W-Wood Apple or Velakkaya

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In this series, I will write about South Indian Food – Typically Telugu food

#SouthieSaga – Welakkai Pacchadi

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Select a ripe wood apple by sniffing

Scoop the pulp inside, by shell breaking

Add some oil to a hot pan

Fry some red chillies, Chana Dal and Udad, till they tan

Now add mustard seeds, hing  and curry leaves

Also keep aside some chopped coriander leaves

When the seasoning splutters, grind to a coarse paste

Add the scoop of wood apple and blend again, after adding salt to taste

Take it out in a small jar and add chopped coriander

Serve with hot rice, you just sampled a forgotten dish dear!

U-Upma

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#SouthieSaga – Upma

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A mouth watering semolina preparation is this Upma

Not an easy dish to ace, Oh By Ma,

Got to get the texture and flavor absolutely right

Team the Onion Upma with a Pesarattu to make your day bright

Chop some Onions, Chillies, Curry Leaves and Ginger

In a pan, add some oil, add a spoonful of Chana and Udad, Rai and stir

Add the chopped vegetables of choice to the seasoning

I tell you, this is just the beginning

When the onions are translucent, add semolina gently

After a quick roast, add water while stirring quickly

Make sure there are no lumps and Upma is an even mix

Adding a dash of oil, at this point, is the secret taste fix

Squeeze in a lemon and Upma is ready

In a jiffy, with Achar it is finished already

T-Tamarind Rice

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In this series, I will write about South Indian Food – Typically Telugu food

#SouthieSaga – Tamarind Rice

A Tangy, Spicy, a bit sweet, an eternal Andhra Rice Speciality

No festival is ever complete without this dish ‘oh tasty’

Take super Sona-Masuri rice, boil to perfection, adding salt and oil

Squeeze some tamarind juice, give a quick boil

Now comes the perfect seasoning

A test of your deft cooking

Add some oil to pan, then Chillies, Cashews, MoongPhali

Stir them and add little Chana, Udad, Rai and stir carefully

The final twist is the fragrant Hing and fresh Curry-leaves

Add this hot tadka, tamarind juice to rice grains

Eat hot or cold

“It tastes Yum” You will be told

S-Sambar

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#SouthieSaga – Sambar

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Sambar, a delectable gravy dish

That I with all my senses, truly relish

A silent partner to an Idly, Dosa, Vada, Ootappam or the humble Rice

You should have it super hot, with crunchy fries

Boil the washed Tuvvar Dal, giving it a couple of whistles in a pressure-cooker

In a hot pan, add some ghee, jeera, methi, Rai, hing, curry leaves and watch them splutter

Add chopped vegetables of your choice and  give a quick stir

Add Tamarind water and after one boil, add dal and a spoonful of Sambar Masala, MTR

 

Rice and Sambar makes for a great Sunday lunch

Try this recipe, You will enjoy, that’s my hunch

 

R-Rice

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In this series, I will write about South Indian Food – Typically Telugu food

#SouthieSaga – Rice

Be it the stimulating Sona Masuri or the fragrant Basmati

Surely makes you forget all about Parantha and Roti

Team up hot Rice with Dal, Dahi, Chutney, Achar

Sabzi, Kootu, Qorma, Avial, Charu or Sambar

Turn this humble rice into a veritable Pulao, a delectable Biryani or a Tangy Tahri

A perfect partner to Subz-E-Tandoori

Or simply wash the grains and boil them to perfection

Forget weight woes, just tuck away to your complete satisfaction

 

 

 

 

Q-Qorma and Puri

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In this series, I will write about South Indian Food – Typically Telugu food

#SouthieSaga – Qorma

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A rich gravy made with desiccated coconut, soaked cashews, khus-khus, saunf, cloves, ginger

Some roasted chana dal, coriander seeds, jeera, chillies, garlic, cardamom and pepper

Roast the above, grind to paste

Add some curd to bring out the taste

Fry some chopped onions, curry leaves till translucent, add the chopped tomatoes and some veggies sublime

Add the masala, dry spices, give this a quick stir, add water and cook for sometime

Garnish with  chopped coriander, serve hot with puri, roti or rice

Add some pickle too and watch everything finish in a trice

 

N-Nimmakaya

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#SouthieSaga – Nimmakaya

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Nimmakaya or the tangy, spicy lime pickle

Will give your juice buds a mighty tickle

Cut cleaned and dried lemons into small quarters

Marinate them in salt and turmeric for three days, for starters

Heat sesame oil in a wok, splutter some mustard seeds

Cool the oil, add asafoetida and dry roast some fenugreek seeds.

Pound them, add marinated lemons, chillies, rest all, to the oil, give them a mighty stir

Serve this with curd rice, promise you, heaven is in your kitchen sir!