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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Arusuvai friendship chain

This post has been a work in progress for a very long time. First, the courier guys messed up....for some weird reason they returned the package that Nirmala sent me and told her that I "don't exist".Hello, there people of the wonderful courier world.....I've got news for you, buddies....Do you think this blog just writes itself???
Luckily for me, it turned out that Nirmala and I live not too far from each other...so she had the package hand delivered to me by her brother.....and I cooked something with it almost immediately, but was a little busy travelling...and so didn't get around to posting until now.
Alright, so let's get talking about the secret ingredient that Nirmala sent me. It smelt wonderful....Nirmala's letter said it was her amma's special recipe....I could make out that it had a LOT of dhania in it.....I tasted a little bit of it.....and mailed N a few of my guesses. The second or third one turned out to be right and I knew that what I had was nothing other than rasam podi. So, what did I make with it???
The first thing I did was to make the very obvious.......RASAM, of course. Here's a pic.....no recipe, 'coz Iam sure every South Indian household has it's own way of making rasam.......and mine's no different from the millions of other recipes out there....The rasam tasted wholesome and good....we drank it as a soup and my daughter ate it mixed with rice.
What I did next is spice up some arbi(cheppankizhangu) roast with rasam powder. First, I microwaved the cheppankizhangu until it was cooked through, but not mushy and removed the skin. Then, I heated some oil, threw some mustard seeds and urad dal into it. When the seeds popped, I added the cooked arbi, some salt and the rasam powder....left it at low heat, stirring occasionally, until it turned light brown and crispy.

16 comments:

Srivalli said...

Finally..good to know that you had tough time guessing the ingredient...

Saswati said...

rasam is agr8 favoutite of mine....that bowl of yours looks yum

jayasree said...

jayashree, nice way of making use of the ingredient. BTW, I received my mystery ingredient, just y'day. Even I don't have anyone down the chain to pass it over.

Bharathy said...

Wow!so you made it!!
Had been impatiently waiting to see your great arusuvai post! :)

Asha said...

LOL!! Well... those courier people better pay her fee back!!
Dish looks great, love the yellowish orange color!:)

DEEPA said...

That bowl looks very yummy lady!!!

Uma said...

Good use of the ingredient! The rasam and the arvi looks so delicious.

Dhivya said...

Wow!rasam looking great...great way u've used the ingredient

Happy cook said...

I wouid have no idea if any one send me these ingridients.
I love rasam.
I like to drink it like that and also with plain rice and pickle

Pooja V said...

Rasama is a fav in my house, Loosk very deliicous.

Divya Vikram said...

The arbi dish looks delicious..I love them..My mom used to prepare them often

Laavanya said...

Arbi with rasam powder... now that's an idea... i love arbi a lot..looks good.

vandana rajesh said...

Thanks jayasree for visiting my blog.Your rasam looks very nice.

sowmya said...

that arbi is simply wonderful,surely going to try it..

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Sunshinemom said...

Hi Srivalli, big thank you for initiating me into the Arusuvai chain. I received my 'secret ingredient' this afternoon and I made a guess what it is too!! It is getting posted on my blog right after this..........Do I have a time limit??