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Karadaiyan Nombu Adai (Sweet and Savory)

IMG_5281Last Saturday was Karadaiyan Nombu for us (Sunday in India). Karadaiyan Nombu is a traditional festival celebrated in our community. Ever since childhood I have a big fascination when it comes to nombu because of the yellow thread.  I always ask my Mom I not married why are you tying this over my neck, my mom used to say this is a different thread. Even in school I hide this thread as I don’t want my friends to think I got married:-)

Specialty of nombu is preparing Sweet and savory Adai and tying yellow thread. Myself and sis enjoy Adai with a big chunk of room temperature butter. I can talk about how I enjoyed for the entire post, but let me get into the recipe:-)

Typically Amma soaks the rice and dries in a cloth and pulse it, but I have preapered Adai with store bought rice flour

General steps:

  • Dry roast 2 cups of rice flour for 2-3 minutes and keep aside

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  • Dry roast the black karamani for 2-3 minutes and soak in warm water for 2 – 3 hours, strain it and add twice the water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. Avoid mushing the karamani

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Having a sweet tooth, I always prefer Sweet Adai over savory, and hence the post:-)

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Sweet Adai

Ingredients:

Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Grated Coconut (Fresh/Frozen) – 1/4 cup

Jaggery –  1 cup

Karamani – 3 tbsp

Warm Water – 1 cup + 3/4 cup (keep 1/4 cup warm water separately)

Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp

Salt – a pinch

Sesame oil – to grease

Method:

  • Soak jaggery in 1 cup + 3/4 cup of hot water. Since I had big chunks of jaggery it took a while, but to speed up the procees, jaggery can be cut into small pieces or cooked with water

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  • After the  jaggery completely melts in water, strain the impurities.
  • In a pan, add jaggery syrup and bring to boil. Add the coconut, black eyed beans and cardamom powder; mix well. Add the rice flour

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  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, as it tends to dry soon

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  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres, flatten it and gently make a small dent in center. Since rice flour is gluten free, they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with sesame oil helps to make Adai

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  • Steam it in a greased idli plate for 10-12 mins.

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My Notes:

  • If the dough becomes dry add extra water. For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately
  • Color of the Adai depends on the jaggery color

Savory Adai

Ingredients:

Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Grated Coconut (Fresh/frozen) – 1/4 cup

Karamani – 3 tbsp

Salt  – as needed

Water – 2 cups ( keep 1/4 cup warm water separately)

Sesame oil – to grease

For tempering

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Green Chilli – 1, chopped (Adjust according to your taste)

Channa Dal – 1/2 tsp

Ginger -1 tsp, peeled and finely chopped

Curry leaves – 1 sprig, chopped

Asafoetida – a generous pinch

Method:

  • Add oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, temper with mustard seeds, channa dal, ginger, green chilli, curry leaves and asafoetida. After it splutters, add 2 cups of water and salt. Bring to boil. Once the water starts boiling add coconut, karamani and rice flour

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  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, as it tends to dry soon
  • When it is warm make small balls and flatten it into patties and make small holes in the middle as we do for pinwheels.

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  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres, flatten it and gently make a small dent in center. Since rice flour is gluten free, they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with sesame oil helps to make Adai

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  • Steam it in greased idli plate for 10-12 mins.

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My Notes:

  • In the dough becomes dry add extra water.For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately

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kalkandu Pongal

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Today being Mattu Pongal I prepared Kalkandu pongal, Puliyodarai, Coconut Rice , Bagala bath and Aviyal. Usually my Amma prepares Vella Sadam for Mattu Pongal, but last week while arranging my pantry I saw a packet of Kalkandu and that day itself I decided to do Kalkandu Pongal. My LO liked this pongal more than Sakkarai pongal.

