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Jan 29, 2011

ராத்திரி ராஜா

Owlராத்திரி ராஜாsmiley


(புறாவின் பகல் ரகளை பற்றி ஆந்தை பாடும் பாட்டு)

வாசல் வந்து என்னை கத்தி மிரட்டுகிராயோ?
மூர்த்தி சிறிது கீர்த்தியும் சிறிது அறியாமல் - எந்தன்
வாசல் உனக்கே சொந்தம் என்று பெருத்து நின்றாயோ?
சகிப்புத்தன்மை அதிகம் என அறிந்து எந்தன் வாசலிலே
சாணம் போட்டு மெழுகி வைத்து துர்நாற்றம் தந்தாயோ?
பகல் நேரம் உனதென்று ஆட்டம்போட்டு ஊரைக்கூட்டும் மடப்புறாவே
இருள் சூழ்ந்த "இரவுகளின் ராஜா" நான்தானே
உன்தூக்கம் என்கையில் என்பதை மறந்து விட்டாயோ?   smiley

பெருத்து = புறா மற்றவரை பயமுறுத்த உடலை பருமனாக காட்டும்.

Pigeons are messy eaters. they eat & they let their droppings in the same place, unlike the other birds. I have many winged visitors at my place during day & night. THe pigeons occupy the Owl's nesting place during the day & made the place very messy. Whereas in the nights, the owls rule the world hence pigeons cannot be seen outside as they quitely hide into the night.
பகல் நேரம் கண்பார்வை மங்கல் என அறிந்து - எந்தன்

Puttu / steamed rice cakes


PUTTU

A traditional breakfast called 'Naadan' breakfast from God's own Country.



You will need :-
  • Coarsely ground rice powder (little finer than rawa/semolina) - 1 Cup
  • Water - 1 tumbler (use only little by little using sprinkling method)
  • salt to taste
  • Puttu vessel / pressure cooker for steaming
  • Grated coconut - 1 cup
Puttu vessel  photo :

Puttu Vessel - it was given by my MIL to me. Was used in a coal stove called choola so got blackened at the bottom. My cherishable treasure.

Pot, cylinder, plte and lid


Cylinder into which we have to put the plate. which will settle at the bottom of the cylinder.

  •  Puttu is made from coaresly ground rice powder. It is available ready made in the brand names "nirapara", "double horse". Else you  may grind it to fine rava texture. 
  • Add salt to the rice powder & mix well. Sprinkle water little by little, mixing the rice powder simultaneuosly till it is little moist and crumble in texture. 
  • Cover and keep aside for 20 minutes. 
  •  Now take the puttu vessel, Fill water in the pot till 3/4th. Place it on a stove and bring to boil. In the meanwhile, put the small plate with holes into the cylindrical vessel so that it will settle at the bottom of the cylinder.
  • Put a tbsp of grated coconut into the cylinder. the coconut will gently seal the holes in the plate and prevent the rice flour from falling but at the same time allow the steam to pass through to cook the rice flour.
  • Top it with 4 tbsp of rice flour, put a tbsp of grated coconut and again top it up with rice flour and then top up with grated coconut. The filling in total should come till more than 3/4th of the cylinder.
  • Fix the filled cylinder on top of the vessel (use a kitchen napkin / towel to hold it and be careful not to touch the vessel with bare hands as it will be hot). Always use the towel to handle the vessel.. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • switch off flame. with a cloth towel remove the cylinder from the pot. Plate it horizontally on a plate. using back side of a laddle or a skewer, gently push the plate forward to get the puttu out of the cylinder.
  •  Serve with any or a combo of the following accompaniments viz., papadam (fried kerala urad papad), Banana, Sugar or with kadala curry or with coconut milk.

(Puttu can be prepared using white rice or the red rice (chemba puttu). If you don't have the special vessel, just mix the prepared rice powder & grated coconut, transfer to a clean muslin cloth, bundle it and steam in a pressure cooker)

Serving suggestion :-  Accompaniment to puttu are Papadam, Sugar, Kadala Curry, Banana, Coconut Milk.


For kadala curry recipe click here :


Kolams



These Rangolis are drawn for my neighbours when requested me, for Diwali 2010

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Maa Kaali

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