Friday, December 31, 2010

Coconut Barfi - Happy New Year!!!

Wish you all a very happy & a prosperous new year! 
It's time to celebrate yet another beginning!! 
Kuch meetha ho jaye :)

Quick & Easy! Made very often at our place.


  • Milk - 1 ltr
  • Grated Coconut - 2 cups
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Powdered Cardamom - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry fruits - Optional

Take a pan & heat milk on medium flame. When it starts boiling add the grated coconut & lower the flame. Let it cook for sometime. You will see that boiling makes the milk thicker with layers of cream forming on top. Stir it once in a while to avoid settling of coconut at the bottom of the pan & getting burnt. Add sugar after 10 minutes.Keep stirring till the milk & coconut become thick & stick together. Now, add the powdered cardamom & the ghee.You can choose to add some chopped dry fruits to make it nutritious & rich.
When done pour it in a greased plate & you can cut them in the shape you desire. The most common shape is  of a diamond.


  • The sugar can be put according to taste. 
  • Many recipes will make you fry the grated coconut & add it to a sugar syrup & may be just  2-3 tbsps of milk only. But I stick to my mother's recipe given above.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sweet & Tangy Thick Tomato Preserve

My Grandma used to prepare this for me each time I went to Chennai during my summer vacations. She is no more! But my mother makes it every time I demand for it. This is mom made which I picked up when I had gone home to see my parents. 
It's delicious & simply irresistible!


  • Ripe Tomatoes - 1  kg
  • Red Chilli Powder - 3 tbsps
  • Jaggery - 100 gms
  • Asafoetida - A pinch
  • Tamarind - 25 gms
  • Salt - As per taste
  • Oil - 100 gms

Grind the tomatoes & the tamarind to make puree. On low flame keep a wok & pour the tomato puree, add salt, asafoetida & red chilli powder. Cover the wok with a lid for 2 minutes. Now take off the lid & pour some oil. Break the jaggery into small pieces & add it to the puree. Do not pour all the oil in one go. Slowly once in a while keep adding 2-3 spoons & cover it with a lid for a few minutes again repeat the process till all the oil is consumed. Now let it cook on low flame till it gets thick & starts leaving the wok. It should not stick to the wok. Your tomato preserve is ready within 1 hour if prepared on gas stove. In a microwave it will take around 15 minutes only.


  • The red chilli powder can be used according to your tolerance to its taste
  • The shelf life of this preserve is over a month
  • You can use it as a jelly/jam on toast or with rolls & chappatis
  • I enjoy it with Idlis & Dosas too

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Adai - Karthigai Poornima

I am back from my vacation so its time for me share with you all my pending recipes for 
Karthigai Poornima.

ADAI - Is a salty pancake similar to dosa. 


  • Rice - 2 cups
  • Arhar Dal - 1 cup
  • Black Urad Dal - .5 cup
  • Dried Whole Red Chillies - 4
  • Green Chillies - 4
  • Asafoetida (Hing) - 1 pinch
  • Curry Leaves - Few 
  • Black Peppercorns - 5
  • Salt - As per taste

Soak the rice, arhar dal & urad dal for 3 -4 hours. Now Grind them in a mixer/grinder along with all the other ingredients till the consistency of the paste becomes a little coarse. When I say little kindly ensure that it is only little coarse rest batter should be smooth enough to make the pancakes. You can check it by taking a small dab between your fingers & rubbing it. Don't worry if the paste comes fine as the adai can still be made.
Now, either you can start preparing it now or else wait for a few hours for the batter to ferment & then start preparing them.
It is to be made similar to dosa on the hot griddle while brushing it with some oil so it cooks well & comes off easily if not using a non stick pan.


  • You can use white urad dal instead of the black ones too
  • I have tried mixing both black & white together also & even that tastes great


  • Adai can be eaten as a snack or even for breakfast
  • It is high in protein as we use lentils in it
  • It can be served with Jaggery pieces, tomato sauce or any sweet & tangy chutney
  • You can add chopped onions to the batter also

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