Monday, May 10, 2010

Guest Post - 10 : Today's Guest - Viji (My Mom), Mother's Day Special Guest Post


Today, we have my Mom as our guest. She holds Masters Degree in Sociology. She is a home maker. She is very good at building relationship with people, so she is loved by all our relatives and friends. I'm happy to introduce her to all of you on the occasion of Mother's Day. Let us hear from her now...

Nithu : Tell our readers about you.
Viji : I am a home maker. I got married when I was just out of my school final and It was only my husband who encouraged me to pursue my studies. I have two daughters. Elder daughter is Bharati, who is already known to you all through her guest posts and younger daughter is Nithu, this blog's owner.

Nithu : What makes you feel happy about your daughters?
Viji : The one thing, I always proudly say about my daughters is, both of them are talented in writing as their Father. Their articles were published in some magazines too. The other thing, as a Mother what I've observed is, I have never heard them saying that they didn't like a dress or jewelry which I selected for them. They would always accept my selection and I'm too proud to say, till date I've been the one who is choosing their traditional dresses like salwars and sarees. This make me so happy.

Nithu : What are your interests ?
Viji : As most of the women, I love to cook. Apart from that I like sudoku and Cross words. Long time before, I learnt type writing and tailoring. I love reading magazines too.

Nithu : When did you start to cook and what was your first dish?
Viji : Actually, I stayed with my uncle's family in Kumbakonam and I did my schooling there. Only during summer holidays, I used to visit my parents. And it was one such time, my mom fell ill and there was no one in the family who knew cooking. So, I had to take that responsibility. I was only 11 by then. With few instructions from my mom, that day I prepared Poricha Kuzhambu and Thenga Thuvayal, which are my Dad's and brother's favourites.

Nithu : Do you have any interesting incident from your kitchen.
Viji : Yes, I do remember one incident. Those days, we don't have facilities like internet or phone and if we want any recipe, we had to rely on magazines or friends. One of my friends gave the recipe for Mysore pak. I was not sure where I went wrong. Everything got messed up totally and the contents stuck to the pan. I could never forget this and I had no guts till today to try Mysore pak again.

Nithu : I guess, you would be more or less at the same age to all my blogger friends Moms. So, as a representative to all the moms, what would you like to say to us?
Viji : Nothing Much...Please keep your parents and in-laws happy and spend some time with the elderly people in the house. After all, old age is the second childhood, which seeks for all the attention from the loved ones around.

Nithu : Thank you Amma. Ok, tell us what do you have today to share with us?
Viji : Today, I am giving you the recipe for "Kumbakonam Kadapa", a traditional side dish for Idly and Dosa.

Nithu : Why did you select this ?
Viji : This is one of favourites of my family and more over, this is the famous dish of Kumbakonam, where I was born and brought up.

Ingredients :

1.Moong dal – 3/4 cup
2.Potato – 3 no (cooked and cut in to pieces)
3.Big onion – 1 Cup (Finely Chopped)
4.Tomato – 1 (cut in to pieces)
5.Green chilly – 2 or adjust to your taste
6.Bay leaf – 1
7.Cinnamon – 1
8.Cloves – 2
9.Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
10.Curry leaves – Little qty
11.Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
12.Coconut - 1/4 Cup (Grated)
13.Garlic - 5 cloves
14.Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp
14.Salt - As required
15. Garam Masala - 1 tsp
16.Oil – 1 tbsp
17.Corainder - for garnishing
18.Lemon Juice - 2 tsp


Method :

1. Pressure cook moong dal with turmeric powder till soft. Keep aside.
2. Add a tsp of oil in a pan. Then add poppy seeds, green chillies and coconut. Fry till coconut turns slightly brown.
3. Grind this to a fine paste and keep aside.
4. Now, in a pan take the remaining oil. Heat it.
5. Add the fennel, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. Fry for 2 minutes.
6. Add onion, garlic and tomato. Fry for 5 minutes.
7. Add water, garam masala and salt. Add potato. Allow the contents to boil well.
8. Now, add the cooked Moong Dhal and again allow to boil well.
9. Add the ground mixture and allow to boil, till the contents thicken.
10. Switch off the stove and then add lemon juice. Granish with coriander.
11. Serve hot with idly or dosa. (If Kadappa is thick, dilute with little water).

Nithu : Thank you so much for your time and the lovely recipe. Also, I take this opportunity to Thank you for everything you have done to us. We love you :-)
Viji : Thank you Nithu for giving me the opportunity to meet all your friends through this Guest post. Hope to meet you all soon sometime through another traditional recipe. My prayers, wishes and love to you all.

Dear Friends, Hope you all love this traditional recipe from my mom. She couldn't send the picture of her recipe as her camera is not working properly. I clicked the picture here. But, she was not satisfied with the picture...anyway, you try the recipe and you'l know the actual look and taste :-)

If you are interested to be featured as our blog's guest, please do mail to nithuskitchen@gmail.com.

