Murungakkai Paal Curry (Drumstick Milk Curry)

Side Dishes, Vegetarian | October 18, 2016 | By

Murungakkai paal curry is a great addition to a vegetarian meal. It’s a simple recipe that kids and adults can both enjoy. 


Murungakkai Paal Curry (Drumstick Milk Curry)
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  1. Murungakkai, 3 stalks - cleaned, and chopped into thumb length pieces
  2. Shallots - 5-6
  3. Garlic - 2 cloves
  4. Green chillies or red dry chillies - 2-3, slivered
  5. Mustard seeds - quarter tablespoon
  6. Turmeric powder - half a tablespoon
  7. Peppercorns - 4-5
  8. Fenugreek seeds - quarter tablespoon
  9. Cumin seeds - quarter tablespoon
  10. Curry leaves - ~10
  11. Coconut milk powder or coconut milk
  12. Optional - some people like adding tomatoes to this, if you like to, add just half a chopped tomato after you sauté the onions.
  1. In a pot, boil the murungakkai until it is 3/4 boiled and set aside with salt.
  2. Heat oil in a seperate pan and add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  3. Add the garlic, peppercorns, onions and saute until the onions change colour.
  4. Add the murungakkai and turmeric powder and mix well.
  5. Add the coconut milk powder or coconut milk and mix well. Boil on low heat after you add the coconut milk powder, because you do not want to bring it to a boil. You just want to cook on low heat, or even on the residual heat. I often used coconut milk powder, I use one heaped tablespoon mixed with a little water. You can adjust this depending on the consistency you like.
  6. Adjust for salt and serve.
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Chilli Sweet Potato Fries

Side Dishes, Snack | October 5, 2016 | By

If you’re looking for a savoury snack, something to watch while you watch TV, then I’d recommend these chilli sweet potato fries. It’s kind of like the Maravalli Kilangu Chips (Cassava Chips). It’s very quick, simple and if your have a mini-convention oven very hassle free. 


Chilli Sweet Potato Chips
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  1. Sweet potato - 1, sliced very thinly (I used a medium sized one)
  2. Jaffna curry powder - quarter tablespoon
  3. Chilli powder - half a tablespoon
  4. Salt - to taste
  1. Cut the sweet potato into thin slices.
  2. Boil until the fries are half-3/4 cooked.
  3. Line a tray with the sweet potato fries and sprinkle chilli powder, salt and Jaffna curry powder to the slices and let it sit for 5 minutes. I used the measurements I like, but you can add less or more depending how many sweet potatoes and the size of your sweet potato.
  4. Let it broil in the oven (I used a mini oven) for 3-4 minutes on each side. Make sure you check to prevent burning as the temperatures can vary from oven to oven, and would probably take less time in an oven versus a mini-oven.
  5. Add some more salt (and chilli powder if needed) mix the chips in a bowl.
  6. Enjoy with your favourite TV show or game.
Eelam Flavour - Tamil Recipes