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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Puliodharai and my first Event announcement

In our house anyone who thinks of my mom will surely remember the delicious puliodharai she prepares. I have never prepared it. One day when I was talking with her, I asked her for the recipe. I tried it at once and it has become a hit at my home. Both hubby and daughter loves it. Whenever my mom visits one of  my aunts she will prepare a jar full of thokku to give to her sister. While returning, she will prepare it for them for their future use. While going on tours, puliodharai will be the star dish. My mom has a lot of fans among friends and relatives for this particular puliodharai. So I tried reproducing it. It will take another two or three times to attain perfection. Any how it was so yummy.

Ingredients For Thokku/Paste:
Till Oil(Nallennai)-1/2cup
Peanuts(Nilakadalai Paruppu)-1/2cup
Channa Dhal(Kadalai Paruppu)-1/3+1/6cup
Urad dhal(Ulundamparuppu)-2tbs
Curry Leaves(Kariveppilai)-a handful
Red Chilly(Milagai Vatral)-4
Turmeric powder(Manjal Podi)-1/4tsp
Salt(Uppu)-to taste
For the Powder:
Urad Dhal(Ulundhamparuppu)-1tbs
Channa Dhal(Kadalai Paruppu)-1tbs
Methi seeds(Vendayam)-1tsp
Red Chilly(Milagai Vatral)-12-15
Coriander Seeds(Kothumalli Vidai)-1 1/2tbs
Sesame seeds(Ellu)-2tbs(optional. See P.S)

1. Dry roast the ingredients given for the powder until golden brown. Roast each ingredient separate. Grind to a fine powder.
2. Soak tamarind and extract juice. The juice should measure 4 cups.
3. Heat oil, add peanuts. When slightly roasted add channa dhal and roast every thing till golden brown. 
4. Add mustard, urad dhal. When splutters add asafoetida, curry leaves, turmeric powder and red chillies.
5. Add the tamarind extract and let it boil.
6. Add salt to taste. Keep the pan covered. When water content reduces, the paste will splutter a lot.
7. When 90%of the water is evaporated, add the prepared powder. Give it a nice stir.
8. The paste will leave oil. Switch off stove.
9. Allow it to cool. Store in Jar. You can refrigerate it for more than a week.

10. For Puliodharai: Cook required quantity of rice.
11. Spread it on a wide plate and allow it to cool.
12. Take some paste and slowly mix it with rice. This procedure has to be done gently without breaking the rice.
13. Add paste according to your taste. Enjoy

P.S: When adding sesame seeds in the powder, the paste will not leave oil. the seeds tend to absorb all the oil. Don't panic. If you mix with rice then the oil will be there to make your rice delicious.
Adding sesame seeds is optional.

Now coming to the next topic:
I am very happy to announce my very first event today. While I was thinking about of lot of dishes to post in my blog, I remembered some of my childhood favourites which mom used to make for us. To be frank, I really don’t know the recipe for most of those dishes. So if I have to prepare, I have to call my mom. Every one reading this post might have gone through this experience.
Why not bring those wonderful dishes to the world? We will walk through our memory lane and try to remember some of the yummy dishes mom made, prepare it and share with others.
We will concentrate on regional dishes. Not anything international or baked. Ask your mom or mom-in-law or grand mother or elders of the family for the exact recipe and try to reproduce it the same way. Let’s go regional. Please explain the details of the dish and the reason why you love it, in your blog.

               Walking Through The Memory Lane

Rules Of The Event:
1. Please post a regional dish which was prepared by your mom during your childhood days.
2. No baking and international recipes please!
3. You can also send archived entries.
4. Please link your post to this announcement page.
5. Please use logo to spread the word.
6. Only Vegetarian Recipes accepted. Please omit eggs also.
7. Mail your entries to gayathrisevents@yahoo.in in the following format
         Your Name
         Your Blog's Name
         Your Recipe's Name
          Url of the Recipe
8. I will copy the image from your post. You don't have to attach a photo.
9. Non-Bloggers can also send in your entries. Please send the recipe along with the photo to my email-ID.

This is the final day of the week long Blogging Marathon we are running. Please do check out my friend's posts for many more interesting recipes.
30 Minutes Meals: Gayathri Anand
Baked Goods: Monika
For On Going Events: Usha 
Kids Friendly: PJSavitha, SmithaSrivalliVeena Aravind 
Rice Varieties: ChampaDivyaPadma


  1. delicious Puliodharai.. And I love your event. It's true it's Mom who is your ideal cook and sharing their special recipes is a very cute concept. will send my entries soon!!

  2. Thats a delicious puliodharai, very interesting event Gayathri, definitely will send my entries..Happy hosting dear..

  3. Congratulations Gayathri on your first event and you have chosen a lovely theme. Happy hosting dear :)

  4. best wishes gayatri. Till when can i send the entries???


  6. Finger licking dish-pulikachal looks so tempting.And very nice theme for event.Can I send in an entry which can be called south indian in origin,but no region specifically.We used to pester my mom to make it often.

  7. Hey,

    Tasty puliyodarai...Nice event...will participate...Check out mine as well..Event on oats recipes in my blog for this month!!:)



  8. I think my comment got lost!..I love pulihora and a lovely event too..will ask Mom and send something..

  9. something new to try! looks tasty gayathri! thx for sharing. HAPPY HOSTING!

