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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Maa vadu-vadu mangai ourugai-No cook pickle with tender mangoes

Vadu mangai or maavadu,a much known name is a no cook pickle made with tender mangoes that fall of from the tree during the beginning of  mango season.It is a classic preparation, a very famous recipe of Tamil cuisine and the best part of this pickle is its simple procedure with simplest of ingredients.You hardly need 4 ingredients to make this pickle apart from tender mangoes and there you go with a pickle like nothing you have eaten before :). I was planning to try this pickle from the start of the season but was unable to purchase some,but my FIL brought some tender mangoes and I made these pickle immediately.The making of this pickle is quite interesting,unlike any other pickle we need to use castor oil (Vilakennai) in this pickle.The reason is mangoes cause heat and the heat is by castor oil which is a wonderful coolant.Though castor oil is very bitter there will not be even a hint of bitterness in the pickle while you eat.This pickle has a very long shelf life almost an year at room temperature itself but just ensure you use clean dry spoons and jars here.It is best to use salt crystals (kallupu) instead of table salt but if you are using table salt just make sure to increase the quantity.It is the water from the salt that aids in pickling and keeps the pickle from spoiling.I know I have been posting lot of pickles here but it is afterall mango season right :).Do I need to say maavadu and curd rice make a perfect match,try it for yourself to know :)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

South Indian breakfast trail#7-Dosai platter

Today for our breakfast trail I have a dish on demand :) The first week when I started this trail,I got many mails asking for recipes and post in different varieties pf dosai.No wonder dosai being the most favorite tiffin here in south India it always gets its much deserved attraction :) I first thought of doing a post on masala dosai,but wanted to try this platter of assorted dosai for a long time,so here you go with different varieties of dosai,sorry to have kept you waiting though :). It may appear like a long procedure when I say 4 different types of dosai,but believe me,it will not take more than 30 minutes to put this platter together. The main attraction of this platter is just have all the ingredients ready and go for a live dosai counter at home and make dosai according to the choice :)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Rocky road ice cream slice (Egg less)

Rocky road ice cream is something very dear to me,I grew up eating this and till date I find it really hard to resist this slice. There is a very famous ice cream parlor in my native and it serves the best ice cream in the town.Amongst various national and international branded ice creams available,we find our self reaching to little space when we really crave ice cream.Here our absolute favorite is rocky road,not to confuse with the famous rocky road ice cream with chocolate and marshmallows,this is an in house rocky road slice where a very tasty vanilla ice cream is mixed with loads of nuts,butterscotch chips and tutti fruity.One spoon and you are sure to be in culinary heaven :). I was very much interested in trying this at home and when I set out to find recipes all I could get was only recipes for traditional rock road ice cream. So I decided to use my no cook vanilla ice cream recipe which I had saved from a magazine and add nuts to it. I really had no hopes that it would turn out well but it worked! Not only it was tasty,it tasted almost the same as we used to get in that shop.I was literally jumping when I tasted it and I kept on eating spoon after spoon during every churn :). First I was little apprehensive to use uncooked cream but I wanted to try at the least so went ahead and made it :). You can make it either as a slice or scoop out as ice cream,I made it into slice,just the way we used to eat :). Go ahead and make some of this non fussy ice cream which doesn't require an ice cream maker and you will be surprised by the taste and creaminess of this ice cream for such a simple recipe :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mango vanilla milkshake

Let's talk weather :) I am not much of a television seer,even when it comes to news I prefer reading newspapers and magazines to keep me updated,with that said yesterday or day before that news was going in a Tamil channel and they were giving reports.I was really shocked to see the roar of temperature in all cities in Tamilnadu.Chennai marked 92F which is supposed to be the lowest :P. Many cities have crossed 100F and I can only imagine what it would be like in those places,and yeah we are just in the mid April and the supposedly real summer is on May!We can't do much competing with nature,we can just be air conditioned room which is also not very healthy especially for your skin.All we can do is to again depend up on nature and keep ourselves,cool,hydrated and  fresh with all those summer special fruits.When I say summer special fruits,do I need to mention mango comes first?I am the one obsessed with mango at home,though I prefer devouring it as such,sometimes I have to make something fancy out of it to sell it at home :),especially the mangoes which I bought last week were not at all sweet I made a milkshake with one mango and lassi with the other one next day.I have already blogged about my standard milkshake recipe here and this time I wanted a twist.With loads of vanilla beans in my refrigerate,I find myself using them in all possible sweets,cakes and desserts. This milkshake is one keeper recipe with a win win combo,mango and vanilla go hand in hand and made an elegant dessert after dinner.I never add ice cream to mango milk shake,we like to savor the drink with mango flavor dominating,you can always a scoop of vanilla or mango ice cream if you need to,here is how to make mango-vanilla milkshake.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Calzone pocket (Pizza pocket)

Has anyone of you tried a calzone pocket available in most pizza joints. I have seen this on menu in dominos many times but somehow never tried there because I was not sure what to except. Once I read somewhere a calzone pocket is just like a stuffed and folded pizza,so I thought of trying it at home with my usual pizza dough.I just referred wiki and got an idea before attempting and this calzone pocket turned out to be one of best trial in the recent days.It is a very easy dish to put together but turns put to so very spongy and well textured bread filled with any veggies of your choice with or with out cheese.I of course loaded mine with cheese :). Try this recipe with your favorite pizza dough or just with this recipe and you are gonna love it.The filling I have used here is a very basic quick stir fry of my favorite veggies and you can totally be creative with filling.I would describe this more as a method of making calzone rather than calling a recipe,lets dig in :)
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