Ginger Syrup & Ginger Candy : Ginger is used as a spice in many of the food items in Tamil Nadu as it enhances flavour and taste to them. It has nutritional value also and helps in reducing inflammation and indigestion. Here making of ginger syrup is described. It can be stored for a couple of months and the remaining ginger pieces can be used as ginger candy, known as
“inji morappa” in Tamil.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes.
1. Ginger (tender) : 250 grams
2. Refined Sugar: 350 Grams
3. Water : 1.5 Cup ( 300 ml)
4. Citric acid: 0.5 Teaspoon
5. Food Colour (any) : 0.5 Teaspoon
6. Sodium metabisulphite : 0.5 Teaspoon
METHOD: Buy tender ginger and clean it with water. Remove the skin and dice it. Put all ingredients except sodium metabisulphite in a pressure cooker and cook over moderate flame for 7,8 minutes. Then mix the sodium meta bi sulphate well in it. Remove the cooked ginger pieces and keep them aside. Store the ginger syrup in clean bottles.
Tips: one tablespoon of this ginger syrup can be added to either lime juice or orange juice. And it goes well with all tea whether plain black or with milk, cream etc.
GINGER CANDY ( INJI MORAPPA )
A piece of ginger candy after a heavy meal especially non vegetarian meal helps in easy digestion.
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
1. Ginger : The remaining ginger pieces after removing from the ginger syrup, which is approximately 250 grams.
2. Refined sugar : 125 grams
METHOD: Add the cooked ginger to the cooker along with the sugar and cook over slow flame for 3, 4 minutes mixing the sugar well so that the ginger pieces are well coated with sugar. Remove from stove and dry it in a plate in shade. Store the Morappa in jars.
Vada or Paruppu Vada: Some snacks are available easily in almost all street corner Tea shops in Tamil Nadu and people love to have them any time of the day along with a hot cup of tea. One such favourite item is ” Keerai Paruppu Vada”. It is a simple snack item consumed along with breakfast or just served as a snack in the evening with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Traditionally it is served as one of the dishes on the banana leaf along with other food items for festivals or weddings. Ingredients such as Bengal gram dhal and greens etc make it a nutritious and tasty food item.
Cooking Time : 30 minutes ( excluding the time for soaking of dhal for 3 hours)
1. Bengal Gram Dhal : 1 full cup ( 200 grams )
2. Onion : 2 no
3. G. Chilli : 3 no
4.Cloves Garlic : 2 no
5. Aniseed : 0.5 Teaspoon
6. Coriander and Curry leaves: 2,3 sprigs
7. Greens : 0.5 Cup
8. Salt : 0.75 Teaspoon
9. Oil (preferably sunflower or any refined oil): 250 ml
Wash and soak the Bengal gram dhal in enough water for 3 hours. Clean the greens and wash them well in water. Drain the water and chop them to tiny pieces. Chop the g. chili, onions, the coriander and curry leaves. Then drain
the water from the Bengal gram dhal completely and keep a tablespoon of soaked dhal separate without grinding. Put the remaining dhal in a blender along with aniseed, garlic pieces etc and grind them to a coarse pulp. To this coarse pulp add salt, one tablespoon whole dhal, chopped onions, g. chili, greens, coriander and curry leaves, and mix them well. Make small balls similar to a lime and flatten them with your hand to round shaped vadas with the edges slightly thinner. In a skillet heat oil over moderate flame. Fry them 5 or 6 at a time turning them to the other side once they are cooked to a golden yellow colour.
Tips: Adding a few leaves of cleaned chopped mint gives a unique taste to the snack. Greens suitable for this “vada” belong to the Amaranth family.
Kuzhi Paniyaram (Sweet) is a traditional snack item prepared in the households of Tamil Nadu especially in the chettinad region. It is made using a special vessel with small molded depressions in it. On special days and festival days, these paniyarams are made. Both sweet and savory type paniyarms can be made with the same dough adding different ingredients. First we can make the dough and then divide it into two portions to make both the sweet and the savory type paniyarms.