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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Turkey berry/Pacha sundakai puli Kuzhambu

Turkey berries/ Sundakai has lot of medicinal benefits. Dried berries are also consumed , fried in oil and used making baths Kuzhambu. Raw berries are tiny and tasty when used in sambar , curry and puli Kuzhambu. Here is a traditional village type recipe which is prepared in clay pot. Since there were berries growing in our terrace garden I thought of using these tiny eggplant like berries for the first time . After browsing for recipes I came across one in YouTube and started preparing following the recipe. I am posting the recipe with stepwise preparation with pictures. It really tasted yummy.
Village style puli kuzhambu
in mann chatti

Puli kuzhambu in clay pot

Turkey berry one cup

Grated coconut one cup,garlic 12, tamarind extract one cup
two tomatoes, curry leaves and cilantro

One tablespoon chilli powder, 2 tablespoon kuzhambu podi, half tablespoon turmeric
and salt as required

Items for tadka
one tablespoon each of mustard seeds, urad dal, chena dal
cumin seeds, half tablespoon of methi seeds and four chilli

Wash and crush mildly the berries in mortar and pestle
till they just open

Crushed berries
Drain under running water

Heat two tablespoon oil

Items to be roasted
one tablespoon dania, six galic pearls, one cup grated coconut
curry leaves and two cut tomatoes

Add 15 nos small onions

Cool the roated ingredients
Take in a mixie jar

Make fine paste

In a clay pot heat 5 tablespoon oil

Add the tadka items
rai, urad dal, chena dal, jeera

Add methi seeds

Balance 6 garlic pearls

Red chillis


Balance 10 nos onion

Add berries

Saute till it changes colour

Add haldi

Add chilli powder

Add kuzhambu milagai thool

Add salt

Cook on low flame

Add ground paste

Some water

Mix well

Add tamarind extract

Boil for five minutes

Serve with hot rice

Yummy lunch
combo of north and south Indian thali


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Devi Navarathiri-2017

This year Navrathiri starts on 21st September. Mahalaya Amavasai is on 20th September, which is considered auspicious for arranging Golu (dolls) and also for Kalasa sthapana. 21st being Prathamai, Navarathiri Puja starts on that day and continues till Navami, 29th September, and 30th September is Vijaya Dasami.
Please click the link below to open and view the spread sheet giving 10 day chart, in a tabular form the nine different ways to worship THE MOTHER in nine forms of Shakthi.

I am happy to share this with my face book friends and my blogger friends this year. May TRIDEVI
bless all of us with happiness and Fortune.

NOTE: The above chart is as per Indian Standard Time.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Indian Chinese Noodles/Vegetable chow mein/sweet and sour gravy/ Crispy veges and noodles

I am a great fan of Mrs, Chellam Gopalakrishnan (Menu rani), an experienced teacher and cook. I follow all her programmes both live and cookery shows, where she shares her culinary knowledge and tips. This Indo-chinese dish was one which i watched in a popular tamil TV channel.
The recipes contains:
1. Vegetable Chow Mein (with stir fried noodles and not deep fried noodles)
2.Sweet and sour vegetables
3. Crispy vegetables
4. Crispy Noodles (deep fried half cooked noodles)
The list of ingredients that go into this is quite big. Also the method to prepare takes time. This involves lot of cutting vegetables (julienne,shred and chop), boiling, stir frying, and deep frying .To make it easier it is done in four stages. When planned well in advance and prepared with interest, the final product will be so yummy and a healthy one. Give a try to this budget friendly recipe at home.

1. Vegetable Chow Mein is a quick and easy stir fry vegetable and noodles.


Hakka noodles
1 pkt
10 to 15
Red,green and yellow bell peppers
½ each
Green chili
1 to 2
1 stalk
1 lea
MSG,Sodium Glutamate (Ajino moto)
¼ tsp
Soy sauce
1 tblsp
To taste

Cut vegetables in julienne, slice onion and slit green chili.
Cook noodles, drain and run under cold water. Toss with a teaspoon of oil and keep aside.
Heat oil (1/4 cup) in a wok.
Add sliced onion and slit green chili and saute.
When the onion turns light pink, add celery and leak. Then add carot, beans and stir fry. Add the three colors of capsicum and stir,
Add salt, soy sauce and MSG and mix.
Add the cooked noodles and mix well when the wok is still on high heat.
Remove and set aside.

2. Sweet and sour vegetables. This is a spicy gravy a combo for stir fried chow mein noodles and fried noddles too.


Green bell pepper
¼ cup
¼ cup
Tomato sauce
1/2 cup
Corn flour
¼ cup
Celery, leek and spring onion
For garnish and salt to  taste
Cut Onions into rings, carot and cucumber into round slices and green bell pepper into big flat pieces. Finely chop celery, leaks and spring onion for garnish.

Boil water in a sauce pan/vessel. Add the cut vegetables  and cook adding salt.
When the vegetable is cooked, add sugar, vinegar and tomato sauce and mix.
Meanwhile in a bowl take cornflour and add 1/4 cup water and mix well.
Add this to pan and stir briskly. Finally add cut celery,leek and spring onion and remove. Set this aside.

3.& 4.Crispy vegetables and crispy noodles. This is a snack by itself. The veges used are easy to cook and takes less time to fry.  The vegetables need to be cut in stripes and marinated for a while, then coated in corn slurry and deep fried.

½ to 1 pkt
For deep fry
1 cup shredded
Spring onion
2 stalks
1 stalk
1 leaf
Corn flour
½ cup
Soy sauce
1 tblsp
MSG,Sodium glutamate (Ajino moto)
½ tsp
Chilli sauce
2 tblsp
To taste


Make jullienne of celery, leek,spring onion and cabbage.

In a bowl take the cut vegetables and add salt, MSG, chilli sauce and soy sauce and mix well and leave it for 10 min to marinate.

Cook noodles in boiling water till half done. Drain and keep aside.


Heat oil in a frying pan.

In a bowl take corn flour and add 1/2 cup water to this and mix.
Dip the marinated vegetable strips in the corn slurry and deep fry in hot oil in batches and keep aside.
Fry the cooked and drained noodles in batches and keep it ready.

For final presentation we need to

Garnish with raw Vegetables (julienne of) 3 colors of bell peppers, spring onion and shredded cabbage. Dash of tomato sauce and chilli sauce.

Assembling the dish before serving:
1. Take chow mein in a plate and spread.
2. Pour sweet and sour gravy all over it.
3. Sprinkle the fried vegetables.
4. Place the fried noodles on it,
5. Sprinkle tomato sauce and chilli sauce. Garnish with raw vegetables.

Assembling can be done in batches as required per person. 
The recipe prepared as above serves 4 people.
Note :
For crispy fried vegetables you can refer this link.
My long cherished wish was fulfilled when I made this. I dedicate this to Mrs. Chellam.