Soya Curry

Main Dishes, Vegetarian | February 26, 2016 | By

Soya curry is a yummy veggie dish. 


Soya Curry
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  1. Soya – 1 cup
  2. Jaffna Chili Powder – 1 tablespoon (less if you can’t take spice)
  3. Salt – to taste
  4. Onion – 1 large chopped
  5. Cumin Seeds – half a tablespoon
  6. Mustard Seeds – quarter tablespoon
  7. Red chili – 1 or 2
  8. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tablespoon
  9. Coriander Powder – half a tablespoon
  10. Curry leaves - 5 to 8
  11. Tomatoes – 2, made into a paste
  1. Add a cup of soya to a pot and add boiling water to cover. Let the soya sit in this water until it becomes soft. Once it is soft, squeeze the water out of the soya, wash with cold water, remove the water again and set aside. (You may need to do it more, you are trying to get rid of the white liquid that forms).
  2. Add oil to a pan, and once the oil is warm add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves and a red chilli.
  3. Add chopped onions and curry leaves.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste.
  5. Add tomatoes (it is best if you put it in a blender and make a paste).
  6. Add soya, Jaffna chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric and salt.
  7. Add water (I usually add a cup, but this varies on the size of your soya). You want thick gravy. Adjust for salt.
  8. Let it boil for 8-10 minutes and remove from heat. You can garnish with coriander leaves.
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Every dish needs a dash of spices

Main Dishes | February 26, 2016 | By

Every dish needs a dash of spices. #Eelamflavour#tamilcooking #tamilfood #spices #instafood#cookingimage

Chickpea Salad

Main Dishes, Side Dishes | February 16, 2016 | By

Sometimes when I’m in the kitchen, recipes just “happen” because of what’s left in the pantry. I made this on a day I was looking for some veggie dishes to make. If you’re looking for a quick, tasty and filling salad, then this is the recipe for you.


Chickpea Salad
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  1. Chickpeas - cooked and drained (1 cup)
  2. Red onion - 3/4 chopped (red onions are key, they add the flavour)
  3. Cilantro - chopped, about 2 tablespoons worth of chopped
  4. Salt - to taste
  5. Paprika - 0.5 tablespoon
  6. Mayonnaise - 2 tablespoons
  1. Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes then serve.
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Shrimp Fry

Main Dishes, Seafood | February 16, 2016 | By


Shrimp Fry
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  1. Shrimp - 400 g (deveined)
  2. Turmeric powder
  3. Salt - to taste
  4. Red chili powder - 1 -2 tablespoons (you can add more to increase the heat)
  5. Curry leaves - 5-7
  6. 2 medium onions - 1 for frying, 1 for garnishing
  7. Ketchup - 2 tablespoons
  8. Lemon - to garnish
  9. Coriander leaves/cilantro - to garnish
  10. Bell peppers - to garnish
  11. Mustard seeds - half tablespoon
  12. Green chilies - for garnish and frying (you can choose how much to add)
  1. Clean the shrimp. Make sure to de-vein the shrimp on both sides of the shrimp. This is very important for the taste. You can leave to keep the shell on or off.
  2. Wash the shrimp thoroughly with turmeric powder and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Put all the shrimp into a dry bowl and add salt (don't add all of your salt here, just some), a pinch of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of red chilli powder and let it marinate for half an hour - an hour.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, and add mustard seeds, 1 onion slivered, 5-7 curry leaves and fry for 1 minute.
  5. Add a some salt and let it fry.
  6. Add the shrimp, let it cook until it cooks thoroughly each side. 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons of ketchup and lightly fry.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Squeeze some lemon juice (optional).
  10. You can garnish it with cut up onion slices, cilantro and bell peppers.
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Upma for Breakfast

Breakfast | February 11, 2016 | By

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy to get through the day. Here’s a tasty breakfast idea to give your daily oatmeal a break. 🙂 



Rava Upma
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  1. 1 cup rava or semolina
  2. Onion - you can use 1 whole, or 15 shallots. Red onion or shallots taste best in this.
  3. Mustard seeds - a teaspoon
  4. Green chilli - 1 or 2
  5. Red Chilli - 1 or 2 (you can even choose to use just red chilli instead of green)
  6. Water - 2 cups
  7. Ginger - a piece the size of a thumb, slivered
  8. Salt - to taste
  9. Butter or oil - for frying the onion and curry leaves
  10. Curry leaves - 5- 10
  11. Urad dal - 3/4 tablespoon
  12. Eggplant - 1 whole, cut into small circles (for frying)
  13. Other veggies - optional, you can add carrots or other hard veggies to this dish if you wish
  1. Dry roast the rava or semolina. Make sure you stir often to prevent burning.
  2. In a frying pan, heat oil and once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, red chillies and curry leaves.
  3. Add chopped onions, green chilis, ginger, eggplant and any other veggies if you choose. Add some salt.
  4. Let the eggplant cook a little and become crispy, and then add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. You can add more water if you like, but it may become lumpy (which does not taste good, so it is best to cook it slowly with less water for soft, fluffy upma).
  5. Add the dry roasted rava or semolina, reduce the heat and cover the pan.
  6. Let it cook until the rava absorbs the water, and your preferred consistency is achieved, stir to prevent burning. I usually cook it for 4 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and enjoy.
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The Mistress of Spices

Uncategorized | February 7, 2016 | By

spicesIn addition to cooking, I do a lot of reading. The book, The Mistress of Spices really confirms the magical properties of spices It is the story a woman, Tilo, who is specially trained in ancient art of spices and appointed as a mistress charged with special powers.  Tilo travels through time and ends up in California, where she opens a spice shop. She secretly uses her supernatural powers to read through her customers and recommends spices to treat different ailments of her customers. While she is content at all the lives she has changes, an unexpected romance forces her to choose between her supernatural spice powers or the enticement of modern life. This book was later turned into a movie starring Aishwariya Rai. If you are a spice lover, then be sure to check this book out. As Chitra’s other books, this book is beautifully written. The book is MUCH better than the movie, so read the book instead of the movie!