Jackfruit seed stir fry/Palakottai Porial

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Pala kottai poriyal is another traditional recipe .Simple and easy recipe with easily available ingredient.After eating the fruit the seeds can be used for cooking.we can use the seeds in sambar,cook it with other vegetable while preparing avial,roast it and can also be cooked with raw fruit

For preparation:

First remove seed from the fruit.Then from the seedremove the outer white skin from the seed.We can apply oil in our hands.Then cut the seeds I two..we can cook it separately or else can cook while cooking riceIf it is tender 2 or 3 whistles is enough or else few more whistles.

ingredients:

Palakottai________25 nos

Mustard seeds____3/4 tsp

Urad dhal_________1/2 TSP

Onion _____________2

Curry leaves________few

Chilly powder______1 to 2 TSP

Salt as required

Oil ____2tbsp

Coconut scrapings___1 to 2 TBS.

Method

  1. Heat oil in a kadai.
  2. Add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal fry till it turns brown
  3. Add chopped onions and fry then add curry leaves.
  4. Now add chilli powder salt as needed.
  5. Fry a little add palakottai which are boiled
  6. When everything mixes well add coconut scrapings

Side dish for rice.how to cook palakottai,jackfruit seed stir fry.

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PUDINA/MINT RICE

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Another lunch box recipe from me.This is South Indian style,simple and easy recipe.Mint is a good source of vitamins and iron.I have used coriander leaves too.

Ingredients

For grinding:

  • Mint leaves___    1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves___1/2 cup
  • Green cillies________2 or 3
  • Red chillies_________2
  • Garlic pods_________4 or 5pods
  • Onions______ 2 or 3 or shallots few
  • Ginger_______a small piece
  • Coconut scrapings 1 TBS.(optional)

Cooked rice 1 cup

For frying:

  • Ghee or oil ___1 to 2 TBS.
  • Bay leaf_______1
  • Cashews ______a few
  • Bengal gram dhal 1 TBS.
  • Mustard seeds 1/2 TSP
  • Urad dhal______1 tsp

Juice of half lemon.

Method.

  1. In a kadai pour oil for frying.
  2. Now add red chillies,green chillies,garlic and onion fry for rew seconds. If you are adding coconut add now. Then add mint and coriander leaves and fry.
  3. When cool grind it into a fine paste.Keep aside.
  4. Now in a kadai add ghee if for small children or oil.
  5. Put bay leaf and mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then Bengal gram dhal and then cashews .
  6. Add sliced onions (optional).
  7. Now add the ground paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  8. Add salt and finally cooked rice.
  9. Mix well.

Serve with onion raitha.

Can add any vegetables like carrots or peas to enhance the nuritive value.

TIRUNELVELI SODHI KULAMBU/THENGAI PAL KUZHAMBU

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Another  traditional recipe from my native place.This is famous in Tuticorin and Tirunelveli (South India).It is also called as Mapillai Sodhi as it is prepared on special occasions ,for guests also when giving feast for newly married couples.

INGREDIENTS

Onions _______2 or Shallots few

Carrot_________2

Potatoes______2

Drumstick______few pieces

Curry leaves a few

Mustard seeds 1/2 TSP

Urad dhal_______1tsp

Juice of lime 1

Beans,peas also can be added.

Also increase or decrease vegetables accdg to  your family taste.

For grinding masala.

Ginger 2inches pieces ,_3 or 2

Green chillies____3

Garlic few pods

Fry these 3 ingredients and grind into a fine paste. Keep it aside.
Coconut milk

1 St extract milk ___1 cup

2nd extract milk____2cup

3rd extract milk_____1cup

For thickening add powdered pottukadalai to the milk.Some add moong dhal for thickening the milk.

Method for extracting coconut milk

Coconut milk is extracted by processing grated coconut with some warm water.

Generally 1 cup of grated coconut yields 2 cups of coconut milk.

A simple way is  grate1/2 coconut for 1 person.

1. In a blender take1 cup grated coconut with 3/4 cup warm water

2.Blend for few minutes.

3.Strain through a strainer.

4.we can squeeze with hand or press with a spoon.

5. This milk will be thick and creamy.

6.Again put in blender by adding 3/4/cup water and repeat the procedure again.

7. This milk will be thinner than the first one.

8.Again repeat the same with 1/2 cup water and extract.This milk will be pale and very thin.

Method

1.Pour little oil in a kadai.Then add mustard seeds after it splutters addurad dhal when it turns brown then add curry leaves.

2.Now add onions and carrot.Fry a little when onion turns translucent add other vegetables saute for a minute.

3.Now add the third milk to the vegetable allow it to boil for few minutes add salt and grindedpaste to it.

