Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Thakkali Pachadi/ Tomato in Yogurt

Recipe No: 296
This is not a traditional Pachadi recipe, but it is something like a Pachadi and a very easy recipe that goes well with warm Rice.
Ingredients                            Serves 3
  • Oil…………………….....1 ½ Tablespoons
  • Mustard Seeds…......1/4 Teaspoon
  • Onion……………….....1/4 Cup (Cut into thin 2 cm. long slices)
  • Ginger………………….1/4 Teaspoon (chopped fine)
  • Green Chilly………….1 small (sliced thin; around ½ Teaspoon)
  • Curry Leaves…………1 Sprig
  • Red Chilly Powder…1/2 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder….1/2 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder…..a Pinch (Optional)
  • Tomato…………………1/3 Cup (cut into cubes)
  • Curd/ Yogurt………...1/2 Cup
  • Salt and Sugar to taste
Method of Preparation
  1. Heat Oil in a pan on medium heat and splutter the Mustard Seeds.
  2. Add the Onion, Ginger, Green Chilly, Curry Leaves and Salt; saute till the Onion is wilted. (Don’t let it brown.)
  3. Reduce the flame to low and add Red Chilly Powder, Coriander Powder and Turmeric Powder; fry for a few seconds till the raw smell is gone.
  4. Add the Tomato and saute till it starts to mash. (Don’t let it mash too much.)
  5. Switch off the heat and let it cool down completely.
  6. Beat the Curd so that it is smooth and add the cooled Onion- Tomato mixture. Check for the Salt and add more if needed.
  7. Mix in a pinch of Sugar so that the taste is balanced. (You will need a good pinch of Sugar if the Curd is too sour.)
  8. Serve it with warm Rice.
  • Let the Tomato mixture cool thoroughly before mixing with the Yogurt or the Yogurt may separate spoiling the whole dish.
  • The balance of sourness, sweetness and saltiness is the beauty of this dish and adding a pinch of Sugar in the end brings all of them together. Please adjust the amount of Sugar depending on the sourness of the Yogurt and your taste.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


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