37 comments:

Kairali sisters said...

Wow..great read about your mom Nithu..Lovely recipe...

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Kairali sisters

Priya said...

Enjoyed reading, Its really a great honour to know more about ur mom Nithu...Lovely post, i love kadapa..my mom do prepare the same..makes me nostalgic..

Nitks said...

Thats a good post Nithu... Thanks to ur mom esp for the authentic recipe..

PranisKitchen said...

nithu what a nice post yarr..nice reading about ur mom..the kumbakonam kadappa -sure its a best one because its mom preparation na.good job nithu..

Kiran said...

Nice to know your mom.Thank you aunty for sharing this lovely dish.

Gita Jaishankar said...

Lovely post and recipe dear...it was nice knowing about your mom :)

Sushma Mallya said...

This post is really very special, was great knowing your mum through your post nithu, give my regards to her, ...and dish looks very delicious...Moms recipes are always the best and to be cherished ever..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

How nice to know your mom Nithu. Wow, started cooking @ the age of 11, amazing !!! Lovely recipe shared. Happy Mother's day to both of you.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely post.
To Nithu's Mom- You are right in encouraging this generation folks to spend time with old people. I love spending time with them. They make for awesome company and unbeatable wisdom. Your kumbakonam Kadapa sounds like a winner in your household. I have never heard of it until now and certainly would love to give it a spin. Thank you and belated "Mother's day" to you!

Meena said...

i love the advice your mom gives all of us to care of elderly...very good!

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

Nice to know abt ur mom...lovely dish,soon i will try it....

Bharathi said...

Hi Nithu...
Really a very great surprise for me.... Mom's Delicious Kadappa as Guest Post...

Thank You Mom for all praises...

Also Thank You for our fav. Kadappa... & also the one you prepared for me this time.

Preeti Kashyap said...

Such an apt guest!!!....moms are the best! Lovely recipe.

Do join my event green gourmet. Would love to get nice green recipes from u!

Jay said...

Hy Nithu,

Nice to know about your Mom & her interests. You are lucky to have a friendly mom. Lovely recipe too.

divya said...

Wow..great read about your mom Nithu..Lovely recipe...

Nithya said...

Wow.. its really good to know about your mom too dear. :) No wonder she cooks well. Awesome post for mothers day :)

Rachana Kothari said...

What a great post, Nithu :) Regards to your mom.

The dish looks so delicious.

AMA's AnythingVegetarian said...

Wonderful..

Panchpakwan said...

Wow lovley post Nihu. It really gr8t to know about your mohter. Regards to you mohter.
Dish looks authentic and so delicious..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

That's a wonderful post Nithu..Very touching..One thing Aunty has mentioned about spending time with our parents is something we should all do..Simple loved the recipe...

Niloufer Riyaz said...

It was nice to know about your mom. Should try kadapa, my hubby's fav

Padma said...

Enjoyed reading the post Nithu. Perfect one to post on Mother's day. Nice kadappa. Perfect with idli/dosa.

sonu said...

hey nithu..one of ur best guests post till date i shud say..really had a nice time reading abt ur mom..it was gr8 to have her here...nice recipe too !!convey my.reg to your mom...i started missing my mom :((

Viki's Kitchen said...

Nice post dear. Happy mother's day!

Anu said...

Awesome post for mothers day... It was nice to know about your mom.. Yummy recipe..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Hey Neethu, there cannot be a better tribute on MOther's day, enjoyed the interview. One of ur best interviews to date :):)Loved the kadappa too.My regards to ur parents.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

very good post dear...thanks n regards to ur mom...hope u had a great n fun mothers day...

first time here...u have a lovely space...just started blogging..and love to add u in my list..
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BeenaShylesh said...

enjoyed rading.......

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice to know about ur mom dear...happy mother's day/...

SathyaSridhar said...

Nithu,, nice post dear nice write up about ur mom great mom n great daughter. Your dad is great man at that time itself encouraged ur mom to do her studies woow!! hats off to ur dad.My regards to ur amma n appa dear, always amma's cooking is best dear.Kadappa sounds great n sure i will try this one for idli.

Yummy Team said...

Lovely post, Nithu!! It was great knowing about your mom..Love her recipe, it looks extremely tasty..

San said...

Special post my mom would have made ur day as well as ours.Really felt glad to know more about ur mom.Kudos to ur dad to have supported ur mom in all the ways.Side dish looks inviting n would like to have it with idli.

kitchen queen said...

Nice to get to know ur lovely Mom Nithu and her delicious recipe.Happy Mothers day.

Soumya said...

Hi Nithu, great post...regards to ur mom...

Now Serving said...

wonderful to read about your amma, Nithu... Mother's day is round the corner again - You seem to have a beautiful relationship with her, much like i did with my mom :) Mom's RULE!

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