Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Marinated Chillies / Moar Milagai

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"Make hay when the sun shines" goes the famous saying. I would re-frame it as "Make marinated chillies when the sun shines" ;)

Yes! Hot.. hotter.. and hottest is the summer now and this is when you can make all your vadams(fryums) and moar milagai varieties.


I have a lot of nostalgic memories about grandma making vadam and moar milagai at home. Me and sis used to sit in the terrace to safeguard it and would easily blame the squirrels for every vadam we eat up ;)


This time grandma was sweet enough to make and bring some for me :)


So just thought of posting about it and her secret methods are gonna be revealed here....


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There are four types of moar milagai that granny makes. Each of it has its own taste and is yumm is all sense. Goes great along with creamy curd rice :)

Marinated chillies/ Moar Milagai

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You can use Long green chillies or the fat and short ones to make this variety of moar milagai.

Ingredients:

Long green chillies/Short and fat chillies - 1 kg
Sour Butter Milk - 1 Lt

Asafoetida(perungayam) - 2 tsp

Salt - 3/4 cup


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Method:

Wash and slit the chillies lengthwise, make sure you don't completely cut them off from their stalks. Carefully make a very small slit in the small variety. Now soak it in the buttermilk mixed with salt and asafoetida. Allow it to marinate for 2 to 3 days.

Remove the chillies from the butter milk and dry it on a thick plastic sheet under the hot sun. Soak the chillies in the buttermilk again at night. Dry it again the next day and carry on with this process for 3-4 days. The chillies would turn pale and yellow as in the picture, by the time it gets dried well.


Store them in air tight containers. You can preserve it for almost a year.


Fry them in medium hot oil for a while till it turns dark brown and crisp.

Serve it with creamy curd rice. Yummy moar milagai is ready to eat :)



Stuffed Marinated Chillies / Stuffed Moar Milagai


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Fat chillies are chosen to make such stuffed marinated chillies. Ramanathapuram is famous for this variety of chillies.

Ingredients:

Fat chillies - 1 kg
Fenugreek (Vandhayam) - 4 tsp
Cumin seeds (Jeeragam) - 5 tsp
Coriander seeds (Dhaniya) - 5 tsp
Asafoetida (Perungayam) - 4 tsp
Sour Curd - 1 cup
Salt - 3/4 cup

Method:

Wash and slit the fat chillies in the center to open it up like a pouch.

Coarsely grind fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, asafoetida and salt together without adding water.

Now fill in the ground ingredients into the slit made in the chillies.

Soak the filled chillies in the curd and allow it to marinate for 2 days. Remove the chillies from the curd and dry it on a thick plastic sheet under the hot sun. Soak the chillies in the curd again at night. Dry it again the next day and carry on with this process for 3-4 days. The chillies would turn pale and yellow by the time it gets dried well.

Store them in air tight containers. You can preserve it for almost a year.


Fry them in medium hot oil for a while till it turns dark brown and crisp. Serve with curd rice.

These stuffed chillies are slightly hotter than the other varieties. Meant for fiery ppl :)


Marinated chilly patties / Moar milagai vadai

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This is pretty similar to the stuffed chillies but with a small difference in the method and a big difference in the taste :)

Ingredients:

Chillies - 1 kg
Urad dhall (Ulutham paruppu) - 1 cup
Fenugreek (Vandhayam) - 4 tsp
Cumin seeds (Jeeragam) - 5 tsp
Coriander seeds (Dhaniya) - 5 tsp
Asafoetida (Perungayam) - 4 tsp
Mustard seeds (Kadugu) - 3 tsp
Sour Curd - 1 cup
Salt - 3/4 cup

Method:

Soak the urad dhall in water for 2 hours and grind it into a coarse and thick paste adding just enough water.

Coarsely grind fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and asafoetida.

Grind the chillies and salt together into a coarse paste too without adding water.

Now mix the curd, urad dhall paste, coarsely ground seeds, mustard seeds and the chilly paste together into a thick mixture.

Now make small patties with the mixture on a thick plastic sheet and allow it to dry under the sun for few days until it is completely dry.

Store them in air tight containers. You can preserve it for almost a year.

Fry them in medium hot oil for a while till it turns dark brown and the mustard seeds in it starts crackling.

Make curd rice even more yummy with this accompaniment :)

Enjoy making. :) Happy eating :)


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All credits and a big thanks goes to grandma for this lovely delicacy. :)

Written by: Nithya
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48 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran said...

More milagai vadai is very new to me never tasted it.........love the varieties & the cute moram too.Excellent with curd rice.

Preeti Kashyap said...

I love mor millagai..its a heaven when you haven them with curd rice :)

PranisKitchen said...

nithya all this milagi looks so delicious.really interesting one.all the four grandma's special milaki are superb..my favorite is moar milagi.mom used to prepare that at home..really eyecatching shots.thanks for sharing this recipes

Kairali sisters said...

Love these Vattals..Beautiful clicks and presentation Nits...Amazing...

Love
Kairali sisters

Madhuri said...

Perfect summer preparations. Love it. Nice photography.

kamala said...

Moar milagai looks yum the more milagai vadai sounds different and new to me.

