Friday, August 10, 2007

Chinna Vengayam ,Vellai Poondu Pulikulambu

Ah ! nalla karama ....gama....gama...gama'nu ...chappu kottitu sapida !

A hot and spicy tamarind curry .

A speciality of Soth India !

Ingredients :

Tamarind : a lemon sized ball / Tamarind paste -3 tsb.

Garlic - 15 pods

small onion - 15(skinned)

curry leaves - a handful

Gingelly oil - 4 tbsp .

Tomato -1 big (optional)

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Jeerakam - 1 tsp

pepper - 1 tsp

kadala parupu- 1/2 tsp .

turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

chilly powder -2 tsp

sambhar/pulikulambu powder -2 tsp

brown sugar - 2 tsp

asafoetida powder - to sprinkle

salt - as per taste

Method :

Soak the Tamarind in a little water and extract the juice .

To this juice add turmeric powder, brown sugar and keep aside .

Heat gingelly oil in a kadhai ..till it turns smoky add mustard seeds ,after it starts sputtering add the jeerakam ,perrper corns,curryleaves ,onion and garlic.

Fry till the onion turns golden brown.

Add the tomato .

keep frying till the tomato skin leaves the pulp .mash it lightly .

Now add the kept aside juice ,the chilly and kulambu powders .

add a little more water .

Boil it and simmer it till it thickens .

Serve with Hot rice and appalam .

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