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Rasam with Powder -Coimbatore Style

Ingredients:

  • Coriander seeds 1 cup
  • Jeera 1/3 cup
  • Pepper 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves 1 cup
  • Red chilli 15-20 no
  • Ghee 1Tsp

Procedure:

  1. Heat a thick-bottomed kadai. Add coriander, pepper, curry leaves and ghee. Roast with continuous stirring, in low heat, till smell emanates.
  2. Add jeera and roast further for three minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
  3. Grind the above in a mixer/grinder as a coarse powder and store in a air-tight container.

Make Rasam with powder

Ingredients:

  • Dhoor dhal -1/2 cup
  • Tomato-2 no cut into small pieces
  • Green chili 1 no, split into two pieces
  • Garlic 5 cloves, crushed
  • Tamarind, small lemon size, soaked in water and filtered into juice
  • Salt, 1 Tsp oil, 1 Tsp Ghee
  • Mustard seed 1 tsp, jeera 1/2 tsp, split dhal 1/2 tsp, Red chili 1 no broken into two pieces. Asafoedita 1 tsp, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Rasam powder 2 Tsp

Procedure:

  1. Boil dhoor dhal in 1 cup of water
  2. Boil tomato, green chili, crushed garlic in 1 cup of water.
  3. Add mashed dhoor dhal, tamarind juice, rasam powder and salt to taste.
  4. Bring it to boil, remove from hear immediately and keep aside.
  5. For garnish: Heat 1 Tsp oil in a kadai.
  6. Add mustard, as it splutters add jeera, split dhal, broken red chili, curry leaves and asafoedita and switch off heat, add 1Tsp ghee, mix it with rasam. Add coriander leaves and serve hot.

Masala Vadagam

Ingredients:

* 250g rice flour

* 25g sago

* small onion 100g

* green chili 3no

* curry leaves 10no

* sombu 2tsp

* cinnamon 1″

* salt to taste

* Lemon juice 10 drops


Procedure:

1) Wash and soak sago in water overnight.

2) Peel and cut onion into slices, cut green chili into half cm pieces, cut curry leaves, crush coarsely sombu and cinnamon.

3) Take rice flour In another vessel and add 250 ml water and salt to taste. Mix well to a thick batter.

4) In a thick bottomed vessel, bring half litre of water to boil, add soaked sago, stir often, and cook till it becomes a thin gravy.

5) Reduce to medium heat and slowly add rice batter with constant stirring for about 6-8min, add all spices, mix well and switch off heat.

6) Add ten drops of lemon juice and mix well.

7) While medium cool, split into smaller pieces and sun-dry for 2 or 3 days.

Note: For regular Vadagam follow the same procedure with the following variation in procedure 2) Grind green chili into paste, add 2 tsp asafoetida powder, 2 tsp jeera, 2 tsp ajwain. Use star murukku achchu to make regular vadagam.

Pongal Sambar

Ingredients:

* Pumpkin, Ash-gourd, Sweet potato, Potato, Carrot, Beans, Avarai, Mochai, Drumstick, Brinjal, Ridge-gourd – totally 1 kg – cleaned and diced.

* Door dhal -200g

* Red chili 10, Coriander 6 TBS, Bengal gram 2 TBS, Fenugreek 2 TBS, Pepper 1 TSP, Jeera 1 TSP, Snauf half TSP, raw rice 1 TSP, Asafoetida 1tsp.

* Small onion – whole, pealed – 200g

* Tomato 200g

* Green chillies – diced -4 no

* Curry leaves, coriander leaves for garnishing

* Oil 50ml, 2 TBS ghee, mustard seeds 2 TBS, Split urad dhal 1 TBS, red chili 4, Asafoetida 1 TSP for seasoning.

* Tamarind juice – 2 Tsp

Procedure:

  1. Pressure cook Door dhal with Asafoetida, turmeric powder and adequate water (4-5 whistles)
  2. Bring to boil two litres of water in a heavy bottomed vessel, add pinches of Asafoetida and turmeric powder, add diced vegetables. Add hard cooking vegetables first, after ten minutes, add the other vegetables and add salt 1 TBS, 1 TSP red chili powder, 2 TSP coriander powder. Cover with a lid and cook till the vegetables get fully cooked. If more water is needed, add only hot water. Add tamarind paste or juice.
  3. Dry roast channa dhal, coriander seeds, red chili, Fenugreek, pepper, Jeera, Snauf, raw rice, Asafoetida one by one in slow fire or adding one after the other in ten second intervels. Allow it to cool and powder it coarsely.
  4. Add cooked door dhal to the vegetables in step 2, continue to cook for two more minutes, add the ground masala powder, mix well add hot water for needed Sambar consistency. Check for salt level.
  5. Heat oil in a kadai, add split urad dhal, mustard seeds, Asafoetida, broken red chili, curry leaves till they splutter. Remove from heat and add ghee. Mix this seasoning to the Sambar mix, boil for one more minute, add the garnish and serve with white pongal, rice, idli or dosai.

