Suspicious Summer Menu

We are at grandparent’s place and it is summer holidays. Double damaka for volt.

Its been only 2 weeks and she is already bored. Not knowing what to do, she is trying all crazy stuff. Yesterday I saw her sweeping the floor with her hair. ** Pausing for a minute here so that you can imagine the sight **

Her favourite timepass so far is to steal real stuff from kitchen and prepare some really innovative dishes.

For the curious minds, here I am sharing the recipes

Kheer :-

This kheer is unlike any other kheer . You would have never tried this one. Once you know the recipe you would never want to try this one. This kheer is made with very premium quality kitchen tissue. Soak 1-2 tissues (Premium quality is a must, otherwise it won’t dissolve properly ). Close the lid properly and occasionally keep stirring vigorously.

Mask for your face is a must.

Very Questionable Mosambi Juice :-

Take handful of urad dal, mix a glass of water. Do a vigorous stirring. Strain off the water carefully and (the most important part) keep the glass very close to Appa’s real mosambi juice. It was a lucky day for Appa, he narrowly escaped.

Other dishes which are in trial stage for now involve ingredients like groundnut shells, elaichi skin etc. We will share the recipe soon.

We are looking for volunteers who can try and taste these dishes and give their generous feedback. Free life insurance for first 10 volunteers. Hurry!!!

 

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Rainy lazy – 96

It is a picture post today. Sundays are going to be samayal Sundays for what gives happiness more than a simple home cooked food.

Mysore rasam is my favorite. Paruppu thogaiyal is one of my comfort food. It’s a rainy day today and Sunday too. So tadaa.. Mysore rasam and paruppu thogaiyal

Potato podi(powder)

My mother always makes this podi with mor kozhambu. While everyone else mixes mor kozhambu with rice and eats I hog on this podi alone. Hot rice, one spoon ghee mixed with this podi and mor kozhambu as side dish makes me the happiest person on earth.

After marriage I made this podi at home and B too started liking it. When my mom makes it, I ask her to prepare in bulk and I eat it for breakfast,lunch and dinner.Will never get bored of this. I made it last week. Unfortunately I don’t have any pics. You know me..how food goes from stove to stomach..so photo/video and all never crosses my mind.

I will share the recipe, try it once.

1.Boil one medium sized potato in pressure cooker, peel the skin and mash it.It is ok to have small lumps that makes it even more tastier.

2. Take one tsp oil, add 4-5 tbsp of toor dal and 3-4 chillies (add more according to your spice level), add a pinch of asafoetida powder, roast till the dal turns golden.

3. Shift the contents to a plate immediately so that they don’t burn. Once it cools down ,add salt and grind it into a coarse powder.

4. Now mix the mashed potato with the above podi.

5. Take hot rice, add one spoon of ghee, add some podi mix it and eat it with papad.Yummmm. Mor kozhambu is the best jodi for this.

The beauty of this dish is even if the potato qty is too much or too less it will still taste good . If potato is too much you can always make the above powder in 2 mins and add it.

Mayavaram Pesto Pasta

This hardly two lines recipes is being published as a new post by popular demand…ahem..

  1. Boil the pasta in salted water for 10-15 mins according to pack instructions. If you are like me , the quantity of pasta you use will be 1.5 times the actual amount required because 1/3 rd of it will go into your stomach in the name of tasting ( or just because you are bored to stand near the stove)
  2. Strain and keep it safe
  3. Take one big bunch of coriander, wash it . I removed the super thick stems but kept the soft ones and of course the leaves 😀
  4. Take one green chilli and 2-3 garlic cloves and dry roast in a pan, keep aside.
  5. Take a handful of walnut or almond or a mix of both ..lightly dry roast.
  6. Now grind coriander leaves+walnuts+salt+garlic+chilli,then slowly add 2-3  tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and run the mixie in pulse mode.
  7. Now mix this paste with cooked pasta and top it with store brought italian herbs.
  8. I don’t add cheese as B does not like it.Still it tastes great.
  9. You can fry some veggies like capsicum, zuchhini , broccoli in olive oil and add it to this pasta .
  10. And that is how we brought Italy to Mayavaram..

Nanri… Vanakkam…

Pizzavum Pastavum

2015 was all about food. OK. 2012,1=2013,2014,2015 were all about food. 2016 is going to be about food.. but balanced food. If I eat DeathByChocolate a day I will eat good amount of fruits and veggies too the same week- is my motto ( 🙄 😆 )I want to be leeeeetle health conscious this year. That I why I decided to eat Pizza on Jan 1st!!

