai poondu milagai podi.
The method of preparation is just like that of garlic milagai podi. Additionally dried coconut - copra has been included to mellow down its spiciness.

Thengai poondu milagai podi

Ingredients :
20Red chilly
1/4 cupCopra [ dried coconut ]
10Garlic cloves
1 TspSalt [ adjust ]
1/2 TspGingelly oil [ sesame/till oil ]
20 - 30Dried curry leaves [ optional ]

Method :
Heat a kadai with oil on a stove over slow flame.
Add 1/8 Tsp of oil and then the red chilly.
A pinch of salt is added to avoid pungent fumes from chilly affecting our nostrils.
Keep stirring till chilly turns dark red in color and slightly charred.
Transfer on to a plate and allow to cool down.
First grind the copra coarsely using a mixie.
Then take roasted red chilly, salt and curry leaves in a mixie jar and grind coarsely.
If the jar becomes hot wait for a while to cool down.
Now add garlic cloves with skin and run the mixie for a minute or till garlic blends together.
The spicy n aromatic garlic milagai podi is ready.
Serve along with Idli and dosai.

Serving method : 
Place half a teaspoon of podi in a plate.
Pour a spoon full of gingelly oil [ sesame/till oil ] and mix well using forefinger.
Enjoy well with Idli or dosai.

Thengai poondu milagai podi

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