Thursday 28 February 2013

Rasam Powder | Rasam Podi Recipe

Rasam or Chaaru or Saaru is a South Indian soup made with tamarind juice and spices.  Though a soup, it is part of the main course of meals and is taken mixed with rice.  So any South Indian meal is incomplete without Rasam.  Now, heres the recipe for one of the main ingredients to prepare rasam -- the rasam powder.

rasam powder, rasam podi

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Vankaya Pachadi | Brinjal Chutney | Kathirikkai Thogayal

Andhra is very well known for its Pachadis, podis and pickles, which are part of their everyday meal.  I am presenting here one of their popular pachadis - Vankaya Pachadi or brinjal chutney.  It is quite easy to prepare and takes very less time.  This side dish can be taken with rice, roti and even dosa and idli too.  I prefer it with hot rice and ghee, tastes awesome.

vankaya pachadi, brinjal chutney

Monday 11 February 2013

Medu Vada | Urad Dal Vada | Uddina Vada

Medu vada or ulundu vadai is a traditional South Indian delicacy.  It is made with urad dal/lentils and is a deep fried snack.  Medu vada is generally served along with fried coconut chutney or Sambar.  You need to be careful while grinding the batter - It should be ground with little or no water to make a soft dough.  It should not be runny.  The consistency of the batter will determine how soft the vadas will be.

Medu vada, when paired with sambar and coconut chutney, is an excellent breakfast item too.

So here is how you make the Medu Vada ...

medu vada, urad dal vada