Friday, April 17, 2009

I've got mail

After a horrible teaching class with my dumb kids I came home dead beat. I had made cabbage palya in the morning, but suddenly did not feel like having rice and palya. I had just chatted with N and she had mentioned Olive garden - 'Mmmm... Olive garden, pizza and pasta yumm.."
Yes, it had to be Olive garden today - that palya could rot in the fridge till tomorrow. I called J and told him the Olive garden plan. Everything was set, J would come home and we could enjoy a lovely Italian meal. I reached home at 6.30 pm opened the mail box- a very strong aroma hit my nose. I had a special package from N!!!!!


Lovely cookies and amazing rasam powder (Karnataka style she said). Now, how can one not use this fragrant rasam powder? Move over Olive garden.


Tomato saaru:
1/2 cup toor dal
1 tomato finely chopped
1 tsp jaggery
pinch of hing
1-2 tsp tamarind paste
1.5- 2 tsp Rasam powder (Oh you don't have A&N brand rasam powder? Too bad, tsk..tsk..tsk..!)

Pressure cook the dal. Add the chopped tomatoes, hing, jaggery, tamarind paste and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook till tomatoes turn mushy. Add the dal, salt and rasam powder. Add water as needed and simmer for 15-20mins.
Garnish with corriander leaves. This saaru however was too good and hell it needed a tadka (curry leaves, dried red chilli and mustard seeds) in ghee!


It was better than my Mom's saaru (sorry kane Amma!) Thank you so much N!


  1. That's so sweet of N....and seems you have enjoyed to fullest..:)...have a gud weekend

  2. Awwwww! I came to show A your avalakki payasa :D and pics!

    Thanks so much. Will send better cookies this time. He is thankful you din't talk about them :P

  3. I am so jealous about RP! Next time when I see N, I am going beat her up to pulp! ;D

  4. wow how nice to receive a surprise package of goodies when you return home! btw.. who is N?

  5. Hi!! I have shared an award with you in my blog.. Pls accept it :)

  6. Lovely looking it with the in blr at mom's place and so totally loveing it here :)

  7. First things first! Your new template is NICE! You want to make it three column? There are tons of tutorials online if you want :)

    Now, ask N where she got the recipe for those cookies!! I am wondering if its my melting moments! :D

  8. @Priti,
    Yes,sweet no?
    J kept smelling it saying 'same ooru thara saaru"!! Those cookies were good ya, RP was out of this world!
    mm..Not sure about beating her to pulp! You won't get your RP than!!
    A&N...delectably yours....the one who has a baking obsessed husband...
    I am soooooooo JEALOUS
    It still looks very yuck when viewed on a PC- those stupid blue borders don't go away. I had to sit J with me and make him do all this! Hahhaaa...will ask her!

  9. Gimme that A&N RP...gimme that (singing in McD fillet fish style)..hey pass on N's address will ya..wanna talk some business..
    Or why don't you just eat those cookies and pass on the other packet to me?? Never knew a rasam post can bring in so much jealousy...gosh drool drool drool...
    Haa got ur suggestive now you want me to tell the world how I spend my entire day and in the process let my hubby know about my secret indulgences..great going gal you are asking for a post that can end in some bloodshed over here...psst psst...about the inspiration thing..well now you have truly inspired me for that damn post...ideas are coming and going down the drain while washing the dishes. Will get a plumber soon and post it on my damn blog..


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