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September 14, 2009

TAMILNADU LUNCH MENU 1 - LUNCH RECIPES

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Last week my in-laws were here .We spent 5 beautiful days together.I prepared these dishes for lunch.Generally we have thogayals for lunch.So i prepared Ridge Gourd thogayal , Gooseberry – curd pachadi , Puli keerai ,Broad Beans sambar , Carrot – beans poriyal,Urad dal Vada , Papad & milk kheer .I am sending this post to my SIL's  "Show wat u cook for Guests" event.

Tamilnadu-lunch-menu-before-serving


PULI KEERAI

Let me start from Puli keerai.Hope u can find out from the dishes.I normally prepare keerai kadaiyal.For a change , i tried puli keerai by asking my mom.It was very tasty when had with plain rice & ghee.So here comes the ingredients & method of preparation.

Ingredients
  • Arai Keerai / Mulai keerai –2 cups (chopped)
  • Tamarind – a small gooseberry size
  • Red chilly – 2-3 nos
  • Salt & water – As needed.
To season
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/ 2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Method:
  • Remove & Wash the leaves and cook it along with tamarind & red chilly.
  • Let it cool & then grind with salt to make a smooth paste.
  • Do the seasoning.Serve with plain rice & ghee !!

RIDGE GOURD THOGAYAL

Ingredients
  • Ridge gourd – 1 no (medium size)
  • Tamarind – Medium gooseberry size
  • Red chilly – 5 nos
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Hing – 2 pinches
  • Salt & water – As needed.
  • Oil – As needed
Method :
  • Heat a kadai with a tsp of oil and roast urad dal , red chilly & hing.Set aside.
  • Soak tamarind in little warm water and keep aside.
  • Peel the skin of ridge gourd using a peeler and cut into small pieces.
  • Heat the kadai with a tbsp of oil and saute the ridge gourd pieces till its completely cooked.May take 10 mins in medium flame.
  • Let it cool . Finally grind everything to make a smooth paste.
  • Serve with plain rice and sesame oil.
 
CARROT– BEANS PORIYAL
Ingredients
  • Carrot – 2 nos
  • Beans – 10 nos
  • Moong dal – 2 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Grated coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Salt & water – as needed.
To season :
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – A sprig
 Method
  • Wash & cut carrot , beans into small pieces.
  • In a vessel take the veggies along with moong dal , Sambar powder & Salt.
  • Add the required amount of water and cook it.Take care the moong dal should not become mushy.It should be just blossomed.
  • Once its cooked well , remove & cool.Drain the excess water if any ( I usually add that water to sambar )
  • Heat a kadai with a tsp of oil and do the seasoning.Finally add the cooked veggies and toss well.
  • Add the grated coconut and mix well. Saute for 5 mins & remove.
  • Serve as an accompaniment for Sambhar / Rasam & Curd rice.

BROAD BEANS SAMBAR / AVARAKKAI SAMBAR

Ingredients
  • Broad Beans / Avarakkai – 10 nos (cut into two)
  • Toor Dal – 1/3 cup
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Home made Sambar Powder –  2 tsp (Refer at the end of this post)
  • Sambar onions / Shallots – 10 nos
  • Green chilly – 3 nos (slit cut)
  • Tomato – 1 no ( finely cut)
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Hing /asafetida – 3- 4 pinches
  • Salt & water – As needed.
To Season:
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a  few.
  • Red chilly - 1 no
  • Coriander leaves – To garnish
Method:
  • In a Pressure cooker take toor dal with a pinch of turmeric powder and a drop of oil .Add the cut broad beans pieces to it with required water..Cook for 1 –2 whistle till the dal turns mushy.Mash it with a ladle.Set aside.
  • Soak Tamarind in warm water for 15 mins and extract the juice from it.
  • Peel the sambar onions and Slit cut the green chilly into two.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and splutter the mustard seeds &  fenugreek seeds & pinched red chilli.Then add the sambar onions, Green chillies & curry leaves and tomato pieces.Saute well.
  • Then add the tamarind extract , Sambar powder , a pinch of turmeric powder , 3 pinches of hing & few curry leaves.
  • Cover & let it boil till the onions get cooked.Nice aroma arises.
  • Finally add the cooked toor dal along with broad beans and let it boil for another 5 mins.
  • Remove & Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with plain rice & ghee !!
 
URAD DAL VADA

U can refer here for the recipe & preparation.I added a tsp of toor dal & a tsp of raw rice while soaking a cup of urad dal. Remaining the same as given there.

