Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Baked Millet & Sago Nippattu / Thinai Javvarisi Thattai - Healthy Diwali Savory Snacks

Thinai Javvarisi Thattai
Thinai Javvarisi Thattai

Baked Millet & Sago Nippattu / Thinai Javvarisi Thattai / Korralu Nippattu, a healthy Diwali savory made from millet flour. I have tried this thattai with Foxtail Millet Flour. But you can also prepare it with any millet flour or wheat flour. You can try it with any combination.
I have also added curry leaves, which makes it more flavorful. Last year, I had shared regular Thattai recipe made with rice flour and then deep fried. You can also add pottukadalai / roasted gram & bengal gram / channa dal along with other ingredients.
For a healthy version, I tried baking these thattai. And it turned out too crispy. For regular version, you can deep fry them. Lets check the recipe,

Friday, 26 September 2014

Chettinad Saiva Meen Kuzhambu / Vegetarian Fish Curry - Purattasi Special

 
Chettinad Saiva Meen Kuzhambu / Vegetarian Fish Curry - Purattasi Special
Chettinad Saiva Meen Kuzhambu / Vegetarian Fish Curry - Purattasi Special

Chettinad Saiva Meen Kuzhambu / Vegetarian Fish Curry, a traditional and authentic Vegetarian Fish Curry prepared from ground cow peas masala paste, which is steamed and fried, and cooked in tamarind based curry to perfection. 
I never heard of this curry or never tasted it before even accidentally until last month. Two weeks back, we had gone to native to attend one our close relative's marriage function, where i tasted this curry. Initially, I thought its either raw banana or elephant yam, but when asked about this suspicious curry, they said its saiva meen kuzhambu. Though the caterer was not ready to share the secret, I googled about this, and found the recipe in one of my favorite Chettinad Specialty Blog run by Solai Aachi. I have been following her space for a long time and even tried many of her recipes. 

The whole process may seem complicated, but it is simple. The curry is nothing but Puli Kuzhambu / Kara Kuzhambu. The only part we need to concentrate more is to prepare this vegetarian fish using cow peas / thatta payar, which is also simple. Soak the beans overnight and ground it to coarse paste along with few mentioned ingredients. You need to steam the paste and deep fry them.
I wanted to enjoy this whole process, so took my own time of 2 hrs :) to prepare this curry and enjoyed each and every step of this process while cooking. I have used big garlic flakes, so reduce the quantity according to the type you use. Lets check the recipe,

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Pumpkin & Condensed Milk Halwa / Kaddu Halwa - Easy Diwali Sweets (My 1000th Post)

Pumpkin & Condensed Milk Halwa / Kaddu Halwa - Easy Diwali Sweets (1000th Post)
Pumpkin & Condensed Milk Halwa / Kaddu Halwa

Pumpkin Halwa / Kaddu Halwa / Poosnikkai Halwa, an easy and quick dessert made from only 2 main ingredients Pumpkin Puree and Sweetened Condensed Milk. This sweet tastes more similar to Milk Peda / Palgova as we have used condensed milk. It can be prepared in less than 20 mins and best enjoyed when served cold or at room temp.

I cant believe that its my 1000th post and I have not yet even completed 3 years of blogging. As a treat, I have prepared this delicious Indian dessert with Pumpkin. I had some left over pumpkin puree after trying Vegan Pumpkin Bread on the other day, so made use of that. I would like to thank my family, friends and readers for giving your continuous support whenever i was frustrated or upset, which is so common in this blogging world. You all made me to achieve this in less than 3 years and I hope to share more and more number of interesting recipes with you all in coming days and future.

I had already shared another version of Pumpkin Halwa with Mawa which you can refer later. I have used pumpkin puree for this recipe, but you can even use grated Pumpkin and follow the method. In case if you are using grated ones, then squeeze out the water completely from grated pumpkin and then use it for cooking. You can even add grated nuts for crunchiness. Lets check the recipe,