Drumstick Leaves Poricha Kulambu/Pulilacurry

This recipe hails from my native and I never used to like it until I made it for the first time.Poricha Kulambu is the common name for this dish.But we call it pulilacurry(புளிலா கறி) in our home. It means curry without tamarind.(புளி இல்லா கறி). They usually make it when someone suffers from cold as the main flavour comes from pepper and cumin seeds.This is an unique and typical recipe from grandmom. You can add drumstick/snake gourd/board beans or cabbage instead of drumstick leaves.

Ingredients:Porichakulambu

  • Drumstick leaves – 1 cup
  • Moong dhal-1/2 cup
  • Turmeric Powder-1/4 tsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Hing-A  pinch
  • Oil -To cook

To dry roast and powder:

  • Coconut-1 tbsp grated
  • Toor dhal-1/4 tbsp
  • Pepper-6-8
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 tbsp
  • Urad dhal-Less than 1/4 tbsp
  • Red Chilly-1

Procedure:

  1. Wash the drumstick leaves well.
  2. Cook moong dhal in pressure cooker after washing and soaking it for 10 minutes.
  3. Take a kadai and dry roast all ingredients I have mentioned under “To dry roast and powder” by adding one after the other in medium flame.
  4. Add oil in the pan and temper with mustard seeds,urand and curry leaves.
  5. Now add the drumstick leaves and saute well by adding turmeric powder and hing.
  6. Add little water and cook the leaves.
  7. When it starts boils,add the powder which was coarsely powdered and give a quick stir.
  8. Add some more water and mix the mashed dhal to the kadai.
  9. Let it boil for 10 minutes
  10. Finally add salt and serve hot.

My Observations:

If you wish you can add one red chilly when you temper to increase spicy level.

The cooking time varies depending on the veggie added.

You can also add the powder while you saute the leaves. This will give a rich flavour.

This is a protein and iron rich recipe very suitable for someone who is down with sore throat,cold and cough.

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Vegetable Pulao

Ingredients:

  • Basmati Rice-1 cup
  • Carrot-1/4 cup chopped
  • Onion-1/4 cup chopped
  • Beans-1/4 cup chopped
  • Spring Onion-1/4 cup chopped
  • Green Peas-1/4 cup chopped
  • Capsicum-3 tbsp chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste-2 tbsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil-To cook

Procedure:

  1. Rinse and wash rice.Soak rice in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook rice in 1 cup of water and fluff it up with fork.
  3. Add oil and saute ginger garlic paste.
  4. Add chopped onion,capsicum,carrot,beans,peas and saute well each of vegetable.
  5. Mix it with rice and salt to taste
  6. Serve it with any manchurian.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice
This was my most favorite choice in restaurants during school days. It was like a treat when dad gets it for me from specific restaurants. Post-school I didn’t have much craze. I had made it around twice in five years including this attempt. Last week I was craving a Chinese meal and I made this on Friday. To my surprise, it came super perfect. I was doubtful as it has been more than 5 years since I tried the fried rice recipe. So our Friday meal for vegetable fried rice with baby corn Manchurian. The below recipe has a very small quantity of soya sauce. I make Whole Wheat Veg. Noodles/Manchurian/Fried Rice once in several months and hence I feel they don’t really make any harm. For kids below 6 one year, please skip all sauces and salt in this recipe. If you would prefer making this fried rice often kindly use a low sodium soy sauce for kids. Come let’s have look at the recipe of vegetable fried rice in restaurant style.

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Vegetable Biriyani

The first dish I learnt from mom and this would occupy our menu in almost every family gathering.This was the first dish I cooked for my family post wedding. A very rich and tantalizing recipe of mom.

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Ingredients:

  • Seeraga Samba rice-1 cup
  • Coconut milk-1 and 1/2 cups
  • Carrot-1/4 cup(Chopped)
  • Shallots-5
  • Potato-1/4 cup(Chopped)
  • Green peas-1/4 cup
  • Beans-1/2 cup
  • Green chilly+Ginger+Garlic paste-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-A pinch
  • Salt-To taste
  • Coriander leaves-To garnish
  • Ghee-To cook

Procedure:

  1. Wash and soak the rice in warm water for 5 minutes.
  2. Add ghee to a kadai and saute the green chilly+garlic+ginger paste.
  3. Add the soaked rice after draining the water to this when the raw smell of the paste vanishes.
  4. Add the shallots,carrot,potato,beans one after the other and saute well.
  5. Add salt and turmeric powder.
  6. Cook in pressure cooker with coconut milk for 3 whistles
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

My Observations:

Instead of seeraga samba rice ,you can add basmati rice too.

Adjust the amount of green chilly to your taste.

Cut the vegetables as cubes to give a better look.

You can also add cauliflower,broccoli.

Serve it with any raitha or manchurian.

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Toor Dhal Rice

This is one of grandma’s recipes which each of us in the family would love to be cooked by her.A very easy one pot meal which I would recommend for working mothers and even bachelors.