Priti said...

Reminder that summer is here..lovely pics..

Gayathri Anand said...

Moar milagai vadai is new to me ...hmm thanks for sharing the recipe ...will have to try it ...lucky u got it from grandma ...hmm love the moar milagais ...asusal ...lovely click...

Geetha Achal said...

I love it very much...LIke the way u presented...awesome

Happy Cook said...

My hubby loves these chillies I buy few packs when i am in India. Neve rmade them home .

Anncoo said...

WOW! These sound super hot!!

DEESHA said...

what a coincidence .. I just posted this in my blog

Nitha said...

Looks so perfect.. I am seeing the molagu vadai for the first time.. Good idea though :)

divya said...

Wowwwww.. beautiful clicks..

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

வாவ்வ்வ் ரெசிபி அசத்தலா இருக்கு.எனக்கு மோரில் போட்டு செய்வதுதான் தெரியும்.மத்ததெல்லாம் புதுசா இருக்கு.கண்டிப்பாக ஊரில் செட்டிலாகும்போது செய்து பார்க்கிறேன்....

Priya said...

Wat a fabulous marinated chillies, love it with curd rice...makes me nostalgic..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Whenever I am on vacation in India, I make it a point to buy it from stores. Never attempted at making it at home.Lovely!

Gita Jaishankar said...

I miss moar milagai...I love this with curd rice...love all your different varieties of milagais...looks good :)

AdukalaVishesham said...

these look awesome..looks like evryone's makign great use of the bright sun outside.. just saw this at another blog..

SS said...

Great pics

Pavithra Srihari said...

what a post man !!!You have almost given the whole history about it and I dont think anyone will ever want to look out somewhere for this recipe. Perfect with all variations .

I like those cute morams ...

Hari Chandana said...

Ha Ha Ha.. What a coincidence !?.. Same pinch nithya..

Moar milagai looks perfect dear.. I too make stuffed chillies.. we call them menthi mirapa.. Awesome clicks as usual..

Yummy Team said...

Excellent clicks!! Thanks for sharing.. My mom usually prepares this and bitter gourd vattal..Loved it with rice and curd..

kitchen queen said...

lovely moar mulagais to have with curd rice.

Panchpakwan said...

Ohh wow lovely..perfect with curd rice.

Lovely presentation.

Turmericnspice said...

We love mor millagai and is the best combo with curd rice:) awesome pix

Jennifer said...

Nithya besides Preethi's idea of eating these with curd rice, how else are they used? Are they also used as an ingredient in making food like sambar too?

Thanks for sharing and telling so much. This is what a food blog should emulate!! :)


Yummy Team...Wow bitter gourd vatthals like this- that would be heaven for sure!!

Aps said...

Niths i never tried making them home... as i have restricted them to enter my kitchen....:D I love them nd once i ate so so much tht not only my stomach was burning but i had a problem in :D
But stil i love it :)
pics r awesome :)

Anuradha said...

Wow... wonderful clicks of milagai. I am just wondering if those milagais look really really cute as in ur pics... :)

Anuradha said...

Lovely pics... The chillies look amazing. I wonder if the chillies look this pretty in reality as in ur pics...

Anuradha said...

Nice

Anuradha said...

Do the chillies look so yummy as in ur pics?

jeyashrisuresh said...

my mom too makes this , but u have so many varieties. love the cute pictures in the "murram".

Parita said...

Very detailed and nice post dear! My dad loves these chillies, never even thought of making this at home, bookmarked!

Rekha shoban said...

perfect for the summer...nice to have with curd rice...nice click nithya!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Love this with curd rice always,and your clicks are too too good,very professional and bright!

rekhas kitchen said...

Love those moar milagai but milagai vadai is very new to me thank u so much for the recipe Nithya lovely pic. and cute morams so beautiful...

M D said...

Hello Nitya, I loved ur More Milagai. We grew up eating these and mom and grandmom took immense efforts to make these. They look so beautiful owing to the way u have presented them. Wow!

Suma Rajesh said...

oh my gosh..thats my fav...loved each and everthying snap dear...its mouthwatering..

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! We call it as Balaka ..Lovely pics ..My moth started watering!

Vrinda said...

These r my all time fav...awesome pics

Sayantani said...

wow Nits...thats an incredible job done. loved the marinated chillies and the vadais. lovely clicks.

Padhu said...

I love this with curd rice!!

Divya Vikram said...

Very very pretty pictures.. Looks delicious and perfect with curd rice..

GayathriRaj said...

hey wow nithyaa...thats really interesting....when i saw ur clicks i remember my mom making those...i love them and iuse to get it from india....really grandmas recipes are evergreen and cannot forget them too....thanku for sharing and reminding me of such great recipes....

sowmya's creative saga said...

goes so well with curd rice..love it..

Dipika said...

Wow...no words....seriously i hunt for words whenever I visit ur blog ..the clicks are so amazing that it automatically drags my attention...n next is the recipe ofcourse...Keep gng...gr8 blog to learn..Thanks Nithya :)

SubrajaNagaBalaji said...

Lovely dishes .... Feel like trying them on the spot ......

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