Madras Masala Paal – Spiced Milk

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Saravana Bhavan Style Masala Paal: Towards Madras, many highway restaurants have this special beverage on their menu ‘Spiced Milk’. The milk is reduced into half of its original content by constant boiling over low heat. The addition of almond puree, piyal seeds, saffron and cardamom makes it highly flavorful. They smartly place their huge vessels [...]

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Mutton Chaalna – Street Food

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Mutton Salna: Parotta Side Dish – Chalna. Tamil Nadu Style Mutton Salna. Meat Salna, Mutton Ki Salan – Madhraasi Style. Mutton Thanni Kuzhambu. Vegetarian’s Choice: Soya Chunks Stew The interesting part about road side’ dish is, its aroma in the air. Well, there would be also some sick kerosene smell from the stove, food maybe [...]

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Marina Beach Special – Thenga Maanga Pattani Sundal

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Beach Sundal: I feel awful that I didnt fall in love:( Never got a chance to take that romanantic(eeeewh)beach walk…eating that dho’ rupiah sundal…talking sweet nothing(stupid)… master planning to elope away…are the kind of moments’ completely missing in my life:( So, whenever my friends talk about their pre-marriage love affairs, I will be ready to [...]

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Mushroom Manchurian – Vegetarian’s Heaven!!!

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Mushroom Manchurian:(Restaurant Style) During rainy afternoons, day dreaming, is so inevitable. I prefer day dreaming, to be honest…it just smacks of sentimentality. Not that a trait, I inherited or anything. Just like to live in my own post-apocalyptic life style…hunting, fishing, foraging, building tools?… Hmmm, looking seriously to join the hunting troop at Oxford (only [...]

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Madras Vadagari – Delightful Dinner From The Past

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Set Dosai and Vadakari:(Madras Style) Madras Set Dosai and Vadagari. Vada Curry. *Whoo Whhooo*, *Tastee* *Fulfilling* Do you love mess food? Do you love mess food, as much as I do? Well then this is the post for you, settle down and then prepare to get the batter ready, later!!!I love the old traditional meals, [...]

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Thengai Poli

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Coconut Poli: Thengai Poli, Koppara Bobatlu. Thenga obbatu. Thengai Obattu. Nariyal ka Puran Poli. Nariyal Pooran Poli. I like this ‘Adyar Ananda Bhawan’s Thengai Poli’, they make it too good. While I was studying at Chennai…myself and my friends regularly stopped there for this sweet. Much like Andhra traditional Bobatlu, but instead of ‘chana dal [...]

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Pattaani Paruppu Vadai

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Pattaani Paruppu Vadai: Yellow Peas Vada. Yellow Peas Masal Vadai. Street Vendor’s Special Vada. Coimbatore Pattu Paruppu Vadai. Kovai Pattani Paruppu Vadai. Kovai Paruppu Vadai. Coimbatore Paruppu Vadai. You all know that I am basically from Chennai (but still prefer to call it as Madras). We(Chennaiittes/ Madras vaasi) uniquely distinguish ‘two different vadas’ into ‘Medhu [...]

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Madras Filter Coffee

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Madras Filter Coffee: Grandma’s Filter Coffee. Mommy’s Filter Coffee. Madras Filter Coffee. Iyengar Filter Coffee. Agraharam style Filter Coffee. My Mommy is a big time coffee lover in the family. She used to prepare it, in a much authentic way…probably the way she adopted from my Grandma. Buy coffee beans, roast it to perfection(that is [...]

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Idly Milagai Podi

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Idly Milagai Podi: Chutney Podi. Idly Podi. Idly with Ellu Podi. Madras, Murughan Idly Milagai Podi is quite famous! Although I couldnt perfect the recipe…I tried my level best! Ingredients: Urad dhal 1 cupDry red chilies 10-15 (bright red ones)Brown sesame seeds 2 spoonsCurry leaves 4 twigsSaltAsafoetida 1 pinch Method: Dry roast each item, seperately [...]

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Carrot Halwa

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Gajjar Ka Halwa:(Marwadi Style) Gajjar Ka Zarda. Carrot Halwa(version 2). ‘Shree Mittai’ Style Gajjar Ka Halwa. Myself and our family friend Manoj Malaani are big fan of ‘Shree Mittai’ sweets, at Egmore-Chennai. Especially we are crazy for their ‘Gajjar ka Halwa’ made in such a way, looks so glossy, melt in mouth, ghee fried, saffron [...]

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