December 28, 2011

Susiyam (traditional south Indian snack)

Susiyam or seeyam is a traditional sweet dish famous in south tamilnadu mainly in Nagerkoil,Trinelveli, Kariakudi & will be made for festive seasons.....My Mom method will be diff from my in-law method...but both tastes awesome...The difference is  the dipping batter.Its all time favourite for me & my hubby......Even in my mom's home its the favourite sweet for all of them ...We love when my mom makes this sweet,while she's preparing itself we will finish half of the pooranam....those r golden days.....Now same here in my home too we love it .....Its all time favourite sweet.....
this is my in-law method...

  1. Channa Dal    -  2 cups
  2. Sugar       -  2 cups to 3 cups
  3. Cardamom - 4 to 5 nos
  4. Raw rice  - 1/2 cup
  5. Urad Dhal - 1/2 cup
  6. Shredded Coconut  - 1/4 cup(Optional)
  7. Salt a pinch
  8. Oil for frying  
        First soak the raw rice along with urad dal for 2 hrs. In the mean time pressure cook the channa dal with 1 cup of water for 3 to 4 whistles...Now grind the raw rice & urad dal like idly /dosa batter ( not too soft)& keep it ready . Check whether the channa dal is cooked well,mash it & allow it cool down for 15 to 20 mins.Then add the sugar & cardamom powder to it & mix all well together . If the channa dal is hot,the sugar will melt & leaves out moistuer in it,so add sugar after the dhal is cool down.
           After the dough( pooranam )becomes cool & easy to handle ,now make small balls (like size of a lemon)& set aside .Heat oil in deep frying pan ,once the oil is hot enough for frying ,take a ball dip it in the batter & drop it slowly in the oil .Make sure that the pooranam is coated well with the batter ,so that after dropping it in oil the inside sweet will not mess with oil.Fry golden brown,do not char the balls ,careful...    Continue frying other balls in same method....Instead of this batter(rice +urad dal) my Mom will make with maida(all pupose flour), it will also tastes heaven....Enjoy serving this traditional dessert.......


December 24, 2011

Vegetable Cutlet

  • 4 to 5 Potatoes boiled & smashed
  •  3 cups of vegetables, finely chopped , boiled and cooked well ( beetroots, carrots, peas, cabbage,etc can be used )
  •  1 Onion finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp of red chillie powder
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder 
  • 1tsp of chopped ginger & garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped cashewnuts
  • 1to 2  eggs well beaten
  • 1 to 2 cups of maida
  • 1to 2 cups of breadcrumbs
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for shallow frying the cutlets
                  Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds, finely chopped ginger & garlic & toss it. Add onion and sauté for two minutes,add green chillies, red chilli powder, turmeric powder,garam masala  powder and sauté for a 3 more minutes.Now add the cooked vegies , salt and continue to sauté for two minutes& mix all well. Add crushed cashewnuts  and sauté for two minute & set aside. Take mashed potatoes in a deep bowl,add the vegetable mixture and mix all well together. Add coriander leaves and check for salt. (if want add lemon juice and mix). Heat sufficient oil in skillet & keep it ready. Take a portion of the mixture, shape it to ur choice & first roll it with maida ,then dip it in beaten egg & then roll in breadcrumbs. Press lightly and place the cutlet in the pan. Shallow fry it till both the sides till  golden brown. Similarly fry all  the  cutlets,drain and place on an tissue paper and serve it ....if want dip it in tomato ketchup & taste...