Tuesday, March 23, 2010
My mom used to make this sweet at home since our childhood. She used to get thick milk to make it as a snack by the time we come back from school. After getting married i started making it on thursdays to offer it to Sri Sai Baba.When i prepared it for the first time, my hubby wondered by tasting it. He said ' I thought you just started learning to prepare dal and rice, how did u do it'. You should have seen the look on his face...:)
Sometimes my mom used to give 2 or 3 biscuits for me and my brother to eat, my brother used to eat all his biscuits fastly and will start asking for a share of mine. Me being a slow eater, used to hide my chocolates in the fridge. After 2 or 3 hrs, when i go to take out my chocolates they will be vanished, then starts an other fight. Not only biscuits, we used to get an equal share of diwali crackers too. Even with them the same continues...
Milk 5 cups(Whole milk)
Sugar 1 cup
Add milk to a heavy bottomed pan and bring it to boil on a medium flame. In 1 hr, milk reduces by quantity and thickens. It also changes its colour to creamy. Add sugar and keep stiring. In an other 30 mins,consistency becomes even thicker and sticky. You can see a thick layer of milk on the sides of the pan. At this point switch off the stove. When it cools down, shape as desired.
I didnt get to take more pictures in the process of cooking, will try to do it next time.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Beans is my most favourite vegetable. Whenever my mom asks me what do i want to have for lunch or dinner, i would say 'beans curry'. I think beans is kind of addictive. I simply love it. Now a days i started making beans fry in combination with lemon rice by replacing the traditional alu curry. And my hubby beacme a fan of it...:)
Beans 1 lb (Chopped)
Grated Coconut 2 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tbsp
1. Cook beans in a steamer or in a pressure cooker. Dont over cook them.
2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chana dal, split red chilli, and curry leaves. Add chopped onions and cook until they are soft. Add turmeric and mix well.
3. Now add cooked beans, red chilli powder, salt and grated coconut. Cook it for 5 to 8 mins. garnish with Cilantro.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Happy Ugadi to you all!!
Ugadi is the New Year of Telugu people. We used to celebrate Ugadi either at my ammamma's place or at my jeji's place(dad's mom). Where ever it is, we used to have an elaborate grand feast along with Ugadi Pachadi. My jeji's place is a place called Peapully in Kurnool disrict. We used to visit it in every summer holidays. Me, my dear brother Naveen and cousins used to go to our fields and swim in the wells. We had our first swimming classes in our well in the fields, my cousin brother as our trainer. Thats a great experience to swim in the wells. Naveen loves animals. Back then, my granny used have cows. Naveen even named few of his favourites as nalla aavu(black cow), chinna aavu(small cow) etc. To entertain us my pedanana us used to take us on bullock cart rides. Wow, its was such a fun. Even Naveen and me learned to ride bicycle in Peapully itself. Sometimes we all used to go to Mango grove/thota, to spend a whole day there. We had a sunkulamma temple in our fields, my mom and peddamma used to make food there itself and offer it to the goddess. I love that place. I visited it in my India trip too.
Comming to Ugadhi pachhadi, its a combination of shadruchulu(6 tastes),which are sweet, spice, bitter, tangy, salt and sour, Which also represents that man's life is a combination of all emotions such as happiness, sadness, sorrow etc. Which also states that we have to take good or bad equally in life.
Tamarind juice 2 tbsp for sourness
Jaggery 2 tbsp(powdered) for sweetness
salt 1/2 tbsp for saltness
Red chilli powder 1/4 tbsp for hotness
Raw Mango Half(Grated) for Vagaru
Neem Flowers 2 tbsp for bitterness ( As we cannot get neem flowers in USA, you can use Methi powder for bitterness)
Mix all the ingredients together to make Ugadi pachhadi.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Oooh, the name Oligalu itself makes me mouth watering. This is my all time, the most favourite food. It is one of Rayalaseema's popular dish. My mom always makes them on every festival. Now a days in my native place Anantapur, we can get these ready made too. Many of my Dad's and my tastes are similar. We both have sweet tooth..:) Ofcourse i dont have to tell that this is also my dad's favourite dish. We love to eat leftover Oligalu as breakfast the next day of the festival. I am not a very gud cook in my early days of marriage. I desparetly missed many of my favourite foods. Slowly i tried and tried to cook better tasting food. Now a days, i get a lot of compliments for my food..:)My dad wonders that his little girl is soo grownup. I always send him my food photos and he teases my mom saying that 'Siri's food looks better than yours'.
Comming to Oligalu recipe, we can make poornam(Sweet stuffing) either with Toordal or Chanadal. We make it with toordal. Here is the recipe
Toordal 1 cup
Jaggery 1 cup
Water 3 cups( for poornam)
Maida(All purpose flour) 1 cup
Poppy seeds 2 tbsp
Cardomom Powder 1 tbsp
Oil 1/2 cup
water 1/2 cup( for dough)
Turmeric 1/2 tbsp (Optional)
1. Mix maida, water,turmeric and oil(3tbsp) to make a soft dough. Keep it aside for 3 hrs. It helps in making smooth Oligalu. Turmeric is used for nice colouring.
2. Take a vessel and cook toordal with water. Bring it to boil, When the dal is soft and all most cooked, drain out the excess water completly. Add powdered jaggery and simmer it for 5 mins. Add Cardomom powder and grind the whole mixture into a smooth and firm paste. Keep your poornam aside.
3. Knead the dough for 5 to 10 mins. Divide the dough into small sized balls. Take an aluminium foil and grease it with oil. Roll out the dough into a small round on the foil, place a small poornam ball on the middle of the round and cover it by bringing the edges together. Roll it into a round by using rolling pin like a chapathi. Sprinkle few poppy seeds it and gently press them.
4. Heat a pan, gently place the oliga on the pan along with the foil. Now slowly remove the foil from the oilga. Let the Oilga cook for 3 to 4 mins, flip it on the other side and let it cook for 2 more minutes. Add some oil to it and remove. Serve with ghee or warm milk