MILK KHEER

U can find the actual recipe in this blog .I just added 2 pinches of cardamom powder.Else the same procedure.It was very tasty & rich. Thanks a lot Jeyashri .Smile

milk kheer


SAMBAR POWDER RECIPE
  • Coriander seeds – 1/4 kg
  • Red chilly – 1/4 kg
  • Fenugreek seeds – 50 gms
  • Toor dal – 50 gms
  • Channa dal – 50 gms
  • Pepper corns – 50 gms
  • Jeera – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 50 gms
Bye for now Wave
 


52 comments :

  1. Nice spread of dishes Chitra... everything looks yummm

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  2. Hey Chitra,

    The entire pic looks very delectable. But me personally like the milk kheer better.

    Because just recently I had prepared for my hubby, & we enjoyed it cold like rabdi. Yum..................
    And I felt "J", hearing about the wonderful time u spent with in laws, as it has been quite some time since I have been to Ranchi. May be this year.... I hope.... Please pray that it be possible....

    Love,
    Ash............
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  3. Superb recipes.......just wanna grab tht plate...yummy n delicious!!

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  4. Your guest are really lucky to have such a delicous meal.Looks so so good.

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  5. Nice presentation dear...it makes me hungry.

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  6. looks yummmmmy dear.... could you pass me the plate?? feeling very hungry :-)

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  7. MY MY Chit very delicious spread of food esp the vadai...looking so tempting which made to soak some ural dhal to make for the evening snack..

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  8. Very nice spread... :) Thanks for the Sambhar powder recipe...a friend gave me a bottle of home made powder, maybe next time I can make following your recipe :)

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  9. Nice spread Chitra,love your puli keerai and thogaiyal particularly.

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  10. @ Chitra,
    All the recipes look awesome! :) Looks very yummy!

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  11. nice spread chitra. Like the way u make the beans carrot poriyal.new for me. will try next time.
    And glad to know the milk kheer turned out well.Thank u so much.

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  12. awesome spread of dishes..very authentic south indian menu..sure your in laws would have loved it..

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  13. Sure amma appa and sen would have enjoyed the meal :) Looks fabulous and picture iss very nice :) Thanks for the entry:)

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  14. Thanks a lot dearies for ur lovely comments..:)

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  15. ooh, what a spread! All the dishes look soooo delicious.

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  16. You have presented very beautifully. All dishes looks yummy and delicious.

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  17. Delicious meal..! I'm coming ot your home for lunch... jus kidding:)

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  18. Wow...extremely drool worthy platter....as u said wish we were close by.....Hmm really missing dear...

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  19. சித்ரா, பார்க்கும் பொழுது இப்ப வாய் ஊருகின்றதே...

    எனக்கும் ஒரு தட்டு வைத்து எல்லாம் சாப்படும் எடுத்து வையுங்க...இதோ வந்துகிட்டே இருக்கேன்..


    சூப்பராக இருக்கு...

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  20. wow, chitra what a delectable spread, vads look so lovely, mmm.., everything looks so delicious...

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  21. Thats a lovely platter Chitra...everything looks so delicious :)

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  22. Absolutely beatiful spread of dishes..Love the simplicity of the dishes!

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  23. Gorgeous pic Chithra..:)..what an enticing platter..inlaws must have been really impressed..;)

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  24. All recipes looks yummy, lovely spread.

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  25. Every dish looks yumm..nice presentation.

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  26. You have a nice blog with nice dishes. you can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments.

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  27. Simply super...All the recipes look awesome and delicious...:) love your pulikeerai especially. Do visit my blog when u find time...

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  28. You are so full of energy...making all these delicacies! You go girl!

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  29. Thanks for visiting my blog,Happy to hear u also from Bangalore.Nice display & Delicious recipes.

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  30. Hi Chithra,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Wow.. wat a feast !!
    Good to know you are from Blore.. We are based in Blore as such .. but in London for sometime :)

    Will visit often.....
    happy Blogging!!

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  31. hi chitra, u have some doubt na...u have fry the semiya till light brown without oil

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  32. Very Nice blog with some real authentic recipes. Will surely try out some of them. Thanks for visitingmy blog

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  33. Looks delectable and yummy spread:)wish I could have been ur neighbour...

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  34. First time here. This looks a super meal and a wonderful click. You have a nice blog! Visit mine when you have a chance- http://raje-s.blogspot.com/.

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  35. I just came back from a India trip and had lots of home made food. This pic makes me want to go back again..aweosme!

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  36. What a nice platter.Glad u had a good time.

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  37. very inviting spread every thing looks so delicious

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  38. What a delicious spread! You've made lots of yummy food!

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  39. Yummy spread of recipes.
    The medhu vada in particular attracts me a lot.
    Nice colorful & crunchy vadai

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  40. That's a inviting platter!! Loved it!

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  41. awesome recipes! loved the layout and presentation! I sure need to learn a lot from you!

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