Urulaikizhangu Paal Curry (Potato in Coconut Milk Curry)

Today is Pongal (the Tamil harvest festival), and it is customary to celebrate with several rich vegetarian dishes. I made this Urulaikizhangu Paal Curry. I came across this recipe in my mother’s recipe collection. She never made this, but I was intrigued by the combination of potatoes and coconut milk with very few spices. It has an enchantingly mild flavour, and the fried cashew nuts added to the curry make it very festive and unique.

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Urulaikizhangu Paal Curry (Potato in Coconut Milk Curry)

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Vennai Pittu (Coconut-Milk Rice Pudding)

Merry Christmas everyone! Every Christmas feast should have a dessert. Vennai Pittu derives its name from the Tamil word vennai which means ‘butter’ due to its soft and uniform consistency. This light and easy dessert is a delicious way to wind up the heavy protein-and-fat rich Christmas lunch or dinner.

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Vennai Pittu (Coconut-Milk Rice Pudding)

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Meen Asaadhu (Thirunelveli Fish Curry in Coconut Milk)

Meen Asaadhu is a recipe which my mother had copied from her grandmother’s book but she never prepared. I was always curious about it and tried it only when I was able to get skinless and boneless fish cubes (when I moved near the sea 10 years ago). My great-grandmother had recommended either pomfret or barracuda, but you can use other any other marine fish which could be prepared into cubes. I prefer to use black pomfret.

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Meen Asaadhu (Thirunelveli Fish Curry in Coconut Milk)

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Urundaikkari Vellai Kuzhambu (Meatballs in White Gravy)

Happy Easter everyone! Here is a special meatball curry to help you break your Lenten fast (if you’ve been fasting). This is such an ancient recipe it might as well have come from the Biblical age. I have never seen my mother or my aunt prepare this. I discovered it during an archaeological dig into an old family recipe book with a pencilled inscription saying ‘Aatha’ which would indicate that it is from my great grandmother who was from Thanjavur. Any history beyond that is shrouded in the mists of time 🙂

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Urundaikkari Vellai Kuzhambu (Meatballs in White Gravy)

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Coconut Milk Rice

Coconut Milk Rice

Coconut Milk Rice

Coconut Milk Rice was made very rarely at home because of the labour involved in scraping the coconut and grinding it in an attukal (traditional stone mortar and pestle) soaking it in hot water and extracting the milk. My mother’s recipe gives details about the first extract of the coconut milk which is thick, and the second and third extracts which are thinner. My mother had a maid those days, and it was she who used to get the coconut milk ready. Later on I tried making it using an electric wet grinder, but it was very time consuming doing it on my own. Continue reading