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Ingredients:

  • Rice-1 cup
  • Toor dhal-1/2 cup
  • Garlic-8
  • Shallots-10
  • Tamarind-Half of lemon size
  • Red Chilly-3
  • Coconut -1/4 cup grated
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-A pinch
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil-To cook

Procedure:

1.Wash rice and dhal and soak them for 10 minutes.

2.Grind coconut and cumin seeds and set it aside.

3.Soak tamarind and prepare half cup of tamarind extract.

toor dhal rice

4.Add oil in a kadai and temper with mustard seeds,urad dhal.

5.As it splutters, add shallots,garlic,red chilly and saute well.

6.Add rice,cooked dhal,the coconut cumin seeds paste and all prepared in step.5 in a vessel in pressure cooker.

toor dhal rice

7.Add turmeric powder ,salt and pressure cook with 1/2 cup of tamarind extract + 1 and 1/2 cups of water.

8.Once pressure cooked,mix well and serve it hot.

toordhal rice


My Observations:

Adjust red chilly as per your taste.

Adding onion vadagam will add more taste.

The ratio of tamarind extract:water is 1:2.

In step 6,you can also add toor dhal,rice,turmeric powder and saute before pressure cooking.

You can also pre cook dhal separately.

This goes well with any deep fry or vathal/vadagam or pickle.

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Sesame Rice(Ellu Sadam)

A quick to do rice variety with rich calcium.Kids will definitely like it. Sesame is a rich source of calcium and this variety rice is very easy to do but rich in  nutrition. Do try for yourself and let me know the outcome.

Check out information on when and how to offer SESAME to babies here.

Ingredients:

  • Rice-1 cup
  • Black sesame-4 tbsp
  • Red chilly-2
  • Salt-To taste
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tbsp
  • Urad dhal-1/2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves-Handful
  • Oil-To cook
  • Salt-To taste
  • Palm Jaggery-1/2 tbsp(Optional)

Procedure:

  1. Cook rice and cool it . The rice must not be over cooked.
  2. Dry roast sesame in a kadai. Cool and run it a mixer for a minute.
  3. Add oil in a kadai and temper mustard seeds,urad dhal,red chilly and curry leaves.
  4. Add the sesame mixture,salt to the rice along with items of step.3
  5. Serve it hot with any deep fry like baby potato fry

My Observations:

Do not dry roast sesame very deep. It will turn bitter.

When powdering sesame,run the mixer the carefully or else the mixture will not be in powder format.

Adding little palm jaggery while powdering sesame will enhance the taste.

P.S:

For babies below one year skip salt.

Adjust chilly as per your taste.

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Urad Dhal Rice

A one pot meal with no oil-A calcium rich meal in just few minutes
Another traditional dish from my family. A must have dish for pregnant and lactating women in our family.
It can be a baby food but ensure to increase water used for cooking so that  it gets mashed well.A very healthy dish for teenage girls and women. Eat once in a week and reduce the chances of bone illness in late 40’s. An ideal baby food above 8 or 9 months. It helps in building strong bones and healthy weight gain in babies. Refer urad dhal mix for 6 months baby here and idly recipe for 8 month plus here.

Ingredients:

  • Whole Urad Dhal-1/2 cup(black/white)
  • Rice-1 cup
  • Garlic-15
  • Coconut grated-3 tbsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Turmeric powder-A pinch

Urad Dhal Rice

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Procedure:

1.Wash and soak rice,urad dhal for 10 minutes.

2.In a cooking vessel, add rice and urad dhal.

3.Place it in pressure cooker and stir well by adding garlic,coconut,salt,turmeric powder with 3 cups of water.

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4.Let it cook for 3 whistles.

5.As the pressure gets released,mix well.

6.Serve it hot with coconut thuvaiyal or ellu(sesame thuvaiyal)


My Observations:

This also goes well with curd and jaggery.

Add a spoon of ghee in step 3 for enhanced taste.

Using black urad dhal(with skin) enriches the nutrient value.

The water quantity is same as the usual water measurement you use daily to cook rice.

I use the ratio of 1:2(rice:water). Use 1:3 if you are making it for babies.

The number of whistles depends on your pressure cooker.

If you using black dhal,soak for 3 hours and cook .

Always have a word with pediatrician before introducing new foods for babies.

Black dhal can be used for babies above one year.

Avoid salt for babies below one year.


Facts about urad dhal:

Different names of Urad Dal
  • It is Ulutham/ulunthu Paruppu in Tamil ,english,Urad dhuli, Urad chilka, Urad sabut , Urad saboot,Kali dal in Hindi,Minappappu in Telugu and Uzhunnu Parrippu – Malayalam
  • Moong dhal and urad dhal are known for improving the weight of babies in an optimal and healthy way.
  • It is a store house of folic acid,calcium,magnesium,essential fatty acids and protein and hence highly recommended for women. It is a must have during puberty , monthly menstrual cycle ,pregnancy and lactation in our family tradition. Hoping to post ulunthu kali soon.
  • It is an energy booster and its anti-inflammatory properties helps you in keeping away from joint pains.
  • It improves digestion and hence it is used in every dish during tempering.
  • It helps in improving bone strength and uterus strength.
  • There is even research evidence suggesting that diets containing high contents of urad dal prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia. So it is good for even the older generation.

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