Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vazhakkai Curry 2 | Raw Banana Fry

For the CCC this week, I have this simple, yet tasty side dish that you can make for Sambar Rice or any of the Mixed Rice dishes. Amma had made this sometime back and I simply loved it. I generally love any stir fry with raw banana. This was surely made different. The best part of this was that even Konda liked it a lot.

The other stir fries that I have made with raw plantain were this Vazhkkai roast, Stir Fry and regular one as well.

We are winding up with our ABC international cooking in BM. I wanted to make sure I don't miss out the weekly challenge that I have here. I know its been a while since I actually looked up a recipe book to cook for this challenge. However I wanted to make sure I make all the ones I have got from Amma.

So enjoy this delicious stir fry with raw banana.


Vazhakkai Curry 2 

Ingredients Needed:

Raw Plantain - 2 nos
Onion - 1 medium
Curry leaves handful
Mustard seeds, Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies - 2 nos
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil - 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp

For the Ground Masala

Coconut, grated - 3 tbsp
Dry Red chilies - 3 -4 nos

How to make the Vazhakkai Curry

Peel and cube raw plantain into 1 inch cubes. In a pan, bring water to boil, add the chopped plantain and simmer till it gets boiled and soft. Add a pinch of salt and turmeric. Once done, keep it aside.

In a non stick pan, heat oil add cumin seeds, mustard, urad dal. Let it splutter. Next add the curry leaves, slit green chilies, onions, saute well.

Now add the ginger garlic paste and combine everything well till the raw smell leaves. Once done add the ground masala and cook well. This takes about 5 - 7 mins.

Then add the cooked plantain to the pan and mix everything well. Simmer with lid covered and cook for 5 mins.

Remove and serve hot as side dish for rice.
This goes for the September Week 4, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Navaratri (Navratri) – 9 Days Celebration for the Goddess | Navaratri Recipes

With Navaratri starting this 25th, here are some easy recipes for each day of the Nine days of Navratri. As with every year we make sure we follow the taste and colour of the Neivedhyam for each day. 

Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of Hindu deity Shakti. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or "Dussehra." - source Wiki


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Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses.
First three days

The goddess is separated as a spiritual force called Durga also known as Kali in order to destroy all our impurities. During these three days neivedyam will have to be spicy, sour like Pulihora, Lemon and Sambar Rice

Second three days

The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth, as she is the goddess of wealth. During these three days, neivedyam like Sakkarai Pongal, Kesari and Payasam is offered.

Final three days

The final set of three days is spent in worshiping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. During these three days, neivedyam that is in white colour like Ven Pongal, Thiyar Sadam, Sago Payasam is offered.

In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship. 

Special dishes that were done for Navratri 2009

Navratri Special Day 1 ~ Brown Karamani Sundal, Ven Pongal
Navratri Special Day 2 ~ Konda Kadalai Sundal, Puliyodarai
Navratri Special Day 3 ~ Mochai Sundal, Sakkari Pongal
Navratri Special Day 4 ~ Pattani Sundal, Kadambam Rice
Navratri Special Day 5 ~ Kadambam Sundal, Thayir Sadam!
Navratri Special Day 6 ~ Verkadalai Sundal, Elumichai Sadam!
Navratri Special Day 7 ~ Sunnundalu, Thengai Sadam!
Navratri Special Day 8 ~ Channa Dal Sundal, Pal Sadam (Kheer)!
Navratri Special Day 9 ~ Moong Dal Sundal, Kalkandu Sadam!



Special dishes that were done for Navratri 2011

Navratri Special Day 1 ~ Puli Aval / Aval or Atukula Pulihora, Chana Dal Khus Khus Payasam
Navratri Special Day 2 ~ Nellikai Sadam | Amla Rice | Gooseberry Rice, White Rajma Sundal
Navratri Special Day 3 ~ Sambar Sadam, Bansi Rava Sakkarai Pongal
Navratri Special Day 4 ~ Ellu Sadam / Sesame Rice, Pattani Sundal and Apple Masoor Dal Payasam
Navratri Special Day 5 ~ Samba Godumai Kesari, Navadhanya Sundal
Navratri Special Day 6 ~ Rava Pongal, Broken wheat Payasam
Navratri Special Day 7 ~ Thenga Sadam, Parrupu Podi Sadam, Khus Khus Kheer | Gasagasal Payasam
Navratri Special Day 8 ~ Arisi Paruppu Sadam,
Kesari Bath, Masala Vada, Chickpea Sundal
Navratri Special Day 9 ~ Akkaravadisal / Akkaravadesil, Dhal Poori, Mixed Vegetable Korma, Maddur Vada, Lemon Rice



Special dishes that were done for Navratri 2012

Navratri Special Day 1 ~ Lemon Rice
Navratri Special Day 2 ~ Puliyodarai
Navratri Special Day 3 ~ Poha Bisi Bele Bath, Vellai Karamani Sundal
Navratri Special Day 4 ~ Samba Godumai Sakkarai Pongal with Moong Dal, Double Beans Sundal
Navratri Special Day 5 ~ Corn Rava Kesari with Palm Sugar, Dried Green Chana Sundal
Navratri Special Day 6 ~ Rava Semiya Payasam, Kollu Sundal
Navratri Special Day 7 ~ Coconut Poha (Thengai Aval), Brown Karamani Sundal
Navratri Special Day 8 ~ Moth Dal, Moong Dal Ven Pongal, Verkadalai Sundal
Navratri Special Day 9 ~ Sago Rice Kheer, Sago Curd Rice, Seasoned Curd Rice with Pomegranate


Special dishes that were done for Navratri 2013

Navratri Special Day 1 ~ Ven Pongal, Kara Verkadalai
Navratri Special Day 2 ~ Puliyodharai, Kara Kondakadalai Sundal 
Navratri Special Day 3 ~ Thengai Sadam, Rajma Sundal
Navratri Special Day 4 ~ Thakkali Sadam, Pattani Sundal
Navratri Special Day 5 ~ Pudina Sadam, Thayir Sadam, Karuppu Konda Kadalai Sundal
Navratri Special Day 6 ~ Shakaannam, Payaru Sundal
Navratri Special Day 7 ~ Bisi Bele Bath, Kesari Bath, Kadalai Paruppu Sundal
Navratri Special Day 8 ~ Ven Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Kollu Sundal
Navratri Special Day 9 ~ Navratri Special Dishes with Dussehra Celebrations


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