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Kootchulu | Fermented Rice Drink

#HealthDrink #AgeOldRecipe #TraditionalSouthIndianFood #Neeragaram #ComfortFood #GrandmasRecipe

Kootchulu or Neeragaram is a simple, age-old recipe made from overnight fermentation of cooked rice. For over many generations, this has been a staple health drink in many parts of India. It acts as a natural body cooler, especially in summer. This unique porridge or kanji tastes slightly sour with the aroma of sesame oil and the crunchiness of onions.

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Puliyotharai Gojju | Pulikaachal

#TraditionalSouthIndianCondiment #Authentic #BasicRecipe

This is a basic recipe for preparing tangy, spicy and scrumptious South Indian delicacy ‘Puliyotharai Rice that has a long shelf life.

How to make Puliyotharai Gojju | Pulikaachal?

Though there are many versions of this delectable recipe that belong to various parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra, I always have followed the one which is inherited from my family, especially from my father (yes! he is so fond of trying out authentic dishes with great flair).

This version has a fine blend of Andhra style and Iyengar style of making puliyotharai. You can make this recipe in large quantity and store to relish puliyotharai as and when required. It is an ideal option for tiffin box or as a travel food.

Puliyotharai rice goes well with Avial

Ingredients

  1. Tamarind / Imli – a small orange-sized, appr 150g
  2. Sesame / Til – 1/3 cup
  3. Turmeric powder / Haldi – 1/2 tsp
  4. Jaggery / Gud – a small-lemon sized
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Desi ghee – 1 tbsp

For Tadka

  1. Sesame / Til Oil – 3/4 cup
  2. Mustard Seeds / Rai – 1 tsp
  3. Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  4. Channa Dal – 2 tsp
  5. Fenugreek / Methi Seeds – 3/4 tsp
  6. Red Chilly – 6 or 8 nos
  7. Groundnut – a handful, roasted and peeled
  8. Sesame Seeds / Til – 2 tsp
  9. Curry Leaves – 2 twigs, torn into pieces
  10. Asafoetida / Hing- 1 1/2 tsp

For Puliyotharai Masala

  1. Red Chilly – 10 nos
  2. Urad Dal – 2 tsp
  3. Channa Dal – 1 tbsp
  4. Fenugreek / Methi Seeds – 3/4 tsp
  5. Coriander / Dhania Seeds – 3 tbsp
Dry roasted sesame seeds
Tadka
After adding imli water
Puliyotharai in the making..

Method

  • Soak imli in a cup of warm water for 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, dry roast sesame or til (black or white) and coarsely powder it. Keep it separately.
  • Dry roast one by one the ingredients given for puliyotharai masala and finely powder it.
  • Extract the thick juice from the soaked imli.
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel / kadai, heat til oil and add rai.
  • When it splutters, add the remaining ingredients given for tadka (please follow the same order mentioned above) and sauté till the dals and groundnuts turn golden in colour.
  • Add imli water, haldi and give a boil.
  • Add powdered puliyotharai masala, salt, jaggery, half the amount of powdered til and boil till the raw flavour of imli lessens.
  • Keep stirring the gravy periodically till it thickens and forms a thick paste like consistency.
  • Add the remaining til powder and a tbsp of desi ghee, mix well and switch off the flame.
  • Let it cool and store it in a clean and dry container.
  • This gojju stays good for at least 2 weeks in normal temperature and almost 2-3 months when refrigerated.
Puliyotharai Gojju ready to be mixed with rice
Gojju with steamed rice

Notes

  • For making puliyotharai rice, mix 2 tbsp of puliyotharai gojju with a cup of steamed rice (increase or decrease the amount of paste as per taste) and serve with papad and curd.
Delectable Puliyotharai!

For more such authentic recipes, plz checkout Thenga Paruppu Thogaiyal , Nellai Milagai Podi, Puzhimilagai, Getti chutney, Curry Leaves Spice Paste.

Happy Cooking!

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Nellai Milagai Podi | Idly Podi

#Comfortfood #TraditionalSouthIndianFood #Idlypodi #Grandma’srecipe

Nellai Milagai Podi is an appetizing, flavourful and quintessential condiment in all the South Indian households and eateries as it goes well with idly, dosa and upma varieties. My version of this Milagai Podi is inherited from my Grandma’s recipe that is with the adaptation of Nellai Tamizhar-style Idly Podi.

