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Monday, February 20, 2017


How to do Karunai kizhangu masiyal, How to make Pidi karanai masiyal

Masiyal in Tamil means mashed. Pidi karunai masiyal is a traditional tamil brahmin recipe. This masiyal is made from a variety of yam which is fist shaped. The regular elephant foot yam is senai kizhangu (In chennai, people call senai kizhangu as karunai kizhangu). So check for the fist shaped karunai kizhangu, we call it as 'pidi karunai / pidi karanai' as it is fist sized. I do not know the english name for this.This cures piles and good for constipation problems. This is mixed with hot rice and ghee and a great side dish for dosa, idli, poori and chappathi.

Also, use this yam after atleast 10 days of buying it, to ensure the kizhangu is well dried.


Karunai kizhangu / Pidi karanai - 4
Tamarind - amla sized ball
Toor dal - 3 tablespoons
Sambar powder - 1 tsp.
Oil - 4 tsp.(preferably gingelly oil)
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Bengal gram - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Red chillies - 2
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - 1" piece
Curry leaves - few
Salt - to taste


Wash yam well. Soak tamarind in water and extract juice. Discard the pulp. Finely chop green chillies and grate ginger.

Take yam and toor dhal in separate containers. Add turmeric powder to toor dhal alongwith required water. Pressure cook for 3 or 4 whistles or until soft.

When pressure subsides, remove the skin of yam, mash well and keep it aside. Alternatively, you can peel the skin, cut into chunks and pressure cook until soft. Mash toor dhal well and keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, urad dhal, bengal gram, red chillies, asafoetida, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Saute a while. Add tamarind extract, little turmeric powder, sambar powder and allow it to boil until the raw smell diffuses. Now add mashed yam and dhal, required salt and mix well. Add water if necessary. Allow it to boil for few more minutes and when thick, switch off the flame. Serve with hot rice and a dollop of ghee.

Ensure the kizhangu is well dried for atleast 10 days before using it.
Cook karunaikizhangu well, else it will be itchy.
Lemon juice can be substituted for tamarind.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


How to make semiya payasam, How to make vermicelli kheer, How to make semiya paal payasam

I launched this blog nine years ago. Yes, my blog is 8 years old and stepping into the 9th year. I am happy to share on my Blog Anniversary, the stats google gives me. Over this period of blogging, my blog and has 35,86,334 Lifetime Pageviews/readers/visitors.With every blog post, I engaged myself and learned and the learning continues. Thanks to all for your support. I celebrate this with a Semiya paal payasam. Very appropriately and with no plan whatsoever, this is the 651st  post on my site.


Roasted vermicelli - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1 ltr.
Cardamom powdered - 1/2 tsp.
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee fried cashews and raisins - few
Condensed milk -1/4 cup
Saffron (optional)
Ghee - 1 tablespoons


Heat a tablespoon of ghee and fry vermicelli until golden brown. Fry cashews and raisins in ghee and keep aside. Powder cardamoms and keep ready.

Boil milk in a heavy- bottomed deep pan. Stir frequently until the milk reduces to 3/4th. Simmer and add ghee roasted vermicelli into the milk and cook until soft. Now add sugar, condensed milk, stir and cook until the milk is thick. Add the powdered cardamoms,saffron and ghee. Garnish with ghee-fried cashews and saffron. Serve hot or cold. Both will taste good.

NOTE: Sugar can be adjusted to suit your taste.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


How to make Kovil puliyodharai, How to make temple style puliyodharai, How to make Milagu puliyodharai

I have always been fascinated by the 'Puliyodharai prasadam' served in Perumal temples. Adding black pepper powder gives an exotic flavour to the temple puliyodharai. Earlier, the tradition of prasadam offered to devotees at temples, has always been viewed as a divine blessing and we would get it in limited portions. Nowadays, we can have the prasadam as indulgence, buy and eat from the stalls in the temple, not direct from the Madapalli though. There is not much difference in the method, but the cooking technique and spices and the preparation with great care to offer to the Lord makes the difference. The cooking technique in 'Madapalli' (temple kitchen) is always traditional and made in a big old fashioned stove called 'kottai aduppu'. Only specific utensils and specific spices are used. There would be a very big, stone slab to spread the rice and mix the puliyodharai. Thirunagai puliyodharai prasadam is said to be best. Also puliyodharai prasadam in Tiruvallikeni, Ahobila mutt and Andavan ashramam will taste divine.
Check out other puliyogare recipes posted by me.

