Monday, July 28, 2008

Vangi Bath ~ Weekend Cooking and a new look!

Change is the only consistent thing in this life! One can't escape what changes life brings to one, happiness is when when one can adapt to those changes. I guess in general, life sounds exciting when you have a new overlook or a new thing happening to us. But if you ask me, I am more of a routine, mundane person, though I don't mind the changes, life has brought to me, if its something related and within my scope, I never get bored with the same thing. But hey colours bring in lot of happiness right. Few friends have been telling me, that I got to change the template atleast. I looked through few but was always coming back to this one. I like white background, so best would be to change the header!

How do you like the new header? I thought this suited my theme and title! With the four seasons and four seasonal cooking style. I somehow loved that Boar getting BBQ! It took me back to those wonderful childhood dreams, spent reading Asterix, the gaul. I even imagined wild boars will be available in India and all I had to do, was to visit a forest and lo I will find Obelix running behind one! Anyway childhood is the wonderful period in one's life, and those dreams are what we sail our life on! Do let me know if you face any issues with the imagine loading and viewing. I will be very glad to know your feedback.

Yesterday being Aadi Krithigai, we cooked vegetarian for lunch. The temples all over the area, were crowded and hustling busily with all the abhishekams and other poojas. And I finally got a chance to make Vangi Bath. Vangi Bath is something, that I had always wanted to make but the timing was never right. Yeah a vegetarian Sunday lunch was what I was looking for. There is really no fun in cooking for myself alone right! I remember the flavoursome, Vangi Bath from the days when Amma used to make. At parents home, Saturday was always dedicated to a Vegetarian feast, so we have lot of choices and Amma always indulges us.

Finally, here comes the Vangi Bath, the best way to enjoy Brinjal. I do think, if you are a person who hates Egg plant, this is the best way to start liking it!

The items on the menu

Vangi Bath
Cucumber Raitha
Tomato Rasam
Ragi Papad
Curds
Bellam Annam


Vangi Bath ~ Curried Egg Plant Rice


Ingredients Needed:

Rice - 1 cup (200 gms)
Brinjal / Egg Plant - 250 gms
Onions - 2 medium
Mustard + Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 10 leaves
Green chillis - 2 long
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 3 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp

For the Masala

Copra (Dry coconut) - 3 tbsp
Whole coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Bengal Gram - 3 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Whole Pepper - 10 nos
Red Chili long - 4
Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 2"
Maretti Moggu - 1
Oil - 1 tsp

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak rice for 10 - 15 mins. Pressure cook it and keep it aside.

The ingredients for the ground masala, need to be roasted in oil. So heat a pan, and roast each of them one by one. Allow it to cool, then grind to a fine powder. If Maretti Moggu is not available, use clove. And even fresh coconut can be used.

Trim the Brinjal ends and chop them to long pieces. Soak them in water. else they turn brown.

Then heat a big pan with oil, add mustard, urad and curry leaves. Once they start spluttering, add onion juliennes. Sauté well. Based on your spice level, you can either chop the green chilis to small pieces or just slit them in middle. Add to the onions and fry well.

Then drain the water from the brinjal, add to the onions. Sauté on high flame for 2 mins. Then simmer, add turmeric and salt. Mix well and sim the flame to low and cooked it for 10 mins.The brinjals should get tender with its own steam. Remove the lid and add the ground masala. Mix well. Cook this for 5 mins.

Then add the cooked rice and mix well. Adjust the spice and salt. I retained some masala, so added little more based on the taste. Add ghee and mix well and let it rest in sim for 5 mins for rice to get the masala.

Since this tends to be spicy, the cool cucumber raitha goes well.

Cucumber Raitha

Cucumber - 100 gms
Curds - 50 gms
Salt to taste
Pepper - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare

Wash, peel and grate the cucumber. Since it has lot of water, just beat the curds and add to this. Add the salt and pepper and serve with Vangi Bath.

Ragi Papad

These are traditional papad made with Ragi flour. We have a marwari family for neighbours and one day I saw the aunties tolling over big vessels full of ragi grains. Out of curiosity, asked what they are going to make. I was really surprised when I was told they were preparing papads with Ragi. They also made with Rice flour. If you ask me now for the recipe, I must confess it sounded so very complex to me what they accounted. It sounded so laborious and difficult. So they made these and so sweetly gave some for us to taste, I am more than happy to enjoy the result. They said they store these for a year. The papad tasted so yummy, we really couldn't believe. Konda just snacks on these. One day I think I will muster the courage to ask for the process again and prepare it myself. For now, enjoy the pictures! I googled on this but couldn't find anything related to this recipe. So I know how traditional this must be!

The twins for a change indulged us by taking an afternoon nap, with a heavy tummy that was god's gift! And the evening was so pleasant with showers! How was your weekend?

And before I forget, I have finally managed to update most of the Food Blog List - By Cuisine, do check and get back to me if any issues! Will try to complete it by today!

