Wednesday, January 25, 2012

#3 : Kuralakaram

'Kuralakaram' is a spice powder mix used to season vegetables. This adds a beautiful nutty flavor to the vegetable . esp eggplant and potato. Every time someone comes through India , my mom in law sends a small bag of it across . Last summer when she was here visiting us , I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to learn to make it .

  • 1/2 heaped cup Channa Dhal
  • 1/2 heaped cup Urad Dhal
  • 2 tsp Dhaniya
  • 15 Big Dry Red Chilli
  • 1/4 tsp - Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp - Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp - Fenugreek powder
  • 1/8 tsp - Asafoetida
  • 2 tsp - Oil
  • Salt to taste     
  1. Heat oil in a skillet . Add in the channa dhal , urad Dhal , dhaniya , red chillies and roast for 5-7 mins on medium flame until the dhals turn deeper in color . Make sure to keep stirring or else the mixture might burn 
  2. Add the mustard seeds , cumin seeds and fenugreek powder and continue roasting until the mustard seeds splutter . Turn off the stove 
  3. Add asafoetida to it and and let it cool completely 
  4. Dry grind the dhal mixture and 1.5 tsp of salt to a powder 
  5. Can store in an air tight container for 4-6 weeks

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