Cooked rice
Gingelly oil
Black pepper - 2 tablespoons

Ingredients for Pulikkachal:
Gingelly oil - 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tsp.
Chenna dal - 1 tsp.
Groundnuts - 2 tsp.
Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cashews - 10
Curry leaves - few
Tamarind - tennis ball size
Hing - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp.
Salt - as needed (preferably crystal sea salt - kal uppu)

How to make Kovil puliyodharai, How to make temple style puliyodharai, How to make Milagu puliyodharai
Nagai prasadam pic.courtesy:Sri.Pazhaveri Sriraman swami
                                                          Thanks to Thirunagai madapalli for the recipe


Soak tamarind in lukewarm water, extract thick pulp and keep aside.

Powder black pepper and keep aside. (Black pepper can also be dry roasted until hot and powdered).

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat gingelly oil, temper with the ingredients mentioned in "for pulikkachal", one by one in order. When they turn golden brown, add the tamarind pulp. When it comes to rolling boil, add turmeric powder, hing, salt and stir frequently until it becomes like a paste. This is pulikkachal. This can be made in large quantities and stored for more than 2 to 3 months if prepared perfect.

Cook rice in such a way that the grains are separate and not sticky. Spread the cooked rice in a plate, add little gingelly oil and allow it to cool. When cool, add pulikkachal to the cooked rice, according to requirement and powdered black pepper(to suit your tastebuds) and gingelly oil.  Mix gently without breaking the grains. 
Kovil puliyodharai /Temple style puliyodharai is ready.

Only raw rice (pachcharisi) is used in temples. The cooked rice should not be mushy. The grains should be separate without sticking. 
Mix rice gently without any lumps. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016



This is another easy to make Iyengar special spicy rice, with the flavour of mustard seeds and tamarind, offered to God on the month of margazhi. 


Raw rice - 1 cup
Salt - to taste
Ghee - 1 tsp.
Gingelly oil - 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds - 2 tsp.
Dry red chillies - 4 or 5
Tamarind - key lemon sized ball
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Hing - 1/4 tsp.
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp.

To temper in gingelly oil:
Mustard seeds - 1/8 tsp.
Urad dhal - 1 tsp.
Chenna dal - 1/2 tsp.
Groundnuts - 1 tsp.
Hing - 1/4 tsp.
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs


Soak tamarind in lukewarm water for 5 minutes and grind all the items given in "for the paste" with little water to a paste.

Cook rice in such a way that the grains are separate and not sticky. Spread the cooked rice in a plate and add a spoon of fresh gingelly oil and allow it to cool a bit.

In a kadai, heat gingelly oil and temper the ingredients mentioned in "to temper" until they turn golden brown. Keep aside.

In the same kadai, heat oil add the ground paste and saute in medium heat until the raw smell is diffused. When oil leaves the sides, add cooked rice, ghee, required salt and mix well without breaking the grains. Add the tempering to the rice and mix gently. Alternatively, you can add the cooked paste, ghee and temperings to the cooked rice also.

Iyengar special kadugorai is ready. Serve with fried papads or appalam or vadaam of your choice.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


How to make maalaadu, How to make roasted gram ladoo

Maladu / Maa ladoo is an easiest, simplest and quick to make, healthy sweet made with pottukadalai (roasted gram). Ladoo courtesy: My sister Radha. The ladoos in the picture were made by my sister. 


Pottukadalai (Roasted gram) - 2 cups 
Sugar - 1 and 1/2 cups OR Boora sugar - 1 and 1/2 cups. 
Cashews - 10 
Ghee - 3/4 cup 
Powdered cardamom - 1/2 tsp. 


Heat a pan and dry roast pottukadalai until hot. Pound it to a fine powder. Powder the sugar finely using a mixie. OR you can also use the boora chakkarai (boora sugar) which will be available in the stores. 

Break cashews into small pieces and fry it in a spoon of ghee until golden brown. Keep aside.

Melt ghee in the same pan. This should be warm while shaping the balls. 

Mix together powdered pottukadalai, powdered sugar, cardamom powder and ghee-fried cashews. Add the melted ghee little by little and shape into balls. (DO NOT POUR IN THE ENTIRE GHEE. POUR A LADLE OF GHEE AND SHAPE FOUR OR FIVE BALLS) Repeat the procedure for the entire mixture. Shape all the balls tightly. 

NOTE: Little milk can be sprinkled if felt difficult to shape.