Usually during Maatu Pongal Amma wakes us (myself and sis) early morning for keeping Kanu. In our patio we keep kanu. For kanu in sugarcane leaf we arrange pieces of sugarcane,  sakkarai pongal, kumkum rice, turmeric rice and curd rice alternatively in small portion, and say “Kakkapidi vachen kannupidi vachen kakkaikellam kalyanum” . It was so fun doing this.  Now a days as I couldn’t find sugarcane around, my kannu missing sugarcane and our sister time

Back to back pongal post am I crazy, while drafting this I have lots of second thought then I thought when I can eat Pongal for two days continuously why can’t my blog have 2 continuous pongal post;-)

Kalkandu Pongal

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 3

Ingredients:

Raw Rice – 1/2 cup, washed and rinced

Milk – 2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Kalkandu / Sugar Candy – 1/2 cup (Adjust according to your sweetness)

Cardamom Powder – 1/8 tsp

Ghee – 3 tbsp

Cashewnut and Raisin – for taste

Salt – a pinch

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Method:

  • In a pressure cooker add 1 tbsp of butter/ghee add rice, 1 cup + 1/2 cup of milk and water and cook for 3 whistles. Switch off and when the pressure release naturally mush it up a ladle

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  • Add the kalkandu and salt; close the lid and leave it for 10 minutes (Sugar candy will start melting in the warm condition)

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  • Add 1/2 cup of milk and switch on the stove cook till the kalkandu is completely melted and pongal is in scoop able consistency
  • In a pan add 1 tbsp of ghee and add cashew and cook till they are golden brown. Add raisin and switch off the flame. Add cashew, raisin, cardamom powder and remaining ghee; mix well

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My Notes:

  • Instead of adding whole kalkandu can also powder them and add it
  • I prefer my pongal in smooth mushy texture, mush pongal according to the texture you desire
  • 2 tbsp of Moong dal can be added and coked with rice
  • Edible camphor, nutmeg and clove can be added for flavour
  • You can add half sugar and half sugar candy
  • Milk gives cream texture to the pongal. Instead of milk water can be used
  • Instead of rice, oats/cracked wheat/quinoa can also be used
  • Instead of pressure cooker vengala pannai (traditional method) can also be used

Kasi Halwa (Poosanikai Halwa) – Guest Post for Sujitha Ruban

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Couple of days ago Sujitha asked me to guest post for her blog. I am excited to do a guest post in Sujitha Easy Cooking blog. Like her blog name suggests, her recipes are easy for beginners. I found a wide variety of healthy recipes, yummy snacks, mouthwatering sweets, interesting cakes/ cookies and many more in Sujitha’s page. With her simple steps and step by step pictures, she makes it easy to follow her recipes.

Sujitha’s view on Traditionally Modern Food

Vidya Srinivasan is dedicated food blogger, When i request the guest post, happily she agreed and sent a sweet traditional recipe she is the Writer and Editor of Traditionallymordenfood, at first i have no clues from the blog tittle, when i have a look at her page, found some traditional Recipes with Modern touch.. great inspiring name i felt from her page.. She had a good collection of baking recipes, very interesting to read her simple step by step  instruction, as like the sweet post, vidya is such a sweet person

Thanks a lot for the opportunity Sujitha:-)

Kasi Halwa:

Ingredients:

White pumpkin – 2 Cups

Brown Sugar – 1 cup (Adjust according to your sweetness)

Ghee – 1/4 cup

Cashew and raisin – to garnish

Cardamom powder – pinch

Orange food color – pinch

Saffron – 1/8 tsp

Salt – pinch

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Method:

  • Grate the pumpkin and squeeze the water from the pumpkin. Keep the water for cooking pumpkin

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  • Add ghee to the pan and sauté the cashew nuts and raisin till cashew nuts are golden brown. Keep them aside
  • In the same pan add the pumpkin water and bring to boil. When you see bubbles, add the grated pumpkin and cook in a low flame. Cook the pumpkin in a low flame till it becomes soft
    Add sugar and saffron strands. Continue cooking in medium flame

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  • Add food color, salt and remaining ghee and continue cooking till you see glossy texture and halwa leave the sides. Add cashew nuts, raisins and cardamom powder and mix well. Halwa is ready to serve

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My Notes:

  • White sugar can be used instead of brown sugar
  • If the pumpkin is so watery add 1 cup of pumpkin water to cook pumpkin and add remaining water if required
  • Halwa can be stored in fridge for 3-4 days and in room temperature for a day

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Thengai Podi

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Thengai Podi is a great rice accompaniment during lazy days. Just like Tomato Thokku and Pulikaichal, this powder can be stored for more than a month, if stored in an airtight container and kept refrigerated. This quick podi stays good even in room temperature for 2 – 3 weeks. Whether its a side dish for  Bagala bath (Curd rice) or rice accompaniment with ghee/ coconut oil or side dish for south Indian Breakfast, Thengai Podi is a table winner.

