Cornstarch's Simply South

a peek into a Mudaliar kitchen

Kanchivaram Idli with Thakkali Kurma November 20, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast & Tiffin,Veg — cornstarch @ 4:34 am


Spicy Prawn Thokku November 16, 2010

Filed under: Non-Veg,Sea Food — cornstarch @ 9:28 am

Ingredients :
Prawns – 250 gms
Onion – 1 no roughly chopped
Tomato – 1 no roughly chopped
Garlic – 2 pods
Ginger – a 1/2 inch piece
Green chillies – 4 nos
Black pepper corns – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tspns
Coriander powder – 1 tbspn
Curry leaves – 20 leaves
Coconut scrapings – 1 tbspn
Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
Cloves – 4 nos
Fennel seeds – 1/2 tspn
Salt to taste
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Oil – 3 tbspns

Method :
Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan. Fry onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic until they become brown (this step is important to get a tasty thokku). Now add tomatoes and saute well until they turn soft. Add pepper corns, fennel seeds and coconut scrapings to the above mixture and saute for 30 seconds. Remove from fire. Allow the mixture to cool and grind them into a paste.

Wash prawns and keep aside. Now heat a pan with 3 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot add cloves, cinnamon and curry leaves. When they emit a nice aroma add the ground paste. Saute well for few second and to this add red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder.

Add salt to taste. Fry for a few seconds and then add prawns to it. Add half-a-cup of water and allow the mixture to boil well. Simmer the mixture until all the water content is gone. Remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves. When serving squeeze lemon juice on the dish.


Mutton Sukka November 12, 2010

Filed under: Mutton,Starters — cornstarch @ 8:16 am

I got this recipe from the net. I followed it to the ‘T’ and the outcome was relished by all. It’s quite an elaborate process but the result is worth it.

Mutton – bite size pieces 1/2 kg
¼ tsp – Turmeric (for marinating)
¼ tsp – Salt (for marinating)
½ tsp – Ginger garlic paste(for marinating)
¼ tsp – Red chilli powder

3 nos – Onion medium (chopped finely)
3 nos – Tomatoes (chopped)
1 inch – Ginger (crushed)
4 cloves – Garlic (crushed)
2 nos – Cloves
1 no – Cardamom
1 no – Cinnamon (1 inch small)
1 tsp – Cumin seeds
½ tsp – Black peppercorns
½ tsp – Red chili powder
3 tsp – Coriander powder
¼ tsp – Turmeric powder
20 nos – Fresh curry leaves
10 nos – Cashew nuts
3 tbsp – Oil
1 tsp – Ghee
1 cup – Water
Salt (or to taste)

Marinate meat with turmeric, red chili powder, salt and ginger garlic paste for at least 30 minutes.. the more the better. (Table-1)

Finely chop the onions, definitely freshly crushed garlic and ginger for the masala part. Grind cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin seeds and black peppercorns to a fine powder and keep aside.

Toast the cashews in a tsp of ghee until golden and also splutter the curry leaves along with it in the end and keep both of them aside.

In a pressure cooker, combine chopped tomatoes, marinated meat, ground masala powder (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, cumin and black peppercorns) and water. Pressure cook up to 3 whistles for tender baby goat meat and switch off. Let it rest for the steam to settle.

Meanwhile in a kadai, heat oil and fry the finely chopped onions and crushed ginger garlic to golden brown. Add turmeric, red chilli and coriander powder. Fry for another 10 minutes to brown them. Now open the pressure cooker and simmer the meat gravy until it becomes semi thick or until it loses all the liquid. Dump this into the onion mixture and let it shallow fry over medium flame until the gravy rolls up and stick to the meat. At this stage you can decide how dry you need, keep it longer for much crunchy and dark masala, (usually I put it under sim for 20 minutes with occasional tossing and sauteing Add the toasted cashews and curry leaves to finish.

Mutton Sukka with hot rasam rice was our meal today 🙂


Badam Halwa (First time!) November 5, 2010

Filed under: Festival,Sweets & Desserts — cornstarch @ 3:40 pm

Soaked and skinned Almonds – 1 Cup
Sugar – 1 1/2 Cups
Water – 1/2 Cup
Ghee – 6 to 7 tbsp
Saffron – 1 Pinch
Cardamom powder – a pinch
Yellow food colour – a pinch

Make a fine paste of the almonds by grinding them in a grinder. 
Boil sugar with 1/2 cup of water in a pan, till it turns into syrup.

Add almond paste to the boiling syrup and mix it well. Keep stirring continuously else the it will get burnt. even if it is slightly burnt, it strongly shows in badam halwa and the whole dish goes waste. Dilute saffron in a little milk and add to the mixture. Add the cardamom powder and the food colour. Mix well. Start adding ghee little by little at a time. As the above mixture turns paste-like, pour the remaining ghee gradually.

Once the ghee separates remove from fire. You can make them into balls or it can been had in spoonfuls. I wrapped them in pieces of butter paper just as we get it here in south india.


Tava Naan with Tomato Paneer September 25, 2010

Filed under: Paneer,Veg — cornstarch @ 8:53 am

Maida (all-purpose flour) – 2 cups
Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp
Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Lukewarm Milk – 1/2 cup
Curd – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1 tsp
Butter as required

Sieve the flour, soda and baking powder together thrice to ensure even mixing. Transfer to the mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
Pour the sugar, salt and curd in it and mix after a minute softly.  Add the milk little by little to make a soft dough.

Keep aside for 3-4 hours. Make medium-sized balls of it and dust it with the flour. Roll gently in the shape of a naan and apply water on one side of it. Stick this side to the tava and cook covered for 1-2 minutes. Bubbles will start coming up on the naan.

Slowly remove the naan with a spatula and turn the bubble side on the direct flame and expose the naan directly to the flame and cook on the other side as well. When brown spots start appearing and the naan is cooked, remove and apply butter as required to it.

Serve hot with a gravy of your choice. We had ours with Tomato Paneer


Kathirikkai Podi Saadham September 21, 2010

Filed under: Rice,Veg — cornstarch @ 9:00 am

Rice – 1 cup boiled rice
Dry Coconut – 3 tbsp
Small Brinjal – 1/4 kg
Ghee – 200 gms
Red chillies – 7 to 8
Mustard – 1 tsp
Urad dhal – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Channa dhal – 1 tsp
Roasted peanuts (skin removed) – 1 tbsp
Juice of 1 lemon
Turmeric powder – 2 pinch
Tamarind paste – 1 tbsp

To grind to a powder
Urad Dhal – 2 tbsp
Coriander seeds – 1/2 tbsp
Red chillies – 6
Cumin seeds – 1/4 tbsp
Nutmeg – 2 pinch
Cloves – 4

Fry the items in the ‘togrind’ section separately in little ghee and grind them to a powder.

Grind the dry coconut with salt to a powder and separate them into two halves. mix half of the ground masala in the tamarind paste. Do a criss-cross cut on the brinjals and stuff it with masala paste. Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a kadai and fry the mustard, urad dhal, red chillies, channa dhal, peanuts and curry leaves. Add in the brinjals and the turmeric powder and mix well. Sprinkle some water and close with a lid.

Spread the rice on a shallow bowl and mix in the remaining ground masala and coconut.

Once the brinjals are cooked,  remove and mix it with the rice and check for salt. Squeeze in lemon juice before serving


Paal Kova September 1, 2010

Filed under: Festival,Sweets & Desserts — cornstarch @ 6:58 am