4.After sometime add 2nd milkand cook.

5. When vegetables are done add the 1st milk..

Do not boil for a long time.

When it mixes well.switch off the stove.

6.Add lime juice and finely chopped coriander leaves.

GINGER THOVAIAL

INGREDIENTS

Ginger_2 ” pieces 2

Coriander seeds2 TBS

Red chillies_____2 nos

Coconut scrapings,__ 3 TBS

Tamarind a small piece

Salt as required

Oil for frying.

For seasoning:

Oil 1tbs

Mustard seeds 1/4tsp

Urad dhal1/2 ts

Method

In a kadai put oil and fry all ingredients except salt and tamarind.

2.Put in blender and grind as chutney adding little water.

3. Add seasoning finally

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Onion tomato kootu.

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Among kootu varieties this is one.This is simple and easy recipe common in SouthIndia.It is very nutritious too.Best for rice.

INGREDIENTS
Onion _____2
Tomato____3
Coconut scrapings____3 tbs
Yellow moong dhal____1/3rd cup
Turmeric_____ 1/4 TSP
Oil_______2tbs
Mustard seeds___1/4 TSP
Urad dhal________1 TSP
Green chillies_____4
Cumin seeds_____1/2 TSP
Garlic___3to4 pods anf
Salt as needed

METHOD
1.Pressure cook the dhal  with turmeric powder and keep aside.
2.Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal when it turns brown add onions.Fry a little add tomato and fry for sometime add little water and cook for sometime.Add required amount of salt.
3.When it is cooked add cooked  dhal to it.
4.Grind coconut,cumin seeds,green chillies and garlic pods into fine paste.Cook till raw smell  goes.

Optional can use green tomato (unripe tomatoes) without onions.
Increase or decrease the quantity of tomatoes and onion according to individual taste.
Serve this with rice.

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Raw Mango Rice

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Among variety rice raw mango rice is one such.An easy to do recipe also lunch box special.As this is mango season I thought of posting this one.

INGREDIENTS
Rice _____150 GM’s
Turmeric powder a pinch
Red Chillies_____3 to 4
Grated green mango _______11/2 cup
Peanuts______1 TBS
Curry leaves ____   a few
Bengal gram_____1tsp
Hing
Salt as required.
Oil  3 tbs
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METHOD
1.In a kadai add oil to it add mustard seeds when it splutters add Bengal gram dhal,urad dhal.
2.Then add red chillies,curry leaves when it turns brown add peanuts
3.Finally add grated mango and turmeric powder
4.Mix well.Finally addcooked rice to it.

Optional can add fried cashews.

BLACK GRAM DHAL RICE/ULUNDU SADAM WITH THOVIAL

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Black gram dhal rice is famous in Tirunelveli District.It is rich in protein.As this dhal is rich in iron this is given to girls when they strain puberty also this strengthens the uterus and bones. This is especially good for teenaged girls.

Ingredients
Rice______1 cup
Split urad dhal_____1/2 cup
Garlic______________15 pods
Coconut scraping____1/4cup
Fenugreek  seeds_____1/4 TSP

Method:
1.Dry roast black gram dhal.
2.Wash rice and dhal together.Keep it either directly or in a vessel.
3.water should be three and half times..
4.To it add garlic pods coconut scrapings and  required amount of salt.
Keep it for 3 whistles.

ELLU THUVAIYAL
Ingredients:
Black sesame seeds  4 tbs
Red chillies 3 or 4
Coconut scrapings 1/2 cup
Tamarind  a small piece
Salt.
Oil 1 tbs

Method
1.Pour oil in a kadai .Add sesma seeds and red chillies.
2.Then add coconut scrapings fry a little.
3.When cool grind it with tamarind and salt.

RED CHILLIES CHUTNEY
Ingredients
Red chillies 2 or 3
Coconut scrapings 1/2 cup
Tamarin a piece
Salt
Oil 2 tbs.

Method
1.Pour  oil in a kadai.
2.Add red chillies fry a little then add coconut scrapings.
3. When cool add tamarind and salt and grind it.
Serve with Avial or Okra Pachadi and Papadam.
While mixing rice and thovaial add a dash of sesame oil.
I have used split black gram with skin but can use dhal without skin .

CAPSICUM RICE

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A variety rice which can be easily prepared. It’s kids friendly too.I have used only green bell pepper but can use different color Bell pepper too.
Ingredients
Rice ____2 cups
Star anise 1
Ginger garlic paste 1 tap
Onion___2
Cloves_,_2
Garam Masala__1tsp or vegetable
masala
Bay leaf 1
Coriander leaves a few
Oil or ghee
Method
1To a wok add oil or I’d it is for kids add ghee.
2.Add star anise,cloves,bay leaf and fry it very well.
3. Add sliced onion and add capsicum after a little while.
4. Now add ginger garlic paste,masala powder and required amount of salt.
5.When it is mixed well add cooked rice toit.
6.Add chopped coriander leaves.

