Saturday, May 14, 2011

Green Plantain Stir-Fry| Vazhakkai Vadakal | Vazhaikai fry - 1

This kind of plantain fries  are interesting and tasty . And I used to make it as a side dish  for vatal kuzhambu. It is not very hot like other fries. Here there is a combination of tamarind juice and this makes a special flavor in the fry. Green plantain fries are of different types and I am now going to post my first post of green plantain,
               This is my mother’s recipe, she used to make it often .i can say this is an authentic recipe too. I am a fan of this fry and I am glad to share with all. 
Green plantain ( Vazhaikkai) – 2no
Tamarind juice – 1 ½ cup (not so thick)
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
For seasoning
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Urad dhal – 1tsp
Red chilli – 4no
Curry leaves – few
Take green plantain and cut in to two halves. Peel the skin with the peeler or knife. Cut in semi circles.
Take a wide mouth pan with the tamarind juice, Add turmeric powder and salt. Add the cut green plantain. Boil for 2min or till half cook. Do not over cook. Strain the plantain well.
Take a deep curved pan, Add oil for seasoning.  Splutter mustard seeds with urad dhal, curry leaf and red chili.
Add the half cooked vazhakkai, toss and mix well. Keep it in sim for about 2min. switch off the flame and serve hot.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Podi Idli Fry

Idlis are everyone's favorite, mostly there will be a left over idli at home 1 or 2. Whenever left over idlis are at home. I used to make some different dishes with it. I love podi idli. I used to mix it as it is and eat. But I remember I had this kind of podi idli in a highway hotel when we were traveling to Madurai. It was awesome and felt like having another plate of it. Really irresistible taste, who ever like idli podi they will love it.  Ginger powder enhances the taste, lovely color and coriander leaves gives a special aroma. Here is a wonderful left over recipe. Try out and enjoy. No Sambar or Chutney needed.

Idli -3no
Idli milaigai podi – 4tsp (depends on the taste)
Green Chilli  chopped – 1tsp
Ginger powder – 1tsp
Onion – 1no (finely chopped)
Curry leaves few (finly chopped)
Coriander leaves (handful)
For seasoning
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Urad dhal – ½ tsp
Salt (if necessary)
Gingerly Oil – ½ tbsp (Nallennai in tamil)
Cut idli into small pieces like small cubes. Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds and urad dhal. Add green chilli fry for a second, add onion and fry till brown.  Add curry leaves, idli milaigai podi and ginger powder. 
             Now add the cubes of idlis and fry till whole mixture mix well. Add coriander leaves. Mix well. Check for salt. Serve hot. No side dish needed.

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