Vatral Kuzhambu is an authentic South Indian speciality. Vatrals are nothing but sun dried vegetables, which are added to this spicy, slightly sour lentil gravy. It can be made with either one variety or a combination of different vatrals and fresh vegetables. Most popular ones are Sundakkai, manathakkali, brinjal and bitter gourd. Quite easy when you have ready made sambar powder or vatha kuzhambu powder on hand. If not you need to make one and then proceed. (Vatha Kuzhambu / Vathal Kulambu / Vatra Kuzhambu / Vatha Kulambu / Vatha kolambu / Vatha kolumbu)
Quick Cauliflower fry with store bought ground black and red pepper.
White button mushrooms sauteed in spicy chettinad curry. Happened to taste this dish at a local Indian restaurant, since then I was craving for this dish and can't wait to try it out myself. Tried this curry with my own blend of chettinad spices and guess what??? it turned good and the next thing, was to post it here to share with you all. (Mushroom Masala / Kaalan Masala / Mushroom Chettinad / Chettinad Mushroom Curry )
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 )
Here is a home style curry made with Kovakkai / Tindora / Dondakaya / Ivy gourd.
Paneer and green peas cooked in sweet tomato onion gravy. Authentic punjabi version, which I learned from a good friend of mine. (Matar Paneer / Mutter Paneer)
Paruppu usili is a south Indian dish often made with green beans, but here I have tried it with Okra(Vendakkai), which is a rare combination I suppose, but still worth a try. (Okra paruppu usili / Ladies finger paruppu usili)
Nine main ingredients plays a major part in this dish. Choice of vegetables, nuts and paneer cooked in creamy rich coconut yogurt gravy called Navarathna kurma. Typically a north Indian gravy, with mughalai origin often served as a side for chapati or parathas. Quite a lot of ingredients and a lengthy procedure, just have everything ready and proceed with the preparation. (Navrathna Korma / Navratna Kurma / Navarathna Kurma / Navarathana Korma / Mughlai Kurma / Mughalai Korma)
Vendakkai Sukka (Okra / Ladies finger) is a dry fry item mostly served with rice. A simple twist to this regular fry is adding Idli milagi podi instead of regular masala powders. This gives this dish a unique flavour and special homely touch.
Deep fried grated carrot balls, one good side for any South Indian meal, a great nutritious snack for kids, wonderful vegetarian appetizer item for guest entertaining. (Carrot Balls / Carrot Vadai )