Ragi Puttu & Thalattu paattu

When my daughter was born i was desperately searching for some tamil thalattu songs, but my grandmom couldn’t recollect any. I was able to find only half a song from aunt. I wish my ancestors had written few songs on some kalvettu 😉

I would like to publish at least that half song so that everyone can enjoy.

தூரி தூரி என்று சொல்லி என் கண்ணே நீயும் கண்ணுறங்கு
தூங்காத கண்ணுனக்கு  என் கண்ணே நான் துரும்பு கொண்டு மை எழுதி
உறங்காத கண்ணுனக்கு என் கண்ணே நான் ஓலை கொண்டு மை எழுதி
சுத்தி சுத்தி புளிய மரம் என் கண்ணே சுழித்து வரும் பாலாறு
பாலாற்று தண்ணியிலே என் பாலகனும் நீந்தி வர (தூரி)

For my daughter i substituted the word “balagan” with “pattu kutty” 🙂 If you want the tune , please call me..LOL. With this beautiful song running in mind let us get to the recipe which i tend to prepare frequently these days. Ragi (Finger Millet) also called kelvaragu is rich in calcium and it is the first semi-solid food given to my daughter. She used to love those. If time permits i shall blog later about the food prepared for babies at different stages. Now let us get to the recipe.

Ingredients:
Ragi flour – 2 cups
Sugar – 3-4 tbs
Grated coconut – 2 tbs
Salt
Method:

1. Take two cups of ragi flour in a bowl. Add little amount of salt. Sprinkle water little by little and knead the flour. Stop adding water when the flour makes small balls when you take your fingers through the flour round and round.

2. Try to break the lumps as much as possible.

3. Now place the flour on idly tray or you may use a stainless steel sieve with a dry cloth inside it. (Sieve idea is from my mom and it is an easy way to cook most of the stuff these days like kozhukattai , ragi sevai , ragi puttu etc) Support the sieve with an inverted plate or a stable cup.

4. Steam cook the ragi dough for around 10-15 mins. Taste the cooked ragi. Raw ragi causes stomach upset.

5. Now for sweet version mix the cooked ragi with grated coconut and sugar. For spicy version temper with mustard seeds, urid dal, curry leaves, green chilies and little bit of chopped onion and mix with ragi.

This is a very healthy dish. Adding ragi as much as in diet is really good for health. Now that heart attacks are more prevalent change in diet is more essential. I was sad when i heard about chef Jacob. I used to like his style of cooking and his interaction with kids.RIP chef Jacob.

Murukku

These beautiful red tulips are this year’s gift from our backyard. Murukku had been one of my favorite snacks right from my childhood. Amma always used to keep the containers full when we come back from school. Though many know the recipe I just wanted to keep this post to give mom’s touch to this blog and for memory. Hope you too enjoy this.

Ingredients:

Idli rice – 4 cups (soak for 5 hrs)
Roasted chick peas – 1+ 3/4 cups (pottukadalai – grind to fine powder)
Red chilies – 8
Butter – 2-3 tbs
Sesame seeds – 1 tbs (You can use black or white, your choice)
Ajwain seeds – 1 tsp (Omam)
Salt
Oil

Method:

1) Grind one cup soaked rice with red chilies to fine paste.Once the red chilies are finely ground ,add the remaining rice. Grind using less water. (Batter should be thicker than dosa batter)

2) Bring butter to room temperature. Grind roasted chick peas and sieve the powder.

3) Mix rice batter, roasted chick peas powder, sesame seeds, ajwain seeds and butter.

4) Heat oil for deep frying in a shallow pan.

5) Take small amounts of batter in the murukku pidi and squeeze onto a plate or spatula and drop in the oil.

6) Fry murukku in oil and drain the oil.

7) After murukku cools, store in a container.

Tasty snack ready. Enjoy!!

Sesame crackers and Pencil drawing

Yesterday’s snack time was pretty interesting.We had few sesame crackers and mixed fruit smoothie.We have a hard core fan of Alton Brown at our house(who else than my DH..LOL). Here are his recipes with slight variation.

Sesame crackers:

Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup
Poppy seeds – 1/4 cup
Wheat flour and all purpose flour ratio = 1:1 (Here I’ve taken 4 oz each)
Olive oil – 2 tbs
Water
Salt – 1 tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp

Method:

1) Mix all the dry ingredients and whisk them thoroughly.Add olive oil and blend it through out the dough.

2) Add enough water(approx 4 oz) and knead the dough well and let it rest for 10-20 mins.

3) Roll the dough to a thin sheet and cut as per your choice and lay them on the baking sheet.

4) Bake them at 450 F for 3-4 mins on one side and another 2-3 mins on the other side.Let them cool down completely and then you can store them in air-tight container.

Crunchy crackers are ready…


Mixed fruit smoothie:

You can consider any berry or fruit for this smoothie.Here i have used mango,peach,strawberry,blueberry and raspberry.Use half cup of milk and half cup of plain yogurt.Blend all these along with half spoon of brown sugar.You may skip the sugar part if you want.Easy and healthy mixed fruit smoothie is ready to serve.

Past two weeks i was trying few pencil drawings. This actually started from the day when my friend gave me a book on Drawing by Giovanni Civardi.I didn’t know that i can draw.All i did was exactly replicate what he did.And this fish below is the first ever try on my own.Prob you guyz should tell me how good these really are?!?!