Friday, July 24, 2009

Kozhukattai (Modak)- steamed rice dumplings with coconut, jaggery and cardamom filling

Undoubtedly my favorite dumpling. Early memories of this dumplings where during Ganesh Chaturthi (this is made as an offering to the elephant head Hindu god -Ganesha) when my cousins and me used to wait eagerly for the prayers to finish so that we could have the fragrant dumplings.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dosa

Dosa is a perfect meal. It is light and crispy goodness and has healthful attributes.
It is a good eat anytime of the day. There are many varieties of this crêpe. My personal favorite is the one made with rice and lentil batter. There are many versions of Instant dosas like the whole wheat, Ragi(Millet)Dosa.

Dosa's have a huge array of chutneys and fillings we'll have a few to start with.My Mom makes the best Dosa's. She is a purist making the batter at home. Most homes in South India will have an electric wet grinder. In which they make batter for dosa, idli, appam etc...

Basic Dosa Batter
Par boiled rice (Ponni or Sona Masoori) - 2 cups
Whole urad dal cleaned(White)- 3/4 cup
Fenu greek -1/2 tsp
Salt- to taste

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Singara Chennai

It is a great feel to be back home. I landed in the wee hours of the night and meet up with near and dear. Slept for a while and woke up to smell flowers blooming at the window near me. I needed to eat. Well folks I will be eating in all the off beaten and the less traveled places where the locals eat. This is stop number one. All I needed was comfort food and I couldn't think of a better Comfort food than Idli, Vada, Sambhar and Chutney.