If you love eating, you can surely be a good cook, but to be an excellent one, you should have good critics at home. For that I owe to my husband and my children.

I dedicate this blog to the young ladies - "the starters".

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pidi and chicken curry


Rice flour -1 cup
Boiling water -2 cups
Salt -
Jeera - ½ tsp
First and second
Milk extracted from
Half coconut.


Boil water add salt and pour
Little by little into the rice flour
And mix well
with a spoon.The whole rice flour will be wet
and cooked.It should not be watery.
(smoother version of
Chappati dough).Add crushed jeera powder to the dough.
Cover the dough and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Wet your palms roll the whole dough in
your hand to make it smooth.

Now make small balls from this dough.

In a vessel pour second coconut milk, add salt
And keep on low flame.
Drop the dumplings(pidi)
One by one into the simmering milk.
After 5 minutes
Pour the first coconut milk. Keep on the low flame till
You get thick white sauce. If it takes more time to get
thick sauce add ½ tsp rice flour.
Serve your pidi with chickn curry or chicken fry.

To get a sweeter version, you can add sugar and
cardamom just before adding first coconut milk.
A different payasam.

Pidi is a rice dumpling prepared in coconut milk
Or plain water. Pidi is mostly prepared
in northern part of Kerala. Syrian Christians
make small pidi(dumpling) in coconut milk.
Others make larger dumplings and drain the water.
Difference is like kanji and cooked rice.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Moringa-Curry leaves health drink

This is a recipe recommended by my mother.
She drinks quarter glass of this juice every day .
It has helped her to improve her
immunity and has put a control on her cholesterol.
As we have moringa tree in our backyard it is
easy for her to make it fresh everyday.

Moringa leaves are well known for its richness .
Drum sticks are widely used in sambar and curries.
Bark of the moringa tree is used by some people
to make a chutney as an accompaniment for pork curries.
They say it helps to digest the fat in the pork.

Moringa leaves(muringa) -2 hand full
Curry leaves -1 hand full
Chemeen puli leaves - 2 small
Jeera - ½ tsp
Fenugreek (uluva) - ½ tsp
Garlic - 2
Water - ½ glass

Crush all these lightly in a pestle and mortar.
Take a vessel , pour half a glass of water add this
crushed mixture and keep on low flame to boil
for two minutes sieve and squeeze it to a tumbler.

As our age increases and our activity decrease,
we have to watch our diet. Control our carbs,
Sugar, salt, oil and fat. Regular use of vegetables
Fruits , proteins , fresh juice gives a hope for a
better healthy life style . That is the new mantra
of this age.