Monday, December 27, 2010

Guest Post - 43 : Today's Guest - Shama

We have Shama from Easy2cook Recipes is with us today. She holds Masters degree in Business Administration. She is from a very big joint family. She has lot of things to share with us. Let us hear from her...

Nithu's Kitchen : Tell us about you Shama.
Shama : I am graduated in B.E and Post graduated in MBA . At present , I'm a house wife taking care of my 3 year old cute daughter , Deshna .I am a native of the Temple City , Madurai , TamilNadu . Born and brought up in a well educated joint family of nearly 20 members . My father has 3 brothers and 1 sister . You can imagine how much we(my cousins and myself) were pampered .

Nithu's Kitchen : Sounds like you had a very enjoyable childhood days. Tell us how your Grandma, Mom and Aunts used to share their kitchen work.
Shama : My granny would be the chief cook and tutor for all her four daughters-in-law. She used to grind all the masalas instantly using 'AMMI' . She trained them in the same way. Even today , I could still remember the days, when mom and aunt used 'AATU KULAVI' for idli-dosa batter.One would be grinding while the other one would be helping her.Sometimes both would hold and grind. During my childhood days , I enjoyed many varietes of special recipes . My mom and my aunts had their own style of cooking and each one had their special recipe.

Nithu's Kitchen : When did you start to cook.
Shama : To be very frank , I started to cook only a week before my marriage.

Nithu's Kitchen : What were the few first dishes you tried.
Shama : I cooked the basic traditional recipes like sambar, dal, rasam and quick veggie fries.

Nithu's Kitchen : Who is your best critic.
Shama : My hubby. His positive comments and support made me to try different recipes.

Nithu's Kitchen : How much effort you take to keep your food healthy?
Shama : I am a kind of person who never wishes to make a usual menu everyweek or get trapped within that tradition. I made a routine to use all the vegetables in my menu. I take care that a particular veggie is not repeated in 15 days. I store vegetables only for a week. Once a week, my menu would include lentils like green gram , channa , cowpeas etc.

Nithu's Kitchen : What does your blog focus?
Shama : My space would give you all simple recipes which I learnt from my mom , granny , aunts , cousins , TV Shows , Magazines and sometimes my own experiments .

Nithu's Kitchen : What do you have today to share with us? why did you select this dish?
Shama : Karupatti(palm sugar) idiyappam is one of my most favourite dishes. You can either have it as a breakfast or as evening snack. It has its own unique taste .Try and taste this recipe, I'm sure you will definetly enjoy its taste.


Rice Flour - 1 cup
Palm sugar syrup - sufficient to knead the flour .Boil 200 gms of sugar with sufficent water . Once it dissolves,allow it to cool and filter the impurities .
Ghee as per preference.
Shredded coconut - 1 cup


1) Knead soft dough with rice flour ,syrup and ghee.
2) Fill an 'idiyappam' presser with the dough and press it on to idli plates and steam for 5-10 minutes.
3) Serve hot with shredded coconut and ghee.

Nithu's Kitchen : Thanks Shama. We enjoyed talking to you.
Shama : Organising guest post is a lovely concept. Happy to be your guest today. It is a good way to know more about our dear fellow bloggers. My wishes and prayers for everyone. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a fantastic New year. Thank you .

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Priya Suresh said...

Nice to know more about Shama,love her blog and her beautiful dishes..Palm sugar idiyappams looks fabulous..

Gayathri Kumar said...

Nice to know a blogger whose native is Madurai. Idiyappam is excellent..

Asiya Omar said...

karupatti idiyaappam looks awesome.shama's interview also very interesting.

Elaichii said...

Good to know about Shama and new idiappam!

harini-jaya said...

hey nice to know abt Shama..

Jaleela Kamal said...

வாழ்த்துக்கள் ஷாமா நடராஜன், மிக அருமையான ரெசிபி.

கருப்படி இடியாப்பம் சூப்பர்.

JishasKitchen said...

looks delicious,..

Nivedita Thadani said...

Nice to know more about Shama.
Thanks Nithu for reintroducing her.