Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Arusuvai Friendship surprise and my first perfect Coconut chutney !

Hi friends,

Recently I received the Arusuvai Friendship surprise ingredients from Trupti of "Recipe Center" . She send me two packets along with a handwritten letter (I must say , you have very nice handwriting Trupti :) . The packets were numbered 1 and 2 and she gave a hint about the ingredients. I guessed the number 1 packet, which was Garam Masala. The brighter number two powder packet seemed very familiar when I tasted a pinch of that powder. It had the taste of Garlic and I came to the conclusion that it is similar to the Dry Garlic Chutney powder (in Indian stores they sell it by the name "Thechaa" which me and V buy often). I e-mailed Trupti and she told me the answer
Number 1: Maharashtrian Garam Masala
Number 2: Kandyacha Masala (Goda/Black Masala with Onion and Garlic)

Please click the above link to visit Trupti's blog for the recipe to prepare these. I loved the taste of the number 2 powder, though it exceeded my spicy-meter to the extend that I kept running to the fridge and back to taste the powder again and back to the fridge :D That's what my love for spice does to me :) Trupti writes in her blog that , this powder can be added as a masala in various curries and can also be smeared with oil and had along with chapathi. Guess I didn't add the oil to it the first time I had it just like that ! But I had fun!

Anyways with all this happening, I decided to use these spice powders in various curries. I used it in the following dishes:

1)Chilly Chicken (dry and gravy version)
2)Soyi bhajjilli Ghassi (post in progress)
3)Along with Dosa as a dip (used the Kandyacha Masala smeared in oil) [refer pic in this post]

Now coming to the experimental part with my Preethi mixie:

It was purchased it from Perfect Peninsula and was delivered within few days. I am still following the instructions to clean the Mixie when its used , by using water and soap and running it for few seconds. Its like caring for a baby :) No rough handling , very careful while using it:)

I made the coconut chutney of my dreams with it. It was then V also realized what we were missing all this while with Dosa. Coming to Dosa/Idli, I am now making much better Dosa/Idli batter which ferments better than before and I use the proportion of Rice:Urad as 3:1 .

Here is the coconut chutney recipe (I was an expert in making these chutneys before marriage and now I proudly made it after a long gap) The coconut chutney I like is finely ground grated coconut, thick, very less watery:

Grated coconut: 1 cup
Green Chillies: 3 numbers
Ginger: 2 big slices
Curry leaves: 3-4 leaves
Coriander leaves: 2-3 strands with leaves
Salt as per taste
1 tablespoon chopped onion (optional if you don't like its taste in coconut chutney)

For tampering:

Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds: 1 teaspoon
Oil: 1 teaspoon

How I made it:

Add the ingredients starting from bottom to top excluding the ingredients for tampering. This is to make coconut grating as the last ingredient going inside the Mixie. Add 1/4 cup water or as required to properly grind the coconut. Grind the ingredients together until it forms a very finely ground chutney.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil and add Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, wait until both splutter and then pour it over the coconut chutney. Serve chutney as dipping along with Dosa, Adai dosa (yes you should try that combination , refer the pic above for that :) ], Idli.


Divya Vikram said...

lovely pics..loved the way u have served the dosas with chutney and podi..

Shubha Ravikoti said...

wow... looks lovely.... so ur a part of the arusuvai chain now.... i am glad...cooooool.....
i got to know about this arusuvai just 1 month back... saw a post in kamala's blog.... its a very nice concept :).....
the kanda lasoon chutney is my favoirite.. i rememebr they used to with it along with vadapaav in mumbai... yumm yumm.. the dosa looks gorgeous...:D.... and congrats on ur new mixie... i got an indian mixie too... but.. unfortunately for me.. its fuse went off...:( "prestige zinda baad"

Now i use durabrand mixie i got from walmart.... the prestige rests until my next trip to india...:D

sowmya said...

nice pictures..dosa looks crispy..love the chutneys..

ranji said...

very very happy roopa that now u both can enjoy various chutnies now:)..chutney loks delicous..i also make the same...love the presentation looks like the winking snilie;)

Uma said...

nice use of surprise ingredients. the chutney and the dosas look lovely.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

hey there!! Am here after a long time.... How've u been??/ The chutney looks yummy!! and the dosas look erfect too :)

SMN said...

Lovely ukin chuteny and dosa..

Nikhil Narayanan said...

These crispy dosas remind me of what I used to call them...
Cotton Sari Dosas...don't they resemble starched cotton saris :D

Asha said...

Beautiful green chutney!

kamala said...

My fav dosas with chutney and podi.Looks soooooo yummy

Roopa said...

divya,soumya, ranji, uma,smn,asha,kamala: Thank you a lot for your nice comments friends:)

Shubha: hey do you want to be a part of it too? or are you already one? If you are interested please email me at roopavij@gmail.com . Sorry to know about your mixie, you know I got this after such a lot of buttering my husband! so iam caring it like a baby! :)) ...is the duraband good?
also I too got to have kanda chutney with vada pav recently at a maharashtrian friend's house. Loved it soooo much !!

Nikhil: That was a nice comparison:) Yes they indeed look like those starched cotton sarees:))

Nanditha Prabhu said...

hey sorry yaar! for not dropping by before... i promise to make up for that:)
your dosas look delish...passs on the thambali to me:)

Roopa said...

Hi nanditha, its nice seeing you here,thanks for the comment:) sure will pass on the thambali virtually the next time i make it ;-)

Trupti said...

Hi Roopa,
I am doing good. Thanks for asking. How are you?

When you left me msg abt arusuvai post, I left comment on this post but I think you forgot to publish or may be I made some mistake. That's ok.

I am glad that you like spices. If you will use fresh onions then masala will not last long so it is better to use sun dried onions.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

hey roopa, thanks for visiting my blog and for the words of encouragement! glad i cud meet you! idakk idakk blog okke visit cheyyaan varoo :-) BTW, great looking dosa, superb!

Roopa said...

Hi Trupti, I am sorry fr replying late. I appreciate you writing back again. I did not receive your first reply for this post, so I thought of letting you know about it again :) By the way I am still using that garam masala that you send:) The other powder got over :( I will prepare it soon though :)

JZ, Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am sorry for the late reply as I was busy in shifting my location. Surely will visit your blog from now on:) Thanks for the compliment:)

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