Senai Katlau

Senai Kilangu Katlau (elephant foot yam): 

It has been proved that elephant foot yam has many medical benefits as its root is highly stomachic, restorative, carminative and tonic.

# The cooling effect of yam can be a cure for Hypertension.
# Yam is dried and often used as a treatment for piles and dysentery..
# Yam helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. So it can be used as slimming food because it lowers cholesterol levels and promotes weight loss and also has a high concentration of key minerals.
# Yam can even act as an anticoagulant.
# Elephant foot yam can be safely consumed by diabetic people.
# Elephant foot yam helps to maintain the hormonal balance by increasing the estrogen level in women. It can relieve women from pre-menstrual syndrome as well.
# Hemorrhoids patients are also prescribed to have elephant yam.
# Powerful antioxidant Vitamin C is present which delays ageing.
# It is also provided as a medicine for treatment to patients suffering from acute rheumatism.
# Irregular bowel movements and constipation can also be cured by consuming yam.
# Yam reduces muscle spasms.

However, it should be borne in mind that elephant yam is a cooling food. Hence patients suffering from a cold, sinus infection or asthma should avoid its intake

Ingredients to prepare:

steam cook below-mentioned

Ingredient-1

Elephant foot yam-1/2 kg

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

Tamarind extract-2 tbsp

Ingredients:2

Onion-1

ginger garlic paste-1 tsp

Masala powder-2 tsp

Salt -1/2 tsp

Tomato -1

Curry leaves

Ingredients-3

Oil-3 tbsp

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Peel skin, cut into square slices, mix with

1.Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp, Salt-1/2 tsp, Tamarind extract-2 tbsp.

2. Steam cook above marinated senai kizhangu for 5 minutes. or add some water and cook for a whistle in a pressure cooker. (drain excess water)

3. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a wide pan, add fennel seeds, then sliced onion. Once the onion gets translucent add partially cooked yam and roast to golden brown on medium flame. (Yam should turn golden yellow to get the roasted outer layer and soft inner part)

4. Add ginger garlic paste, chopped tomato and salt cook until tomato leaves its skin.

5. Add masala powder sprinkle some water and cook for 3 more minutes in low flame.

6. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with plain cooked rice, sambar or Rasam

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Ladies finger saute

Ladies finger saute
Ladies finger sauteLadies finger saute

Ladies finger Saute:

What can be made with ladies finger in minimal effort to reduce its gluey nature?

This dish will really make you feel the good taste of Ladies finger, with fewer ingredients, and less effort to cook. Wonderful combination with Roti and plain cooked rice. Without any changes to its original colour.

Ingredients:

Ladies finger-250 gms

Shallots-1/2 cup

Tomato small-1

Salt-1 tsp

Chilli powder-1/2 tsp

Green chilli-1

Buttermilk (to reduce its gluey content)

Oil 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Urad dal 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves few

Method:

  1. Clean and cut Ladies finger to 1/2 inch size, Peel and cut Shallots and tomato.
  2. Heat thick bottom pan with one tablespoon of oil, season it with the above-mentioned ingredients.
  3. Add onion shallots saute for a while, add cut vegetable+curry leaves and cook in a medium flame for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Finally add tomato, salt and chilli powder mix well. When it losses it’s gluey add buttermilk and cook for 5 more minutes. Simmer the flame and cook until gets soft. (water can be sprinkled little if necessary, Non-stick pan does not need water)
  5. Serve with the desired main dish.
Ladies finger saute
Ladies finger sauteLadies finger saute

Nendran Golden Fry

Nendran Golden Fry:

Raw Banana Nendran sauteed with some mild spices to make a wonderful side dish for your main meal, plain cooked rice, dal and rasam with this fry will be amazing taste. Easy to cook healthy to eat.

The Nendran  Banana variety has a wonderful-unique taste and texture and can be used in many different ways, apart from steaming and making chips.

Ingredients:

Raw Banana Nendran-1

Onion -1

Tomato 1 optional

Salt-1/2 tsp

Chilli powder-1/2 tsp

Garlic 3 pods(crushed)

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Oil- 2 tbsp

Method:

Slice banana toa medium thick slices.

Heat pan with oil, add few fennel seeds.

Add crushed garlic to the oil, now add long chopped onion to it, saute well until translucent.

Add sliced banana and curry leaves, sprinkle some salt, turmeric and chilli powder.

Smear some water and cook till it gets roasted. Golden banana saute is ready to serve in few minutes of effort.

 

 

Sweet Potato Pepper Roast

Sweet Potato Pepper Roast:

Simply takes no time to cook this wonderful dish.

Wash Potato no need to peel its skin, just prepare it to gain the complete nutrient value. Round cut sweet Potato. Steam cook for 3 minutes.

Heat pan 1 tables spoon of coconut oil and season it with mustard, red chili 2nos, and curry leaves.

