Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Venthaya Pachadi

#VenthayaPachadi [ fenugreekPachadi ] : This is a thick gravy type dish prepared using #fenugreeksprouts, dates and dried grapes ( kismis ). It is very very difficult to define the taste of the dish. It has all four tastes namely sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. Fenugreek seeds as well as leaves are extensively used in Indian cooking. Most of the people avoid fenugreek due to its bitterness. If the seeds are soaked and then cooked the bitterness comes down little bit and palatable. The seeds are very good for health and beneficial for most common health problems. The sprouts are very good source of protein.
One tablespoon of fenugreek seeds contains
35.5 calories
6.4 grams carbohydrates
2.5 grams protein
0.7 grams fat
2.7 grams fiber
3.7 mg of iron
0.1 mg of copper and manganese
21 mg of magnesium
32.6 mg of phosphorus
The water soluble fiber present in the seeds are good for digestion, helps reduce constipation and decreases cholesterol.

This is a Rajasthani delicacy and came across the recipe from a cookery show. I have included the things that were available in my kitchen and modified according to my taste.

Venthaya pachadi

Venthaya pachadi

Ingredients :
1/4 cupFenugreek sprouts
2 TbspDried grapes [ kishmish ]
1/2 TspRed chilly powder [ adjust ]
1/2 TspCumin powder
2 TspCoriander powder
1 TspAmchur powder ( Mango powder ) [ adjust ]
1 TspJaggery
2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
1/2 TspMustard seed
1/2 TspCumin seed
8 - 10Curry leaves
3 TspGingelly oil [ sesame / till oil ]

Method :
Soak dried grapes ( kishmish ) in lukewarm water.
Keep aside.

Pressure cook fenugreek sprouts [ Venthayam sprouts ] adding a cup of water for two whistles.
Open the cooker after it ran out of steam.
Set aside.

Heat a kadai with oil on a stove over medium flame.
Crackle mustard seed and cumin seed once oil becomes hot.
Then add cooked fenugreek sprouts with water in which it had been cooked earlier.
Now add red chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
Stir well until its raw smell goes off.
Then add soaked kishmish and salt.
Allow to simmer for a minute.
Then add Amchur powder [ mango powder ], jaggery and adjust salt.
Simmer until the oil starts floating over the surface.
Add torn curry leaves and turn off the stove.

Sweet, sour, bitter and spicy venthaya pachadi is ready.
This dish goes well with paruppu sadham [ lentil mixed rice ], sambar rice and also curd rice.

Note : Dried dates can also be soaked and added along with kishmish.
To make fenugreek sprouts
Soak fenugreek seeds previous day morning after washing two times in a vessel.
After eight hours drain the water completely and close the vessel with a lid.
Keep overnight at a warm place in your kitchen.
Next day morning the fenugreek sprouts can be seen.

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kodo millet fenugreek porridge
varagu venthaya kanji
fenugreek leaf besan dosai
fenugreek leaf besan dosai
vengaya vadavam
vengaya vadavam
appam batter
appam batter
venthaya kuzhambu
venthaya kuzhambu

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Chowchow Adai

#ChowchowAdai : #Chowchow is known by various names in Thamizh like #SeemaKathirikkai, #BangaloreKatharikkai and is called #Chayote in English.
Last week I went to market to buy a small bottle gourd as I had planned to prepare #adai for dinner. But the bottle gourd available in the shop was too big. I didn't need that much big vegetable as it would go waste. I scanned through other vegetables of the shop and picked up chowchow. I chopped chowchow nicely and prepared adai. The taste of adai was very good and everybody thought it was bottle gourd adai. Here comes the preparation and the ingredients.

Can make 4 pancakes [ adai ]

Chowchow Adai

To soak:
1/8 CupBoiled Rice [ Idli rice ]
1/8 CupRaw Rice
1/8 CupThuvaram paruppu [ red gram ]
1/8 Cupkadalai paruppu [ bengal gram ]
To grind:
1/2 TspAsafoetida powder
1 TspFennel seed
1 TspCumin seed
1/2 inch longGinger piece
2 - 3Dry Red chilly [ adjust ]
1 TspSalt [ adjust ]
To add:
1 Chowchow, peel and chop nicely
1 medium sizeonino, chop nicely
4 TspCoriander leaves chopped
10 - 12Curry leaves chopped
Gingelly oil [ till/sesame oil ]
Ghee to apply over the adai

Method :
Take boiled rice and raw rice in a vessel.
Wash and soak for 2 hours.
Take thuvaram paruppu and kadalai paruppu in another vessel and soak for 2 hours.

After two hours put asafoetida, ginger piece, red chilly, salt, cumin and fennel seed in a mixie jar.
Grind coarsely and then add soaked rice.
Add little water and grind coarsely.
Transfer into a wide mouthed vessel.

Now take soaked thuvaram paruppu and kadalai paruupu and run for a few seconds without adding water.
Transfer into the same vessel containing rice batter.
Mix well and adjust salt.

Add chopped onion, chowchow, coriander leaves and curry leaves.
Mix well the batter and adjust salt.
The batter should be slightly thick and able to spread on tawa easily.
If it is too thick add little water and mix well.

Heat a tawa [ dosai kal ] on a stove over medium flame.
Apply a teaspoon of oil over hot tawa.
Keep two ladle full of adai batter at the center of the tawa and spread evenly using the bottom side of the ladle.
Apply oil on and along the rim of the adai.
Flip the adai once the rim becomes golden color and cook the other side also.
Transfer on to a plate once both sides become golden color.

Apply 1/2 Tsp of ghee over adai
Serve hot with Aviyal or coconut chutny or murungaikai sambar.
Adai tastes too good with jaggery.
Chowchow Adai Chowchow Adai

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Paruppu Adai
Paruppu Adai
Vazhaipoo Kodi Pasalai Adai
Vazhaipoo spinach Adai
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Arisi Roti [Rice Pancake ]
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Kezhvaragu Adai [ Ragi Pancake]
Kezhvaragu Adai