Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Molake Menthya Huli / Mulai Kattiya Vendaya Kuzhambu - Tamarind Gravy with Sprouted Fenugreek Seeds

MOLAKE MENTHYA HULI / MULAI KATTIYA VENDAYA KUZHAMBU
Fenugreek seeds / Menthya / Vendayam are an integral part of a South Indian Spice box since ancient times. The nutritious spice is used in every day cooking to season dals and kuzhambus. Fenugreek seeds lend a unique aroma to curry powders and pickles. Like all other spices these seeds also have their own health benefits. They aid in digestion and alleviate flatulence. One teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds soaked overnight and administered with one cup of warm water as the first drink in the morning is said to be beneficial for people with diabetes. The seeds have been in use in the preparation of postpartum diets for its lactogenic properties. Like all other sprouts, sprouted Fenugreek seeds are  highly nutritious. 


SPROUTING THE FENUGREEK SEEDS
1. Wash and soak 1/2 a cup of Fenugreek Seeds for 12 hours. 
2.  Drain the soaked seeds and store them in an air tight container.
3. Leave it in a warm place overnight.
4. You can see the sprouts the next morning.
5. If you need longer sprouts, close the lid and shake the container and leave it aside for a longer time.


This will yield one cup of sprouted seeds.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE HULI / KUZHAMBU
Sprouted Fenugreek Seeds - 1 cup
Tamarind - 1 plum size ball
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Powdered jaggery - 1 tbsp
Sesame oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Split pigeon peas / Tur dal - 2tsps
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Red chilly ( broken) - 2
Curry leaves - a few
Rice flour - 1 tsp
METHOD
1. Soak tamarind in warm water and extract the juice adding water as required to make one and a half glasses of juice.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
3. When the mustard seeds splutter add fenugreek seeds and tur dal.
4. When the seasoning emanates a pleasant aroma and the dal turns golden in colour add asafoetida followed by broken red chillies.
5. Add curry leaves and the sprouts and saute till the moisture evaporates.


6. Stir in the Sambar powder.


7. Add the tamarind juice, salt and jaggery powder.
8. Let the Huli/ Kuzhambu boil till it reduces to half its quantity emanating a very pleasant aroma.


9. Add little water to rice flour to make a paste, and stir it into the boiling gravy.
10. Switch off flame as soon as the gravy thickens.


Enjoy the Molake Menthya Huli/ Mulai Kattiya Vendaya Kuzhambu  with steaming hot rice. Or savour the sweet and spicy gravy with Idlies and Dosas.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Green Koottu - Mildly Spiced Green Vegetables

GREEN KOOTTU
Green vegetables are packed with nutrients and fiber and are an essential part of a healthy diet. Vegetables help in good digestion. They help in boosting immunity. Vegetables help to detoxify the liver and cleanse the system. A South Indian menu consists of numerous vegetable preparations which are delicious and healthy. Vegetable Koottu is one of the dishes served in a full meal. Go green with this Green Koottu that also looks green in colour !



INGREDIENTS
Snake Gourd ( Chopped)  - 2 cups
Carrots ( Chopped)  - 1 cup
Peanuts  - 1/2 cup
Spinach / Palak  - 1 bunch
Fresh coconut gratings - 2 tbsps
Green chillies   - 2 or 3
Cumin seeds   - 1 tsp
Rice flour - 1 tsp
Salt -  1 tsp
Asafoetida   - 1 pinch
Sesame oil  -  1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 pinch
Split Black gram dal - 1 tsp
Red chilly ( Broken) - 1
Curry leaves - a few
METHOD
1. Cook chopped Snake Gourd and Carrots together using very little water.
2. Soak the Peanuts in hot water till they swell and become soft. Drain and keep aside.
3. Wash and blanch Spinach / Palak and allow to cool.
4. Drain and blend the Spinach/Palak in a mixer without adding water and keep it aside.
5. Grind coconut gratings, green chillies, cumin seeds and rice flour into a smooth paste adding little water.
6. Take the cooked vegetables, blended Spinach/Palak and soaked Peanuts in a vessel.
7. Add asafoetida and salt and cook them together.
8. When it starts to boil stir in the ground coconut paste and cook till the Green Koottu thickens to the required consistency.
9. Heat oil in a seasoning ladle and add mustard seeds.
10. When the mustard seeds splutter add split black gram dal and fry till it turns golden in colour.
11. Add broken red chilly and curry leaves and pour the seasoning on the Green Koottu.



Enjoy the healthy Green Koottu with rotis or rice along with your meal.