Monthly Archives: January 2012

Vankaya Kura – with Kura Podi

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This particular recipe is very easy, and is handy at times when you don’t really want to spend too much time in the kitchen! 😉

This recipe uses kura podi (https://teluguveggie.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/kura-podi/), and takes only abt 20 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:
4-5 vankaya (brinjals/eggplant)
5 spoons of kura podi
3 tsp oil
1/4tsp turmeric
pinch of salt

Method:

  • Chop the vankaya into 4 parts each. Keep the pieces as similar in size as possible, and keep in a dish of water till needed.
  • Heat the oil in a wok, and when it starts to heat up, add the vankaya.
  • Add the salt and turmeric and mix well.
  • Put on a lid, and let it braise. Keep checking every 2 mins to ensure the vankaya is done.
  • When the vankaya skin is soft to touch i.e. makes a light indent when pressed, add the kura podi.
  • Mix well to ensure the podi covers all the pieces.
  • Cover again, and let it cook for 2 mins. Turn off the gas when the podi and vankaya starts to stick to the wok.

Serve hot with rice and dal.

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Nimmakaya Majjiga

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Nimmakaya Majjiga, or spicy buttermilk, is a favorite across India. It is, of course, called by other names as well, the most familiar being chaas.

I was familiar with the name chaas, and not with nimmakaya majjiga. So when ma-in-law asked me to make this for their return trip, I said I had no idea what she was talking about. So she set about teaching me how to make it, just a few hours before her trip. 🙂 But this is a lesson I will certainly be thanking her for again, since this is the best thirst-quencher one can find in summer!

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Ingredients:
2 glasses buttermilk, thinned with water
2 green chillies
1/4′ piece of ginger
2 stalks of curry leaves
pinch of salt
juice from 1 lemon

Method:

  • Rough-grind the chillies and ginger.
  • Add the curry leaves and spin once to ensure the leaves have been chopped into very fine pieces, but not mashed.
  • Mix into the buttermilk.
  • Add the salt and lemon juice.
  • Stir well and set aside for at least 1 hr.

This buttermilk can be had at anytime, whether after a meal or after stepping into the house after a long day out in the sun, or as a pick-me-up after a tiring day!! 🙂

The Food List – The Indian Language versions

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One of the biggest problems I faced when learning to cook, and later while blogging, is Language.

I was always more familiar with the English Language. When I learnt to cook, it was with the Telugu names. So it used to be quite confusing for me while shopping and blogging, to tally up the name I’d learnt. Every blog invariably meant a quick search on the internet for alternative names, just to get my recipe across.

Found this list on some website. Made some changes to update it. Please comment to help me update this list. Also I may be familiar with some terms, but definitly not with all.

So please help me make this list more comprehensive. 🙂

Spices
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Aamchur Dried mango powder Maangai thool
Ajmud Celery seed
Ajwain Oregano  Vamu
Kacha Karpoor Borneo-Camphor Pacha Karpooram Cheen Karpooram
Dalchini Cinnamon Pattai  dalchini chakka/  patta
Dhania Coriander Kothamalli Dhaniyalu Korthambari
Elaichi Cardamom Ellakaai Ellakai Elathari
Haldi Turmeric Manjal Pasupu Anashina
Hing Asafoetida Perungayam Inguva Hingu
Jaiphal Nutmeg Jaathikaai Jajikayi Jaijkai
Jeera Cumin Seeragam Jilakara Jeerake
Kali mirch Pepper Milagu Miriyalu
Kalonji Onion seed
Kesar Saffron Kunkuma Poo
Khus khus Poppy seeds Kasa Kasa  gasagasalu
Lal mirch Red chilis Milakai Thool Erra Mirpakaya
Lavang Cloves Kirambu Lavangalu Krambu
Methi Fenugreek Vaendhayam  Menthulu
Mirchi Chilis Milagai Mirapakaya Molaku
Sarson Mustard Seeds Kadugu Avalu
Saunf Fennel Soombhu  sompu
Vegetables & Fruits        
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Aam Mango Maangai Maamidi
Adrak Ginger Inji Allum Shunti
Aloo Potato Uralai Kilangu Alugadda
Amrud Guava Koiya Palam Jampandu
Ananas Pineapple Annachi Palam Panasapandu
Anar Pomegranate Madhulai  danima
Angoor Grapes Dhiratchai Dhraksha
Baingan Eggplant/Brinjal KathiriKaai Vankaya
Bhindi Lady’s finger/Okra Vendakaai Bendakaya
Gajar Carrot Carrot Gajar
Gobi Cauliflower Cauliflower Gobi
Kakari Cucumber Velarikaai Dosakaya
Kaddu Pumpkin PoosiniKaai Boppaspandu
Kela Banana Vaazhai Palam Aritipandu
Lahsun Garlic Poondu Vellulli
Matar Peas Pataani Batani
Mooli Radish Mulanki Mullangi
Nariyal Coconut Thaengai Kobbari
Nimbu Lemon Yaelumichai Nimmakaya
Palak Spinach Keerai Palakura
Papita Papaya Papaali bopasapandu
Piaz Onions Vaengayam Ulligadda
Sev Apple Apple
Tamatar Tomato Thakaali Tamata
Herbs        
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Tulsi Basil Tulsi
Hara dhania Coriander leaves Kothumalli Thalai Kothmeer
Pudina Mint Pudhina
Tej Patta Bay leaf Biryani aaku
Nuts        
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Akhrot Walnuts
Badam Almonds Badam Badam Badam
Kismis Raisins Kismis
Kaju Cashewnuts Mundhiri Parupu Jeedi Pappu Geru Beena
Moongphali Ground nuts Vaer Kadalai Palli
Flours        
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Atta Wheat flour Godhumai Maavu Godhuma Pindi Godhi hittu
Besan Chick pea flour Kadalai Maavu Senaga Pindi Kadale hittu
Maida All Purpose Flour Maida Maavi Maida Pindi Godhi hittu
Pulses and Grains        
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Bajra Millet
Channa Chick peas Kodai Kadalai Cenagalu
Channa dal Split chick peas Kadalai Paruppu Cenagapappu
Chawal Rice Arrisi Bhiyam Akki
Dal Pulses Paruppu Pappu bele
Gehun Wheat Godhumai Godhumapindi
Jowar Barley Jonna
Kabuli Chana White Chick Peas Kondai Kadalai Kabuli cenagalu
Masoor dal Red lentils
Moong dal Green Gram Paasi Paruppu Pesara Pappu Hesar Bele
Rajma Red Kidney beans
Toor dal Pigeon peas Thoovaram Paruppu Kandipappu
Urad dal Black gram Ulundhu Paruppu Minappa Pappu Udina bele
Dairy Products        
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Chaas ButterMilk More Majjiga
Dahi Yoghurt Thayir Perugu
Doodh Milk Paal Paalu
Ghee Clarified butter Nyei Neyyi
Malai Cream Paal Aadai Meegada
Makhan Butter Vaenai Venna
Mawa Thickened Milk Paal kova
Paneer Cottage cheese
Miscellaneous        
Hindi English Tamil Telugu Kannada
Achar Pickles Oorugaai Oragaya/ pachadi
Chini Sugar Sarkarai Panchadhara
Gur Jaggery/Brown Sugar Karumbu Sarkarai Bellam
Imli Tamarind Puli Chintapandu
Madhu Honey Thaen Thena
Masala Spices
Namak Salt Uppu Uppu
Sooji Semolina Ravai Rawa Rawa
Tel Oil Ennai Nooni