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Prawn Rice

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Prawn Rice is one of the most special rice from my Home Town – Thoothukudi. Being a coastal region, we prepare this type of dishes. This prawn rice has wonderful aroma, fantastic flavor and attractive color, as we roast and ground the spices and prepare a fresh masala for the rice. Also this rice is packed with health benefits, as we add Moringa Leaves or Drumstick spinach because they perfectly go well with prawns and has iron content which helps in increasing the hemoglobin content and iron content.

This goes out well with Rice crackers, Omelette and Coriander Thuvaiyal. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Prawns – 500 gm
  • Prawn heads – 250 gm
  • Rice – 2 ½ cups
  • Moringa leaves (murungaikeerai) or Amaranthus Artis (Arakeerai) – 200 gm (only leaves)
  • Onions – 200 gm
  • Tomato – 150 gm
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Dry red chillies – 8 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 3 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek/Vendhayam/Methi seeds – ¾ tsp
  • Grated Coconut – 50 gm
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split Black gram – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sesame oil / Gingelly oil / Nallennai – 2 tbsp.

Preparation:

  • Clean the Prawns and Prawn Head.
  • Finely chop 6 to 7 pieces of prawns.
  • Wash, clean and chop the moringa leaves or amaranthus artis, keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic, keep it aside.
  • Roughly chop tomatoes into pieces and keep it aside.
  • Grind the prawns head with a cup of water, strain the water and keep it aside.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a tawa and roast red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and coconut until the raw smell goes off. Make sure that coconut should be roasted in a way as they should not be burnt or turn golden brown in color.
  • Transfer them to a plate, bring them to room temperature and grind them to a fine paste by adding water.
  • Heat the leftover oil in a pressure cooker, add mustard seeds, split black gram, ¼ tsp of fenugreek seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add in the onions and garlic, cook until they get glassy appearance.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  • Add the spinach and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add in the chopped prawns followed by salt and turmeric powder, cook for 3 mins.
  • Add in the rice, pour water along with prawn water (for 1 cup of rice, pour 2 cups of water).
  • Pressure-cook for 2 whistles. Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, gently stir in.
  • Pour the ground masala along with prawns and 2 ½ cups of water, pressure-cook for 2 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, give a stir and transfer it to plate.

Serve hot with Rice crackers, Omelette and Coriander Thuvaiyal (thick chutney).

Making of Prawn rice:

Banana Halwa – Tuticorin Special

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Banana Halwa is my all-time favorite from my childhood, as its one of Tuticorin Special (my hometown) durning Chirstmas but that halwa has a slight change (colour, taste and aroma) from this one, hope will find it the secret and update it soon.

Also I would say that there is everything special in this Halwa as my bestie prepares this every time for me and now it’s my hubby who prepared this Halwa, just like that I was mentioning him the quantity and texture ;P. Let us move on to the recipe…

Do check out my other Deepavali/Diwali recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/2015/11/03/deepavali-diwali-sweets-and-savories/ and other halwa recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/desserts/.

Ingredients:

  • Banana (Morris) – 7 nos (Ripe)
  • Sugar – 6 tbsps
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – 8 tbsps.

Making of Banana Halwa –

 

Preparation:

  • Banana should be fully ripen or even over ripen bananas are ok.
  • Peel and mash the bananas with your hands or masher (be sure no lumps should be).
  • Grease a tray with a tsp of ghee/clarified butter and keep it aside.
  • Take this mashed bananas in a wide mouth non-stick kadai, and start stirring.
  • Add in the sugar and start stirring continuously, until it thickens.
  • Pour in the ghee/clarified butter little by little for every 3 mins along the sides and start stirring continuously. Halwa starts changing brown in colour.
  • Keep on stirring (else lumps would be formed), until the halwa release the ghee/clarified butter along the sides and comes to the rolling consistency.
  • Transfer the halwa to the greased tray and level it with a spoon. Leave it aside for 20 mins, let it get set.
  • After 20 mins, slice the halwa into pieces with a knife and remove it from the tray.

Store it in an air-tight container, so that it stays fresh for a week time. Also you bet that no one will keep it for a week time, as it would get over with minutes :).

 

 

Rasam / TamilNadu Rasam recipe / How to make rasam at home

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Rasam is a traditional dish from the south India. Rasam is prepared all over osuth Indian, but in different styles and this a TamilNadu version of rasam with tamarind and tomatoes but with no dal water. Very easy and simple to try rasam for beginners and bachelors. There are varieties of rasam, but here I have prepared this rasam with the pulp of tamarind, tomatoes, peppercorns and coriander leaves. This is served along with steamed rice and some people take it as a soup.

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Rasam is taken after the main course lunch, since it’s very good for digestion. Also it is very light and good for fevers, coughs and cold. This is a must in every south Indian meal.

Rasam

Rasam

Ingredients:

  • Tamarind – a gooseberry size
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Coriander leaves – a fistful
  • Curry leaves – a string
  • Cumin seeds – 1 ½ tsp
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Black peppercorns – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split blackgram – ¼ tsp
  • Red chillies – 3 nos(pinched)
  • Methi seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 3 tsp

Making of Rasam –

 

Preparation:

  • Prepare tamarind extract.
  • Squeeze tomato in the tamarind extract. Pour in two cups of water.
  • Crush a tsp of cumin seeds and peppercorns. Add garlic to it and crush them again.
  • Put these crushed ingredients and coriander leaves to the tamarind water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Put mustard, blackgram, methi, a pinch of cumin seeds, red chillies and curr leaves. Wait till they crakle.
  • Pour in the tamarind water and wait till it starts to boil. (Make sure that it should not get boiled, but note for the bubbles to come).
  • Sprinkle the asafetida and salt. Switch off the flame and transfer the rasam to another bowl.
  • Put salt and then give a stir.

Serve hot.