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".

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Parippu Payasam(Onam Special)


Chana dal -2 cups
Jaggery - 1½ cup
Grated coconut - 4 cups
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 5 tbsp
Coconut pieces – 3 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp
Sultanas -2 tbsp
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Crushed cardamom - 1 tbsp


Wash and drain chana dal.
Pressure cook chana dal till it is soft.
Mash chana dal.
Some pieces of dal can be left as it is,
so that it can give a bite in the payasam.

On low flame, in a 'uruli'or any heavy-bottom vessel,
pour ghee and fry coconut pieces and
dry fruits into golden brown.
Keep aside these to garnish later.

In the same ghee, sauté rice flour.
See that it does not turn brown.
In this, add mashed chana dal and sauté for a while.
Now add jaggery dissolved in one cup water.
Let it simmer for a while.

Extract first and second milk from the grated coconut .
Reserve the first thick coconut milk.

First, pour in the thin second extract.
As the 'payasam'thickens, pour the first thick coconut milk.
Sprinkle crushed cardamom powder.
Keep stirring for five minutes and then turn off the flame.
Garnish the payasam with golden brown nuts.

Serve hot or cold.
'Thiruonam' is the day when you really get drunk with Payasam.

In the first stage, you drink payasam plain.

Second stage, to your payasam bowl,add banana cut into pieces.
Banana will give a different twist
to the intense sweetness of the payasam.

Third stage, crush two crispy kerala papadam
into the payasam with banana pieces.

Finally, lick a piece of red hot and sour lemon pickle before
each sip of payasam.
That is how you get drunk with payasam.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kuruku Kalan


Raw banana - 3
Shallots -- 20
Half coconut grated
Green chilli - 3
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Fenugreek - ½ tsp
Jeera - ½ tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Curd - 2 cups
Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
Dry red chilli - 3
Curry leaves
Pepper corns(optional) – 8


Remove the skin of the raw banana, shallots and cut into thin slices.
On a low flame in a vessel put the cut banana, shallots, turmeric, salt
and water. Cook till it is soft.
Mean while in a pan dry roast mustard, jeera, fenugreek. Add this to
Coconut, green chilli, curry leaves and grind into a fine paste.
Add this paste to the cooked banana and simmer till you get
a thick consistency.
Beat curd and pour into the curry.
Keep on stirring slowly.
Add sugar and salt for taste.
Season the kalan with mustard,pepper,red chilli,
curry leaves in coconut oil.

As it cools the kalan gets thicker and tastier.