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Athalakkai Kulambu Recipe / Tangy Athalakkai Curry Recipe / Athalakkai Recipes

Athalakkai Kulambu Recipe / Tangy Athalakkai Curry Recipe / Athalakkai Recipes

Athalakkai is an Indian vegetable, found in all parts of south India during winter. It looks like baby bitter gourd, also it has the same bitter taste but crunchy due to the seeds in it. This is a medicinal vegetable, which helps in weight loss, prevents diabetics and helps maintains the blood sugar level.

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Athalakkai / Athalakka

My mom prepares curry, stir-fry/poriyal using this Athalakkai, but I never eat them due to the bitter taste, but now after my husband diagnosed with diabetics, I purposely got this from my home town “Thoothukudi” and prepared this curry for him.

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Athalakkai Kulambu recipe / Athalakkai pulikuzhambu recipe / Athalakkai recipes

Athalakkai Kulambu is simple to prepare, the tanginess in the curry reduces the bitter taste of Athalakkai, also I prefer using Gingelly/Sesame oil to bring the bitterness down. This curry goes out well with steamed rice and appalam / pappad or steamed rice and omelette. Also, it goes out well with dosa. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Athalakkai – 1 cup
  • Onions – 2 nos
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind – a lemon (medium) size
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 10 mins, mash the tamarind well in the water, discard the flesh and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds followed by curry leaves and wait until they crackle.
  • Add the onions, garlic pieces and cook until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn pulpy.
  • Add the athalakkai, followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and salt.
  • Cook for few mins or until the raw smell of the masala goes off.
  • Pour the tamarind extract along with a cup of water, bring it to boil, cover and cook until athalakkai becomes soft and tender.
  • Once cooked, remove the lid and cook in low flame until the curry thickens and the oil floats on the top of the curry.

Serve hot with steamed rice and pappad or steamed rice and omelette.

 

 

Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe

Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe

Mor Kulambu or Moru curry is one of our family’s favorite and at least once in a week we use to have this Mor kulambu. In my earlier days, I use to prepare this moru curry with coconut and later when heard the version of mor kulambu without coconut and tried it, my family loves it to the core. So, this moru curry without coconut has been a default in our weekly menu. Few days back when I had very few spinaches left in my refrigerator along with some grated coconut, as I was planning for a holiday, decided to finish it off and so prepared this moru curry with coconut and spinach.

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Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe / Mor Kuzhambu recipe with coconut

Keerai Mor Kulambu / Spinach Mor Kulambu is an easy, simple, also less time-consuming dish but delicious and healthy. Goes out well with steamed rice for lunch with any stir-fry or deep fry or chips. Let me share the recipe…

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Spinach Moru Curry Recipe / Keerai Mor Kulambu Recipe / Mor Kuzhambu recipe with Coconut

Ingredients:

  • Curd / Yogurt – 2 cups
  • Spinach – ½ cup
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Onions – ½ no (medium size)
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ + 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek / Methi / Vendayam seeds – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coconut (grated or pieces) – ¼ cup
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 3 nos
  • Salt – 1 tsp or as per your taste

Making of Keerai Moru Curry / Keerai Mor Kuzhambu –

Preparation:

  • Clean and finely chop the spinach, keep it aside.
  • Whisk the curd, make sure no lumps are formed or whisk in mixer using the reverse mode just for a second.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion, keep it aside.
  • Grind coconut, red chillies and a tsp of cumin seeds to a fine paste by adding little water and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard, fenugreek, cumin seeds followed by curry leaves and wait until it crackles.
  • Add the onions, cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add the finely chopped spinach, cook for few mins or until the leaves turn dark green in color.
  • Pour ½ cup of water, cover and cook, until the spinach becomes soft or cooked.
  • Pour in the ground coconut masala, cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour the whisked curd / yogurt, cook in medium flame, keep on stirring continuously, so that you don’t get the curdled texture.
  • Once the curry starts bubbling, remove it from fire and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve it hot with any stir-fry and appalam.

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Plain Pulao Recipe / Basic Pulao Recipe / How to make Pulao in Pressure Cooker

Plain Pulao Recipe / Basic Pulao Recipe / How to make Pulao in Pressure Cooker

Pulao / Pulav is a one pot meal that can be prepared in minutes and there are different varieties of pulao from veg to non-veg. There are sometimes, when we don’t have anything at home, but still need a rich food may be for a party or on the arrival of surprise guest.

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Plain Pulao Recipe / Basic Pulao Recipe / How to make Pulao Recipe

Plain Pulao is very simple, delicious and flavorful but needs only the basic ingredients that we generally have at home and they are nothing other than the flavored spices. Plain pulao goes out well with any gravy or curry. I have accompanied it with Chicken curry, for veg option Dal suits it very well. I have shared few more Pulao like – Chicken Pulao, Soya chunks Pulao, Afghani Lamb Pulao, Prawn and Peas Pulao, Zarda Pulao (Sweet Pulao), Vegetable Pulao. Let me share the recipe…

Making of Plain Pulao / Pulao Video recipe –

Ingredients:

  • Basmathi / Long-grain rice – 2 cups
  • Onion – 1 nos (medium size)
  • Green chilies – 2 nos
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf – 2 nos
  • Star Anise – 2 nos
  • Cinnamon (1 “inch stick) – 1 no
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Salt – 1 tsp or as per your taste
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tsp
  • Oil (any cooking oil) – 2 ½ tsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and thinly slice the onions to pieces.
  • Slit the green chilies into two equal halves.
  • Heat both ghee/clarified butter and oil in a pressure cooker or a heavy bottomed vessel, add the flavored spices (bay leaf, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom) and wait until the spices crackle.
  • Add onions and green chillies, cook for a min and add ginger-garlic paste, cook until the onion turns glassy and the raw smell goes off.
  • Meanwhile clean the rice in running water, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Add the cleaned rice, followed by salt and cook for a min.
  • Pour water (for one cup of rice pour 1 ½ cups of water, make sure to use the same cup for measurement).
  • Wait until the water boils, for pressure cooker – cover the lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles, for heavy bottom vessel – cover the lid and cook until the rice is perfectly done.
  • Remove the lid, and gently stir the rice and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot with any Vegetarian Curries or Gravies or Non-Vegetarian Gravies or Curries.