Skip to main content

Posts

Roadside Mochai Masala - Tirunelveli Style Mochai Recipe

This is the popular street food recipe from Tirunelveli called mochai. A healthy semi dry gravy with mochai prepared in streetside pushcarts across many places in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin.  Until recently I never had a chance to taste this mochai but my husband tasted it many times during their school days. During last month's trip to Tirunelveli, we tasted this mochai masala near Murappanaadu river. It was delicious and my son asked me to prepare this mochai for his snack box. This roadside mochai masala is made with boiled mochai beans (Lima beans), lots of onions, ginger and  green chillies. As mochai beans have a slightly bitter taste, hence you have to use plenty of onions for this masala . You have to use dried mochai for this masala.  To spice up this masala you have to add a good amount of green chillies and ginger which gives a nice flavour and tastes yummy. This mochai masala makes a filling and comforting dish for breakfast or evening snack. I prepared this mochai in a
Recent posts

Rajapalayam Mango Pickle - Raw Mango Pickle - Mangai Oorugai

Traditional raw mango pickle recipe from Rajapalayam which you can preserve for a year.  This pickle is made with raw mango, red chilli powder, mustard powder, fenugreek powder, asafoetida, jaggery and gingely oil. After tasting this pickle prepared by  my sister Priya, my son said goodbye to the store bought pickles. She learnt this recipe from her relatives at Rajapalayam and prepared this pickle without changing the steps and ingredients. This homemade mango pickle not only tastes good, it also has a long shelf life without any preservatives. Try this mango pickle recipe during this mango season, I'm sure that you will all love this pickle.  Similar recipes Amla Thokku Raw mango Thokku Garlic Thokku Tomato Thokku - Thakkali thokku  Instant Mango Pickle Here is the video link for Rajapalayam Mango Pickle Rajapalayam Mango Pickle - Raw Mango Pickle - Mangai Oorugai Recipe Details Prep time : 3 days Cook time : 15 minutes Yields : 1 Kg Category : pickle Author : Muthulakshmi Madhav

Quick Tiffin Sambar - Side Dish for Idli, Dosa and Ven Pongal - Sambar without Tamarind

Quick tiffin sambar recipe with moong dal, toor dal and combination of vegetables. We have tasted this tiffin sambar many times at our Grandma's house prepared by our home chef Deivanai at Tirunelveli. Usually they put onions, chow chow (chayote), carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, green chillies and dals. We have different versions of tiffin sambar in every household with any vegetables as they prefer. You can add capsicum, drumstick or yellow pumpkins too. This sambar recipe is a bit unique recipe with a  combination of dals and  without any tamarind. I wanted to try this quick tiffin sambar at home for a long time. Last week during my visit to Tirunelveli I called her up and asked for the recipe. She explained the recipe  with a few simple steps and the sambar turned out well. This tiffin sambar is a simple yet tasty sambar and perfect side dish for idli, dosa and ven pongal.  Check out my other side dishes for idli and dosa Brinjal Kichadi  Brinjal Kichadi with Dal Puli Milagai Tomat

Fenugreek Rice - Venthaya Choru & Coconut Thuvaiyal - Easy Lunch Recipes

Fenugreek Rice - a simple rice recipe with no onion and  no tomato. This is a traditional rice recipe made with fenugreek, rice, coconut and garlic cloves. I learnt this recipe from my Grandmother. This recipe is very similar to our black urid dal rice. I tried this rice many times and we all loved it very much. We can easily prepare this rice within 10 minutes since there is no need for any chopping works. The main flavouring for this rice recipe is the fenugreek. While roasting the fenugreek keep an eye on it, over roasting can make it bitter and you will miss their aroma and flavor in the rice. As it is a summer season, this fenugreek rice will be perfect and it helps to lower the body temperature.  Also, this is a perfect dish for diabetes. Because fenugreek is high in soluble fibre, which helps to  lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion. This fenugreek rice can be served with coconut thuvaiyal and appalam.  Rice Varieties Coriander leaves and Tomato Pulav  Paneer Kofta Biryan

Vegetable Momos - Vegetable Dumplings - Starter Recipes

Vegetable momos are a super addictive snack that everyone likes. Most of the Chinese restaurants have different varieties like vegetable momos, fried momos, green momos, chicken momos etc. One of the common momos you can easily find on the streets is the vegetable momos.  It is a simple snack, but it requires some time to finish the whole process. If you prepare the vegetable stuffing earlier, you can prepare the momos easily within 20 minutes. I made several experiments to bring  the thin outer layer and finally my husband did it. He always wanted to recreate dishes like samosa and parotta  to bring the perfect texture. A few years ago, I  prepared ten samosa recipes for Aval kitchen magazine which was prepared fully by my husband. I just made the stuffing and deep fried it. He made the samosa patties perfectly and it tasted good. Here for momos also he used the same technique to prepare the outer layer and the momos turn perfect.  It's very simple to prepare the vegetable stuffin

Onion Thool Bajji - Vengaya Thool Bajji - Evening Snack Recipes

Onion thool bajji - a simple and easy snack recipe with onions. Like onion pakoda, this onion thool bajji is a quite popular snack during season time in our hometown Courtallam. I enjoy munching this thool bajji after a nice bath at main falls during every season time. As it is prepared with onion slices with a soft texture it is named as thool bajji.  Now coming to the batter ingredients for the bajji. Besan flour is the main ingredient and in addition we add rice flour and dosa batter for the crisp texture. Making the batter with the correct consistency gives the perfect shape and texture. Both vazhaikkai bajji and onion thool bajji have pretty much the same ingredients, but the water ratio is different and the way of frying too. Onions get cooked easily, so always deep fry them on medium heat and transfer it before the bubble ceases. You don't need to plan much for this thool bajji and you can make it easily for unexpected guests or for any unplanned occasions.  Check out my oth