Murungai Keerai and Vaerkadalai Poriyal (Drumstick Leaves and Peanuts Fry)

In Tamil Nadu, drumstick leaves have been sustaining the health of Tamilians because they are rich in a large number of nutrients. This is the reason why drumstick trees are planted almost in every household. Even hut dwellers have drumstick leaves growing next to their dwellings. I have already given a recipe for cooking drumstick leaves with prawns. This recipe combines groundnuts with drumstick leaves to give equivalent nourishment for vegetarians.

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Murungai Keerai and Vaerkadalai Poriyal

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Kala’s Pudhina Chicken (Mint Chicken Curry)

May is the month when Tamil Nadu experiences extreme heat. Fresh mint leaves are widely available as everyone believes in their ability to cool. I got a big bundle of the freshest mint leaves and tried to find a recipe that used mint leaves, but wasn’t satisfied with the ones I found as they involved a lot of labour. I came up with this Pudhina Chicken recipe that could be prepared quickly as I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen in this heat.

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Kala’s Pudhina Chicken

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Kala’s Butterscotch Sweet Potato Dessert

Sweet potato is always available in stores. My mother used to boil and mash the sweet potatoes with ghee and sugar, and make big balls of the mixture. It served as a lovely, satisfying teatime snack when I came home from school. I have previously given the recipe for Sweet Potato Dessert with Maple Syrup, which I made from a recipe given by my son’s friend. I have always wanted to make my own sweet potato dessert, and that experience inspired me to create this one.

Butterscotch Sweet Potato Dessert - Kalas Kalai

Butterscotch Sweet Potato Dessert

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Fried Pork Ribs

I have always collected recipes from my students. The recipe for fried pork chops was given to me by a Chinese student, Yen Swan Chie, way back in 1972. I modified it for pork ribs and was very pleased with the results. It’s a big hit with guests, so make sure you make plenty 🙂 Serve with vegetable fried rice.

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Fried Pork Ribs

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