Monthly Archives: August 2012

Quick and Easy Spicy Chutney | TamilNadu Chutney Recipes

Thakkali, Vengaayam Chutney | South-India Chutney Recipes Especially on a Monday morning, when you are in a hurry-burry to office or school or college and want to make food for the family what you do? Canteen/Cafeteria/Pantry is the answer, right? Need not be if you know to make this easy and quick yet tasty chutney. When I was trying to give a name to this post, a long queue of different names came to my mind. Hustle-bustle chutney, hurry-burry chutney, avasara chutney (avasaram in Tamil language means – “in a hurry”), topsy-turvy chutney, on-the-run chutney… so many names that I got confused which to choose for the title. Yes, it is such an “easy-to-prepare” chutney and can be prepared in a jiffy. We call it “the red color chutney” in my family. This post shows you with step by step pictures how to prepare this super-fast chutney thereby giving you… Continue reading »

Kadala paruppu Chutney | South-Indian Chutney Recipes

Kadala paruppu Chutney – Sidedish for Idli-Dosai       Kadalai paruppu chutney or Chana dal chutney is my dad’s favorite. You won’t be knowing how many idlies and how many dosas you are stuffing in if you are having this kadalai paruppu chutney as your dosa/idly dip . Were you with me when I announced the project Coconut Chutney 101 (CC 101) in GoJingalala? I am adding this chanadhal chutney as a first entry to this project. Like how I mentioned in the prologue of MY Madurai chutney recipe, I really admire the variety of twists and tweaks one could make with coconut as the main ingredient in making chutneys. So I announced this project “CC 101” even before I started working on it . This recipe is from my grandma’s kitchen (dad’s mom). So let’s now check on how my grandma makes kadalai paruppu chutney (chanadal chutney).  … Continue reading »

Homemade Pizza Crust | Best Pizza dough | How to make Pizza Base

Homemade Pizza Crust | Best Pizza dough | How to make Pizza Base How will the people in your house react if the produce/product bought by you is not perfect? They give rotten comments, don’t they ? I still remember this; the famous Pizzas were introduced to our city of Madurai by the ‘British Bakery’ when we were very very young. We never know about Pizza until my father brought a box full of small pizzas to home. When we tasted it we felt…’Yucckkkkk…. Is it really an edible thing??’ and dumped the whole box into the bin. When we asked our dad what it was, he said, ‘it’s Pisssaa…’ It was too much chewy that our jaws begin to pain and we felt like a group of cows who got no other work other than chewing the food all day. We made funny comments that even dogs can’t eat… Continue reading »

Homemade Pizza Sauce | Best Pizza Sauce | How to make Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce | Best Pizza Sauce | How to make Pizza Sauce The moment I hear tomato sauce/ketchup I only remember how I used to greedily finish up the sauce bottle kept in the tables of bakeries and office cafeteria. Every time we visit any bakery/restaurant we order the pizzas/samosas and quickly grab the sauce bottle from other tables. The sweet, spicy and tangy flavor makes me to dip my finger number of times into the paper plates. Then I make this finger licking and lip smacking noise until the person in the next table gets irritated . At times, I enjoy the sauce just like that from the refrigerator. This is about the accompaniment sauce that comes with the main dish that we get in the bakeries. But here in this pizza sauce post, I’m going to show how I made and enjoyed my own pizza topping sauce…. Continue reading »

Homemade Pizza Recipe | Pizza Topping ideas | Mushroom Jalapeno Pizza

Homemade Pizza Recipe | Pizza Topping ideas | Mushroom Jalapeno Pizza    I was a fast eater alias food gulper back then at school and college. When a group of people eat together, I used to be the first to finish eating my lunch. During lunch hours, by the time my friends kick-start a topic and are half-way discussing the topic, I’ll be sitting quite like a cat smacking my lips, finishing my lunch. When friends look back into their tiffin-box, I’ll be burping. There are times when few looked at me like ‘that’ and few openly have asked…’hey, you finished your lunch so soon?’ But don’t know what has happened after college days. The amount of food I take in and the hours I spend eating it changed drastically. Today I eat only little but I feel a full-stomach. Also, I take long minutes to finish a plate of… Continue reading »


Madurai Chutney Recipe | Spicy Chutney Recipe

 Madurai Chutney Recipe | Spicy Chutney Recipe   What more do you want than the white-hot-spongy idlies accompanied by red-spicy-tasty chutney and then thanking God when you get a good burp ?  Chutneys are integral part of South-Indian food habits. The beauty with all the chutney varieties of Tamilnadu is the variations which you could make with the same chutney. Adding more tomatoes/tamarind makes the chutney tangy, adding little more chillies makes it spicy, adding a little sugar at the end gives a nice sweet taste to the chutney, grinding the chutney with coconut, without coconut, with tempering, without tempering, grinding the chutney in ammikal (hand mortar), grinding in aattu kal (hand-driven stone grinder), grinding it in mixie (blender)…. all these sure give a completely different taste to the same chutney.   If I actually start to classify the chutney varieties that we make in our home it will run… Continue reading »