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Starting 2018 with one and only Positive Vibes

Starting 2018 with one and only Positive Vibes

Thanks Aval Vikatan (leading Tamil Magazine. Part of Ananda Vikatan) for letting me start my New Year with more energy and positivity.

When you think its waste,

It’s absolutely waste

When you think its precious,

It’s absolutely precious

It’s up to you and your thoughts,

Bring out the best.


Here comes my “Waste to Taste” recipes (recipes from leftover food), which is getting overwhelming response all over Tamil Nadu. These beautiful post cards from public to Aval Vikatan (shared by Team Aval Vikatan) about my recipes gives me more energy, positivity, happiness and taking it as Award to my hard work. I am sure I would try hard to give out my best and thanks all for the support and making me happy.

English Version of Post Card 1 – Deepa’s Waste to Taste recipes from Aval Vikatan, is being more useful. I am gonna try and taste all these dishes one by one – Vatsala Sadhasivan.

English Version of Post Card 2 – Preparing food by putting all over efforts, and at times it becomes leftover and gets wasted. But now onwards we could make tasty food from these leftovers. And so this book is being a Boon to all of us – Chellaiya

 

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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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.

 

 

Eggless Chocolate Cupcake recipe / Vegan Halloween Cupcake recipe / Basic Chocolate cupcake recipe

Eggless Chocolate Cupcake recipe / Vegan Halloween Cupcake recipe / Basic Chocolate cupcake recipe

Basic chocolate cupcake in vegan, is very easy and simple to prepare. As of Halloween I have given spooky icing like Spider web, Witches Eye and Devil. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Cocoa powder – ½ cup
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Brown sugar – 1 cup
  • Vegetable oil – ¼ cup
  • Water – 1 ¼ cups
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp
  • For Icing – I have used Pillsbury Creamy Vanilla Icing – 1 box

Preparation:

  • Take a wide mouth bowl, sieve all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, all together.
  • Take another bowl, add the brown sugar, pour water, vegetable oil, vinegar and beat all these together until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the sieved ingredients to the wet ingredients, little by little and fold it gently (make sure to fold only in one direction).
  • Meanwhile pre-heat microwave to 180-degree C, place the cupcake liner to the cupcake tray, fill half the cupcake liner with the cupcake batter.
  • Bake at 180-degree C for few mins or until the tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove it from microwave, let it rest until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Open the icing box, mix it well, transfer it to a piping cone using a spoon, and squeeze it over the cake as you desire.
  • Refrigerate the cakes for few mins, once it’s done.
  • For witches’ eye – I squeezed out the icing to a circle at the center of the cake and placed a Choco chip at the center.
  • For Devil – I have squeezed icing all over the circle, placed a red color flavored almond for eyes and then a Choco chip in the center.