Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cabbage and Prawn Stir-Fry / Muttakhos Era Poriyal

Cabbage and Prawn Stir-Fry / Muttakhos Era Poriyal

Cabbage stir fry prepared in the regular way, but the spices I induced here is medicinal, which is good for sore throat, dry cough, indigestion and cold. Summer causes more and more sweat which results in cold and throat irritation for kids. My son loves to have food mostly with non-veg, so I have added prawns/Shrimps to this recipe. If you are veg you could omit prawns and continue with the same procedure. Let us move on to the recipe…

Cabbage Prawn Stir-Fry

Cabbage Prawn Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

  • Cabbage – 250 gms
  • Prawns / Shrimps – 150 gms
  • Onions – 50 gm
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Ajwain/Omam/Carom seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Black Cumin / Nigella seeds / Karunjeeragam – ½ tsp
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Ginger – 1 “ inch stick
  • Red chilies – 1 no
  • Black Peppercorns – ½ tsp
  • Coconut pieces – 1 tbsp
  • Coconut oil – 3 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Blackgram – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a string
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions, grate the cabbage.
  • Clean and devein the Prawn/Shrimps.
  • Dry roast red chilies, carom seeds, Nigella / Black cumin, garlic, ginger, black peppercorns, coconut pieces till the raw smell goes off.
  • Ground the spices to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard, split black gram and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add in the onions and fry until they become transparent.
  • Pour in the grounded masala and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the grated cabbage along with salt, sprinkle water, cover and cook for few mins.
  • Add in the shrimps/prawns and cook for few mins, until it is done.

Serve hot with steamed rice and any curry.

 

Ullundhu Kali / Black gram Halwa

Ullundhu Kali / Black gram Halwa

Ullundhu Kali is an authentic and traditional dish of South India – Tamil Nadu. This ullundhu kali consumes lots of time to prepare and also it is very difficult but when you come to its health benefits, it is worth doing.

Ullundhu kali / Blackgram Halwa are prepared especially for girls, when they attain puberty and occasionally throughout their teen age. It strengthens the pelvic bone of the young girls and in strengthening their back.

Also this ullundu kali / black gram halwa is good coolant because of the fenugreek seeds and jaagery syrup. It should be consumed only in the day time, because it drips the whole body temperature.

Ullundhu kali is prepared only with gingelly oil. Gingelly oil, commonly known as “Nalla Ennai” among tamilians and some call it as sesame oil, since it has derived from sesame seeds. Let us move on to the recipe…

Ullundu Kali / Black gram Halwa

Ullundu Kali / Black gram Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice / Pacharisi – 1 cup
  • Ullundu / Black gram – ½ cup
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Grated coconut – 3 tbsp
  • Fenugreek / Vendhyam / Methi seeds – ¼ cup
  • Salt a pinch

Preparation:

  • Soak raw rice, ullundu/blackgram and fenugreek together in water for about 6 hrs.
  • Boil 1 ½ cup of water and add in the jaggery, stir it well, so that it dissolves completely.
  • Keep in medium flame and stir occasionally, still it becomes thick.
  • Remove from the fire, bring it to room temperature and strain it with a filter. Keep it aside.
  • Grind the soaked ingredients by adding water little by little to fine paste.
  • Add in the cardamom powder and grated coconut and continue grinding for few mins.
  • Transfer it a heavy bottomed vessel, add in ¼ cup of gingelly oil, 1 cup of jaggery extract and a pinch of salt. Mix well no lumps should be formed.
  • Keep in medium flame and start stirring continuosly.
  • Keep on drizziling oil along the sides (else the kali would be burnt), until the oil separates along the sides.
  • Keep on continuing this process, until the kali comes to the rolling consistency.

Serve this kali by topping with a tsp of gingelly/sesame oil.

Note: You could add the jaggery syrup depending on your sweet tooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Juice

Orange Juice

Oranges are one of the most familiar summer fruit and I prepare orange juice very now and then not only on summer, even in winters but with Luke warm water. Orange comes with too much of nutrition, mainly they are good in folic acid and folic acid is most important for women’s health.

Glucose plays an important role in summer. Usually glucose taste good, when combined with orange juice instead of sugar… too healthy, an apt and tasty drink for summer. Kids love this lot.

Moreover, this juice is very good for pregnant women, which helps to get rid of diabetics during pregnancy and a good source of medicine during diarrhoea. Let us move on to the recipe…

Orange Juice with Glucose

Orange Juice with Glucose

Ingredients:

  • Orange juice – ½ cup
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Glucose – 3 tbsp

Preparation:

Mix all these ingredients together, refrigerate and serve chilled.

Note: Prepare with luke warm water during winters.