Sunday, August 22, 2010

Semiya Payasam

Vermicelli/semiya – 200gm

Milk – 2 ltrs

Condensed milk – 1 tin

Sugar – 5tbsp

Cashew nuts & raisins – 1/2 cup each

Cardamom – 2 big, crushed

Ghee/clarified butter – 2 1/2 tbsp
Method of preparation
Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a bottom heavy pan and roast the semiya till golden brown. Add milk to it and cook on low flame till semiya is fully done. Keep stirring in between. Add condensed milk and sugar and stir, till it is well combined with milk. Add crushed cardamom and remove from fire.
Heat 1/2 tbsp ghee in a pan and fry the cashew nuts, when it becomes golden brown, add raisins. Add the fried cashews and raisins to payasam. Serve hot or chilled.

Note: Since one tin condensed milk is used, this payasam is rich and has a creamy texture.If you prefer less creamier payasam substitute condensed milk with 2 cups sugar.

Adjust the quantity of sugar and condensed milk to suit your taste. The quantity prescribed above gives a medium-high sweetened payasam.

Parippu Payasam

The favourite desert of the keralites. You cant stop with just 1 serving.
Cherupayar Parippu – 200gm
Jaggery -400gm
Thick coconut milk – 1 1/2 cups
Medium thick coconut milk – 4 cups
Light coconut milk – 4 cups
Ghee – 3 tablespoon
Cashenut & Coconut pieces – 50 gm each
Method of preparation
Fry the parippu without oil for 5-6 minutes. Wash it well & cook with boiled water. Melt the jaggery by adding 1 cup water. Add the melted jaggery to well cooked parippu & stir well. Add 2 tablespoon ghee to this & mix well. Add light coconut milk & when it starts boiling add medium thick coconut milk. When this mix evaporates and becomes half add the thick coconut milk. Stir well for 5 minutes & remove from gas.
Fry the cashewnuts & coconut pieces in rest of the ghee & add to payasam. Serve hot.

Theeyal Kerala Style


Large onions - 2(sliced fine)

Garlic cloves - 2

Grated coconut - 1 cup

Shallots -1 cup

Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp

Chili powder - 1 tbsp

Jackfruit seed- 100 gm(cut into 4)

Tuvar dal-1/3cup

Coriander seeds - 1 tsp

Green Chilly(slit)-3

Salt to taste

Oil-4 tsp

Tamarind extract - 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - a few

Method of preparation

Heat two tsp of the oil in a frying pan and add ½ cup of the chopped onions. Saute the onions well till brown, add the curry leaves, coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds. Stir for a few more minutes and remove and keep aside. On a low heat, dry roast the coconut till it becomes brown. Blend the coconut with the onion mixture adding half a cup of water. In the meanwhile, cook the dal and jackfruit seed in pressure cooker with water. Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the curry leaves and remaining onions and shallots and fry till brown. Add the tamarind extract and ½ cup water and salt. When it starts to boil, add the blended paste and dal and cook on a low flame for 15 minutes.

Sambar -Onam special


Toor dal-1 cup(washed and soaked for 30 minutes)

Tamarind-size of a golf ball or Tamcon paste-1 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds pinch

Salt-as required

Oil-2 tsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Dry grated coconut-3 tsp

Cilantro/coriander leaves- (optional)

Curry leaves(a few)

Jaggery or sugar- 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds -1/2 tsp

Green chillies- 3

Red chillies-5

Cilantro seeds -3 tsp

Bengal gram -2 tsp

Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp

Onion -1

Vegetable-Tomatoes, Drumstick, Okra, Capsicum, Radish, Carrots, Onions

Method of preparation

Cook the toor daal in the pressure cooker with double quantity of water, turmeric and salt. Keep aside to cool. Now, heat oil in a separate pan for about a minute and roast together whole chillies, bengal gram, coconut, curryleaves, coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds till coconut turns golden brown. Then, grind all of these into a smooth paste , adding a little water from time to time. Put the tamarind with salt and water into a pan. Bring it to a boil. Add this to the toor dal and let it boil for sometime.

Add the vegetables and cook till done. Finally, mash the pressure cooked toor daal, Mix everything and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Season with mustard seeds.

Ulli Theeyal (Button onion Curry) - Onam special Recipe


Button onion 100 gm
Coconut Grated ½
Tamarind Paste 25 gm
Ginger Chopped 2 gm
Coconut oil 25 ml
Curry leaves 5-6
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1tsp
Chilli powder 1tsp
Pieces of red chillies 3-4
A pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Peel and wash onions. Roast grated coconut and grind in to paste. Heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chillies and chopped ginger. Add spices and coconut paste. Add onions to boiling curry and cook until tender. Add tamarind paste. Serve hot.