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May 1, 2018

508: Javvarisi Vadam / Sago Vathal




Javvarisi Vadam. is the easiest Vadam.   Because It doesn’t require vadam nazhai / Hand Machine and easy to stirring also. . We don’t need any special tool to make the sago vadam, just the heavy bottom vessel, ladle and a spoon is enough to make this.

Soaking Time:          12 hours
Cooking Time            20 Minutes
Recipe Category:      Vadam Recipes
Recipe Cuisine   :      Indian

Ingredients:

White Javvarisi/ White Sago                3 cups
Water                                                6-7 cups
Salt                                                   1 Tablespoon
Lemon   Juice                                     1 Tablespoon
Green Chilies                                      5- 6 nos
Rice powder                                        1 Teaspoon
Hing Powder                                       ¼ teaspoon


Method:

  • Wash and soak the Javvarisi/Sago overnight. The next morning sago would have soaked well. Drain and set aside.
  • Grind green chilies, Hing powder, Rice powder and Salt ,adding required water. Set aside.

  • Heat a thick bottom vessel in high flame and pour the 7 cups of water.
  • Add the drained soaked Javvarisi to the water. Let it boil well. Stir continuously till done.

  • Once the pearls look little transparent, add the ground chili paste and mix well.
  • Let it cool down well for about 30 minutes. Sago mixture will get more thickness when it is cooled down. Squeeze the lime and mix well. Check for salt and add if required.
  • Spread the plastic sheet or Cloth in the sun.
  • Take the spoon or sago mixture spread it slightly. The thickness should not be too thin.





  • Let it dry in a sun for the whole day and in the evening, flip the sides and bring it inside home and spread it in the paper without much overlapping.
  •   Next day again keep it in the sun and let it dry completely without any moisture.
  • The third day place it on the tray , dry it completely .
  • Store it in big containers in dry place.







  •  Deep fry and serve when required. Enjoy!!!






Note:

  • Check the weather forecast a day before itself. Make sure you do this on a sunny day. The drying time may differ, according to the outside temperature.
  • Use milk white Javvarisi for this vadam.
  • Add rice flour while cooking the Javvarisi, the vadam will not stick on the cloth, and it will come out easily.
  •    You can add color to these and make color vadam. Adding colors are optional. If you add colors, kids would love them and take them as snacks also.



Apr 1, 2018

507:NADAN ERISSERY / CHENA- KAYA ERISSERY/ HOW TO MAKE KERALA SPECIAL ERISSERY




Erissery is a traditional dish of Kerala. Erissery is one of my fav dishes in Sadya. Erissery can be prepared with Elephant yam(Chena) and Raw Banana. Fresh Elephant Yam is very hard to get in USA. Most of the time I used Frozen Suran to make Erissery.  Luckily, last week I got the fresh and tender yam from the Indian store. So this recipe I used the Fresh Elephant Foot Yam. Taste of Erissery was amazing. A tasty and healthy  side dish for rice.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time:      25 minutes
Serves:                4No.

Ingredients:

Chena /Elephant yam-(cut into small cubes)           1 cup
Raw plantain-( cut into small cubes, skin on           1 cup
Water-                                                                1 cup (or as required)
Turmeric powder                                                  1/4 Teaspoon
Red chili powder                                                - 1/2 Teaspoon
Black pepper powder                                           1/2 Teaspoon
Salt-                                                                  To Taste
Coconut oil                                                         2 Teaspoon

For the coconut paste:
Grated coconut-                                                 3/4 cup
Cumin seeds-                                                    1/2 Teaspoon
Water-                                                              as required

For Tempering

Grated coconut                                                3 Tablespoon
Coconut oil                                                      2 Teaspoons
mustard seeds                                               1/2 Teaspoon
cumin seeds/jeera                                          1/4 Teaspoon
Urdh Dal                                                        1 Tablespoon
Dry red chillies                                              2 no.
1 sprig curry leaves

Method:


  • Wash the yam and banana.
  • Take a heavy pan, ,add Yam,, Banana, red chili powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, salt  and water. Mix well.