Homemade Pizza… 😀

When it comes to trying new food I have a good quota of beginner’s luck because in my cooking history no dish has come out as tasty as it came out first time. B knows this well. He never says lets make this dish again. But pizza..we both were little skeptical even for the first time.We didnot have high hopes.

One of my friend had come home and together we started. We followed this recipe and actually it was not that difficult. The sauce that she has mentioned I have prepared many times at home for pasta so my only challenge was getting the bread right.It came out really well that even my mom appreciated 😀

We also made coriander+walnut pesto pasta without any cheese and it was yum too. A very satisfactory attempt.

When we sat down to eat, volt very badly wanted to feed me. I think she is really angry with the way I feed her food. Because everytime she put the stainless steel fork in my mouth, it was this close to piercing my upper jaw and reaching my irreplaceable brain.After 3 spoons/forks I could not take the risk, so I gave her a spoon instead. And this rowdy with a smirk on her face kept feeding me empty spoons!! Me being me started eating with my hand and emptied the plate in no time huhaha

Some pictures 😀

 

 

 

 

Poori Boori

Today is Karthigai Deepam. All I have known since childhood is we eat awesome pori urundai today and light Deepams. But my in-laws follow slightly a different tradition. They eat Poori during karthigai.

Since last month I see a hyper 30 year old running around the house screaming ‘I love poori..I love poori’ . He started giving me hints like ‘Poori is the highlight of Karthigai.”Poori is his family tradition for karthigai since 1547 B.C.’ and things like that.

I am not a poori person. No Not because its oily n all. I can eat a dozen and a half vadais even before you could say czechoslovakia. For some reason I don’t like. My mom always makes chappathi for me if its a poori day.So naturally I forgot about the great family tradition since 1547 BC and decided that the menu for today would be Idli in the morning, upma for lunch, full meal feast with vadai ,pori urundai and payasam for dinner.

Upon hearing the menu last night I could clearly see that the boy was heartbroken. So we changed the menu and decided idli for morning and poori for lunch. Today morning my mother was making poori  and I started my work on side dish. Idli was ready.

He wakes up ,  comes straightin to kitchen ” You said you can’t make poori on a working day”.

No, that’s OK. YOU asked no! That’s why eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (I hope he buys me that One plus phone next month)

“Oh ok. Morning enna”

“Idli”

“You know I can eat poori for morning”

“OH..Seri. So idli for lunch ah? Will that be filling?”

“No. Poori for lunch too. hehehe.. Only if you have enough pooris ok!”

🙄 🙄 “OK”

Puffy Pooris packed 😀 Breakfast AND Lunch!

Some Poori Facts:-

I started eating Poori as a full meal only after my marriage.Before, it was always chappathi for me while others ate Poori.

The word Poori always reminds me of that sundrop ad where a giant Poori comes rolling down.

The only food item in this world upon hearing its name that makes me feel ‘full’ instead of ‘crazily hungry’ is  “Pooooori”. Congratulations Poori.

Enjoy your day with Pori/Poori 😀

Coming up next: Dosai vagai vagai

Happy 2015

Happy New Year friends 🙂

Summary of 2014 here :

Simple achievements of 2014 :-

1. Occupied most part of the bed taking up all the pillows in the name of pregnancy.

2. Ate delicious meals on time and during off time too, again thanks to pregnancy.

3. Finding time to play with my favourite toy everyday (Volt has a simple orange duck – her favourite. Mine is a yellow one which not only looks like a duck but can also walk like a duck.I don’t play with orange duck and volt not even touches mine. We are that understanding duo!)

Realistic Achievements of 2014 :-

1. Volt

2. Inspite of having a very rough start I managed to breastfeed to my heart’s content.

Unrealistic Achievement (as in not so easy to achieve given that I was either pregnant or breastfeeding actively most part of the year):-

1. Had brown bomb (loaded with brownie,vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate syrup) at corner house THREE times in two weeks .

Rajini-level Achievement of 2014:-

1. Managed NOT to take the unsolicited advice to my brain and did only the things (atleast 80% ) that I was comfortable doing. Rajini-level because these advice seem to flow at the highest rate either when you are pregnant or when you have a small baby.

Realizations of 2014 :- 

1. You cannot handle your hormones,hormones handle you.

2. Believe in yourself – helped me a lot during breastfeeding.

3. Believe in others – I have a big list of people to thank here who stood with me ,helped me when my mother fell sick .

3. The sakkarai pongal (sweet pongal) you make will have strong garlic smell if you had stored the cashew nuts in a box which had garlic cloves before.No, drying in sun did not help.

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