Sunday, September 26, 2010

Guest Post - 30 : Today's Guest - Indu

Today, Indu from khatta meetha theeka is with us. She is an English graduate. She loves to travel, cook, etc. Her blog focus on Vegetarian Indian Cuisine. Now, let us hear from her...

Nithu's Kitchen : Tell us about you Indu.
Indu : I am an English Literature combined with psychology graduate. I am a contented housewife with a caring husband and a lovely daughter and I take care of the entire household duties,plus out door work also.I also like to socialise a lot. We have kitty parties and invite each other to our houses and prepare dishes and play housie games etc. I also love cooking a lot which has brought me into this blogging world.

Nithu's Kitchen : What are your interests?
Indu : I am interested a lot in travelling.You can also call me a travel freak because as a family we love to visit different places within India as well as outside India and roam here and there exploring and wandering. I also love singing and reading books and also browsing the internet and exploring different websites and googling some informations which I would love to know. I have also taught conversational English for the vernacular medium persons who are so eager to learn english and flaunt the language on their own. In this way I got to interact with different kinds and communities of people who would share their curiosities and interests with me. It was wonderful preparing myself for each day on how to deal with them and study them and try to fulfil their wish of speaking good english since they used to be very enthusiastic while entering the class. I love cooking and experimenting with various new dishes and calling over people and making new dishes for them.

Nithu's Kitchen : Share us one unforgettable and interesting incident.
Indu : I can narrate one interesting episode regarding an elderly woman in her 60s who was a U.P hindi language person and who was so badly wanting to talk in english.Of course that time I was young and in my early 20s.She used to ask me so many curious questions in hindi and ask me to translate them into english for her. She literally used to byheart whatever she learnt and her pronounciations were not accurate so I used to concentrate on that too. with great difficulty she did manage to talk something slowly and lo you could see the joy on her face.She gave me a big hug and told me that she too could speak Angrezi (English) and that was very cute. She thanked me so much that I was embarrassed.Anyway I felt nice that I could atleast help someone to learn something which they are very eager and sincere to learn.

Nithu's Kitchen : How did you enter in to this blog World?
Indu : My daughter is instrumental in encouraging me into entering this blog world. She appreciates my cooking and asked me why I should not bring my talent out and share it with everybody.

Nithu's Kitchen : How long have you been blogging and at present how many posts you have in your blog?
Indu : I have now been blogging for 1 1/2 years I have 156 posts at present.

Nithu's Kitchen : How do you enjoy blogging?
Indu : I am so glad that I got an opportunity to expose my culinary skills and interact with various people and also share their experiences.

Nithu's Kitchen : What cuisine does you blog focus?
Indu : I am well versed mostly in South indian and North indian vegetarian cuisine. I put up different varieties of both.

Nithu's Kitchen : What do you have today to share with us?
Indu : I'm sharing the recipe for Hanuman Vadamalai. I am a very ardent Hanuman Bhakt right from childhood. we have always made it a point to put vadamalai to lord Hanuman off and on. Besides I love the crispy vadais with the pepper taste.Whenever my mother brought the vadamalai I used to grab lot of vadais and have them. I learnt how to make these vadais and so I decided to share it with everyone so that we can make vadais at home and garland lord Hanuman whenever we want.

Method :

1. Wash the Black Urad dhal 1 cup and soak it in water for 10-20 minutes. Drain the water and add jeera,black pepper corns and salt to the dhal and mix thoroughly. Leave this mixture for 20 minutes.
2. Now grind this urad dhal which was soaked in water and drained and grind this without water.
You should not put even little water while grinding but grind as it is. The paste is ready and a little coarse.
3. Take a small vessel(dawara) invert it, put a small wet little thick towel on top of it. Now take small balls in your hand place it on the wet towel on top of the inverted vessel and slowly with your fingers, flatten the batter and make it quite thin. While flattening it you can also make a small hole in the middle when it is on the towel itself.
4. Take a kadai heat sufficient oil and put these vadais one by one and the flame should be very low. Keep turning up and down till it gets a brown colour. It takes time to cook since the flame is quite low, but then only it will be crispy. Remove the vadais after they turn brown , one by one and put them on a plate.
5. The vadais are ready for neivedhiyam. Take a neat string and put these vadais one by one and put it around God Hanuman.

Nithu's Kitchen : Thank you so much Indu for your wonderful guest post and delicious Hanuman Vada recipe.
Indu : Thank you Nithu for this wonderful question and anwser session. I enjoyed it very much and thank you once again for featuring me as your blog's guest.

Friends, hope you all love Indu's unique and delicious Vada recipe. If you are interested to be featured as Nithu's Kitchen's Guest, please do drop a mail to nithuskitchen[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Elaichii said...

Good to know about Indu! Loved her vada malai recipe. i used to make this a lot couple of years ago for Hanumanji!

Suji said...

Vada malai looks divine.and it was great to get introduced to Indu

Akila said...

good to know about our fellow blogger indhu and vada maalai recipe is great...

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Glad to know about Indu. Loved the vadamalai recipe.

Unknown said...

It was really nice knowing about Indu..Great guest post, Nithu..Thanks to Indu for sharing the vada malai recipe..I am sure they would have tasted heavenly..

Priya Suresh said...

Glad to know more about Indu, loved that fav..

Nitha said...

Nice to hear from Indu.. The vada malai looks great..

Hayley said...

nice to know about Indu...vada malai looks tasty!

Krishnaveni said...

nice interview, vadai malai looks divine

sonu said...

hey nithu nice interview and interesting recipe..never went thru indu's blog but will surely visit now !

Unknown said...


I tried out this vadamalai recipe and it was realy a super hit. actually i wanted to do this neivedhyam for Hanuman after reciting Hanuman Chalisa for 100 times. thanks a lot for sharing such valuable receipe.

Jayashree Akella