  10. Looks good. Good luck with your event.

  11. Love puliyodarai...looks really yumm...:)
    nice event,I had similar thoughts for the event,was lazy enough to do it...happy hosting!!!
    all d best!!!

  12. Veena, You can send in your entries till April
    Thank You Divya.
    Yes Rajani, you can surely send it.
    Thank you friends.

  13. Puliodharai is tempting..good to know about your event..I am going to send my entry immediately..

  14. yummy and mouth watering puliyodharai.

  15. nice recipe for puliyodhirai, happy hostin !!

  16. I too prepare puliyogare by same method...My all time fav.Nice event dear,will try to send my entry...

  17. Excellent Puliodarai, And wonderful event, Gayathri - my blog is a tribute to my mom and this event will be an extension of my constant walk through memory lane :) Will surely participate!

  18. All the very best Gayatri and good luck for your event. I'll send mine...
    Tempting looking dish..
    Hamaree Rasoi

  19. All the best with your event dear and will try to send something though I must admit days are very hectic for me these days.
    Keep visiting.


  20. எங்கவீட்டிலும் இதே மாதிரி தான் செய்வாங்க...எங்க பாட்டி நாங்க எங்க டூர் சென்றாலும் இந்த புளிசாதமும் பருப்பு வடையும் சுட்டு எடுத்துப்பாங்க...மலரும் நினைவுகள்...

    கண்டிப்பாக கலந்து கொள்கிறேன்...பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி...

  21. My favourite! In fact in the hostel Amma used to give me jar of the thokku which my room-mate and I used to share almost everyday till it got over!

    I am sending my entry to your event.

  22. Pulliodharai look tangy n yummy.
    All the very best for hosting such a lovely event..i hav to say the event name is too cute..
    Count me in:-)

  23. yummy pulliodharai made absoutely delish..love it !!! Congrats for hosting ur first event !!! Lovely event will send u my entry !!

  24. Delicious pulihora....and all the very best for the event....I will definitely cook up something.

  25. Delicious Puliyodharai. Will surely participate in your event

  26. Great recipe of puliyodharai.. tangy and yummy.. and congrads on starting a really good thoughtful event..

  27. puliyodharai looks super...congrats on your first event...


  28. I always wanted a puliodharai recipe and this one looks delicious... Nice event too...

  29. Delicious puliyodharai. Can imagine how good it is when tried from mom's recipe.
    Happy hosting on your first event. Will definitely send my entries.

  30. My fav. rice always moms recipes are best ...Nice event will send my entires too ..Happy hosting

  31. Delicious puliohare...Great event.. will try to send some entries...


  32. pulihora looks very similar to what we make at home....my fav...looks yum!
    nice event...will try to send in something..happy hosting!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  33. Mouthwatering recipe and photos.

  34. Lip smacking puliyodharai.I am in to ur event.

  35. wow...thats tempting n appetizing..

  36. Good one and wishes for your event gayatri :)

  37. Puliodharai looks delicious! Nice event gayathri, will try to participate. I will add it to my events page on my blog.

  38. Nothing beats a spicy puliodharai with potato chips!!! oh yum, yum!!! Mouth-Watering Gayathri!!!! Nice Event!!! Happy Hosting!!!

  39. Nice event..will try to send my recipe.
    1st time here, you got a lovely blog.. Gald to follow you.

  40. Just happened to visit your blog. You have a wonderful collection of recipes. I'm specially attracted to your sweets and snacks collection. :-) Glad to follow you.. Shall definitely try to participate in this wonderful event too :-)


  41. I love puliyodarai.Can have it anytime and all the time :)

    Lovely theme for event.Count me in.Happy hosting...

  42. Loved the theme for the event and m participating

  43. Lovely event theme.. Sending my entry your way.
    Bhalo Khabo

  44. Nice event Gayathri!!! Will try to send my entry!


  45. And ya happy to follow u :)


  46. Nice event !!!will try to send some...love to help u...and adding ur event to my blog..

  47. Hi dear just posted two recipes for your event. Happy Holi to you dear

    Hamaree Rasoi

  48. Happend to see this event by chance. I have to say this- I love your theme, it's different from the usuals. Thanks for giving us this opportunity, will try to send my entries. Happy to follow you, too. Cheers!

  49. Looking forward to be part of this event ! I can think of a million things mom cooks, but I need to make them too ! Happy to follow you on ur blog too :) Do visit my space sometime !
    Mom Chef

  50. will send my entry..happy to follow you


  51. Would love to participate too!

  52. Hi Gayathri,
    Sent my entry to this event. Hope you have recived it.

  53. Hi Gayathri,
    I saw about your wonderful event in some of my blogger friends space loved the idea. I made something today and will post it soon and send the entry to you.Loved your wonderful blog too.

  54. Gayatri just sent in my entry. Hope you rec'd it

  55. Lovely theme for the event. Have sent you my recipe.Thanks for hosting the event.


  56. yummy puliodharai.will send my entry,
    happy to follow you.


  57. Better Late than Never, Finally I was able to post my entry and sent it you. Love this wonderful idea, makes me nostalgic. Thanks for bringing such memories to us through your event. :-)

    Yum! Yum! Yum!


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