Monday, April 21, 2014

Vendakkai Puli kuzhambu | Ladies Finger Tamarind Gravy | Okra Tamarind gravy | South Indian Kuzhambu Recipes

ladies finger tamarind gravy

This Vendakkai Pulikuzhambu or ladies finger tamarind gravy is again a signature recipe of my MIL. My Mothers preparation of the Kuzhambu would be slightly different from this version. Will soon post that version also. We can keep this kuzhambu for 2 to 3 days without fridge also, just by heating in the night. Last week my MIL prepared this vendakkai Pulikuzhambu and I clicked the snaps. We had this Pulikuzhambu with potato roast

You can view some kuzhambu recipes below
okra tamarind gravy

How to make Vendakkai Pulikuzhambu

Preparation time: 12 min | Cook Time: 20 min 
Total Time: 32 min | Serves: 5
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Ladies Finger / Okra / Vendakkai - 1/4 kg
Onion - 2 medium sized 
Tomato - 2 medium sized
Tamarind - 1 gooseberry sized 
Grated coconut - 4 tbsp
Garlic - 3 to 4 cloves (optional)
Fenugreek seeds - 2 pinch
Cumin seeds - 1/5 tsp
Chilli powder - 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp 
Turmeric powder - 2 pinch
Curry leaves - few 
Coriander - few
Hot water - 1/2 cup for soaking tamarind 
Water - as needed ( around 2.5 cups )
Salt - as per taste

1. Wash and Chop the ladies finger and fry it with 1/2 tsp of oil for 5 min. Set it aside. Soak the tamarind with 1/2 cup water to get tamarind extract.

2. In the same kadai, add another 1 tsp of oil and add onion, fry for few min. Add tomato and grated coconut. Fry them nicely.

3. Transfer the content to the mixer grinder and grind to the fine paste. In the same kadai, again add the oil and when hot add the mustard, Urud dal, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds. Add the onion and garlic and fry till onions are soft. 

4. Add the remanding tomato, curry leaves and coriander leaves. When they become mushy, add the chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and turmeric powder.

5. Add the fried ladies finger, water and the tamarind water. Cook for 5 min. Add the ground paste and cook again.

6. If the gravy is thick, add some water. Check for the seasoning and switch off the stove.

7. Serve the spicy vendakkai puli kuzhambu with rice.

vendakai kuzkambu

Tasty and tangy Vendakkai Pulikuzhambu  is ready 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mango Oats Smoothie | Healthy Smoothie Recipe | Breakfast Smoothie Recipes | Mango Recipes | Oats Recipes | Summer Special Drinks| Smoothie Recipes

Oats and Mango Smoothie

Mango and Oats Smoothie is a yummy and healthy smoothie, which I tried recently. It is a very filling breakfast smoothie. I had mango pulp which I bought long before and it is going to expire soon. Actually thought of doing Mango Lassi or Mango Lemonade, but want to make it a bit healthy and included oats, dates and milk and that, prepared this healthy Mango and Oats Smoothie. If i have prepared this with fresh mangoes, it would have been much more tastier than this.

You can check some summer special recipes below
Blueberry Milkshake
Strawberry Lassi
Almond Banana Carrot Smoothie
Dates Almond Milk
Apricot Milkshake

Mango oats smoothie

Mango and Oats Smoothie for breakfast

Preparation time: 12 min | Cook Time: 0 min | Total time: 12 min | Serves: 3
Recipe Category: Smoothie | Recipe Cuisine: International


Mango pulp - 1 cup
Hot milk - 1 cup
Cold milk - 2 cups
Rolled oats - 1/2 cup
Dates - 5 to 6
Honey - 1/4 cup or as per taste
Ground cinnamon - 1/4 tsp + 2 pinch for garnishing 


1. Dry fry the oats for 3 to 4 min, until they become light brown in color. 

2. Wash and deseed the dates. Soak in hot milk for 10 min or until mushy. 

3. Transfer the dates, oats to the food processor and add in the mango pulp, honey, cinnamon powder and milk to it and grind it.

4. Garnish with extra ground cinnamon and serve it. 

Mango and oats

1. If you want you can add oats directly without dry frying it or you can even soak oats in hot milk and grind it. 
2. Add fresh mangoes for more tastier smoothie. 
3. Adding ground cinnamon is purely optional. 
4. You can replace the milk with almond milk or soy milk.

Tasty healthy delicious Mango and Oats Smoothie is ready for the breakfast

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