Saturday, June 27, 2009

Red Chili Chutney / Varamilagai Thuvaiyal

It is an easy to prepare Tamil home recipe, also called Milakai / Chilli / Lal mirchi / Lal mirch / tuvaial / thohaiyal / thovaiyal / thovial / thovaial.


Ingredients:

  • Red chili (Varamilakai): 7
  • Tomato (Thakkali): 2
  • Onion (Vengayam): 1
  • Tamarind (Puli / imli): A little (A small lemon sized ball)
  • Curry leaves (Karuveppilai / kari veppilai / kari patha): About 10
  • Mustard (Kadugu / Rai / Sarson): ½ tsp
  • Black gram (Uluntham paruppu / uluththam paruppu / Urad dhal / dal): ¼ tsp
  • Split chick peas (kadalai paruppu / Channa dal): 1 tsp
  • Oil for frying: 1 table spoon
  • Salt: As required

Method of preparation:

  • Cut the onion.
  • Cut the tomatoes.
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a wok (iruppu chatti / tawa).
  • Add split chick peas, curry leaves and red chilies.
  • Wait for spluttering and add onion.
  • Sauté well.
  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Continue sauté for a while.
  • Add the tamarind ball and stir.
  • Remove from flame.
  • After cooling, finely grind all the ingredients with salt.
  • Heat again 2 tsp of oil in a wok.
  • Add mustard followed by black gram.
  • Allow to splutter.
  • Mix this with the chutney and transfer to a serving dish.

Tastes good with hot idli / idly, dosai / dosa, Puri, purotta / barotta / parantha, vellai paniyaram, kulipaniyaram, etc.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Wheat Laddoo (Godhumai mavurundai / Atta laddu)

It is an easy to prepare energetic dessert. It is enjoyable to have during tea time along with snacks. It is also called kodhumai maavu urundai.


Method of preparation:

  • Roast 250 grams of wheat flour (Atta / Godhumai mavu).
  • Mix 200 grams of grated jaggery (Gud / Vellam) with the roasted flour.
  • Add 30 grams of ghee (clarified butter / makkan / vennai).
  • Mix well.
  • With the help of your palm, prepare ball shaped laddus of your preferred size.
  • Serve with or without snacks and tea or coffee.