April 30, 2006

An adventure in kitchen!!

Filed under: Recipes/Cooking — Celia Rexselin @ 12:37 pm

Finally yielded to mom's desire that its hightime that I started cooking.. Okay.. but for this, I needed to get rid of my mom's presence as she keeps instructing what to do and what not to… till I get to the point of becoming mad..

So I asked her to go enjoy while I take control of the entire kitchen.. and wow.. though it was a simple meal, it indeed was appreciated by all.

1) Rice
2) Potato Podimaas (Spicy Potatoes)
3) Vendaikaai kuzhambu (Lady's finger gravy)
4) Buttermilk
5) pickle

Okay, okay.. I know that 1), 4) and 5) are nothing.. But it does take some effort in preparing the 2) and 3).. right? It came out well, and here I go sharing out my maiden recipe.


3-4 medium sized potatoes
3-4 green chillies
some curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
salt to taste (be extremely cautious on this part)

1 1/2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds.
1 tsp black gram dal
1tsp bengal gram dal
A pinch of asofoetida

1) Boil, peel and break potato into medium size pieces. Cut chillies into 2-3 pieces each.
2) Heat oil, add seasonings and when the dal turns golden brown, add chillies and curry leaves. Stir fry, add potato pieces, salt and fry for 1-2 minutes more.
3) When pototoes are lighty brown, add chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice and mix throughly.

Preparation time:
5 minutes

Cooking time:
5 minutes

(If I can include the time I took to search for the asofoetida pack)


125 gms lady's finger
1 large onion, chopped
1 small ball of tamarind
2 tbsp gingelly oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste

Fry in 1 tsp oil
2 tbsp bengal gram dal
1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
3-4 red chillies
4tbsp grated coconut

1/2 tsp mustard seeds
some curry leaves

1) Fry the chopped onions in 1tsp oil. Cool, add the rest of the fried ingredients and grind to a paste.
2) Boil tamarind in water and take out extract. Add 1-1 1/2 cups water, turmeric powder and salt. Keep it aside.
3) Wash, wipe and cut lady's finger into 2" pieces. Heat oil, fry the pieces crisp. Remove and set aside.
4) In the pan, pour some oil and add seasonings. When done, add tamarind water and boil for a while.
5) Now, add ground masala, mix. Add the fried lady's finger and allow it to simmer for a while till they blend.
Remove from fire.

Preparation time:
15 minutes

Cooking time:
5 minutes

(Time for a beginner like me!! 40 minutes 😦 )

Recipes Courtesy: The cookbook I have at home.. I did manipulate a little.. but there wasn't much difference anyway. Can't post pictures as I dont have a digicam yet and brother had taken his camera mobile along.. Let me try next time..



  1. wow, that does sound good! my mouth is already watering. But I need to remember that its being prepared by a first timer.

    Comment by saturnring — April 30, 2006 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  2. I still cant belive it!!

    Comment by nanyaar — April 30, 2006 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  3. wow.. fimally you made.. it!.. it used to happen same at home.. whenever i used to cook, mom gives instruction.. and it so happens that i give up and get out of kitchen.. !! hmm… try will out the receipe.. and give cooment on its taste..!! but when is still a though to put on!!

    Comment by sujit — May 1, 2006 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  4. u knw wat, wen readin this, I actually cudnt believe I was eatin the same (not podimas exactly)…. I too made vendakkaai kuzhambu n potato fry yday n actually brought the same for lunch today!!

    Comment by kutti — May 2, 2006 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

  5. @saturnring – Firsttimer naalum super timer paaa 😉

    @nanyaar- You better believe.

    @sujit- yeah 🙂 try it out and let me know.

    @kutti- oh!! what a coincidence !!

    Comment by Bindu — May 3, 2006 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  6. Thought I would post a recipe of Rava kichidi. Itz really good. Try it!


    1/4 cup ghee
    2 tsp oil
    1 tsp mustard seeds
    1 tsp urad dhal
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    1 large onion sliced finely
    4 green chillies, slit
    1″ ginger piece, finely chopped
    1 tomato, sliced
    2 cups vegetables(peas and carrots in small cubes & soak peas overnight)
    1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    salt to taste
    2 and a half cups water
    2 tsp lime juice
    1 cup rava


    Season mustard seeds, urad dhal and cumin in ghee and oil. Add the onion, green chillies and ginger and fry until onion turns light brown. Add the tomato and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the mixed vegetables, turmeric powder and salt. Fry for about 5 minutes. Add the water and the lime juice and bring to boil. When the water boils, add the rava slowly stirring constantly and cook on low heat until the rava is soft and well cooked.

    Comment by Berni — May 18, 2006 @ 1:47 am | Reply

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