Add the partially cooked sweet potato and fry in low fire, add salt, and crushed pepper, roast it in low flame for 5 to 10 minutes.

roasted sweet potato goes well with plain cooked rice and sambar.

Ivy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval

Ivy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval:

Inviting taste of this Ivy gourd Varuval is a good companion with plain cooked rice and sambar or stuff in the roti, roll and serve. Simple recipe with fewer ingredients, really you will enjoy the unique taste of this garlic flavored varuval. Many of us do not know the health benefits of Ivy gourd learn more from,

https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/ivy-gourd/

Ivy gourd, with its nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants help in strengthening the nervous system. Ivy gourd help in dealing with numerous nervous related problems

Ingredients:

Ivy gourd-500 gram serves 4 people

To grind:

Chili powder-1 tsp

Salt- 3/4 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

Garlic-5 pods

Tomato- 1 small

Cumin-1/2 tsp

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Method:

1.Clean and cut Ivy gourd to thin lengthwise slices.

2.Grind all the above ‘To grind ingredients” to a smooth paste.

3.Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, fry kovakkai for 3 minutes.

4.Add ground masala paste to it mix well, sprinkle half cup water, close and cook for 5 minutes till it becomes soft.

5. Fry until the water evaporates.

Aromatic kovakkai varuval is ready to serve.

IIvy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval
IIvy Gourd/ Kovakka Varuval

 

 

Mixed Vegetable Masala (Perattal)

Mixed Vegetable Masala:

To read recipe in Tamil click link below

http://wp.me/p6uzdK-fJ

We cook vegetables in the different combination of a meal as mild and spicy to satisfy our taste buds and balance the health benefits according to our weather conditions. Koottu, Poriyal, Avial, Perattal, Mandi, Pachadi. Puli

Koottu, Poriyal, Avial, Perattal (Masal, Thovattal, Kola, Mandi, Pachadi.

Puli kuzhambu, Vathal Kuzhambu, Thanni Kuzhambu, Sambar, Rasam, Soup.

The mixed vegetable is a delicious and nutritious dish to go with Roti or plain cooked rice with the combination of rasam or sambar.

Mixed vegetable Perattal
Mixed vegetable Perattal

 

Ingredients:

Mixed Vegetables as you wish -500 gram

Carrot, Beans, Beetroot, Capsicum, Potato, Green peas, and cauliflower.

Soya (Meal maker) optional

Onion-1 big

Tomato- 1 big

Masala powder-1 teaspoon

Chilli powder-2 teaspoon

Salt-1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste

To Temper:

Oil-1 tbsp

Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp

Cumin- 1/2 tsp

Method to Prepare:

Clean and cut all the vegetables in equal size(to the size of peas)

Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, season with fennel and cumin seeds.

Add Onion and saute for 2 minutes, add ginger garlic paste and stir for a while.

Add cut potatoes and beetroot saute for more 2 minutes.

Now add all other vegetables and Tomatoes, saute for 2 more minutes.

Add masala powder, salt, and chili powder, mix well.

Add a half cup of water and close cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame.

Allow it to cook soft. Now mixed vegetable is ready to serve with rice or roti.

According to your preference, you can add little coconut milk or grind 2 table spoon of coconut and cumin seeds to a smooth paste and mix with the vegetables while cooking. This helps to increase the quantity, aroma, and flavor.

 

 

 

Ladies finger fry/ Vendakkai Varuval

Ladies finger fry:

Ladies finger fry is a wonderful combination with plain cooked rice and sambar. Neither gluey nor sticky, an unbelievable taste which really satisfies your meal.

Mainly children used to avoid this nutritious vegetable because of its gluey nature, even though we have many tips and tricks to reduce its nature we couldn’t satisfy, is accepted. This recipe will be up to your satisfaction.

Ladies finger fry/ Vendakkai Varuval
Ladies finger fry/ Vendakkai Varuval

Ingredients-1:

Ladies finger-500 gram

Onion-1 big

Tomato -1 medium size

Chili powder-1/2 tsp

Sugar-1/4 tsp (optional, this enriches the taste of the dish and glassy appearance)

Garlic cloves-3, peeled and crushed

Oil -75 ml (shallow fry)

Ingredient-2

Salt

Turmeric powder

Yoghurt-2 tbsp

Method to prepare:

Wash and cut Ladies finger to 1 1/2 inch pieces, take a mixing bowl and add Ingredient-2 along with these pieces.Mix well, set aside.

Peel and cut onion lengthwise, tomato into small pieces and make garlic cloves crushed.

Heat oil in a wide pan shallow fry prepared ladies finger to golden yellow.

 

Fry little by little to have an even fried vegetable.

Drain oil, collect it in a paper towel.

Heat another pan with a tablespoon of oil, season it with mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Add crushed garlic to golden fry, now add onion saute for a while till golden brown.

Time to add tomato, salt, sugar and chili powder, saute till tomato leaves its skin.

Finally, add fried ladies finger stir on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Delicious Ladies finger fry is ready to serve.