Vendaikai Mangai Pachadi (Lady’s Finger and Unripe Mango Salad)

I was very fond of vendaikai/lady’s finger because I was told that I would excel in mathematics if I ate it. Liars! I used to ask my mother to prepare vendaikai pachadi because I liked the taste of it. My mother used to make vendaikai pachadi with tamarind and coconut. I discovered that if I cooked it with unripe mango instead of tamarind for the sour taste and left out the coconut from the recipe, I arrived at the most delicious salad (fried) of lady’s finger and mango.

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Vendaikai Mangai Pachadi (Lady’s Finger and Unripe Mango Salad)

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Methi Urulaikizhangu Curry (Potato and Fenugreek Leaves Curry)

I came across this dish when it was presented in a cookery competition in the Women’s Christian College in the 1970s. I was fascinated by the colour, texture, and flavour of this methi with potato. However, the recipe won only a 3rd place in the contest. I asked my student Samyukta for the recipe, and she wrote it out for me immediately. The original recipe was very spicy as Samyukta is from Andhra Pradesh. I have toned down the spice to give it a more subtle flavour.

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Methi Urulaikizhangu Curry (Potato and Fenugreek Leaves Curry)

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Kala’s Chicken and Capsicum Curry

I developed this chicken and capsicum curry to dish up a non-vegetarian preparation in a hurry. It is very mild and can be served to both children and the elderly, or anyone who is on a bland diet. Because it is not very spicy it goes better with fried rice or noodles rather than bread or chapathi.

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Kala’s Chicken and Capsicum Curry

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Egg Masala – Tamil Muslim Style

Boiled eggs served as such do not contribute much flavour to the meal. Earlier in my blog I have given the recipe for Kallu Kadai Muttai using boiled eggs. This egg masala is a recipe I came across in Fathima Shahjahan’s Chicken Specials. This uses a large amount of tomatoes and onions, which gives body to the masala. Moreover, the egg halves on the tomato base in the masala make a very attractive display.

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Egg Masala – Tamil Muslim Style

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