Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thenga Aracha Kuzhambu ~ South Indian Curry with Coconut

When i get bored with usual curry, i prepare this. This is one of my hubby's favourite. This Curry goes well with Idli, Dosa's and Rice. You can add variety of vegetables, my choice is drumstick, potato and brinjal.

Thenga Aracha Curry


Drumstick - 1
Potato - 1
Small Onions - 10 (chopped finely)
Garlic - 5 cloves
Tomato - 1 (chopped finely)
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Tamarind - a small lemon size

For Seasoning:

2 Tbsp of Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Methi seeds
1 sprig Curry Leaves

To Dry Roast and Ground:

1 tbsp Corriander seeds
1/2 tbsp Urad dal
1/2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 tsp Methi seeds
3 Dry Red Chilli's
3 tbsp of grated coconut

Dry Roast the above and grind along with 2 tbsp's of Sambhar Powder and 1/4 cup water. Grind it all together into smooth paste.

Thenga Aracha Kuzhambu


Cook the Drumstick and Peeled Potato in 1 cup of water for about 10 mins.

Soak Tamarind in hot water for about 10 minutes, then squeeze the tamarind and get tamarind pulp.

In a Pan, Heat Oil, add mustard seeds and let it splutter, add methi seeds and curry leaves and roast them.
add garlic, shallots and roast them till they are almost cooked. add chopped tomato and mix well.

Add Turmeric Powder, Salt to taste to the pan and mix well. add the cooked vegetables to the pan and the tamarind pulp. mix all together and let it boil for 2 minutes.

Add the Ground paste to the pan and mix well. add little water, if you want loose curry. let the curry boil for 2 minutes and garnish with corroiander leaves and curry leaves.

Serve Hot with Idli's or Rice.

* Use Coconut Oil, it gives nice flavour.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Eggless Chocolate Muffins

I know i went missing here for a month. I needed the break from this webworld, now i can say proudly that iam not addicted to blog or FB or WEB in total :) apart from funny thoughts flooded, i gave treat to my Depression, by making these Eggless Chocolate Muffins. This is Superb eggless recipe, suggested by Sharmilee. Its Easy, you will know when you prepare it.

Eggless chocolate cupcakes

Recipe Copied from my Eggless Moist Chocolate Cake. its a Fool Proof Recipe I tell You.
Baking Time : 25-30 mins, Yields 18 muffins.

How to Prepare Eggless Chocolate Muffins?

Wet Ingredients:

Cold Water - 1 and half cup
White Vinegar - 1 and half tbsp's
Brown Sugar (or) Sugar - 1 cup
Olive Oil (or) Canola Oil - 6 tbsp's

 Mix the above Wet ingredients in a bowl together. Let the Sugar Dissolve well.

Dry Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 and half cup
Cocoa Powder - 1/4 cup
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a small pinch

Sift the flour and cocoa powder along with the salt and baking soda for atleast 3 times,

So that no lumps of cocoa powder / all purpose flour are there and also the baking soda is mixed well with the flour.

Mix the Dry Ingredients along with the wet ingredients and stir slowly. make sure no lumps are formed in the mix.

Pre-Heat the Oven to 180c and line the Muffin tray with Muffin Liners.

Pour the mix on to the Muffin tray and bake it for 25 mins exactly. Check whether muffins are baked, by insering a toothpick in the centre of a muffins, it should come out clean, else bake for another 5 mins.

Remove the Muffins from the tray and cool them on wire wrack. Let them cool down for 10 minutes.

 Put the Muffins in Refrigerator for about 2 hrs and serve chilled.

Eggless chocolate muffins

To make Icing:

Mix the Icing sugar (5 tbsp's) with warm water (1 tbsp) and beat well. spread the icing over the muffins and serve.


Lemon Juice can be used instead of White Vinegar.

Brown sugar works perfect than Plain Sugar.

I feel cooling the muffins makes it taste better.

Well, now iam heading to my fridge to pick one muffin:)
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