Thakkali curry/Tomato coconut curry-South Indian Recipe

Tomato coconut curry in a stone pot
Tomato coconut curry

I decided to write about this recipe(Tomato coconut curry)when I saw Amma was in a hurry to go to work and asked me what you want today? I said anything easy for you to make. So finally she decided to make this recipe which is actually made with simple ingredients and it tastes delicious. I just like to eat simple food. For me my Amma is the best cook in the world. I will never get tired of her recipes even if I’m eating her moru curry for one week. At the eighth day, I will remember the thing that I was having this for the past one week and I didn’t come to know, and then I will yell at her and on the very next day she will switch the recipe to ullitheeyal. 🙂

Ingredients for tomato coconut curry

Ingredients:

1 medium sized red onion

4 medium sized tomatoes

3 or 4 long beans(optional)

half coconut grated

2 green chilly

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

red chilly powder-optional

curry leaves- as required

mustard seeds- as required

salt- to taste

coconut oil- as needed

2 or 3 red chilly

water- as required

Method:

Slice the onion. cut the tomatoes into cube sized pieces.cut the long beans into 3 inch long pieces.put the tomatoes, long beans, green chilly, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt with enough water to cover the ingredients. Cover the tumbler with lid and cook till the tomatoes are well cooked.

Grind the coconut and cumin seeds with water and pour this mix to the cooked tomatoes and boil it. Finally, when the raw taste of coconut is gone, switch off the flame.

Pour some coconut oil, when the coconut oil is heated, put some mustard seeds and when the mustard seeds splutter put the red chilies and curry leaves and pour this to the cooked tomato gravy. The curry is done. Serve this with rice, puttu or quinoa.

How to make delicious “KUTTUPAYASAM”

Kheer is a rice pudding from the cuisine of the Indian Subcontinent, made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli with milk and sugar; it is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashews, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert. It is also known in some regions as payasam, payasa, phirni, gil-e-firdaus and fereni”

This is a type of payasam used to save in the temples of Kerala. When there is some function like festivals, they used to serve these payasam to the people. As growing up I remember waiting for this payasam my grandmother used to take  with her from temple, she will carry  the payasam in the leaves of banana. The love and care she used to carry that all-way long from temple to home may be the reason, this is one of my favorite recipes in kheer.

This only need few ingredients which will be easily available in our home or near by Indian grocery store. I’m not using any sugar in it because it’s unhealthy. It will taste good if we are using freshly grated coconut.

Ingredients:

1.Broken matte rice -3/4 cup

2.Jaggery                 -As needed

3.Ghee                     – 2 tbsp or as needed

4.Cashew-nut        -2 tbsp or as needed

5.Coconut               – grated coconut from half coconut

6. Water.                – triple the amount of rice if using pressure cooker, or

                                  as needed

Method:

Cook the rice with water in a pressure cooker. Melt the jaggery and filter it because jaggery won’t be in its pure form and contain impurities. Fry the cashew nuts in the ghee and set aside. Mix the grated coconut with the cooked rice and stir it to a medium thick consistency. Switch off the flame, put the fried cashew-nut in the rice and payasam is ready to serve.

*PS-if you are vegan, it’s optional to use ghee

Reference – Wikipedia

5 New Year resolutions that everyone can make

Resolutions written in a paper
Resolutions

So let’s see what are the five simple resolution ideas that everyone can make 🙂

1.Start doing something you love

 “When you start doing what you love to do, you will never work another day”. Starting a blog was one of my biggest dreams and I was thinking it for almost 7 months. I searched a lot of websites because I’m not a pro and there is a lot to learn. I started it by the end of December and I felt it like one of my biggest accomplishment 🙂

2.Traveling

 Traveling will give you a lifetime full of memories, understanding different cultures, knowing about their cuisines and lot more. This year I wanted to Travel to India. Traveling to India is not a very hard thing for me because I’m an Indian and I can travel to my country anytime I want, but there was a lot of restrictions from both the financial point of view and all those traveling hassles.It’s almost a 24-hour journey from the USA to INDIA. But finally, I did it.

3.Accomplish one thing you fear the most

 Do one thing you fear the most like bungee jumping, paragliding or simple things like getting a tattoo. Getting a nose pin was one of the hardest decision I ever made. Because while I was growing up I always wanted to look like boys and I don’t like getting my ear’s pierced or getting my nose pierced and even my father didn’t like the idea of piercing my ear and I finally pierced my ear when I was 10. I came to that decision when everybody in my school started calling me a boy, even though I secretly want to look like a boy at that age, I partially don’t like the idea of looking like boys because I had a huge crush on earrings of other girls. And the end story I got a nose pin on Jan 6, 2017. Getting a tattoo is also one thing on my wish list.

4.Reading every day

 Reading every day. It sounds easy but it’s very hard to keep up a routine. Start from 5 pages weekly and increase the pages.

5.Writing gratitude journal daily

 Just like I said in my earlier post, giving gratitude is a simple thing we can do in an everyday life. So far so good. I’m writing the gratitude journal for the past 3 months and I want to continue it. It makes me feel really good with what I have, rather than worrying about what I don’t have 🙂

7 things we can do for a quality life

1.Gratitude

Giving gratitude is a simple thing we can do on an everyday life . We are lucky if you have a roof above our head. If we are writing some thing positive it will give us a positive attitude towards life . You don’t have to buy any expensive journal for this you can even write it in a plane sheet of paper. If you want to make it a bit more fancy you will find millions of website to take printout of gratitude journal for free.

2.Reading

Reading something inspirational everyday can give us a positive way of thinking even if we are down. THE WILLPOWER INSTINCT by Kelly McGonigal is a very good book that will give you simple explanations for lot of things and how to get will power to do something.

3.Meditation and Yoga

The benefits of yoga and meditation are endless. It will give you deep relaxation both mentally and physically. A five-minute body muscle relaxation exercise will help you to have a peaceful sleep.Do both meditation and yoga daily, make it as a routine.

My favorite book for yoga  is LIGHT ON LIFE by B.K.S Iyengar, though the book is partly written for yoga teachers ,everyone can benefit from this book .

Exercise:

Exercise daily, even if it is for five or 10 minutes it will create a positive change in our brain without our knowing.

4.Minimalism

Throw away those unwanted things which we no longer needed or using.Buy only those things which we are sure we are going to use it for a longtime. It will help our mind to declutter.

5.Avoiding Junk Foods

Eat healthy for at least  3 or 4 days in a week and make it as a routine. Healthy foods definitely includes home cooked foods.

6.Planner

Planning a day ahead has shown proven benefits to declutter our brain in many ways.

7.Love yourself

The  most important thing is loving yourself, how can someone lead a positive life if you are not taking care of yourself both mentally and physically. So start loving yourself 🙂