Baby Potato Fry

Baby  Potato Fry
Baby Potatoes are a joy to cook :) They are tiny , juicy and crips when cooked.
This recipe is something I had tried to cook in my microwave .Can also be done in a kadai.

Baby Potatoes - 1 kg
Til - 1 Tsp
Chilli Powder - 3 TblSp
Garam Masala - 2 Tsp
Tumeric - 1 Tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 Tblsp
Curry Leaves

1. Peel the potatoes and make holes in them using a fork
2. Soak the peeled potatoes in water for about 15 min . Add salt to the water
3. Take microwave cooking vessel preferrably flat.
4. Have the oven in high and microwave the till seeds for about 2 minutes so that they are roasted
5. Remove the roasted till seeds and keep aside
6. To the microwave cooking vessels , add 2 tblsp of cooking oil and add the potatoes .
7. Sprinkle salt on top of the potatoes and then toss them so that the oil and salt are moixed into the potato.
8. Microwave the potatoes on high for about 15 min to allow them to cook evenly
9. Remove the cooked potatoes and keep aside
10. Make a paste of a tblsp of oil , chilli powder , garam masala , tumeric , ginger garlic paste . Microwave he paste for about 2 min on high till they are cooked and the raw smell is gone
11. Add the cooked potatoes to the cooked masala and microwave on high for about 2 more minutes.
12. Garnish with roasted curry leaves

Vazhai Poo Vadai

Vazhai Poo Vadai


Vazhai Poo is the flower found in the Plaintain Tree before it becomes the fruit.
This flower is big and brown in color. It has layers in it. As you remove the cover for each layer , there will be a bunch of flowers in it.
It is said to be very good for health and tastes very good.The Vazhai Poo Vadai is one of my favorite dishes which I had taken from my mom , the greatest cook I have known till now :)


Vazhai Poo - 1 medium size
Fried Dhal ( Chtuney Kadala ) - 5ogms
Red Chilli - 5 to 6
Sombu - 1 TblSp
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Curry Leaves - chopped

1. Once the flowers are taken from the layers , they also have to cleaned.
The flowers have one trasparent portion in the lower portion and then inside them they many long tube like structures. In them , one of it will have a head portion that will be round in shape. This tube with the round head and the transparent portion in the lower part has to be removed. I have heard my mom tell that , eating with these , will cause stomach pain. Not sure abt it. But I always remove them .

2.By far, this dish requires a lot of time. Each and every flower has to be cleaned but it is worth the effort .

3. Once the flowers are all cleaned, chop them finely.

4. Boil water in vessel , add these to the water and add some salt. Allow them to cook till they become soft. Do not over cook as they might become all smashy :( and watery.

5.Once cooked strain the water and keep it aside.

6. Put the friend dhal into the mixie and make a fine powder. Then add the boiled flowers ,red chillies and churn them coarsely. Never make them into a complete paste.

7. Trasfer the ground mixture into a vessel. Add the onions , sombu , curry leaves and required amout of salt and mix them .

8. The mixture should be good enough to make balls out of it.

9. Heat oil for frying . When the oil is ready, flatten the balls and slip them into the oil one by one.

10. The vada turns brown once cooked.

11. Serve it tomato sauce .

Pineapple Gojju

Pineapple Gojju
Until my marriage , I never knew such a dish even existed. It was once during a wedding reception dinning , I got to taste this and it was awesome. After that , I have been trying hard to make this dish the same way and here is what I have found. Hope you enjoy the dish :)

One Pineapple

8 - 10 Byadagi Red Chilli
2 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
1/2 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 Tsp Hing
1 Tbsp Urad Dhal
1 Tbsp Chana Dhal ( Kadala Parruppu )
1/2 Dry Coconut Gratings
Salt to Taste
100gms Jaggery
100gms Tamarind Water
Curry leaves

1.Heat a tablesppon of oil in a Kadai and fry the Coriander seeds , fenugreek seeds , urad dhal,chana dhal, red chillies,dry coconut grating by adding one by one.

2. Allow the mixture to cool and make a powder out of it.
3. Soak the tamarind in warm water for about 5 to 10 min and take the juice .
4. Cut the pineapple into vertical strips . Take the middle portion of the pineapple that is not very juicy. It will be very thick and strong. Cut the middle portion into small square cubes . The juicy portion of the pineapple can be used for any other dish like salad or juice. If you want , you can keep aside about 2 tablesppons of pineapple juice to add it to the gojju

5. Heat oil in a kadai and add the mustard , curry leaves , hing in the same order.
6. Then add the pineapple cubes and leave it to cook for about 5 min. Add a cup of water. The pineapple should not be overcooked.
7. Once the pineapple is cooked , add the ground paste and a little more water. Allow it cook in slow flame.
8. Meanwhile , heat the jaggery in the another vessel. Pour a cup of water to the jaggery .The jaggery would melpt and become a liquid.
9. Sieve the jaggery to remove any dirt in it . Add the liquid immediately to the pineapple gojju that is already cooking .
10. Leavin the jaggery to cool even a little , would make it very thick and hard to transfer it to the kadai.
11. Keep stirring now and then for about 1o more minutes until done.

Vazhakkai Podimas

Vazhakkai Podimas
This recipe is a very good side dish with any of the rice dishes made at home.

Raw Banana - 1
Onion - 1 Large , finaly chopped
For Tadka :
Mustard Seeds

Urad Dhal
Chana Dhal ( Kadala Parrupu)Curry Leaves
Garnishing :
Coriander Leaves - Finely Chopped

1. Heat water in a kadai and bring to a boil
2. Add Salt.
3. Peel of the skin of the raw banana light and cut it into 2 halves.
4. Immerse the raw banana into the boiling water and allow it took for about 8mins.
5. Once the banana is cooked , switch of the gas and strain the water.
6. When cold , the banana must be hard enough to shred .
7. Using a shredder , shred the banana and keep it aside
8. Heat oil in pan and all ingredients for tadka
9. Add the onions and fry till they are transparent.
10. Add the shredded raw banana to the fried onions and cook for 2 min .
11. Add enough salt to the above and then switch off .