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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Chettinad Nandu Gravy and Nandu cleaning

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Friday, December 18, 2020


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Friday, December 11, 2020

Karupatti Paniyaram and Elai mavu

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

YouTube video: Chettinad Poondu Vengaya Kulambu

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kosamalli -Easiest way for beginners

Kosamalli is one of the favorite side dishes in Chettinad cuisine .It is mainly served along with Idiyappam in functions.This goes well with idly and dosa as well.Those who have tasted this side dish will make this as a regular one in their homes.Till recently I used to cook this only when I had enough time because I used to follow the time old method of first cooking this small brinjals and potatoes along with the skin and then removing it.It is indeed laborious and it requires a good amount of time.Nowadays we get big brinjals,of those we can easily peel off the skin.Infact we can peel off the skin of the potatoes too.So cooking of this dish has become easy and fast  using this  recipe.                                


Big brinjal-1
Big onion-1
Green chillies-6
Red chilli-2
Tamarind-1/4 teaspoon of tamarind pulp
Coriander leaves

To season:
Mustard seeds-1 teaspoon
Urud dhal-1 teaspoon
Curry leaves-few
Red chillies-2


 Peel off the skin of  the brinjal and potatoes and pressure cook them along with 4 green chillies adding two cups of water.Cook for 7 minutes or 3 whistles.Meantime mince the onions and tomatoes.Soak the tamarind and the salt needed in a cup of water.Open the cooked and smash the cooked vegetables well with the help of a potato smasher or a thick laddle.Add the tamarind salt water into the cooker.Now keep the kadai in the stove.Season the dish with the items given for seasoning.Add the minced onion and tomato.Saute well till the tomato gets cooked.You can either add the contents of kadai into the cooker or the mixture in the cooker into the kadai and bring the whole thing to a boil.Switch off the stove.Add the minced coriander leaves.Your Kosamalli is ready.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chettinad kuzhambu milagai thool catered

On repeated request from my blog readers ,I have thought of catering kuzhambu milagai thool to my readers on order. For details you can contact me through comment section or message me in my facebook page https://m.facebook.com/public/Solai_Chidambaram.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Healthy foods

After long time I am back to blogging. Now I find people very conscious about health and healthy food. It is a very good sign and good as long as we stay balanced . People are aware of too many things easily through the social media . I find the health benefits of each and everything we eat written by somebody every minute in the social media. I genuinely doubt how reliable these information are . So friends don't get too much carried away by these articles .Always try to be balanced . We know in olden days our ancestors were very healthy. They didnt have any cardiac trouble or much of the common diseases common these days . We all know they consumed less rice and had ragi and such other grains in their daily diet. But at the same time they balanced their food by having ghee in their diet .They very casually had mutton in their diet . Now we are scary of all these and very rarely have these but want to stick to healthy food ( fat free ,carbohydrate free etc ) . I am not trying to tell that this is bad but too much into anything is not good . I have come across many experiences .one of our relative completely stopped salt telling the sentence " uppu thappu " and with in three years he died due to lack of sodium. We need all the food that we had from time old days for a healthy living. I myself thought carrot is very very good and now today I read an article that too much of carrot is dangerous. We very rarely try to find the authenticity of the information . Sometimes we will find one of our friend has lost much weight and will ask them what they have done and try to follow that . They would have balanced their diet with something else which information would not have been correctly conveyed. Now a days I even find people taking semiya ,rava ,noodles etc to avoid rice which certainly is not an alternative since it is not good for the stomach and will cause digestion trouble in the long run. So friends don't deny yourself of any food that you love and try to be balanced. We all know too much of anything is bad. Have the seasonal fruits and vegetables.
                                            Now a days I find people stopping medicines for sugar, hyper tension etc and follow the natural remedies published in the media .There is too much of information stuffed through the media . So we should be careful before following them.

                                       We certainly should be aware of some healthy food recipes and should have them in our diet . So my next few blogs will be of that kind . I may or may not be correct but this is what I felt and conveyed my thoughts . I would like my readers to express their thoughts also here through comments so that I know your opinions too.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kuzhandaikalukku sathu maavu (Cereal health mix for kids)

This recipe was a long wanted one from my readers.I always want to make sure that the one that I write should be safe and healthy especially if it is for kids. So I tried to get the recipe from the people who know this the best and is doing it for their grand kids right now.

Kambu. (Pearl millet 100 gms ( wash it and dry inside the house or not in a place very hot) 
Ragi.   250 gms ( sprouted and dried in a place not very hot)
Red rice ( kuruvai arisi) 100 gms
Small maize ( chinna cholam) 100 gms
Pea nuts 50 gms
Pottu kadalai 50 gms (roasted gram)
Broken uradh dhal 25 gms
Cashews 10
Badam 10

 In a sauce pan in low fire dry roast each item for a few minutes.let the grains cool then transfer it into the vessel in which you take for grinding. While taking it for grinding take with you half a kilogram or 1 kilogram of raw rice and grind it in the machine first before grinding the sathu maavu inorder to make sure that the machine is clean from anything grinded before we grind.
     Morning time is the best to feed the baby this porridge. From 6 months this mix is safe.Take one and a half table spoon of this powder mixed in 50 ml of milk that you give the baby  in a sauce pan and in low fire make the porridge stirring continously till it becomes semi solid. Feed the baby  the porridge in luke warm temperature. Little bit of sugar can be added if necessary.
               Start with very very low quantity like a teaspoon on the first day and slowly increase the quantity. This is the case for all food for kids. Start with very low quantity.
You can increase proportionately the quantity as per need and prepare the mix.If possible dont store it long.