9799692b348 Nivedhanam: 2012-09-23

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hung Curd

A lot of recipes call for Hung curd. What is hung curd and can it be made at home? There are products called Set curd which some people told me that it is hung curd available readily. Hung Curd can also be used in the place of cream cheese.
Preparation of hung curd requires about 2 to 3 hours of time only and most of the time is waiting time.

Curd - 4 cups

Setup of the strainer should be like this - have a strainer over a vessel. Put double layered cheese cloth / muslin cloth / some thin cloth with very small holes over the strainer.
Pour the curd on the strainer and allow it to drain
Tighten the cloth such that the initial whey water comes out quickly. Take care to not press it too hard. If you squeeze too hard, then you might squeeze out the curd.
Allow it to rest in the fridge with the entire setup for around 2 hours.
Hung Curd is ready – isn't that easy?

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Vaazhaithandhu Kari

I am so excited to do this guest post for Jagruti of JCO. I wanted to do an authentic recipe and chose this vegetable which is very healthy and tastes amazing. Jagruti has such a nice blog with so many events, variety of recipes from sweets to fried rice to biscotti. I wonder where does she get the idea for these events and recipes. Simply amazing. When I am in her blog, I love to spend so much time reading the recipes, may be even if I have read it before... It has a nice story, amazing drool worthy pictures and easy to follow recipe.Vaazhaithandhu (Banana stem in English) is a very fiber rich vegetable. There are lot of interesting things I can relate to banana. One - my amma says “ஆளை இள்ளைக்குமாம் கீரை தண்டு, ஆணையே இள்ளைக்குமாம் வாழை தண்டு” - meaning people will slim down if they eat spinach, but elephant itself will slim down if it eats this banana stem. Another is the song from MGR Film – “ தனையே குடுப்பதில் வாழைக்கு ஈடு” – meaning – “self sacrifice like the banana tree which gives everything”. You can use all the parts of the tree. Like the leaf can be used as a plate, banana, plantain, banana stem, banana flower - all can be eaten by humans. This is very easy kari. The tedious or the time consuming part is the cutting of this vegetable. I am not sure if I can say it to be a vegetable. It is a stem.
You can read my post more here..

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thengai Thuvayal (Coconut Thuvayal)

A very authentic and yummy dish which can be prepared very quickly and is a great accompaniment. Mix it with rice and eat with vadam and you have a very simple and tasty menu on board. How about accompanying this with curd rice or sambar rice or rasam rice – it just adds tons of flavor.. We at home love this thuvayal and am happy to share this simple and homey dish..
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Ulutham Parupu / Urad Dal - 1/3 cup
Kadalai Parupu / Channa Dal - 1/3 cup
Red Chili - 12 (adjust to taste)
Asafetida - 1/4 tea spoon
Salt - 3/4 tea spoon
Oil - 1 tea spoon (preferably coconut oil)
Tamarind - 1 small lemon size
Water - 1/4 cup + As needed
Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water
Heat oil in a pan and add kadalai parupu and ulutham parupu and sauté until golden brown
Add the red chili and sauté for another minute
Remove from heat to a plate to cool
In the same pan, add the coconut and slightly toast (not much)
In a blender, add the parupu, coconut, asafetida, salt and soaked tamarind (without water) and blend until all are close to a powder. Now add the water in which the tamarind was soaking and blend well. Add more water as needed and blend to a paste. If you are going to store this for later use, then add little more water as the parupu will absorb a lot of water when rested
Serve on room temperature. At the time of serving, you can also add a tea spoon or so of water if it is too dry. Enjoy this yummy thuvayal.
This will keep at least for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Points to note (about Coconut from www.coconutresearchcenter.org) - 
In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds. While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.
Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food.
Coconut oil has been described as "the healthiest oil on earth." That's quite a remarkable statement. What makes coconut oil so good? What makes it different from all other oils, especially other saturated fats?
The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are composed of molecules called fatty acids. Too much mention, please visit the website for lot more information!!!!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Instant Oats,Wheat and Corn Idli

One of the healthiest foods is Idli (meaning regular Idli). When we are sick and go to the doctor, we are advised to eat Idli. How about an idli which is even healthier and even quicker? For taste and create, this month I am paired with Priya of seduce your taste buds. She has an awesome blog and I love her recipes. I have been following her blog for sometime now and have bookmarked a lot of her recipes.. Now I had to choose which one I should do first for this month's Taste and Create. I chose this simple, yet nutritious and delicious idli. It was awesome and we loved it. I got about 18 idlis from this recipe and we enjoyed it with tomato chutney
Corn Meal - 1 cup
Cracked Wheat - 3/4 cup
Oats - 3/4 cup
Curd - 2 cups
Carrot - 1 cup (grated)
Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup (chopped)
Curry Leaves - 10 (chopped)
Lime Juice - 2 table spoons
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Kadalai Parupu / Channa Dal - 1 tea spoon
Ulutham Parupu / Urad Dal - 1 tea spoon
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Oil - 2 tea spoons
Salt - 1 1/2 tea spoons
Asafetida - 1/4 tea spoon
ENO Fruit Salt - 1 tea spoon

I used regular oats, so I pulsed it until I got coarse pieces. If using quick cooking oats, ignore this step
In a bowl, mix together grated carrot, coriander leaves, salt and asafetida and set aside
Heat a small pan and add oil, crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds, add the ulutham parupu and kadalai parupu and sauté until golden brown.
Add the curry leaves and sauté for 10 more seconds and transfer the entire mixture to the carrot and coriander leaves
Add curd and mix well and set aside
In another bowl, mix together cracked wheat, corn meal and oats and mix well
Add it to the wet ingredients and mix well until combined
Add lemon juice and mix well to form an idli batter consistency. Add water if needed
Heat water in the idli cooker and grease the idli plates
Once the water in the idli cooker starts to boil, add the ENO fruit salt to the batter and mix well. You will see it foaming
Mix thoroughly and immediately scoop it to the idli moulds and steam cook for around 12 - 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
Serve hot with tomato chutney


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