Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lunch Box Series : LBS#46 Urulai Puli Curry, Lemon Rice

We came back from a trip and I found myself behind my schedules! And on top we had to go exercise our franchise. Not one single worth person to choose but still didn't want it to go waste or be used by someone else.

We had an Artist Weekend at office where all employees were asked to exhibit their artistic talents. And what each of them came out was really amazing. Never knew I was working amidst such a talent lot! Have uploaded few of the most voted works by everybody. I knew I was going to recreate my own painting which I am doing after a decade. All these are framed and adorning our walls!

While I was doing this, I was also thinking of starting something on the lines of the pictures of what I have put up in my Spice Your Life blog about kids! These are some Random pictures but worth so much when you go through them later. More on that will be featured in that blog.

Coming to the post for the day, this is a very simple traditional Tamilian combo for lunch that we make so often. But for a change I made the potatoes in tamarind juice. This is different from this Potato with tamarind. And this Lemon Rice is the way Amma makes. The other lemon rice is how my Athamma makes. I always feel Lemon rice is so simple that it doesn't require a recipe. I was proved wrong when couple of friends expressed that they don't know how to make it!

Today's Lunch Box had

Lemon Rice
Urulai Puli Curry
Rasam with Rice
Curd Rice


Uruli Puli Curry

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 250 gms
Onion - 1 big
Tamarind - small lemon size
Salt to taste
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Oil - 2 tsp

Curry leaves
Mustard + Urad dal - 1/2
Green Chillies

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak the tamarind in water. Once it is soft extract the pulp. The extract should be thick.

Peel the potatoes and chop into chunks. Make a marinade of tamarind, chili powder, coriander powder, salt and turmeric. Keep it aside for 10 minutes. Then pressure cook till the potatoes are soft.

Heat a pan with oil. Add the seasoning. Once they splutter, then add the onion juliennes along with the green chilies and sauté well till the onions are brown. Then stir in the cooked potatoes along with the masala. Mix well. Cook on high for 2 mins. Simmer for 5 - 10 mins till the curry is thick.

This can be made dry also by roasting it well, but little gravy makes a great combo with Lemon Rice.


Lemon Rice!

Ingredients needed:

Cooked Rice - 1 cup
Lemon - 1 medium
Green Chillies - 4
Turmeric a pinch
Oil- 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Seasoning

Bengal Gram - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Ground Nuts - Hand full
Cashew Nuts - 5 - 10
Green Chillies - 1 slit
Curry Leaves a few

Method to prepare:

Soak rice for 10 mins and pressure cook the rice with 2 cups of water. Once the rice is done, transfer to a bowl and let it cool. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of oil over the rice to make the grains separate.

Extract the juice from the lemon.

Heat oil in pan, add all seasoning items, fry till they are light brown in colour. Add the Lemon juice and Turmeric. Add salt and cook till the raw smell leaves.

When done, add the masala over the rice and mix well. Adjust the sourness according to your taste.

Serve with Urulai Puli and enjoy!

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Superchef said...

the urulai puli curry sounds delicious! a welcome change to the regular potato curry..

jayasree said...

Artistic weekend is a nice concept.

Pulic curry with urulai is new to me. Sounds deliciious and easy.

Parita said...

I love potato and tamarind combination..I am sure it would have tasted delicious :)

Priya said...

Potatoes with tamarind as curry, very new to me..sounds delicious...Artistic weekend seems very nice to bring out all our artistic talents..Great concept!

Kayal said...

urulai puli curry is totally new for me and they look delicious

srikars kitchen said...

sapita varalama?? looks perfect & YUmmy..

Chitra said...

Uruali puli curry is new to me,worth give it a try!!for lemon rice we add hing,rest the same:)looks nice:)

indosungod said...

Everyday food makes you feel good. What a fantastic lunch Valli.
Adding tamrind to potatoes is something new for me.

Pooja said...

Urulai puli is looking delicious..

Pooja said...

The urulai puli curry looks delicious. An unique one! Love the artistic weekend concept for showcasing the talents!

Laavanya said...

Urulai puli curry has my mouth watering even as I say it.. delicious lunch.

Divya Vikram said...

Wat a coincidence. Imade lemon rice n potato fry for our lunch box today..This sounds like a different version.

Simran said...

How do you find so many lovely ways to cook potatoes. And such cute names for them too :)

Cham said...

What a tangy taste potato, should be great with curd rice!

Cilantro said...

Delicious lunch...good concept at your work place, a great learning process too.

mommyscuisine said...

Thats delicious potato curry. love that lunch box menu.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Cutepic... we never know whats within each of us... the lemon rice and puli curry are just tempting and a perfect lunbox item(s)...

anudivya said...

Lemon rice is such a classic lunchbox meal. And the urulai curry is very different.

Helene said...

What a great dish, it's all new to me. Sounds like something I would love.

Shreya said...

love the urulai puli curry! Amazing lunch:-)

Kamini said...

I could eat those potatoes off the screen!

Ashwini said...

Love the combination of potato and tamarind. Looks delicious and yum.

Alka said...

How i wish i could pack such delicious, healthy and filling lunches for hubby dear, but the great man that he is, he finds it difficult to carry lunch boxes in the train journey towards his office.And the laptop that he needs to carry is heavy enough to make his excuse sound genuine
Loved all the lunchbox series of yours and same is true for this one :-)

Jayashree said...

Nice pic....the combo of potato and puli sounds good.

homecooked said...

Wow...the urali puli sounds so good :) Something new and different for me....lovely pics.

janu said...

Tried this urulai puli curry!! Gave a different taste to my taste buns!! loved it!!

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