Saturday, January 12, 2008

Recipe board

South Indian recipes has been around for at least 2500-3000 years and it has changed much over the years. The use of many different herbs and spices make each dish quite unique. Each different region in tamilnadu is known for it's wide selection of different recipes and cooking styles and tastes. Though about one third of the population is strictly vegetarian, there are many different dishes that include chicken, lamb and goat meat. In India though the cow is thought of as a sacred animal therefore you will not find many recipes including beef. Food is such an important part of Indian culture as in most cultures, and plays an important role in the family life and in festival celebrations. Most families in India still sit down together to enjoy their meals with one another. There are a couple of main courses and they are usually served along with different pickles, chutneys and of course different types of Indian bread, which is called "roti". There is also usually a dessert served as well.
Well you can see certain similarities. But addition of herb or some spices may overturn the taste.
Chakara Pongal

Ingredients :
1 cup rice
¼ cup moong dal
½ cup jaggery
2 cups milk
1 cup ghee
4 cloves
1 tsp nutmeg powder
¼ cup cashews
¼ cup golden raisins
2 elaichi edible camphor (optional)

Venn Pongal Ingredients :
2 cups rice
½ cup moong dal
a small pinch hing
curry leaves
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp cumin seeds
a small piece ginger, finely chopped
½ tsp ghee
1 tsp salt

Friday, January 11, 2008


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