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Sunday, December 9, 2012

மைசூர் பாகு - Traditional Mysorepak in Tamil

மைசூர்  பாகு

கடலைமாவு 1 கப்
நெய்        1 1/4 கப்
சர்க்கரை    1 1/2 கப்


  1. வாணலியில் நெய் விட்டு கடலைமாவை வறுக்கவும்.
  2. பச்சைவாசனை போகும்வரை வறுக்கவும்.
  3. வாணலியில் சீனிபோட்டு சீனீமுழ்கும் வரை தண்ணர் விட்டு பாகு வைக்கவும். ஒரு கம்பி பாகு பதம் இறுக்க வேன்டும்.
  4. அடிபிடிக்காமல் இருக்க சிறிது நெய் விடவும்.
  5. பிறகு வறுத்த கடலைமாவை தூவி கட்டியில்லாமல் கிலறவும்.
  6. வேறுஒரு வாணலியில் நெய் காயவைக்கவும்.
  7. காய்ந்த நெய்யை சிறிது சிறிதாக மாவில் ஊற்றி கிளறவும்.
  8. சட்டியில் ஒட்டாமல் (நுரைத்து) வரும்வரைகிளறி நெய் தடவிய தட்டில் கொட்டி சிறிது ஆறிய பின் உடனே கட் செய்யவும்.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney as name suggests is made with Tomatoes as the main ingredient.  I always have a stock of this chutney in my fridge, my children love them a lot.

My mother is a great cook. She acquired these skills from her mother. And so did her sisters. I remember people coming and asking my grandmother to make pickles, snacks and savouries for them. She used to very happily make it for them. With my mother happens the same thing, her friends come requesting her to make something or the other for them. This chutney is one such dish which is always in great demand for her. So then like mother like daughter. For me too, this Tomato Chutney is very very famous among my friends. I learnt it from my mother. 

And moreover the best part is that its very easy and has very less ingredients. This chutney stays good for about a week in the fridge. So here comes the recipe


Tomato - 4 -5 (medium sized)
Onion - 1 (medium sized)
Red Chilly Powder - 1 to 1 1/2 t.sp
Salt - to taste

Oil - 2 to 3 tb.sp
Mustard Seeds - 1 t.sp
Curry Leaves- 10 - 15
Asafoetida /Hing - a pinch

Method - Very Simple

Grind all them together in a mixer. Heat oil in a pan, toss in the items one by one listed under spluttering. Immediately empty the contents of the mixer into the pan and cook. Once the liquid starts boiling it will start spluttering outside. Keep a lid handy. Close it and let the cook on low flame. Keep stirring it in between. Stirring in between is very important do not allow it to stick it to the bottom of the pan. You know that it is done when the chutney starts giving out the oil.

Serve it with anything you like for ex. with Roti, Dosa, Idli, Bhajji, Sandwiches etc

Sending this delicious Chutney to the event "Pickles & Chutneys" conducted at Ammaji Recipes

Monday, January 2, 2012

Karupatti (Palm Jaggery) Paniyaram and Elai Maavu for Pillayar Nonbu

Pillayar Nonbu this year was celebrated on 29th January. Here in Vadodara we are about 5 to 6 nagarathar families. For us it is a time for a get-together. This year again Pillayar nonbu was celebrated with great pomp. So now I am back again with the recipe of the Karupatti Paniyaram which we make as the most special prasadam for this day. And the recipe for the Elai Maavu also. Last year I didn't take clicks of the prasadam. This year with all the hurry bury I managed to take some clicks. 

Karupatti Paniyaram takes some practice to get a perfect, nice one with the exact shape (karai).  It is made using rice flour and karupatti or a mix of karupatti and jaggery (vellam).

This Paniyaram is also many a times made in Padaippu Veedugal in Chettinadu. Infact wherever this Paniyaram is made it is the main Prasadam which is distributed.


Make the dough for the Paniyaram atleast one day before to get a soft Paniyaram.

Raw Rice - 4 cups
Karupatti - 1/2 Kg
Karupatti + Jaggery - 1/2 Kg ( 3 : 1 ratio)
Ghee - About 1 tb.sp


  1.  Soak the rice for about 3 to 4 hours.  
  2.  Drain the rice and spread it on a white, clean cloth.  
  3.  Let the cloth absorb the water for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  4.  Powder the rice in a mixer or in the flour mill. Wet Rice grinding flour mills are not available everywhere. They are very popular in Tamil Nadu. 
  5. Sieve the rice in the fine or a little bigger one (the one which we use for sieving Rava).
  6. Crush the Karupatti with a stone so that it breaks into very small pieces. If using Jaggery, grate it with a grater.
  7. Put the Karupatti in a kadai, a thick bottomed vessel, pour about 1 cup of water and let the water boil. 
  8. Start smashing the Karupatti so that all of them dissolve in the water.
  9. After it dissolves fully, add the Jaggery and let it also dissolve.
  10. Remove the vessel from fire and let it cool a little.
  11. Strain it with a strainer so that all the dust and unwanted wastes are strained.
  12. The syrup should be little thick not very watery or very thick.
  13. Now add this syrup to the grinded and sieved flour. Keep some flour handy so that you can add it if needed. Add the syrup little by little to the flour and not all at once. And keep mixing it in the flour with your hand.
  14. This step is where you have to remove the dough for the Elai Maavu. Once you have mixed the flour and the jaggery mixture, it will form like a dough. Remove the amount of dough you want for the Elai maavu. 
  15. In the remaining dough mix the remaining Jaggery mixture and mix well. Close it with a lid and keep it with in a side.
  16. Add little ghee to the dough which you had kept for the Elai Maavu and mix it well. Keep it in a correct sized box and close it with a tight lid.
  17. When you want to make the Paniyaram, heat enough oil in a kadai for deep frying the Paniyarams.  If you want heat a mixture of ghee and oil or vanaspati. I prefer to use only oil.
  18. Take the a dough in a deep vessel and add some water to it. Make the dough to a running consistency. It should be of the Idli Maavu consistency not too watery.
  19. Mix well and pour it in the hot oil with a ladle.
  20. Once cooked it will come up on its own, turnover cook for a few seconds about a half a minute and remove it after draining the oil.
  21. So now our Karupatti Paniyaram and Elai Maavu is ready for the Pooja.
  22. Shape the Elai Maavu in small conical shapes and put the wick made of 21 thin threads in between and keep it ready.

I have tried my level best to explain the process in full detail. Incase of any doubts please feel free to leave your questions as comments in this post, I will try to answer it as soon as possible.

Sending this to the event "Let's Cook - Rice" hosted by Radhika of Tickling Palates.

And also to Cooking Challenge - Flavors of Tamilnadu hosted by Vidhya Subromany of Sweet Karam Kapi