Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Thenga Chammanthi Podi and Sister love

People who know me would have heard atleast a 100 times about ma lil sister. Yes I do have a loving, world's best, younger sister and my love for her is beyond your imagination. A sister is more than a best friend for me. If you have a sister you can understand what exactly I mean. Especially, if you belong to a two daughter home, and moreover, you are the elder one and that too married, then you are the best to understand ma love for ma sis.

We were always been loving sisters with very less friction between us during our childhood. Now that am married I really miss being with her.

Its me n ma lil sis on her 2nd b'day... Happy B'day in advance dear :-)

Ma sis is gonna come home on good friday and its her b'day too on the same day. She is away from home for her studies. Am also planning to go home on Moundy Thursday to help ma Mom with all the preparation. We do follow some traditional customs of Syrian christian Catholic family. Therefore, our relatives have planned to reunite at ma home. Ma Mom is quite busy cooking to receive the guest so I guessed she would hardly get any time to send something for ma sister back to her place. Don't worry ma Sis... I have something for you. Her course is gonna end soon and she is totally into her thesis and final preps stuff. She hardly has any time for food. Curd, pickle and rice have become her standard menu these days. I wanted to prepare something for her so that she can store it for a while. I hooked up to a recipe of chammanthi podi. Am not a big fan of it as I always prefer greens and non veg for the menu. I came across a good chammanthi podi recipe in Edible Garden. Thought I will proceed with that. Thus I prepared ma life's first chammanthi podi and do you know????? I absolutely loved it... So tasty it is. Try it... am sure you will have an extra serving of rice if you have this chammanthi podi with you.

It definitely made me cry :-( But it was worth it :-

Am sending this recipe for the cook along event of Kerala Kitchen hosted by Nags of Edible Garden. You can check for the original recipe here prepared by her. I made slight modifications and prepared it in ma style. Thanks for the tasty chammanthi podi recipe Nags.

Ingredients in the kadai, all set for stirring 

Grated Coconut : 3 Cups
Shallot : 1 Cup, finely sliced
Curry leaves : 1/4 Cup
Dry red chilli : 20 Nos
Ginger : 3'', finely chopped
Urad dal/split black gram : 2 Tbsp
Roasted gram/pottukadala : 1 Tbsp
Pepper powder : 1 Tsp
Asafoetida : 1/2 Tsp
Tamarind : 1 Lemon sized
Salt : 2.5 Tsp

Put all ingredients together except asafoetida, tamarind and salt in a clean, dry kadai.
Set the fire on a medium flame and roast the ingredients well without adding any oil.
Continue stirring well till the coconut changes to dark brown in colour and brittle.Keep an eye on other ingredients as well. Curry leaves should turn crispy, urad dal and roasted gram should be fried by the end. Shallot also changes colour into dark golden brown and must be crispy. Stir well to prevent scorching till you achieve the consistency and colour. It took around 25-30 minutes for me.
Take off from the flame and add tamarind, salt and asafoetida. Stir well.
Let the ingredients cool down to room temperature.
Powder it well and store them in an air tight container.

Happy stirring :-)


  1. U are an incredible cook..! luv ya looottts ..sis! am sure that it tastes yumm..!!


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