Today, we have Akilandeswari from "Learning-to-cook" is with us. She lives in Singapore. She holds Masters Degree in Engineering. She loves to learn new recipes. Now, let us hear from her...
Nithu's Kitchen : Tell us about you Akila.
Akilandeswari : I am a Software Consultant working in Singapore and a Mother of two kids, one is 4 yrs (boy) and one is 11 months(girl). I finished my Masters in Communication Engineering but as many people do, I too switched to computer field. Before coming to Singapore, I worked as Lecturer in Engineering college.
Nithu's Kitchen : What are your interests.
Akilandeswari : I like shopping, most of the times window shopping;-), playing with kid (I always feel I too have become a kid whenever I play with them:-)) and trying new recipes at my kitchen.
Nithu's Kitchen : What made you to start a blog.
Akilandeswari : After my wedding, I had to depend on the net for different recipes as I was a newbie to kitchen by then. While, searching for recipes I stumbled up on various blogs. I too wanted to have my own blog but at that time I could not do that for few reasons. After a couple of years, I started my blog and this is my full time hobby now.
Nithu's Kitchen : How old is your blog and how many posts you have now?
Akilandeswari : My blog will be 6 months old soon and there are totally 132 posts.
Nithu's Kitchen : What cuisine does your blog focus?
Akilandeswari : My blog's main focus is on Indian Cuisine(South and North Indian). I am yet to try International and fusion dishes. For the time being, I am just concentrating on Indian dishes alone, as Indian cuisine itself has thousands of varieties to try out.
Nithu's Kitchen : Why did you select your blog name as "Learing-to-cook"?
Akilandeswari : I just started to cook only after my marriage and from that time, till now, whatever mistakes I do in cooking, I learn some lesson out of it. That is why I chose the title "Learning-to-cook".
Nithu's Kitchen : Whom you consider as your best critic?
Akilandeswari : To be honest, the best critic is myself. Because, I always want my dishes to taste great and I do analyse if my dish doesn't taste so good.Most of the times I rectify the fault in the dish to make it taste better. My parents, husband and my kids would always say that my cooking is very good, just out of their love for me even it does not taste so good. That is why I say, I'm the best critic for my cooking.
Nithu's Kitchen : What do you have today to share with us. Why did you select this today.
Akilandeswari : I would like to share the Urundai kuzhambu recipe which is one of my favorites.
I. For paruppu urundai
Kadalai paruppu – 1 cup
Thuvaram paruppu – ½ cup
Onion – 2
Garlic – 5 cloves (cut into small pieces)
Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cloves – 5
Curry leaves – 5 (cut into small pieces)
Rice flour – ½ tsp
Dried red chilli - 2
Salt as required
II. For Kuzhambu
Oil – 2 tsp
Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
Tamarind juice – 1 cup
Tomato – 2
Garlic – 5 cloves
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Salt as required
Curry leaves – few
Cilantro for garnishing
1. Soak the Channa dhal and thoor dhal for 1 to 2 hrs.
2. Grind the dhalls and the other ingredients in I to a coarse paste.
3. Make it into small balls with out any water. ( if you feel excess water slightly press the balls to squeeze the water out)
4. Steam cook the balls in a idli cooker and keep aside.
5. Now for preparing kuzhambu, add oil in a pan.
6. When it is hot, add the cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and when they start spluttering, add th onions, green chilli and garlic.
7. When the onion turns brown colour, add the tomato and curry leaves.
8. When the tomato becomes soft, add the tamarind juice, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder and boil for 10 mts or the gravy becomes thick.
9. Add the grated coconut and cook for another 2 mts.
10. Now add the steamed balls and cook for just 2 to 3 mts and switch off the stove.
11. Garnish with cilantro and Serve hot with rice or chappathi.
Nithu's Kitchen : Thank you so much Akila. We enjoyed talking to you.
Akilandeswari : Thanks Nithu.