Pottukadalai / Split roasted gram / roasted channa / Split roasted Chickpeas can be used in a variety of chutney preparations. Here is a recipe using it with onion, tomato and coconut.
Pakoda kurma is a lentil based sauce which is decadently creamy. Small deep fried lentil dumplings cooked in rich coconut milk gravy. This recipe might sound very unfamiliar to many, as its confined only to certain communities in Tamil Nadu. Quite hard to find online, as it sparingly shows up on searches. There are a couple of ways of making it, here's how we make it in our family. Quite a lengthly process, that's why I guess they make it only during special occassions. Ghee is a must as far as the original recipe goes, but its Ok to substitute with oil. (Padoka Kuzhambu / Pakora Korma / Pakora Kurma )
Crab in spicy coconut tamarind gravy, a great main course, typically served with steaming hot white rice. This delectable curry is very popular in Tamil Nadu. In one way its great fun and adventure, when you make it with live crab, which most of you would have seen back home, where they tend to escape from the cleaning process. I grew up anticipating my family special crab kuzhambu during cold winter days., which is worth a wait for this delicious delight, fun part when you roll up your sleeves , digging with dripping hands, trying hard to extract the flesh and juice from every crevice of the crab shell. Here I share with you my great family Nandu Kuzhambu recipe.
Home style minced meat vadai made with split roasted gram (Pottukadalai / Dalia / Udaicha Kadalai )
Mild curry made with ripe tomatoes.
Indian Broad Beans ( Avarakkai in Tamil / Chikkudukai in Telugu / Sem in hindi / Avarekayi in Kannada / Avara in Malayalam ) curry made in South Indian style, little baby prawns or salad shrimp adds a classic homely touch to this dish. This type of broad beans is termed as Naatu avarakkai in tamil, looks thin and broad with soft seeds inside, but the one which we get in US is called seema avarakkai and looks different, long and thick and might take little longer to cook. Sometimes the closest substitute which can be found is Scarlet runner beans. Haven't explored much about this veggie, will keep an eye and update the exact name. Here are some links from wikipedia, which I found useful while googling…
Paneer Butter Masala is basically a Punjabi preparation, also termed as Paneer Makhani. Adding little moderation here and there , restaurant chefs have altered the recipe, with loads of butter, powdered nuts and cream to offer their customers a tasty treat. People crave for this dish, rates number one among the top most ordered dish from any restaurant menu. I have explored my best to learn this dish in order to acquire the exact or at least to match the so called restaurant taste.
Mutton cooked in thick coconut gravy, which looks little thicker than stew. This is slightly different from the usual preparation. Green chillies are substituted instead of red chilli and dhania powder, which gives this korma, a pale yellowish look. Moreover sauteing with a couple of fresh mint leaves gives good aroma and adds a slight tinge of mughlai flavour. (Mutton Khorma/ Mutton Kurma / Kari Korma / Kari Kurma)
Very simple mutton dish from my home town.
Spicy chutney made with Red Bell pepper / Red Capsicum.