Blog Archives for category Chettinadu Cuisine

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Varutha Curry Recipe | Mutton Varuval | Mutton Fry

  He said: ‘MMmmmmmmm…..mmmmm… you nailed it’. The dish was ‘Mutton Varuttha Kari’– a recipe passed on from my paternal grandmother to my mom……   Did I tell you that Sambhar was the first recipe I learnt from my mom? I’m still continuing my culinary education in her University, but now it is distance education (actually should be called ‘a-lonnnnnng-distance-education’). She conducts the theory classes from India over the phone and I dry run the recipe during the hands-on in my very kitchen here in the US. Just listening to the theory I will be able to replicate the DNA ribbon of the original recipe to almost 85% in my first trial. However, there will be at least 15% defect in my RUN1 of the recipes [as assessed by the tester, who is the husband here.] The tester reports: ‘masala formula not correct’ or ‘masala not perfectly cooked’ or ‘something’s… Continue reading »

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South-Indian Mutton Keema Gravy (using Kadalai Paruppu)

  This is my Mom’s special recipe – Indian style  gravy using Mutton Keema. Mom uses mutton chunks in this gravy. Since I prefer to eat mutton in Qeema form I used minced mutton. A notable difference in this Mutton gravy recipe is the addition of split chickpeas (kadalai paruppu). Apart from making pakodas, pakoda kulambu, beans-kadalai paruppu poriyal, beetroot kadalai paruppu poriyal, valakkai-kadalai paruppu kootu, cabbage-split chick pea kootu, kadalai paruppu pachadi, kadalai paruppu sundal and the ‘N’ other kadla paruppu recipes that we make in our home, this Kadalai Paruppu Kuzhambu is the darling of the home masses. I do not remember if my Grandmother made this Ground mutton gravy but I remember my mom making it on the week-ends when I was younger. The other day my friend Sup visited us and when we exchanged recipes she raised brows when I said that we add split chickpeas… Continue reading »

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Arisi Maavu Puttu Recipe – How to make Rice Flour Puttu

 Pacharisi (maavu) Pittu Recipe | Puttu using Raw Rice Flour   If you have read my posts on Ragi Puttu and Wheat puttu you will have an idea that I’m a Puttu maniac. Having said long stories about Puttu making in these two posts does not conclude I will stop the story telling. I spent few years of college life in campus hostel. The hostel that had the most annoying rules; especially this one: ‘No talking in the Dining Hall’. When I first heard about the dining hall rule I got mad and mocked the rule. But once I started to taste the food served in the hostel I thought it’s an unnecessary rule because the food tasted so good that everybody’ll be busy enjoying the food stuffed in their mouth and nobody will wanted to speak.     If there is ONE thing that I enjoyed in my college… Continue reading »

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Pakoda Kulambu Recipe ~ Chettinadu Pakoda Kuzhambu ~ South-Indian Style Gravy varieties

Tamilnadu Gravy Varieties | Chettinadu Style Pakkoda Kuzhambu | Pakora Gravy   My mom was born and brought up in Chettinad district. She used to tell us a lot of stories, events and happenings that took place in her beloved village “Kalayarkovil”. Be it the food, her school, the pond, the market, the backyard well, the house or the temple, I almost know everything she experienced in her village. Many interesting stories piling up for my readers . So having said that she’s from the Karaikudi area, I need not talk much about her cooking. Her sauces, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, they’re always lip smacking, nobody will say “enough” if she prepares and serves snacks, especially paniyarams. This Pakoda kuzhambu is one of the gravies which I learnt from my mom. In our home, amma makes this at least once every month. Read through to find the mystery spice… Continue reading »

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Paasi Payaru Pooranam Kozhukattai | Tamilnadu Kolakattai Recipes | How to stuff and mold kozhukattai

How to stuff and mold kozhukattai – A Video If you want to make your people at home behave like angels then we need to stuff their mouth with delicious food; a food so delicious that should stop their blah-blah talks; a food so enjoyable that shuts their mouth at least for five minutes at a stretch. If you are searching for such a smart dessert that could do the job, then you’ve landed on the right platform! This sweet kozhukattai recipe does the perfect business since it keeps their mouth engaged for at least full 15 to 20 minutes non-stop! Give them just one and they’ll line up for the second, the third, the fourth and even more of these soft, sweet munchies. Their mouth will be munching each piece of these divine little modaks/kolukattais continually for at least 5 full minutes. The kozhukattai recipe which I am going to… Continue reading »

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Kothumai puttu – Steamed wheat cake

Trichy, Grandmother’s home I was introduced to puttu in my ammachi veedu (grandma’s house). She used to prepare huge-huge amount of arisi puttu for the whole family in several batches 😀 while my chithi used to scrap many coconut heads and my aunt used to steam them in mega size idli-steamer, mix with sugar, coconut, gingely oil and give them hot in plates. Mmmm… I used to enjoy eating them. But if I remember, I first had godhumai puttu from my amma’s kitchen. And after tasting it for the first time, I fell in love with it and almost forgot about arisi puttu :). Yeah. Falling in the aroma that spreads outside the balcony when my mother roasts the wheat flour… it’s like a sweet spell. In this post, we’ll see how to make whole-wheat steamed cake/kothumai puttu.     You can check my Puttu Making Video by clicking here…. Continue reading »