Poosanikai Mor Curry – Refresh Your Meal Time!

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Vellai Poosanikai Mor Kuzhambu: Other Names: White Pumpkin in Curd based Curry. Ash Gourd in Yogurt’s Curry. Winter Melon in Yogurt’s Curry. I have witnessed people using a whole head of white pumpkin to avoid an imaginary evil eye (Dhrishti / much like witchcraft) in India. That is, if you take a stroll through the [...]

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Poosanikai Poricha Kootu / Pumpkin Olan / Ashgourd Lentils Curry

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Winter Melon Lentils Curry: Ingredients: Winter melon 1 large piece – peeled, de seed, dicedMung dal (lentils) cooked 2 cupsSaltTurmeric 1 pinchOil few spoons Wet-grind These: Green chilies 2Grated coconut 1/4 cupToasted Urid dal 1 tablespoonCumin seeds 1 spoonGinger 1″grated For Tempering: Oil few spoonsMustard seeds 1/4 spoonCumin seeds 1/4 spoonAsafoetida 1 pinchCurry leaves few. [...]

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Hotel Style Tiffin Sambhar

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Hotel Tiffin Sambhar: Tiffin Sambhar, Thanni Sambhar. Ingredients: Eggplants or Pumpkin or Drumsticks – finely choppedThai Chili / Indian Green chilies 3 slicedPearl onions/ Spanish red onions sliced thinlyCountry tomatoes 2 crushedThuvar dhall 1 cupSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonTamarind paste 1/2 spoonOil few spoons. To Be Toasted and Powdered: Fenugreek seeds 2 spoonsCoriander seeds [...]

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Poosanikai Poriyal / Pumpkin Poriyal

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Poosani Kai Poriyal: Pumpkin Poriyal. Ingredients: Orange pumpkin 4-6 slices – cubedSaltDry red chilies 2Curry leaves fewMustard seeds 1/4 spoonOil few spoons. Method: In a wok, heat oil. Add mustards, curry leaves and chilies. Then followed by pumpkin pieces. Saute for 2 minutes. Salt it and cover with lid. Let it get cooked like this(without [...]

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Fruit Halwa – Vellore Special

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Vellore Fruit Halwa: Vellore Fruit Halwa. Fruit Halwa.Vellore Jothi Sweet Stall Style Fruit halwa. Vellore Jothi Sweet Stall Style – ‘Fruit Halwa’ really tastes better! Maybe generous amount of ghee and freshly prepared kowa, makes it unique and outstanding! Well…its one of my favourite Sweet dish from the town! Since it is called ‘Fruit Hlawa’ [...]

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Pumpkin Sambar

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Winter Melon Sambar: Vellai Poosani Sambar. Kalyana Poosanikkai Sambar. Ingredients: Winter Melon 1 small(peeled, cored n chunked)Thoor Dal 1 cupOnion 1 largeTomato 1 largeSaltTurmeric powder 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonSambar Powder(home made) 1-2 spoonsTamarind paste 1 spoonGhee or oil few spoonsCilantro leaves to garnish. For Tempering: Mustard seeds 1/2 spoonCumin seeds 1/2 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonCurry [...]

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Sambar Vada

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Sambar Vadai: Ingredients: For Vadai: Urad dal 1 cupRice 1-2 spoonsSaltGinger 2″ peeled & choppedWhole peppercorns 1 spoonCumin 1/4 spoonAsafoetida 1 pinchCoconut 4″ piece finely choppedCurry leaves fewSago 1 spoon – powdered(to give glossy color)Oil for deep frying. Ingredients: For Sambar: Thoor dal 1 cupSmall Onions 1 cup/Red onions slicedCountry Tomatoes 2-3 dicedGarlic 5 cloves [...]

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Madras Rathna Cafe Sambar / Vellore Palace Cafe Sambar:

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Vellore Palace Cafe Style Sambar/Madras Rathna Cafe Style Sambar:Idly & Sambar is a popular breakfast food in Tamil Nadu! Though lot of restaurants perefected this recipe…Few really mastered it to the core. They really stand out of the crowd. The legendary places are 1. Madras – Rathna Cafe, Triplicane and 2. Vellore – Palace Cafe, [...]

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Poosani Halwa / Pumpkin Halwa

Pumpkin Halwa:Poosani Halwa/Kaasi Halwa. Ingredients: Pumpkin 1/2 kilo(finely grated)Cashew nuts 1 cup(slitted)Dry grapes 1 cup(raisins)Ghee 2-3 cupsMilk 1-2 cupsWhite sugar 2 cupsCardamom powder 1 spoon(made from its seeds alone) Method: In a wide non-stick pan, add 1 cup of ghee. Add sugar and little water up to sugar level…will be fine. Use wooden spatula to [...]

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Araithu Vitta Sambhar

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Araithu Vitta Sambar(Agragaram Style) Ingredients: Onion 1 large sliced Tomato 1 large sliced Tamarind small ball size soaked in water and extract the juice(maybe 2-3 cup) Thoor dal 1 cup soaked in water for 1 hour Jaggery 1/2 cup Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon Dry red chilies 3 Chenna dal 1/2 spoon [...]

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