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Mutton Head curry | thalakari varuval

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Cauliflower fry without oil

Cauliflower pakoda is a crispy evening tea time snack. It is also one of those popular street foods in chennai. Also in bakery shops, they sell cauliflower pakodas freshly made every evening in front of our eyes. On a lazy day, we shall buy these pakodas and have it as a side dish for our lunch/dinner. I am sharing a recipe of cauliflower pakoda without deep fry in oil, using an oven. Ingredients: 250 gms of cauliflower florets 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 1 tbsp corn flour 1/2 tsp all purpose flower/maida 1/2 tbsp rice flour 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves/cilantro (optional) 2 tbsp oil 1 tsp ginger garlic paste 1 tsp black pepper powder (optional) Steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 2. Cut the cauliflower florets in medium pieces, not too small (they get burnt) and not too big (would not be crispy). 3. In a plate, mix together all the ingredients mentioned above. Sprinkle some water and mix well. I

Palkova / Thirattupaal/ Sweet Khoya

Homemade sweets are always special as you have control over the sweetness ( well, i agree you cannot compromise on the sugar added to a sweet recipe) however we can assure brown sugar or jaggery could be substituted wherever possible and free of food colors and any other preservatives. In today's recipe, i'm going to share about a simple two-ingredient recipe which uses cow's milk - its palkova aka thirattupaal (sweet khoya). The process is quite cumbersome, however with a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, you can skip stirring quite often and sit back and watch while it gets simmered without being burnt. Choose the right vessel for this dish and you would be rest assured a hassle free recipe. Let's get into recipe and the steps. You can use full cream milk or buffalo's milk instead of cow's milk. Cow's milk gives the best of taste you can ever get! Happy ready and hope you try out this recipe at your home and share your valuable feedback. Ingredients

Catla fish fry

Fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids and big ones like catla, salmon, rohu are all really flesh ones which tend to be of lean meat texture. It's good to try meat like recipes with such fish. This is a south Indian recipe especially from Tamil Nadu.  I usually make fish fry with the same spices as listed here. You can add ginger-garlic paste if you want, but it would not compromise on the taste of the dish! Ingredients: 1 tsp red chilli powder salt to taste 1 tsp black pepper powder #How to make catla fish fry: Take all the spice powders and salt into a plate. Add 50 ml of water and mix it to a paste. Let it be thick so that it coats the fish pieces. Place fish pieces onto the plate and coat them nicely on both sides. Let it marinate for 20-30 minutes. Heat a tawa and add some oil. When the oil is hot enough, place marinated fish pieces on medium flame. Cook for 5 minutes. Drizzle some oil if needed. Flip and cook for another 5-6 minutes on medium flame. Drizzle few spoons of oil and

Chettinad Nattu kozhi varuval / chettinad chicken curry

Varuval means frying in "Tamil", and the word Chettinad comes from southern parts of TamilNadu. Chettinad recipes use extreme amount of spices and are rich in taste and aromatic too! There are wide variety of dishes available like chetinad karakuzhambu (tamrind gravy), ennai kathirikai (spicy brinjal gravy cooked in tamarind paste), chettinad fish fry, chettinad nattu kozhi varuval (country chicken fry) etc., In our today's episode of food blogging, we are gonna see the detailed steps of preparing the spice powder, marinating chicken, and making the varuval. An alert for those who do not prefer spicy food - this dish is quite spicy, at the same time it's tasty that you cannot resist yourself from having it. Try it out and share your valuabe opinion. Ingredients: 400 gms of chicken pieces 3 tsp cooking oil 10-11 shallots, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste 2 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped 2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp of blac

Egg capsicum curry

Egg capsicum curry is little more spicy and equally tasty. The usual routine of eating either boiled eggs or egg burji or omlette is boring at times and we would like to eat something new recipe with boiled eggs. Capsicum is always available at our home, as i would prefer to use bell peppers in one or the other dish atleast thrice a week. If not one whole capsicum, atleast i use a portion of it in my lunch meals. Sometimes, i use all the colors available in the market for chicken skewers as they give a more appeasing look to the kabob! Each tastes different. The yellow bell peppers are spicy as compared to it's siblings - green, red and orange. The egg capscium curry is made using sliced onions, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and garam masala. That extra hot spiciness to the dish comes from the freshly ground black pepper corns, fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Let's quickly see what goes into the pan for making this yummy egg curry. Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 large o

Chocolate dipped strawberries

I once tried to make chocolate flavoured cake. You know what i mean ? Well it's not a chocolate cake, but i wanted to add little bit of melted chocolate to the batter and I used a microwave safe bowl to melt the chocolate. Uff! the chocolate did not melt evenly instead, the bowl started to burn. Never in my world, i know that the microwave needs to be set in the lowest power mode and the chocolate needs to be melted by keeping it in the microwave and check every 30 seconds. Over the period of daily cooking and learning, i thought double boiler method would be the best way to melt chocolates and of course without burning anything! Double boiler method helps not to burn the vessel in which we melt the chocolate. It is basically a sauce pan filled with one fourth of water and boil it. Once the water starts boiling, place the chocolate containing vessel inside the sauce pan (make sure, the vessel does not slide and get water into it, that is why we choose to fill one fourth of the sa

How to make Sukku Kaapi Powder

Sukku Coffee powder is one of the healthy beverages we have in Southern parts of India. It is a natural remedy for cold, cough, indigestion problems and many more. In this version of sukku kaapi/coffee powder i have added more of coriander seeds to suit my taste. But in actual recipe it's used in less amounts than that is mentioned in this blog. Let's quickly see the ingredients for sukku kaapi powder 50 gms of dry ginger aka sukku (in Tamil) 1 tsp of black pepper corns 1 tsp of cumin seeds 3 tbsp of coriander seeds How to make sukku kappi powder : Dry roast all the ingredients on medium flame until it turns aromatic. Let it cool down to room temperature. Firstly, take dry ginger and pulse it to coarse powder. Then all the remaining ingredients and grind it to a almost smooth powder. This is the consistency, we cannot get 100% smooth powder using a mixer jar. Though we get can get it using a flour mill, if you are dealing with large quantities. Tada! Sukku Kaapi powder is ready

Mutton Leg Soup

Aattukal soup or Paya is what we call spicy watery soup made with mutton legs. Yum it is - and it has got a list of medicinal values, to name a few, to cure from cold and runny nose, improves bones strength, relief from chest congestion due to cold, cures sore throat. The recipe is from my mom's kitchen diaries. It is a one pot meal, you can alternatively make it using a regular pan however pressure cooking makes the job easier. Mutton usually takes a long time get cooked, when using a pan you might need to cook for about an hour or till it is done. Today, i made this paya to go with steaming hot idlies for my breakfast plate. Here is a glimpse of my breakfast for you to drool over. You can also make this meal at your home and enjoy it with your family. Usually the mutton legs are little bit cooked by adding them in boiling water to remove the fur and skin at the shop itself and it is thawed in fire for few minutes before cutting into pieces. Well, this is done before