Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pat A Cake , Pat A Cake...

Baking from fellow Bloggers - Banana Cake

Baking - I dreaded that very word for a long time. Recently though, after reading all the blogspots and after being around with friends who love baking, I find myself getting the motivation to try it more often. I should also give credit to my 20 month old daughter. She loves cakes and I didn't want her to eat the ones we get outside that are loaded with sugar. So, I had to find alternate ways of giving her that in a more healthy, home made form.

I came across this "Banana Cake" in the "Aayi's Recipes" website. I love the blogger's way of cooking. The only modification I did was to decrease the amount of sugar to 1/2 cup and substitute it with an extra 3/4th of banana. The outcome is a moist, oh so soft cake that you can sink your teeth into. Kiddo and hubby dearest loved it. Its a very easy to make recipe, serves as a quick snack for your toddler.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Vatral Kuzambu

Copy Cat... My girl acquired this new talent recently, copying whatever other kids do and remembering that for a very long time. Although it tests my limits when she learns the "not so good stuff", I should admit that it’s pretty darn funny most of the times. Well, at least it helped in her swim class yesterday, when the only way we could get her to kick her legs was by having her look at the other kids doing it ;)

Coming to food.. Vathakozambu, a very traditional South Indian recipe, which has taken many versions along the way. My mom tells stories about how this is prepared in proper earthen pots in her native place, using just garlic and spices, stored away to be used for days. It was a staple food in our native village, not only because it didn't require a refrigerator to stay fresh but also developed a very unique taste as days passed. I remember as a little girl, its undoubted presence in every single household when we visited my numerous aunts and grandmas at our native place. I will definitely be posting my mom's version as soon as I get the proportion for making the spice powder from her. The one that I am giving here was given to me by my dear friend Laksh years ago. This is one spicy dish that is sure to please your palate.


Pearl Onions - 10-12 nos, Cut into four lengthwise
Garlic - 2 cloves, Cut into two lengthwise
Sambar powder - 2 tbsp
Gingelly Oil - 2 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tbsp
Curry leaves
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Jagerry - 1/2 tbsp

  • Dissolve tamarind, hing and turmeric powder in 2 cups water and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a sauce pan.
  • Add the mustard and curry leaves.
  • Once the mustard pops, add the pearl onions and garlic and cook them for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the sambar powder and fry in oil for another minute.
  • Now add the tamarind water and let boil for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Add the required amount of salt and the powdered jaggery.
  • Continue boiling for another 5-10 minutes until the kozambu thickens a little.
  • Serve with rice and papad.
This will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.