Sunday, September 28, 2008

Poricha kulambu - Tirunelveli Samayal

Toor dal 1/2 cup - cooked with 3 pods garlic
drumstick leaves a handful
Drumstick - 1(cut and cooked)
snake gourd (optional) - 1/2(cut and cooked)

to be ground
coconut scraping - 1/4 cup
jeerakam/cumin - 1 tsp
milagu/pepper - 5 corns
corriander seeds - 1/4 tsp
green chilly - 2 
(grind the above to a fine paste)

In a kadhai ,heat coconut / cooking oil .
add mustard seend allow it to pop add curry leaves .
now add the dal and drumstick ,leaves n the ground paste . add salt .bring to a boil ..simmer till raw smell of coconut leaves .
Serve hot with rice.

Arisim paruppu Sadam - Pappu mammu

patta - 4 pieces
cinnamon - 4 pieces
cardomom - 2 pieces
garlic - 5 cloves
onion(pearl)- 5 v.thinly sliced
thuvar dal -1/4 cup
Basmasti/ Biryani rice - 1 cup

Method :
Soak rice in water for 10 min.
Heat ghee in a kadai , add the patta, cinnamon, cardomom,garlic and onion fry till onion becomes very translucent .
now put everything in a pressure cooker and cook it .
add ghee and salt after it is done .
It goes well with pudina chutney or puli kulambu .

Monday, September 01, 2008

Sponge Cake - A never Fail recipe

4 Eggs (Seperated)

1 cup sugar(Powdered)

4 Tb Cold water

1 cup Sifted Flour(maida)

1 tsp Baking Powder .

1 tsp vanilla
Oven Temp ~ 325° Baking Time ~ 30 Min.Pan Type ~ small cake pan


4 Tbsp cocoa powder .

2 Tbsp. butter

1tsp vanila

a)1/4 cup water mixed with 1/4 cup sugar

b)Mix the optional ingredients together very very nicely .


Preheat oven, grease a small tube pan.
Beat egg yolks and sugar together until very light. Add water. Sift together flour and baking powder. Add to batter. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.Bake. Cool completely and invert onto cake platter. To serve, slice cake in half and fill with (a). Top with (b).

I have made a chocolate sponge cake . . With the cake batter i have mixed 3 tsp cocoa powder and garnished with chopped n fried cashews .