How to make Nellai Milagai Podi | Idly Podi?

This recipe has good amount of sesame / til and it needs to be had with
sesame oil mixed in it. So, it’s heart-friendly when used regularly. Needless to mention the nutritious value added by urad and channa dals, curry leaves to this humble recipe!

Inclusion of black urad dal as core ingredient gives this recipe a distinctive colour and flavour than usual versions. This recipe can be prepared in bulk and stored in air-tight box. It helps to savour this delicious podi as and when required either in the form of a paste or smeared on idly or dosa. It is an ideal option for tiffin box or as a travel food.

Ingredients

  • Black urad dhal – 1 cup, splitted
  • Channa dal – ½ cup
  • Sesame Seeds / Til – ¼ cup
  • Dry Red Chilies – 25 to 30
  • Asafoetida / Hing – 2 to 3 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 2 to 6 twigs, torn into pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar- 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Sesame / Til Oil – 1 to 2 tsp

Method

  • Roast black urad dhal, channa dhal, sesame seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves one by one with little amount of oil till crisp and golden in colour.
  • Bring it to room temperature and grind it into a coarse powder along with asafoetida, sugar and salt. You can grind it finely also as per your taste.
  • Transfer it to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Store it in an air-tight container to keep the flavours intact.
  • It can be served as an accompaniment for idly, dosa and upma varieties.

Notes

  • This recipe stays fresh for 2-3 months. 
  • If you don’t like to use sesame oil, use any
    cooking oil or melted ghee.
  • Either you can have this podi + til oil as accompaniment or smear the podi paste on Idly, dosa vareities.
Mini Uttappams smeared with Idly Podi..best for tiffin box!
Idlies smeared generously with Milagai Podi…awesome tiffin & travel food option!

For more such authentic recipes, plz checkout Thenga Paruppu Thogaiyal, Chia Seeds Idly Powder, Poondu Vengaya Vathakuzhambu, Puzhimilagai, Kambam Kanji with Madhura Kizhangu, Getti chutney.

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Puzhimilagai | Green Chilly Pickle

#TraditionalSouthIndianRecipe #GreenChillyPickle #QuickRecipe #Grandma’srecipe #SouthIndianCondiment

A delicious south Indian condiment ‘Puzhimilagai’, is nothing but a green chilly pickle that has a chutney-like texture and sweet spicy sour taste in it. As the name suggests, ‘Puzhi’ in Tamil means tamarind and ‘Milagai’ means chilly.

How to make Puzhimilagai | Green Chilly pickle?

The main ingredients of this recipe are fresh green chillies and tamarind. There are many versions of making this recipe, but I have always followed my Grandma’s method that calls for very few ingredients but tastes absolutely delectable.

This green chilly pickle goes well with idly, dosa and upma varieties, stuffed parathas, teplas and also with any rice varieties like curd rice, coconut rice, lemon rice etc.

Ingredients

  • Green Chillies – 250 g
  • Imli / Tamarind – medium lemon-sized
  • Haldi / Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery – gooseberry-sized
  • Salt to taste
  • Hing – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard / Rai – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – few twigs
  • Sesame /Til Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp

Method

  • Soak imli in 1/2 cup of water for 15 minutes, squeeze and extract
    the imli water.
  • Wash and pat dry the green chillies. Grind it into a thick paste. If
    required, little bit of imli water can be used to grind the chillies.
  • Take a thick bottomed kadai. Heat sesame / til oil, add rai, hing, curry leaves.
  • When the mustard seeds splutters, add green chillies paste, imli water, haldi, salt, jaggery.
  • Keep stirring in between and let it simmer till the oil separates. Adjust salt.
  • Let it cool and store it in a clean airtight container, preferably a glass bottle.

Notes

  1. This recipe stays fresh for 1 or 2 months at room temperature and more if it is stored in fridge.

For more delicious chutney recipes, plz check out Thenga Paruppu ThogaiyalChia Seeds ChutneyGreen Garlic Coriander ChutneyGetti chutney.

Happy Cooking!