Sunday, November 12, 2006

Grammathu Virundu - Feast from the villages

Villages, the backbone of India, are the rural parts of India where the age old traditions and practices are still in vogue. Sun TV the regional sattelite channel broadcasts a weekend food program called " Sunday Samayal ". This program has a series called Grammathu Virundhu - roughly translates as " Feast from the village " hosted by Paravai Muniamma.


Paravai Muniamma demonstrating - Courtesy suntv

She presents recipes that are from the olden days - truly nutritious and healthy without much hungama. I thought it would be good to present her recipes on my blog. This would be a nice place to collect all the village recipes - some with forgotten ingredients like ragi, millet, etc. In times where we do not even have access to mothers recipes, I think getting access to a grandmother's recipe from villages is worth treasuring. I might not try out all these recipes but thought I will try to capture them in my blog. If any of you try out these dishes please let me know, I will create a link.

Today the recipe presented was "Verkadalai vadai - Peanut fritters". Here is her recipe. She does not give the quantity of any of the ingredients. I will try to interpret what I have seen.


Ingredients :

- small onions ( pearl onions ) - 5, 6
- all purpose flour - 3 tablespoon
- rice flour - 3/4 cup
- roasted, powdered peanuts - 1/2 to 3/4th cup
- curry leaves 4
- coriander leaves - 2 tsps
- green chillies - 3
- salt
- oil for deep frying

Procedure :

- Mix all ingredients except oil.
- Heat oil
- Add a tbs of oil to the mixture of ingredients. Mix well. Add some water until the consistency of dough. ( dont add water to the hot oil mixture it will splutter )
- Flatten balls of dough and deep fry.

20 Comments:

At 6:17 PM PST , Blogger Chandrika said...

Wow! This is real cool Revathi! I love her programme...And I make it a point to watch 'Sunday Samaiyal' and I write down her recipes as much as I can...Will try to post some of them...

Your's is a wonderful initiative! :-)

-Chandrika

 
At 8:52 PM PST , Blogger Vcuisine said...

Hi Revathi, felt as though went to south and came back. Its really nice. Tks for sharing. Viji

 
At 1:21 AM PST , Blogger Sumitha said...

Thats a nice idea Revathi!looking forward to her recipes.

 
At 9:17 AM PST , Anonymous Lakshmiammal said...

Hi Revathi,
I love her programme on sundays, the way she concludes the dish with a garamathu paadal. Nice job is to collect her recipes in our blogs.

 
At 10:28 AM PST , Blogger Syam said...

yep we too avanga recipes paarthu try pannuvom...silathu will turn out really gud :-)

 
At 6:52 PM PST , Blogger RP said...

Is this also called meddu vada? I remember making something similar to this long time ago.

 
At 3:30 PM PST , Anonymous Priya S&S said...

I saw this show on sunday .. but I missed the ingredients part. Vada with peanuts is a brilliant idea isnt it !
Will try out ths recipe soon.

 
At 1:18 AM PST , Blogger Manju said...

Revathi! Good recipe. Eagerly waiting for more such recipes.

 
At 3:37 AM PST , Blogger Krishnakumar said...

Infact i love this program in SUNTV. In India its aired at 3.30 PM on Sundays and somehow i try to watch this.

 
At 5:53 AM PST , Blogger Puspha said...

Very nice. Thanx for sharing.

 
At 10:04 AM PST , Blogger mandira said...

I love the capture from sun tv... looks so cool. Thanks for sharing :)

 
At 11:27 AM PST , Blogger USHA said...

Hi Revathi,

You have come with good receipe...
vadai with verkandalai is something interesting...

I even like towatch the programme which combines of 5star, microwave,grammathu,arogya samayal...

 
At 3:11 PM PST , Blogger archana said...

Thank you for blogging this recipe Revathi, i have never even heard of this. I just thought of something else while reading this. I saw the movie Dhool when i was in Madurai, accidnetally the day we went to the theatre was the 50th day after release, and they stopped the movie half way through,and to everyone's surprise and elation and vikram, Muniamma, and other artists came into the theatre. I remember her singing a song, it was indeed a powerful performance. I never knew that she runs a cookery show. THank you for this post,brought back memories !

 
At 5:06 AM PST , Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

crunchy cool dish for winter Revs and loved TV photo:) May be you should make a vedio of ot so we can watch it:D

Great stuff,Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 10:30 AM PST , Blogger மதி கந்தசாமி (Mathy) said...

Good job Revathi. This is useful for ppl like me, who love recipes and villages but have no access to Sun TV.

Thanks.

-Mathy

 
At 11:06 AM PST , Blogger Sia's corner said...

oh my god... how did i miss this blog:) so many lovely recipes... will visit again and again:)
cheers
supriya

 
At 7:50 PM PST , Blogger diya said...

Hi Revathi,

Thanks for sharing this recipe.Please do share more recipes from the programme...it will be of great help to people like me who have no access to sun tv.I am eagerly looking forward for more such recipes from sun tv...thanks a lot...

 
At 2:05 AM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NAKKULAE THANNI VUROOTHU

 
At 12:00 AM PST , Anonymous PRITYA said...

Hey Revathi,

Posting Paravai Muniamma's recipes on your blog is definetely a very refreshing idea! The lady is simple superb on "Sunday samayal". She succeeds 100% in creating a village like ambience through her usage of mud pots and pans, and rendition of village folk songs in the midst of her programme.

 
At 4:08 PM PDT , Blogger A said...

Can anyone tell how/where to get the collection gramathu paadal lyrics?

 

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