Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Garlic Chutney Powder / Garlic Idly Podi / Poondu Podi

Garlic Chutney Powder/ Poondu Idly Podi is the best side dish for Idly or Dosa. The preparation is very quick and simple. This chutney podi can be stored in an air-tight container. You can prepare Garlic Podi Idly Fry using this podi. 

Garlic is packed with many health benefits. Regular intake of garlic helps in preventing cancer. Garlic reduces blood pressure and blood cholestrol.

Preparation Time : 5 Minutes
Cooking Time : 10 Minutes
Yield : 100 gms (Approximately)




Ingredients :

1. Garlic Cloves - 10 (with skin)
2. Red Chillies - 25 Nos
3. Salt - 3/4 tsp or Adjust to your taste
4. Oil - 1 tsp

Preparation :

1. Heat oil in a frying pan or kadai. Fry red chillies on medium heat. Let them cool.

2. Grind red chillies and salt together to a coarse powder.

3. Add garlic cloves. Just run the mixie only once. 

4. Transfer to an air-tight container.

5. Serve with hot idly or dosa. (Mix some oil before serving).

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Arachuvitta Parangi Pinju (Baby Pumpkin) Kuzhambu and MagicKart Review

Yesterday, I stumbled up a site MagicKart.in while I was searching for a online shop that sells cookware, bakeware and other Kitchen appliances.




In all the categories they have a wide range of popular brands like Prestige, Pigeon, Futura, etc.  If you browse through Cookware, I promise you will love the Kadai and pressure cooker collections.




The reason why I am talking about the kadai and pressure cooker here is, the recipe I am sharing here today needs Kadai and pressure cooker for cooking. 




For this recipe, we need coconut. I used coconut scrapper to scrap the coconut, which made scraping much easier. You can find the coconut scrapper in their Kitchen category. MagicKart have couple of brands Anjali and Avani Coconut Scrapper. Apart from this, I loved their chopping board. They sell Anjali, Avani, JVL Classicware and Prime Chopping boards. Chopping boards with cutter makes vegetable and fruit cutting easy and fun. 




Now to the recipe,

Ingredients :

1. Baby Pumpkin - 1
2. Thoor Dhal - 1/4 Cup
3. Channa Dhal - 1/4 Cup
4. Tamarind - juice from a gooseberry sized ball
5. Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
6. Curry Leaf - A few
7. Salt - Needed qty
8. Mustard - 1 tsp
9. Oil - 2 tsp

For Masala :

1. Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
2. Red Chilly - 2 or adjust to your taste
3. Coconut - 1 tbs
4. Coriander seeds - 1 tsp 
5. Oil - 1 tsp

Heat oil in a pan and  roast all the above ingredients till golden brown. Make a coarse powder and keep aside. 

Procedure :

1. Wash the baby pumpkin and cut them in to cubes.

2. Cook dhal, mash and keep aside.

3. In a pan, add oil. Splutter mustard. Add chopped vegetable and curry leaves. Saute for a few minutes.

4. Add tamarind juice, salt and sambar powder. Cover the pan with lid and let the contents boil for until the raw smell of the sambar powder is gone.

5. Now, add dhal. Allow the contents to boil for another few minutes.

6. Finally, add the ground spice powder. Mix thoroughly.  A small piece of jaggery can be added to enhance the taste.

7. Switch of the stove when the contents get thickened.

8. Transfer the contents to a casserole. It keeps food hot So that we can avoid re-heating the food thus saving gas and time. In MagicKart Dining Section, they have a wide collection range of casserole and dinner sets. The designs and colours in the dinner set are so beautiful. Even they do have a microwave cook and serve dinner sets in diferent colours which are really eye catching.




9. Enjoy with hot rice.





In the Appliances, they have Mixer grinders (Oster, Pigeon, Preeti, Sowbaghya) and Rice Cooker (Oster, Pigeon and Preeti). Both these appliances are very useful and essential things in any kitchen. They make cooking enjoyable.

The other thing I loved most is their Bakeware. They have lot of bakeware accessories collections like bakery brush, icing tools, etc. The another thing which attracted me most is their flower shaped / heart shaped muffin pans.

Don't forget to check their Storage category. There you will find lunch boxes, canister, bottles, thermos and storage set. The storage sets are really compact and very useful to storage all spices.  See for the sale and new arrivals as well.

Simply, MagicKart is a one stop place for all our kitchen needs. They have everything that you could think of about a Kitchen!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thenkuzhal Murukku

Wish you all a Very Happy Diwali. Today, I have a very traditional savoury recipe - Thenkuzhal (Murukku). The preparation is very easy. You can check for other Diwali Savoury and Sweets recipe.

Ingredients :

1. Rice Flour - 2 Cups
2. Urad Dhal Flour -   1/4 Cup
3. Cumin - 1 tsp
4. Asafoetida - A Pinch
5. Butter - 2 tbs
6. Salt - Needed Qty
7. Oil - For Frying

Gadgets Needed :

1. Murukku Presser
2. Thenkuzhal Mould



Procedure :

1. Combine rice flour, urad dhal flour, cumin, salt, butter and asafoetida.

2. Add water a little by little while kneading. Prepared dough should be like chapathi dough. 

3. Heat oil in a pan. Meanwhile, put the Thenkuzhal mould in the murukku presser and then grease the murukku presser with oil. Now, stuff it with the dough.

4. Once the oil is ready for frying, gently press the presser over the oil. You can press two or three murukku at a time depending on your pan size.

5. Fry in low flame till it is crisp.

6. Drain extra oil on a kitchen towel. 

7. Store in a air tight container.

I know you all will be inviting your friends and relatives for lunch or dinner on Diwali day. Instead of spending the whole day in kitchen, why don't you order food using discount coupons? Just relax and enjoy the day with your loved ones. Simply order food using this Tastykhana coupons from Flipit.com and get a discount.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fourth Blog Anniversary & My Tamil Blog

My Blog is 4 Years old! Just could not believe it. Though, it feels like a dream, Nithu's Kitchen is stepping in to 5th year today. All this happened just because of you My Dear Friends. I thank you all for your unfailing support. On this Fourth Blog Anniversary, Nithu's Kitchen has 570 posts and 470 friends through Google Friend Connect. 

My Tamil Blog :

On this special occasion, I invite you all to my new tamil blog "கொஞ்சம் ஆரோக்கியம்,கொஞ்சம் பேச்சு!". There I have planned to write health recipes. I hope it will be useful to many of you around here. Please follow me in my Tamil Blog too and give your support and encouragement.

Important Milestones for the Period of 13th Oct, 2012 - 13th Oct, 2013:

Important Posts : 


This is one important post I wanted to mention in this anniversary post. Check out the post and the dish she prepared during the contest.


Introduced cookbook giveaway during Feb, 2013 for the event series I hosted.

Awards & Prizes Won :


Events & Giveaway Hosted :

Hosted my own event Healthy Food for Healthy Kids Series but for now, I have given a break to this series. But I am sure, I will be restarting the event soon.

My Stories(Tamil) Published in Magazines :


Nithu's Kitchen Worked With :

Nithu's Kitchen had the opportunity to work with Sify and few coupon sites. Thanks to Sify and coupon sites.

You can check Nithu's Kitchen's Milestones for the First Year here, Second Year here and for third year hereThank you friends for your encouragement. Keep visiting the blog and give your support as always.