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Black rice Pongal Recipe / Kavuni Arisi Pongal recipe / Pongal recipes

Black rice Pongal Recipe / Kavuni Arisi Pongal recipe / Pongal recipes

Black rice is also known as forbidden rice or emperor’s rice. Since it was only consumed by emperor’s, it is known as forbidden or emperor’s rice. Black rice is black in color, but becomes dark purple when cooked. It is a rare and old variety of rice that has been growing for centuries, in North East and South India which is commonly known as Kavuni Arisi in Tamil Nadu.

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It has nutty taste and little chewy like brown rice even after cooked. Since it consumes time to get cooked, it’s soaked overnight or for 12 hours before cooked. It’s sticky and juicy nature suits it best for the making of desserts and sweets.

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Black rice pongal recipe / Kavuni Arisi Pongal recipe – Pongal special recipe

Health benefits: Black rice gives impressive health benefits when compare to other rice varieties. It fights inflammation fights cancer, improves heart health, reduce weight (rich in fibre and low in calories), helps to prevent diabetes, improves liver health and improves digestive system.

Black rice Pongal is very delicious and also healthier with little chewy and sticky nature it fits the concept of sweet Pongal very well. Black rice Pongal is also known as Kavuni Arisi Pongal or Karuppu Arisi pongal in tamil. Give a try and share your feedback…

Ingredients:

  • Black rice / Kavuni Arisi (கவுனி அரிசி) – 1 cup
  • Crushed Sugarcane Jaggery / Vellam (அச்சு வெல்லம்) – ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder (ஏலக்காய் பொடி) – ½ tsp
  • Cashew nuts (முந்திரி) – 10 nos
  • Raisins (உலர்ந்த திராட்சை) – 8 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter (நெய்) – 2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut (துருவிய தேங்காய்) – ¼ cup

Making of Black Rice Pongal / கவுனி அரிசி பொங்கல் –

 

Preparation:

  • Soak black rice or kavuni arisi over night or for 12 hours, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Pressure-cook for 4 to 5 whistles or cook until it becomes soft and tender when you are cooking in a heavy bottom vessel.
  • Once it’s coked completely make sure water is completely dried, then add the crushed jaggery and grated coconut.
  • Cook in medium flame until the jaggery melts gets mixed well with the rice.
  • Add in the cardamom powder followed by a tbsp. of ghee/clarified butter.
  • Roast cashew nuts and raisins in the ghee / clarified butter and pour it to the Pongal, mix it well.
  • Remove from fire.

Serve hot.

Pirandai Chutney Recipe / Adamant Creeper Recipes – Chutney Recipes

Pirandai Chutney Recipe / Adamant Creeper Recipes – Chutney Recipes

Pirandai is a creeper with too many health benefits. It is called as “Adamant Creeper or Devil’s Back Bone or Veldt Grape” in English. This is grown mostly in lots of home. It helps in digestions, relieves pitta, helps in menstrual problems, also helps in De worming.

Pirandai Chutney Recipe / Chutney Recipes

Pirandai can be used in dosa, chutney, thuvaiyal and so on. Since it’s little itchy in nature, smear your hands with sesame oil before you handle them. Break the pirandai at the nodes, remove the nodes, wash thrice in water and continue cooking. Always use only tender pirandai, since it’s very tender and easy to break.

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Pirandai Chutney is one such delicious and healthy chutney, also kids eat them without hesitation when it’s prepared in the form chutney. Let me share the recipe, give a try and share your feed back…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #205 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner and co-hosts Mollie and Petra

Ingredients:

  • Pirandai / Adamant Creeper / Devil’s Backbone – 15 stalks
  • Grated Coconut – ½ cup
  • Tamarind – a small gooseberry size
  • Urad dal / Ulundam paruppu – 2 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 3 nos
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Black gram – ¼ tsp

Preparation:

  • Clean the pirandai and keep it aside.
  • Take a heavy bottom vessel, pour ½ tsp of oil, roast black lentil (ulundam paruppu), garlic, tamarind, red chillies together, remove it from fire, once they golden brown in color.
  • Pour ½ tsp of oil, add the cleaned pirandai, cook until it becomes tender or turns to dark green in color.
  • Remove it to a plate, wait until it reaches room temperature.
  • Grind the roasted black lentil, along with garlic, red chillies and tamarind.
  • Add the roasted pirandai, and grind it to a fine paste by sprinkling water and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Heat the leftover oil in a vessel, add the mustard seeds, split black gram and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Pour it to the chutney, add salt and mix it well.

Serve with Idly or Dosa for breakfast or dinner.

Vada Curry Recipe / How to make Vada curry / Vada Curry recipe using leftover Masala Vada

Vada Curry Recipe / How to make Vada curry / Vada Curry recipe using leftover Masala Vada

Vada curry is prepared using Masala vada, you can make fresh masala vadai or paruppu vadai, later make them into pieces and use them or you can use leftover vada from evening for dinner or even for the next day’s breakfast. I have already shared the recipe and making of masala vadai or paruppu vadai.

Vada Curry Recipe / How to make Vada curry / Vada Curry recipe using leftover Masala Vada

This vada curry goes out well with Idly and set dosai. Give a try for your breakfast, I am sure would like it to the core. Nothing beats vada curry and Idly combo.

Taking it to Fiesta Friday #205 by Angie@thenovicegarderner and our co-hosts Mollie and Petra.

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Recently I have developed few recipes from leftover food for Aval Vikatan Magazine and this is one among them. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Masala vadai / Paruppu Vadai – 9 nos
  • Onions – 2 nos (medium size)
  • Tomato – 1 nos (medium size)
  • Cloves – 3 nos
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Star Anise – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Thick coconut milk – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp or as required

Preparation:

  • Break vada into medium pieces, make sure not to break them to small pieces and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and tomatoes, Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai or a heavy bottomed vessel, add cloves, bay leaf, star anise and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the finely chopped onions followed by ginger-garlic paste, cook until the onions turn golden brown and the raw smell of the ginger-garlic paste goes off.
  • Add tomatoes, cook until they become juicy.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and salt, cook until the raw smell of the spice powders goes off.
  • Pour ¼ cup of water, add the masala vadai / paruppu vadai pieces and cook for few mins or until the curry thickens. Don’t stir else the vada would break into pieces.
  • Pour the thick coconut milk, let it boil and wait until the oil starts floating on the top of the curry.
  • Sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot. Goes out well with Idly.