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Coconut – 1 cup

Urad Dal – 1/4 cup

Channa Dal – 1/3 cup

Red Chilli – 7 (Adjust according to your taste)

Salt – as needed

Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp

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Method:

• In a pan dry roast urad dal, channa dal and red chilli  till they turn golden brown. Transfer it to a plate. Dry roast the coconut till it turns golden brown color. Switch off the flame and Keep it aside. Add required salt and pinch of asofedtida

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• After everything comes to room temperature grind them into coarse powder. Cool it and store in dry airtight container, and always use a dry spoon

IMG_2060My Notes:

  • Instead of fresh/Frozen coconut, dry coconut can also be used
  • If you are using katti perungayam add it while sauting dal
  • Roast dal and coconut well for the podi to stay fresh
  • Instead of using both urad and Channa dal, this can also be done with either urad dal or channa dal alone

Sweet Kozhukattai

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Sweet  Kozhukattai is a traditional dish prepared durung many festivals like varalakshmi pooja and vinayaka chaturthi. Soft Purana Kozhukattai is a great teatime snack too. When my Mother in law came to visit us, she used to prepare this frequently, and having a sweet tooth, I remember skipping dinner after having so much Kozhukattai! There are many ways to cook Sweet kozhukattai, I am sharing one version along with few other techniques told by both Mom and Mother in law

Can I call it Indian Sweet Momos 😉

Sweet Kozhukattai

Preparation Time : 10 min |  Cooking Time : 45  mins – 1 hour | Serves : 3

Recipe Category : Dessert/Sweet and Snack

Ingredients

Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Water – 1 cup + 1/4 cups

Salt – 1/8 tsp

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

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Shredded Coconut – 1 cup

Water – 1 tbsp

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

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Method

  • In a pan, add jaggery one tbsp of water. Once the jaggery melts, add coconut and cook till the mixture gets thickened. Add cardamom at the end. Mix well and switch off

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  • While still warm and when you can handle the jaggery with hands, grease your palm with ghee/oil, take small portions and make small jaggery balls

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  • In a sauce pan add coconut oil and 1 cup of water and bring to boil. When it is boiling and you see bubbles, add the sieved flour (Have 1/4 cup of water boiled in separate pan/kettle)
  • For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately

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  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, as it tends to dry soon
  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres. Since rice flour is gluten free they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with coconut oil helps to make Kozhukattai

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  • Slowly press with your hand and make a big circle sufficient enough to keep the filling

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  • Place the pooranam into the small portion

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  • Bring the outer layer to the top for modakkam shape. Alternatively, mould can also be used

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  • Repeat with rest of the dough
  • Grease the idli plate and place the kozhukattai and steam them for about 8- 12 minutes. Remove from the plate when it comes to room temperature

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My Notes:

  • If pooranam becomes so hard and not able make balls, Microwave them for 40 sec or use double boiling method and heat the pooranam
  • Traditionally raw rice is washed well and drained, spread in a towel till the moisture drains completely, and ground into a fine powder. Since it will take time, I have used store-bought Rice Flour
  • Idiyappam flour can also be used to prepare Kozhukattai
  • Can combine Rice flour and water to dosa batter consistency and add coconut oil and cook till you get a dough to the consistency similar to the one shown in above picture
  • If you think jaggery has impurities strain them after it melts and comes to room temperature. Then add coconut and cook pooranam
  • To get the outer layer soft,  boil water well for making the dough. Dough should be almost cooked with the hot water so that you get non sticky pliable dough
  • When the kozhukattais are done, they will be shiny. Do not over cook, it may give you rubbery and broken kozhukattais
  • Cook pooranam in medium flame
  • It is always better to prepare pooranam first and then the dough, to avoid dough becoming thick
  • Pooranam can also be prepared the previous day and refrigerate