Gongura Pachadi – There’s No Taste Like Home!

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Gongura Pachadi There is something about home made ethnic food, its nutritious, delicious and most importantly rekindles the nostalgic past! If you are like me, am sure this humble pachadi will comfort you after a long working day. Not all traditional recipes are hard to prepare…it doesn’t calls for a bulk of ingredients, special cooking [...]

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Prawns Thokku / Shrimps Thokku – Start Cooking!

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Eral Thokko: Other than cooking shrimps in curry form, my mother never thought about combining it with new ingredients. Shortly after I started cooking, I kept experimented with various spices and combination. To my surprise, the result was good the each time. My first idea was never to repeat the same old recipe or method. [...]

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pickle – Tingles Your Tastebuds!

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Thakkali Thokku: Ingredients: Sun-dried tomatoes 1 cupLemon juice few spoonsGarlic 7-10 cloves mincedSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonCurry leaves fewMustard seeds 1/4 spoonFenugreek seeds 2Peppercorns 2Asafoetida 1 pinchSesame oil few spoons. Method: Wet-grind dried tomatoes to thick paste, set aside. Heat oil in a pan, add tempering spices and followed by garlic and ground tomatoes. [...]

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Kothamalli Thokku / Cilantro Pickle – Grandma’s Style

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Kothamalli Thokku:(Tamizhar Style) Cilanthro Pickle. Coriander Pickle. Malli Thokku. Dhaniya Patta – Achaar. Kothamir Pachadi. Kothamalli Oorughai. Kothamir Achar. Ingredients: Fresh Coriander bunch (roots removed, washed and chopped along with strong stems)- 250 grams Thick Tamarind paste 1 teaspoon Sea Salt/Rock Salt Turmeric powder 1/4 spoons Chili powder 1 spoon To be Dry Roasted and [...]

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Cranberry Pickle

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Cranberry Pickle: Like many other berries, cranberries are also rich in antioxidants. Berries are rich in anthocyanins, flavonol glycosides, catechin, citric acid, malic acid and quinic acid. It is said to have properties to heal Urinary tract infection! Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins! Which could possibly prevent the adhesion of certain bacteria, that are associated with infections [...]

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Pickled Nutmegs

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Jaadhikkai Oorugai: Nutmeg Pickle. Pickled Fresh Nutmegs. Jadhikkai Oorugai. This pickle was half the way done by my aunt Raadhai. She has already salted and soaked the sliced nutmeg in a jar. Before she intended to make pickle….I grabbed a bowl full for myself and prepared it in my way. So I didn’t get a [...]

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Nellikkai Oorugai

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Nellikkai Instant Pickle: Gooseberries Pickle. Amla ki Achaar. Ingredients: Gooseberries 1 cup crushedsaltTurmeric powder 1/4 spoonFreshly ground chili powder 1 spoonsAsafoetida 1/2 spoonMustard seeds 1 spoonsCurry leaves fewSesame oil few spoons. Method: Crush these berries. Oh yeah….discard the seeds if you don’t like them! Set them aside in a display bowl. In a pan, heat [...]

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Lycopene Rich – Tomato Thokku

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Power Foods: Tomato Pickle. Thakkali Oorugai. Lycopene: Ofcourse we all know tomatoes are good for health. It is rich in Vitamin-A(anything colored in yellow-orange & red are vit-A rich), Vitamin-C(something citric in taste are usually rich in this vitamin) and Calcium. If I want to talk about Vitamins….it may consume this whole blog! Better I [...]

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Achaari Prawn Masala

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Achaari Shrimps: Ingredinets: Shrimps/Prawns 1 cup(deveined and shelled – i prefer tail fins-on)SaltLemon juice 1-2 spoonsDash of asafoetidaDash of fenugreek powderDash of mustard seeds powderDash of coriander seeds powderDash of turmeric powderDash of chili powderSesame oil few spoonsFried curry leaves to garnish(optional)Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon(optional) Method: In a small skillet, heat oil. Add mustards and [...]

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Bulb Onion Instant Pickle

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Bulb Onion Achaar: Onion Pickle. Simple and easy to fix achaar. My friend Annie used to bring this pickle in her lunch box(when I was doing my Masters at Chennai) She cooks really well. She taught me several Srilankan recipes. All her recipes will be either fish or coconut. I liked her fish recipes especially. [...]

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