Makkan Peda

Only recently did I have a chance to taste the Arcot famous Makkan Peda but have heard of it several times from TH whose description about it always made me drool and I realized it was not over exaggerated when I tried it. I was a little too ambitious to try out a big batch of this sweet  for Diwali that too with whole wheat flour in place of maida. However, it turned out very good and tasters appreciated it and so I am entitled to let out the recipe now.

Makkan Peda

Adikaram: விருந்தோம்பல்

Kural: 83

வருவிருந்து வைகலும் ஓம்புவான் வாழ்க்கை
பருவந்து பாழ்படுதல் இன்று.

Meaning:

One who entertains guests on a daily basis shall not be blown away by poverty.

Makkan Peda
Yields 25
Arcot famous Makkan Peda - Nuts stuffed Gulab Jamun
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1. Unsweetened Khoya - 250 g
  2. 2. Whole wheat flour - 150 g
  3. 3. Milk Powder - 50 g
  4. 4. Ghee - 1 tbsp
  5. 5. Baking Powder - 1/2 tbsp (can replace it with 1/2 tsp of baking soda)
  6. 6. Curds - 3 tbsp
  7. 7. Chopped nuts (almonds & pistachios) - 1/4 cup
  8. 8. Melon seeds - 3 tbsp
  9. 9. Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  10. 10. Rose water - 1 tbsp
  11. 11. Sugar - 500 g
Instructions
  1. Take the khoya and knead it as smooth as dough by smearing a portion of it at a time on a working surface with the help of your palm-heel.
  2. Add sifted wheat flour, milk powder, baking powder together and then add kneaded khoya, curds and ghee to it.
  3. Knead into a soft and smooth dough with light hands by using few drops of milk or water if required. The dough must be softer than chappati dough but must hold shape when rolled. Rest the dough for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile prepare stuffing by mixing cardamom powder, crushed nuts and melon seeds in a small bowl.
  5. Pinch small portion of say 20 g and roll it. Make it into a small cup shape, fill a half a tsp of stuffing and roll gently into a smooth ball or flat peda without cracks on surface. Repeat for entire dough.
  6. Mix sugar with equal amount of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer heat for 5 minutes and turn off stove. Add rose water to it.
  7. Deep fry the pedas in heated ghee in medium flame carefully without burning or sticking to bottom.
  8. Drain the pedas and drop them immediately into hot sugar syrup and let them soak for a couple of hours at least.
  9. While serving garnish the makkan pedas with the stuffing mix.
P.S
  1. * Over working on dough or using tough hands make makkan pedas tight and hard.
  2. * Too much milk powder or/ and khoya would make the pedas burn on surface while frying and end up having undesired texture.
  3. * More than enough baking powder/ soda will render too soft peda that'll soak lots of sugar syrup and disintegrate.
  4. * Fried pedas must be dropped into hot sugar syrup for soaking well.
Grammars of cooking http://grammarsofcooking.in/
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Dhaniya Thuvaiyal / Coriander Seeds Chutney

During my childhood, when in village we were served four meals a day. The farmer community exerts more physical energy and are hungry often which was perhaps a reason for this practice. The extra meal around 6 in the evening was usually some thuvaiyal/ thovial or keerai – karathanni or mor pachai pulusu or kaatu rasam along with piping hot steamed rice. 

Virai kotthamalli thovial or dhaniya thuvaiyal is one of my favorites in the list. Coriander seeds have good detox properties, are especially good for women’s health, are rich in iron, they are antibacterial and then we all know they aid digestion. But I’d count them just as excuses to relish such a mouthwatering thuvaiyal with hot rice and a dollop of ghee.

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Dhaniya Thovaiyal

Adikaram: விருந்தோம்பல்

Kural: 82

விருந்து புறத்ததாத் தானுண்டல் சாவா
மருந்தெனினும் வேண்டற்பாற் றன்று.

Meaning:

Even if it is ambrosia that gives immortality, it is not appropriate to eat that by avoiding a guest.

Dhaniya Thuvaiyal
Serves 2
Coriander Seeds Chutney
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1. Coriander Seeds - 1/2 cup
  2. 2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. 3. Horse gram - 1 tbsp
  4. 4. Tamarind - 2" strip
  5. 5. Dry red chilies - 4
  6. 6. Salt as per taste
Instructions
  1. Soak tamarind in warm water for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, roast horse gram in it until it splutters, add coriander seeds to it and fry until it browns a bit and nice aroma emanates out of it. Collect them in a mixer jar.
  3. Fry the chilies in the same pan and add them to the jar.
  4. Add soaked tamarind, salt to the jar and grind with some water as required into a fine, thick paste.
  5. Collect in a small bowl and serve alongside steamed rice with a drizzle of ghee.
P.S
  1. * It stores in refrigerator for a couple of days but is best and flavorful when fresh.
  2. * Goes well with curd rice as well.
  3. * Horse gram can be replaced by urad dal, adding of dal is my additon for better texture; however my mom uses neither and it is good too.
Grammars of cooking http://grammarsofcooking.in/
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Lunch Box Idea 30

Lunch Box Idea 30:

1. Phulka.

2.  Tinda Sabji (Apple gourd side-dish).

3. Paneer, cucumber, olives & tomato salad.

4. Buttermilk with salt and cumin powder.

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Adikaram: விருந்தோம்பல்

Kural: 81

இருந்தோம்பி இல்வாழ்வ தெல்லாம் விருந்தோம்பி
வேளாண்மை செய்தற் பொருட்டு.

Meaning:

The very purpose of household is to render a warm hospitality to the guests.

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Lunch Box Idea 29

Lunch Box Idea 29:

1. Lobia Masala (Cowpeas in tomato gravy)

2.  Jeera rice (made as per my convenience)

3. Greengrapes

4. Bhujiya (Store bought)

5. Bananastem juice 

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Adikaram: அன்புடைமை

Kural: 80

அன்பின் வழியது உயிர்நிலை அஃதிலார்க்கு
என்புதோல் போர்த்த உடம்பு.

Meaning:

The person is complete with love, otherwise he/ she is made of bones and skin.

 

 

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Lunch Box Idea 28

 Lunch Box Idea 28:

1. Paneer Veg Chappathi rolls.

2.  Tomato Ketchup

3. Greengram Sprouts with Pomegranate & Coriander

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Adikaram: அன்புடைமை

Kural: 79

புறத்துறுப் பெல்லாம் எவன்செய்யும் யாக்கை
அகத்துறுப்பு அன்பி லவர்க்கு.

Meaning:

Even when the physical organs are fit for a person what is it useful for if he/ she is incomplete without love inside.

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