Saturday, 31 January 2015

A Dish from my Hometown

In this post, I am happy to share an easy to make tasty recipe from our place. "Kuzhi Paniyaram" as we call it in the Tamil language - Rice batter dumplings cooked on a concave griddle - is a dish from southern state Tamil Nadu in India. It can be made for a morning break fast or for an evening snack as well. This dish is versatile and can be served plain, sweet or spicy.

Sometimes, we assume a dish is difficult to prepare and never end up trying it out. One such dish was the "Kuzhi Paniyaram". But recently I found that it is easy to make. Since then I have prepared it a number of times. You too can try this delicious healthy dish and I am sure you'll like it. 
                                                                                                       Scroll down for the recipe.


For the Batter

200gm (8 oz) parboiled rice
200 gm (8 oz) raw rice
50 gm (2 oz) spilt white gram (urad dal)
Salt to taste

For The Tempering

2 teaspoons oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
50 gm (2 oz) onions, chopped
1/2 coconut grated (optional)
1/2 teaspoon green chilli, chopped
1 spring curry leaves.  

Method: Soak both the rice varieties and split white gram in water for one hour. Drain and wash the rice in running water. Grind the rice to a smooth paste, adding adequate water for a pouring consistency. Keep the batter to ferment for 6--7 hours in a warm place (about 30 c /60 f ).

For the tempering: Heat oil and crackle mustard seeds, add chopped onions, grated coconut, chopped green chilli, and curry leaves. Saute and set aside.

For the dumplings

Add the tempering and salt to the batter. Pour the batter in the preheated, oil-greased kuzhi paniharam concave griddle and cook till done. Turn over the dumplings with the help of a skewer and cook the other side. Remove the dumplings from the griddle and serve with coconut, tomato or mint chutney.

For coconut  chutney

Coconut - Half (grated)
Green chillies- 2
Onion - 1 small
Salt to taste.

Grind together all the ingredients adding water to your favour consistency. Heat little oil in a and put in the mustard seeds and curry leaves and add it to the chutney. 

Tips: Cook on a medium flame. Not necessary to cover the concave griddle. During cooking, one can turn and add little oil over the dish. Remove from the griddle when it turns golden brown, with the help of skewer.     

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

My Wish Table:):)

Our Birthday to us means it's "our day" along with the greetings, gifts and best wishes that we receive from our near and dear ones...... and also the little things that we like do on this day which gives us a lot of happiness too.

Everyone has their favorite things that they'd like to do in life along with unfulfilled wishes too. I  have a few wishes and think I can fulfill them sometime. Expressing these wishes through a table scape was fun and new. I created my wish table on my birthday (20th Jan) and it gave a special touch to my birth day along with the other memorable things. 

A Fragrance is one of the few art forms that can remain totally silent but can create a major impact and have the ability to evoke a memory or emotion without speaking a word. A Perfume can say thousand things. I wish that one day I could create my own signature scent by mixing my favorite fragrance mixers at the worlds perfume capital....France. To show this, I have placed cute little perfume bottles on the table.  

Apples and orange gardens are natures beauty and  there is one word that describes the feeling of being amid a lush green garden is Paradise. Visiting a apple or an orange garden could be a heart throbbing, spectacular and memorable visit ever. I wish I could visit a apple garden in Kashmir and a orange garden in the city of Nagpur in India one day.

Who wouldn't love flowers? Flowers are symbol of joy and harmony. My wish is to visit the Tulip garden (Holland)  when it is in full bloom and the valley of flowers in Himalayas.

Taj Mahal is jewel in India's architectural diadem. A labour of love she is dazzling at noon, warm and glowing at dusk, soft and ethereal in the moon light like the varying moods of a beautiful woman. It's a object of world's admiration and symbol of India. Visiting Taj Mahal on a moon lit night would be romantic and I wish to visit Taj on a full moon night all by myself. Hope my wishes comes true...:):)   

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Hot soup for a chill evening:)

Hello....Happy to meet you all once again in 2015 at blog land. Hope all welcomed  2015 in grand manner. It is wonderful to see many sharing their beautiful tables and other decor posts in their blogs. This is my first post this year.

I had two surprises this New year in blog land as Marty of 'Stroll Thru Life' and Karin of 'The Style Sisters' featuring my New Year table  in their blogs. It was a lovely feeling and I am glad.

These are the days of chill weather here  and it also encourages you to have a cup of hot tea or bowl of hot soup in the evenings.  The season also allows you to see beautiful colourful flowers all around you. The flower shops and the markets are flooded with pretty flowers and you are tempted to pick few of them when you go out. I was delighted to see and buy the cheery big yellow Chrysanthemum which I used for my soup table setting. 

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