Sunday, February 26, 2012

Have you heard of "Ramasseri Idly?"

Ramasseri, an offbeat village in Palakkad is known all over Kerala for the idlis it makes—the delicious Ramasseri Idli. Spongy and soft, Ramasseri Idli is slightly different in shape from the conventional idlis. It is a little flat and round. Ramasseri Idli is eaten with Podi mixed in coconut oil. The beginning was from a Mudaliar family living near Mannath Bhagavathi Temple in Ramasseri near Elappully.

The recipe of Ramasseri idli dates back to about one century, which again is a trade secret. The Muthaliyar family had migrated to Palakkad from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. The new generation in the profession says that the secret of the recipe and taste were handed down to them from the older women of the community. Now the idli business is confined to four families in Ramasseri. Selection of rice is very important in making Ramasseri idli. Usually the varieties used are Kazhama, Thavalakannan, Ponni etc.

The taste depends on the boiling of the patty itself. Drying and dehusking are also important and need to be done in a particular way. The combination of rice and black gram is also equally important. For 10 kg of rice, one kg of black gram is used. Idli is made only after four hours of fermentation. Steaming of the idli is done on a cloth covered on the mud pot using firewood. This allegedly provides a special taste to the preparation.

Additional Info : Making of Ramasseri Idli [VIDEO],  take a look:

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

South Indian Food Battle: Idli vs Masala Dosa vs Medu Vada

We have all faced this dilemma when entering a Restaurant serving SouthIndian dishes. Today lets analyze the three to know who’s the best.


Calorie counter                               

  •   2 Idlis contain 160 calories
  •   1 Masala Dosa contains 280 calories
  •   (Plain Dosa 150 calories)
  •   2 Medu Vadas contain 260 calories
So if you are on a diet go for Idli without doubt!

Which is more nutritious?
Idlis and Dosas are good source of protein. Medu vada , as it is deep fried is high in cholesterol.

Hungry Kya?
If you are a person with a large appetite then a plate of  Idli wouldn’t satisfy your hunger, may be Tatte Idly can help to some extent bcos of the bigger size. Masala Dosa can be quite filling and all these items are pocket friendly also.

Conclusion All three dishes are great in their own way, but the humble looking Idli is the healthiest option for today’s weight & health conscious consumer.

If you’re still confused then it’s best to order Idli Vada and have a bit of both!   What Say?

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Grammy 2012 WINNERs' List: Adele Sweeps Music's Biggest Night.

If there ever were a doubt that this was Adele's year, the 2012 Grammys put any speculation to rest! The British songstress swept the awards, winning a staggering six golden gramophones. During her numerous acceptance speeches, the singer made sure to thank her fans, radio station support and most importantly her mum, who sadly couldn't join Adele on her big night.

The other big WINNERs of the night were the Foo Fighters - who won four awards, including Best Rock Song and Rock Album. Shocking many in the Best New Artist category was Wisconsin native Bon Iver, who upset the likes of Nicki Minaj and the Band Perry.

The night of celebration had a decidedly more somber tone this year as the music industry mourned the sudden death of Whitney Houston. Jennifer Hudson's moving rendition of Houston's hit 'I Will Always Love You' barely left a dry eye in the house. Other musical icons such as 'Soul Train's Don Cornelius and Etta James were also remembered at the event.

For a short list of the night's big WINNERs, see the roundup below. For the entire list pls check on the link below.    Take Care & Keep Rocking.

Album of the Year
- '21' - Adele -- WINNER
- 'Born This Way' - Lady Gaga
- 'Wasting Light' - Foo Fighters
- 'Loud' - Rihanna
- 'Doo Wops & Hooligans' - Bruno Mars

Record of the Year
- 'Rolling in the Deep,' Adele -- WINNER
- 'Holocene,' Bon Iver
- 'Grenade,' Bruno Mars
- 'Firework,' Katy Perry
- 'The Cave,' Mumford and Sons

Song of the Year
- 'Rolling in the Deep,' Adele -- WINNER
- 'Holocene,' Bon Iver
- 'Grenade,' Bruno Mars
- 'All of the Lights,' Kanye West
- 'The Cave,' Mumford and Sons

Best Rock Performance
- 'Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,' Coldplay
- 'Down By the Water,' The Decemberists
- 'Walk,' Foo Fighters -- WINNER
- 'The Cave,' Mumford & Sons
- 'Lotus Flower,' Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
- 'On the Backs of Angels,' Dream Theater
- 'White Limo,' Foo Fighters -- WINNER
- 'Curl of the Burl,' Mastodon
- 'Public Enemy No. 1,' Megadeth
- 'Blood in My Eyes,' Sum 41

Best Rock Song
- 'The Cave,' Mumford & Sons
- 'Down by the Water,' The Decemberists
- 'Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,' Coldplay
- 'Lotus Flower,' Radiohead
- 'Walk,' Foo Fighters -- WINNER

Best Rock Album
- 'Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul,' Jeff Beck
- 'Wasting Light,' Foo Fighters -- WINNER
- 'Come Around Sundown,' Kings of Leon
- 'I'm With You,' Red Hot Chili Peppers
- 'The Whole Love,' Wilco


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Indian restaurants-on-wheels becoming hip in US.

Food Trucks serving Indian cuisine are becoming hip across the United States. These restaurants on wheels, some of which claim to be serving gourmet and off-beat foods, have become popular in California, New York, Texas, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.

With interesting names-"Curry Up Now", "Naan Stop", "India Jones", "Dosa Truck", "No Tomatoes", "The Desi Food Truck", "Bansuri Indian Food Truck", "Copper Chimney"-they offer eclectic Indian fares of dishes with creative titles, like "Punjabi By Nature Burrito", "Deconstructed Samosa", "Mumbai Madness Dosa", "Roti roll-up", "Calcutta Royal Biryani", "Slumdog Dosa", "Indian Evening Breakfast" (4-9 pm), "Lassi-pop", etc.

Well known Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that cuisine of India, which was characterized by sophisticated and subtle use of various spices and herbs, had a remarkable influence on cuisines across the world. Curry originated in India and over 1,200 Indian food products had reportedly been introduced in the US since 2000.

Various items served at these food trucks included buttery kathi-rolls, dal-rice, korma, parantha, saag, dosa, samosa, curry, butter-chicken, biryani, mango-lassi, masala-fries, chicken tikka-masala, roomali roti, shammi-seekh-gola-burra kababs, ginger lassipop, etc.

Some such food trucks are reportedly using social media, including Twitter and Facebook, and other creative marketing tools and attracting long waiting lines of loyal customers. One describes itself as "a travelling culinary carnival"; some have ever changing menu; one aims to serve genuine street foods of Chandni Chowk and Chowpatty; one defines dosa as "sourdough crepe".

Its time for the Indian Street Food to conquer the World…….what say?                 

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