Now we are at the end,that is happy end of pd’s Merry Cooking World.So far in my previous posts i have given you some mouth watering recipes in a healthy way,hope you all love it,and hope you enjoyed visiting my blog.Thank you all for your abundant support and encouragement for my recipes.
IMPORTANCE OF COOKING:
Having a lovely meal is not all about eating what is on the plate.It is often about the sensations and memories we attach to it.Perhaps it’s sitting at the kitchen table on a cold winter’s day with a coffee with our friends or having a cold ice cream on a summer’s evening in the garden,having been cooped up all day at work.
There is something hugely satisfying about having cooked a meal for your family or friends.Some of the best discussions and most fun we have had in our house have been round the table following good food.
As we know there are many benefits in home cooking,it is healthier.We can control the amount of fat ,sugar,and salt that we can put in our food.Home cooking introduces our children good eating practices.It is also educational and will improve their knowledge of nutrition.If they show the slightest interest in food, get them involved.It will inevitably mean more mess but it is so worthwhile.It helps them to develop life-long skills which they will hopefully pass to their own children.
Cooking is fun.Whilst certain flavours and textures belong together,there is always scope to be a little creative.Some recipes may take little time to prepare and others may take a few hours of slow cooking.The important thing is that the end result tastes good.
Cooking is about using good basic ingredients and preparing them with care and attention.Cooking does matter,it should be a part of daily life.The route to a diet of fresh unprocessed,healthy food is in your kitchen.Merry Cooking!
Though we eat fast food and jung foods like pizzas and burgers,the taste of the traditional food is unique.It has a special taste which will temptates our taste buds.
A meal called (saapaadu) consists of rice with other typical Tamilan dishes on a banana leaf.A typical Tamilan would eat in banana leaf as it gives different flavour and taste to the food.But it can also be served on a stainless steel plate with a selection of different dishes in small bowls.Rice is essential to the popular definition of meals.While North indian thali (meals) consists mainly indian breads like roti,paratha,and naan,Tamil meals (saapaadu) comes mostly with rice.
Paayasam is usually served at the end as a dessert to finish the meal.
Finally a banana,beeda,and a glass of juice or lassi will be offered.One can eat the authentic Tamil dishes in a typical restaurant in Tamil Nadu .A restaurant in other south Indian states like Andhra,Kerala,and Karnataka and also those in rest of India have their own versions of meals native to each state.
POPULAR DISHES OF POPULAR PLACES:
First let us have a glance at the famous dishes of our city that is Madurai.Madurai is known for non–vegetarian food made of mutton,Beaf,Chicken,Biriyani,Fish.Parotta made with maida or all-purpose flour,and loosely similar to the north indian wheat-flour based Paratha, is served at food outlets in Tamil Nadu,especially in places like Madurai.Madurai has it’s own unique food such as jigarthanda,muttaiparotta,paruthipal,Karidosai,ennaidosai,and idlywhich are rarely found in other parts of Tamil Nadu.
Now let us see the popular tasteful dishes of Karaikudi and other places.
The chettinad region comprising karaikudi and adjoining areas is known for both traditional vegetarian dishes like idiyappam,uthappam,paal paniyaram and non-vegetarian dishes made primarily using chicken and mutton.
Chettinad Chicken Curry
Hope you’ll all feel hungry right now…
Ok now i am going to end my blog with a sweet, MOONG DHAL HALWA(AKKARAVADISAL).Which is the favorite food for my favorite God LORD BALAJI.
Akkaravadisal is also called as Akkara adisil is a traditional iyengar speciality.“Akkaaram”means “Sugarcane”.”Adisil” means “Rice”.This sweet is very popular in Trichy.Traditionally in temples they cook this sweet in a bronze pot the one we use for making sweet pongal.Though it takes time the taste is just awesome.Akkaravadisal is a slightly different take to sweet milk pongal which has it’s own unique flavour and texture.
- Raw rice-1/2 cup.
- Moong dhal-1 cup.
- Jaggery(powdered)-4 cup.
- Milk-200 ml.
- Saffron-a small pinch.
- Ghee-5 to 6 tablespoon.
- Wheat flour-1 tablespoon.
- Badam-4 to 5.
- Cardamom(Powdered)-a small pinch.
- Heat the pan and fry the Badam in ghee.Keep it aside.
- Take the powdered jaggery in a pan,add water to it and mash it well so that the jaggery dissolves quickly.Then heat it up and let it boil for in medium flame for 3 to 5 minutes until the syrup becomes slightly thick,no need to check for consistency.Strain well to remove the impurities and set aside.
- Soak the saffron in the boiled milk,leave until the essence of the saffron gets into the milk.Keep it aside.
- Rinse the raw rice and moong dhal to remove the impurities.
- Heat the pan and pour some water and add the cleansed raw rice and moong dhal,cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the saffron soaked milk to the mixture and cook for 5 minutes.
- Now add the jaggery syrup to the mixture and stir well.
- Add the wheat flour and mix well continuously for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Now Add the powdered cardamom and mix well.
- Add ghee to the mixture and garnish it with fried badams.
Moong dhal halwa(Akkaravadisal) is ready.Serve hot.
Do try this sweet,and leave your comments.
- For garnishing you can use cashews and raisins.
This dish was completely made by my mother,i just helped her.Not only for this recipe but for all the recipes she supported and helped me a lot.When mam asked us to create a blog,my mind was blank,i have no idea about the topic,i asked my mother,she’s the one who asked me to post about cooking.I was scared and told my mother”ma for the past one month only i have started to cook,how can i post about cooking?” But she encouraged me,she gave me more confidence.For each and every step she supported me.She’s not well when i posted my 4th recipe,but even though she’s not well,she helped me when i did that recipe.She gave me more innovative and creative ideas for how to present the recipes.She is my biggest support,She is my back bone,She is my everything.She’s the only reason for the successful outcome of my blog.So first i must heartfully thank my mother.
Then i must thank my beloved family and friends.They supported me a lot through their valuable and lovable comments.I must thank my family members especially, because though they were busy with their works when i send my post they comment on my posts and encouraged me,so i must thank them.Then i must thank my sweet friends for visiting my blog in their busy college schedule.
My heartful thanks to all who encouraged and supported me throughout this blog,hope you all enjoyed visiting my blog.
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