Tomato Sevai – After a long break!!!

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Tomato based Rice Noodles: Well, I don’t owe an explanation to anyone…but still, I had had a terrible time for the past several months. Had to go through rough time of my life. Besides, kept traveling like a maniac. Had some health issues plus family crisis, and what not! I can’t say, everything is back [...]

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Cherry Tomato Rasam – Garden Fresh!

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Thakkali Rasam: Other Names: Cherry Tomato Rasam. Paruppu Rasam. Muzhu Paruppu-Muzhu Thakkali Rasam. One of our friend popped in on the other day…brought his bounty of harvest. It was so refreshing to see something fresh from the backyard. I always relish cherry tomatoes fresh or toss them in the salads. I felt somewhat unethical to [...]

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Kathrikai Gothsu – Memoirs of Dinner time Stories:)

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Also known as: Brinjal Gothsu, Eggplants Kothsu, Baingan-Tamatar Curry. Well…to begin with, I am going to tell you a small story that my Dad told me several times, when I was a kid! Each time the story was told during dinner time for some reason! As I told you all before’ I am such an [...]

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Mixed Veggie Tomato Soup – Hearty Concoction:)

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Mixed Vegetables in Tomato Based Soup: Most of my posts of last year’s was all about ‘slow-cooking meals’ and ‘rich desserts’! I was cooking, cooking and cooking…all non-stop meals with extra care! What I liked about it…is yet another question! One fine day, I realized that I’ve been spending awful lot of time in cooking [...]

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Quail Tomato Curry – Hot Food Lover:)

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Kaadai Thakkali Kuzhambu: Other Names: Kaadai Curry. Fiery hot Quail Curry. Hot and Spicy Quail Curry. Kaadai Thakkali Masala. Ingredients: Quails 1 pound(Cage free bird/ peasant bird)Garlic 2 whole head, peeled and gratedCountry Tomatoes large 3-6 (made into puree)Dry Red Chilies 10-15 (Roasted and Powdered)Turmeric 1/4 spoonLemon 1 large fruit Mustard seeds 1 spoonCumin seeds [...]

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Cheese Omlet – Breakfast That Makes You Happy:)

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Capsicum Omlate: Other Names: Bell Peppers Omlet. Cheddar-Bell Peppers-Onions-Tomato Omlet. Ingredients: Eggs 3Bell pepper 1 small – slicedOnion 1 large slicedTomato 1 choppedGreen chili – optional 1/2 choppedSaltMilk few teaspoonsCheddar cheese – shredded 1 tablespoonOlive oil / butter as per requirement. Method: Beat egg yolks first and then add whites and beat vigorously. Once it [...]

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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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Fried Red Tomatoes – Delicious to Relish!

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Fried Red Tomatoes: You would have probably heard a lot about ‘Fried Green Tomatoes‘, most famous appetizers/snack in Southern parts of America. Where they slice green tomatoes/ tomatillos and coat it with bread crumbs and deep fry! The double dipped batter works the crispness! Almost, all the Southern food follow the same principle ‘Fried Okra‘, [...]

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Bitter Melon in Tomato Based Curry/ Pavakkai Thakkali Curry / Karela-Tamatar Salan

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Pavakka Thakkali Kuzhambu: Bitter Gourd – Tomato Curry. Kaakarkai Tomato Pulusu. Ingredients: Bitter Gourd 1/2 kiloTomato 1/2 kiloOnion 1 small bulb- gratedGarlic 7-8 pods crushed- pureeCoconut – grated 1/2 cupSaltTurmeric 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonMustard seeds 1/4 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonCumin seeds 1/4 spoonPeppercorns 2Fenugreek seeds 4Curry leaves fewSesame oil 1/4 cup. Method: Dry toast the [...]

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Chili Idly / Idly Fry / Fried Idlies / Hot and Spicy Idly 65

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Idly Fry: I recall my early childhood days…my Mom and brother used to go to my granny’s home, during summer vacation. Happily leaving behind, me and my Pappa:( Hmmm, even though Dad would be so busy’ he will never fail to give me atleast 3 calls from his office during the day:) Well, indeed we [...]

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