  • Cook until it is done. Lightly mash it with the back of the ladle.
  • Add a coconut oil and mix it very well.
  • Grind the coconut and jeera to a fine paste by adding water, little at a time.

  • Add the ground coconut-cumin paste. Add more salt ,if required. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes in simmer. Switch off the gas.

  • In a small pan, heat the coconut oil and temper with cumin , mustard seeds ,Urdh dal and red chillies.

  • When the mustard seeds splutter add the grated coconut.

  • Add curry leaves, Hing powder, fry the coconut till they turn crunchy and light brown.

  • Switch off and pour this tempering over the Erissery.
  • Your delicious Kerala Special Nanda Chena and Kaya Erissery is ready !!

Note:
  • Make sure you get good quality Chena, sometimes if the water content is high in Chena, the flavor will not be there.
  • Prepare the erissery using coconut oil, if you want the authentic Kerala taste. 
  • The consistency of the dish should be reasonably thick


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Mar 9, 2018

506: Hotel Style Sambhar Version 2




Sambar is the signature dish of South India.  Hotel Sambhar is slightly different from Home made Sambhar. Though I already posted few Sāmbhar recipes, I want to post one more  Hotel Sāmbhar recipe.
Take a look at this special Hotel  style sambar recipe and give it a try.

Preparation time:      10 minutes
Cooking time:            20 minutes
Cuisine                       South Indian
Recipe Category        Kuzhambhu and Sambhar
Serves                       4

Ingredients
Moong Dal                         1 cup
Tovar Dal                           ½  Cup
Carrot                               1/2 cup (Any vegetable at your choice)
Green Capsicum                 1 no.  (Chopped)
Tomatoes                           3 (Medium)
Green Chilies                     3 nos. (Slit)
Tamarind                           Small Gooseberry Size
Kashmiri Red chili Powder   ½ teaspoon (For Color)
Turmeric powder                1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves,               4 stalks (chopped)
Ghee                                 1 tablespoon
Salt                                   To Taste
Jaggery                             1 Tablespoon

For Sambar Masala
 Oil                                   1 Tablespoon
Coriander Seeds                 2 Teaspoons
Fenugreek seeds                1/8 Teaspoon
Chenna dhal                       1 ½ Tablespoon
Urdh dal                             1 Teaspoon
Red Chillies                         4 no.
Asafetida Powder                ¼ Teaspoon
Fresh Coconut                     3 Tablespoon

For Tempering

 Gingelly oil (Sesame oil)      1 teaspoon
black mustard seeds             ½ teaspoon
Dry Red Chillies                    2 no.
Curry leaves                         2 sprigs

Mehtod:

  • Pressure cook daal adding turmeric powder, asafetida and 2 cups of water.. Take at least 5-6 whistles, and once done smash and keep aside.
  •  Cut the tomatoes, vegetables, chillies, curry leaves and keep aside.
  • Soak the tamarind in the hot water and extract the juice. Keep aside.


For Sambar Masala

  • Heat oil in a pan and Roast all the Sambhar spices one after the other. Remove from heat.
  • Grind the mixture with half a cup of water to a paste. Let the paste be very slightly coarse. Set aside


For the Sambar
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan ,Place all the vegetables and tomatoes. Add Tamarind  Juice and let them cook partially.
  • Now add the ground Sambhar Masala and salt . mix it very well. Let it boil for  2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the cooked dal in it let it continue to boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add Jaggery to the Sambhar while boiling then stir well.

 For Tempering/ Tadka


  • In a separate saucepan, heat oil. Add the tempering ingredients. As they sizzle, drizzled the tempered oil over sambar. Now add the Kashmiri Chilli Powder  and Hing and immediate pour it on the Sambhar.
  • Cover with the lid. Switch off the gas.
  • Serve hot sambar with Idli and Dosas.
Hotel Sambhar 


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