Saturday, September 26, 2009

I'm Honoured!!! ....by Sanjeevji... :)


My Husband n me, received Sanjeeviji's first copy of the book, Noodles and Pasta, launched on September 20th.

Guess who was in town for the book launch?
YES!...Mr.Sanjeev Kapoor, the Master Chef!.




Guess who was honoured to receive the first copy?
Yes!...Your's Truly ;)
(in brown n grey in the pic)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Valliyoor Kooraku Pulusu


The comfort curry I learnt from Amma. Apparently this dish is a mix of Andhra and Tamil, our ancestors, who belonged to Andhra, later got settled in the Southern towns of Tamil Nadu (in and around Valliyoor) would have possibly included the curry in their regular diet.

A request to my blogger pals who hail from Andhra….

Have you heard of this ‘Pulusu’ in your state, as such?..as I still wonder how this Pulusu acquired this strange name. May be Valliyoor, the town in Southern Tamil Nadu, Kooraku- the spinach and Pulusu- the curry, put together would explain the same.

An aromatic, healthy curry which goes well with rice, a meal by itself..

Ingredients:

  • Spinach-any variety-use the leaves only- a medium bunch which yields 3 cups more or less when chopped fine.
  • Shallots/ pearl onions-assort smallest ones to use 'em as such-10-15 nos or a handful
  • Tamarind- a gooseberry sized ball- Soak and extract pulp
  • Salt-to taste

To grind to a smooth paste

  • Grated Coconut- ¾ cup
  • Garlic cloves-1-2
  • Red chillies-10 (I use 20 ;)-according to your spice level.. you can also use chilly powder)
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Jeera powder-1/2tsp

To Season

  • Oil-Preferably sesame seed oil :)-a tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal-1/4 tsp
  • Uluva/venthaiyam/methi seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Shallots/ pearl onions-2-3 sliced round
  • Red chillies-2 nos-broken to 3 pcs.
  • Curry leaves- a sprig

Method:

  • Cook the chopped spinach in a cup of water along with the handful of onions.
  • While 3/4th done, add the ground paste, salt and tamarind extract.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer until the raw smell of the curry disappears; say for 15-20 mins.
  • Add water if needed to get the right consistency.
  • Remove from fire, season the curry with the listed ingredients.
  • Serve warm with steamed rice.

I've been tagged by Lena and Priya.

The rules :

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share the ABCs of you.
4. Tag 4 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.

The Tag:

1. A – Available/Single? Sorry- No!!(sigh) ;)
2. B – Best friend? Amma, Sis, Swapna, Seba n Raju (5 Best please) :)
3. C – Cake or Pie? Cake
4. D – Drink of choice? Apple nectar
5. E – Essential item you use every day? My Mobile phone
6. F – Favorite color? Peach shade
7.G–Gummy Bears Or Worms? Like both.The flavour matters rather than the shape.Still not choosy.
8. H – Hometown? Kottayam
9. I – Indulgence?-For food, non-veg any time any day ;)
10. J – January or February? Jan- My Birthmonth
11. K – Kids & their names? Kavya and Akshay
12. L – Life is incomplete without? ..a warm family.
13. M – Marriage date? 26th Jan
14. N – Number of siblings? Two
15. O – Oranges or Apples? Apples
16. P – Phobias/Fears? Ophidio and Hydrophobias.
17. Q – Quote for today? Never take life seriously.Nobody gets out alive anyway.
18. R – Reason to smile? Friends
19. S – Season? Spring
20. T – Tag 3 People? Suma, Sharmilee and Kitchen Queen
21. U – Unknown fact about me? Impatience!!
22. V – Vegetable you don't like? Love all..
23. W – Worst habit? Browsing with no clue of time.. :)
24. X – X-rays you've had? The back bone X-ray for lower back pain, a few years ago.
25. Y – Your favorite food? 'Edibly' Non-veg ;)
26. Z – Zodiac sign? Aquarius

I'm supposed to tag 4 more.. Please leave a message in the comment box, those you are willing to take up the tag or else the first 4 buddies who leave comments here are tagged ;).