The flaked coconut can be stored in a ziplock bag and used when needed. You can also prepare a sugar syrup and boil the flakes in syrup. When dried you get sweetened coconut flakes. I will do a separate post for that.
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This is a flavourful thuvaiyal/ chutney using coconut and white sesame seeds. I haven’t tempered the thuvaiyal. But if serving it as chutney for dosas, it can be thinned down by adding water and tempered with mustard, urad dhal and curry leaves. I served it as a side dish for beetroot rice I prepared. It was a delicious combination and the thuvaiyal is very easy to prepare.
Rice is the staple food of south India. With out rice the meal is incomplete for us. So every south Indian household cooks rice on daily basis. Granny used to cook rice in mud pots and that rice is very good for health. Even now a doctor in Chennai asks her patients to eat rice which has been cooked in mud pot. Nowadays we use either pressure cooker or rice cooker which needs very less time to cook. But the texture of the cooked rice varies. I usually buy mud pots in various sizes ranging from smallest (to cook for 1 person) to bigger pots (to cook for 4-5persons). Though the cooking is time consuming and needs your attention it is the best way to cook rice.
Pureed tomato is used in many gravies and sauces. The red Bangalore tomatoes are best for purees because they don’t have the sour taste and have a bright colour which makes the gravy look super inviting. The skin of the tomatoes are peeled after blanching. The tomatoes are then ground to a fine puree. This can be stored in fridge or can be frozen.
Vellaripalam is the fruit of cucumber. It is not easily available in markets. When we travel to Theni, there are some villages in the route. Ladies sell this fruit in front of their houses. I never miss that opportunity to buy this fruit. The fully ripe vellaripalam should have a crack on its skin. Only then the flesh will be soft and it tastes great. Today is the third week of Bloggin Marathon #18 and I am posting under Indian Basics.