Sweet mango pachadi

Ingredients:

  • Raw mango 300g
  • Jaggery 100g
  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom 2 no powdered (optional)
  • Red chilli 1 no, broken into two pieces
  • Curry leaves 10 no
  • Mustard seed 1 tsp
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Coconut grated 1/4 cup

Procedure:

1 Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and let it splutter

2 Add chilli pieces and curry leaves

3 Add water and bring it boil

4 Add mango pieces, cover it with a lid and simmer for 7m or till the gravy thickens

5 Add jaggery and continue cooking for 3m more or till gravy thickens

6 Remove from heat, add ghee, coconut and cardamom. Mix well and serve

Cabbage-Moong Dhal Gravy

Ingredients:

  • Pasiparuppu (Moong Dhal/broken green-gram dhal)-1 cup-wash in water and drain
  • Cabbage-200g-finely chopped
  • Green chilli 5 no/ more or less according to taste -1″ long & longitudinally split
  • Big Onion 1 no – cut into small pieces
  • Tomato – 1 no – cut into small pieces
  • Cumin (Jeera) seeds – 1 tsp
  • mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • oil – 3 tsp
  • curry leaves 10
  • turmeric powder half tsp
  • salt to taste

Method:

  1. Heat 5 cups of water in a pan till it starts boiling
  2. Add the moong dhal and cook in open pan for 5 min
  3. Add onion, tomato, green chilli and cook for 10 min
  4. Add cabbage, turmeric powder, salt and cook for 5 min with the pan covered with a lid
  5. Heat oil in a small kadai add mustard seeds, while it splutters add cumin seeds and as it splutters add curry leaves
  6. Add the above to the Cabbage gravy and cook till done
  7. Remove from heat, add chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice, chappathi, or dosa
  • Tips: While cooking the gravy add boiling water at any stage for desired consistency

Thin Coconut-Red Chilli Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Red chillies – 5 no
  • Oil – 1 tbs
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Split Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  • Asafoedita – 1 pinch
  • Curry leaves – 5 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind coconut, red chillies and salt into a thick paste.
  2. Add a little water and grind again to get a smooth paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water to make a thin chutney.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and urad dhal.
  5. When they splutter add asafoedita and curry leaves. Mix it well with the chutney.

To have another variant of this chutney try the following:

6. Cut 4 small onions into thin slices and saute in oil till they turn golden brown and add it to chutney.

Thin Coconut-Green Chilli Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5 no
  • Ginger – nail size
  • Oil – 1 tbs
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Split Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  • Asafoedita – 1 pinch
  • Curry leaves – 5 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind coconut, green chillies, ginger and salt into a thick paste.
  2. Add a little water and grind again to get a smooth paste.
  3. Add 2 cups of water to make a thin chutney.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and urad dhal.
  5. When they splutter add asafoedita and curry leaves. Mix it well with the chutney.

To have another variant of this chutney try the following:

6. Cut 4 small onions into thin slices and saute in oil till they turn golden brown and add it to chutney.

Thick Red Chiili-Garlic Paste for Idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Red chilli – 10 no
  • Garlic gloves – 4 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind all the ingredients into thick paste. Add a little water to make a smooth paste.
  2. Before serving add one tbs gingelly/sesame oil to enhance the taste.

Roasted Red Chilli-Garlic Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Red¬†chillies – 10 no
  • Garlic gloves – 4 no
  • Gingelly/sesame oil – 2 tbs
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoedita – one pinch
  • Curry leaves – 5 no
  • Salt to taste

Procodure:

  1. Heat one tsp gingelly oil in a kadai.
  2. Saute red chilli and garlic till they turn golden brown. Allow it to cool and add salt.
  3. Grind all the ingredients into thick paste. Add a little water to make a thin, smooth paste.
  4. Heat one tsp gigelly oil in a kadai, add half tsp mustard seeds. When it splutters, add a pinch of asafoedita and five curry leaves.
  5. Mix it well with the chutney.

Thick Coconut-Red Chilli Chutney for idli/dosa

Ingredients:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Red chilli – 3 no
  • Small onions – 3 no
  • Salt to taste

Procedure:

  1. Grind all the ingredients into a thick paste. Add a little water and grind again to make a smooth paste.
  2. Before serving add one tbs of gingelly/sesame oil to the chutney to enhance its taste.