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40 comments :

Arundathi said...

love the new look! and i enjoy vangi bath. the weather was so nice yesterday - a nap would've been perfect! :)

Nags said...

i love the header! i caught a glimpse of it in my reader when u were testing it out i think ;) its really good!

sra said...

That's a cute header, did you do those little graphics yourself?

SMN said...

Hey Valli the thali looks yum. i always like this wholesum thalis which has everythng..

jayasree said...

As nags said, me too , has a quick glimpse of it when u were testing it. Lovely one. Suits the blog title.

Yummy thali.. Raagi papads - something new.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow valli that's agreat pic looks very mouth watering

Priti said...

Header looking so nice and cute...very nice selected pictures...and meal looks fantastic

Kamini said...

Very nice new look, Valli.
And oh, how I loved (and still do!) reading Asterix comics! I used to (and still do!) roll on the floor laughing.

Kamini.

Jayashree said...

Like the new header.....

kamala said...

Love the new header Valli...Vangi baath looks yummy..and the raagi papad too..Never heard abt this before

Ben said...

I love change. I think that's the only thing I look forward in my life, LOL. The header looks lovely. I like it a lot :)

Sangeeth said...

wow!great menu thr....liked ragi papad..its new for me....nice bath..

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

awesome new header sri!! loved it...colorful and flashy! ;-)

awesome spread sri!!!

Mishmash ! said...

"The temples all over the area, were crowded and hustling busily with all the abhishekams and other poojas." Its been years since I left Chennai but those lines were bringing back those scenes live again! :)

Sunshinemom said...

Liked the header very much! Like Vangi bath too:)
Valli - Just announced a color event and would love to see you in it! Got the inspiration from the event queen - no prizes for guessing who??!!!

Sia said...

Valli,
the blog header is really really cool. loved it. suits ur blog title very well.
went through ur mail today. will get bk to u as soon as possible(cant tell u exactly when, just bk from vacation and trying to finish pile of work). plz bear with me. remind me again if i forget to reply bk soon, i know i am getting bit old;)

Sig said...

Love the new header Srivalli! Very cute and fits the blog name.... :) And the wild boar.... I too used to crave for it after reading Asterix... :)

masalamagic said...

love the new header... and the lunch looks awesome - my typical sat comfort food :-)
And thanks for your kind words sri - i am with u on the change bit- i have been so swamped at work that i have not had a chance to update the blog - otherwise i am not down in the dumps like you are thinking :-) take care

Cham said...

I love changes :) The header is more suitable and colorful. I did aadi kirthikhai yest , ur plater looks delectable Valli, with Vangi bhat and with appalam

notyet100 said...

HEADER LOOKS CUTE.
THALI LOOKS DELICIOUS
VANGIBATH LOOKS YUM,..

bhags said...

so you have done it ....looks nice.

Lavi said...

Beautifull Header and Lovely Vangi bath..and raagi pappad is new to me..

Tee said...

Vaangi bhaat looks yum....I am so hungry right now and its only 10 am! :(

Loved the header...perfect for your blog...and I can actually picture Obelix running behind a wild boar ...he he he .

Shreya said...

amazing header.. really nice new look! the vangi bath looks yum!

Ranjani said...

Love eggplants in rice too- I haven't added coconut to mine, I'll try it with that addition next time around!

Mansi Desai said...

the header looks good Sri!:)

Usha said...

Like the new look and the vangi bath looks yummy :)

SriLekha said...

change in the header is looking good! there is a tag for u in my blog!

Vani said...

The vangi bhath looks yum, Sri! I like the new header too! All seasons represented, there! and the graphics are cute!

delhibelle said...

the header is so adorable..suits your blog name perfectly!
Vangi bath and thali, both look delicious.

Nirmala said...

Lovely look Valli! And the vangi bath is so inviting. Ragi pappad looks so nice.

Divya Vikram said...

Cute header and love this rice recipe..

Cinnamon said...

The new template looks very nice Valli... it just suits the blog title...
Vangi bath and raagi papad look delicious....

satya said...

A very refreshing change Valli...Simply superb.

Uj said...

Hi Srivalli,
The header looks great!Very creative graphics.. Even I like white background :).. Vangi bath looks good. I have never tried it before as I was not a big fan of Vangi. But am planning to try this soon. Is it ok to use Chinese eggplants?

Padmaja said...

Valli!!
Superb header dear!! It looks so wonderful!! I love it!!

meeso said...

Yum, I love eggplants when they are cooked right... This looks delicious!

Cooking Station said...

new look and Vangibath ..both are good. We always liked V.B I have emailed you about Kitchen Connect.

Padma said...

Vangi bath looks yummy, never tried or tasted it yet!!

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody for stopping by and appriciating the new look. Means a lot.

Sra, wish I had..but I just got everything together.

Kamini, thats so sweet to know...heheh

Shn, glad it brought back memories!

Harini, will surely pitch..

Sig..heheh..now thats very funny!

Latha, I am glad it isn't' the case...:)

Uj, you can use that too

Cooking Station, oh what email?

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