Can add roasted peanuts.
Also can add green peas or potato too

Serve with raitha and papad.

Raw MangoSweet Pachadi

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Among pacadi varieties raw mango sweet Pachadi is one of our favorite recipes. This is a Tamil NewYears recipe.This is because on the new year we have sweet, salt spice,bitter,sourand astringent.Significance is that our life is a combination of mixed emotions like good,bad,sorrow,happy,victory, defeat and we should face them equally.
This is an easy  to cook.
INGREDIENTS:
Raw mango____11/2 cup
Jaggery Powdered___1/3 to 1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
Turmeric powder a pinch
Chilli Powder a pinch

Remove skin from mangoand slice it into thin slices.
Method
*Take a thick bottom  vessel.Cook mangoes with little water with a pinch of salt and turmeric.
*When it is cooked add jaggery to itallow it to boil till it dissolves.Now add a pinch of chilly powder.Cook in medium flame to avoid burning.
*When it blends well and gets thickened it is ready.

Some fry mustard seeds and res chillies add to the dish lastly.

Some add been flowers too.It can be fried and add to the CURRY.Neem flower 1tsp can be fried and add it to the CURRY.Only if it is for New Year otherwise needn’t
Another option is to prepare jaggery syrup and then to the CURRY.Melt it by adding1/4 cup water and filter it.Add jaggery syrup to the cooked  mango.

THAYIR SADAM/CURD RICE/DAHI RICE

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Among different rice preparation curd rice is an easy recipe one.Thayir sadam is served lastin the menu .South Indian meal meal will not end without curd rice.This is both in exotic menu as well as satvic menu.curd rice is offered in temples  also.During the month of Margazhiafter chanting Thirupavai and Thiruvampavai they give some rice variety as prasadam this is one such.
INGREDIENTS:
*Cooked rice 1cup
*Curd.  1/2 cup
*milk 1/2 cup.
For seasoning
*Oil 2 tbs
*Mustard seeds1/4 tsp
*urad dhal1/2 TSP
*curry leaves a few
*green chillies 2
*ginger a small piece chop or grate
*raw mango 1 tsp. Chopped
*coriander leaves chopped
*salt as needed.

METHOD
1.Cook rice. It should be mushy.so after cooking rice mash it with a laddle.
2.When it is cold add milk,curd and salt mix well.
3.To a small frying pan pour 2 tbs of oil then add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then add chopped chillies,curry leaves,ginger and raw mango and fry  a little and to the rice mixture..
Serve with pickle.
Some like to have with potato fry,some with okra fry and some with vengaya vadagam.

Variations
One can serve with grated carrot for more healthy version.
*can top with pomegranate to make it colourful too.
*green grapes or raisins can be added

Few tips
1.If you are going to consume after few hours more milk should be used with 2 or 3 tbs of curd
2.After mixing the rice should be loose.
3.Depending on your taste increase the or decrease the quantity of curd.
4. Never use hand for mixing as it will increase the sourness
5.While adding milk to rice see that the rice is cold..

As a side dish an easy method of preparing an easy pickle.
To cut raw mangoes add red chilly powder and required amount of salt.Mix well.If you want can add seasoning too.

DOLL DECORATION

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DOLL DECORATION

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It’s a long time since I have posted a DIY craft.Thought summer vacation will be the right time.Most kids will love to play with dolls and have fun with it.Decorating a doll for your child will be more fun.You can customise the dress for the doll.Here I have made a simple dress with easily available things at home.you can so it or can guide your child to do it as a craft.If you gift your child as a surprise too.

Things needed
*Blouse bits or any left over cloth after your stitching needs.
*Empty can (watch containers)
*Thread and needle
*Lace
*Doll

Method
1.one small piece of cloth(10cms by 15 cms).
2.another piece a bigger one(30cms by 60cms).
3. In the small piece of cloth make a hole in the centre.sew the edges.Now remove the head insert the piece of cloth and replace the head.Tie a thread around the hip to make the dress fit.
4.Now take the  bigger piece of cloth you can change the measurements according to your needs.Now gather small pleats .Put the skirt for the doll and can pull the thread of the dress according to the hip size adjust and fasten it.
5.Adjust the blouse and skirt.when it is ready keep in empty canand stuff cotton or sponge to make the doll stand erect.This will also increase the height of the doll.
6. Decorate with laces.
7.If you are gifting to someone else can keep it in a round tray.

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