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Paal Kari / Mutton Cooked in Coconut Milk

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Paal Kari is one of the most special dishes prepared in and around Tuticorin for Christmas. This goes out well with Coconut Milk rice, Toasted Bread, Hoppers /Appam. We induce Butter Beans to this curry, but I have induced Rajma / Red Kidney Beans. Let me share the recipe…

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Paal Kari / Lamb Cooked in Coconut Milk

Ingredients:

  • Mutton / Lamb – 250 gms
  • Butter beans / Overnight soaked Rajma – 20 gms
  • Onions – 200 gms
  • Potatoes – 150 gms
  • Green chillies – 3 nos
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel  seeds – 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns – ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon (1” inch stick) – 2 nos
  • Coconut milk – 2 cups
  • Cloves – 5 nos
  • Star Anise –  2 nos
  • Ginger (1 “inch stick) – 1 no
  • Garlic – 7 cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Sesame oil – 1 tbsp.

Making of Paal Kari / Lamb Cooked in coconut milk –

Preparation:

  • Clean the lamb/mutton pieces and keep it aside.
  • Finely chop half the quantity of onion and roughly chop the rest of the pieces.
  • Peel and roughly cube the potatoes to pieces.
  • Take the roughly chopped onions, ¾ tsp of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic and black peppercorns all together and coarsely crush them.
  • Bring 2 to 3 cups of water to boil in a pressure-cooker, add the mutton/lamb pieces, and all the crushed ingredients, and pressure-cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add cinnamon, cloves, star anise, leftover cumin seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Add the finely chopped onions, and cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add the cubed potatoes and cook for 5 mins.
  • Pour the pressure-cooked mutton along with the beans and the stock.
  • Add salt, followed by the coconut milk, cover and cook until the curry thickens and the oil starts floating on the top.

Serve hot with Coconut milk rice or Toast Bread.

 

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:

Christmas and New year Collections

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When it comes to Christmas, I think only of my Home town, a perfect place for Christmas with too many Christmas carousels, lights, crackers and music all over the nook and corner of the streets. Last year I have been to my home town, this time here in Bangalore.

“WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR”

After a sick period not only with me, whole of my family including kids. Finally we decorated our Christmas tree yesterday and had a lovely and fantastic time as of my kids vacation started. Let me share few of our Christmas Tree Clicks and recipes for the Christmas and New year. Also Stay Tuned for more recipes as I will update it until New year…

Cakes and Bakes: