Sunday, January 29, 2012

Nostalgic Home Food 2: Idiyirachi (Beaten Dry Meat)

Another Nostalgic tastebud memory. The warm crunchy pieces of beaten dried beef multiplying into a thousand little pieces inside your mouth. It was called 'Idiyirachi' (beaten meat) and I tasted it for the first time from an old friend's lunchbox. Making Idiyirachi is not rocket science, not even soup science, but its not a fast deal as well. Here's the recipe, try it out once. Its worth the effort.

Things Needed:

Beef Steak Slices.

Make thin little pieces of the steak slices. Sun dry the pieces for at least 24 hrs. (Ideally that means 24hrs of sun. Moonlight not applicable). Take the pieces and beat to death fibrous dry pulp. Its always good to use the traditional stone beater for this one, but you can alternatively achieve this with 2 or 3 dry spins on your electric mixer. Add some salt, mix and store it in an airtight container. Now remember that its still raw. You can now prepare a variety of dishes with this beauty.

Quickie 1: 
Shallow fry the pieces with a little oil and Chili powder = Total Awesomeness!

Quickie 2 :
Oil fry the pieces with some onions, red & green capsicums, pepper powder and sauces. 


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Nostalgic Home Food 1: Mango Rice with Green Chillies

Here guys and gals, this is one from the list of my all-time nostalgic home food favorites. Now, don't expect anything fancy here. This is a strictly limited list and something very personal. Sometimes its all about the combination, sometimes its a custom-made culinary art. I am sure that many of you might be familiar with the cuisine I am gonna show you today and for those who have no idea how this feels in your mouth, give it a try. 

Mango Rice with Green Chillies

(Not a real picture; doesnt even look the same; just ignore the pic)

Pretty easy to make, this one is definitely a heavy meal by itself. This is a mix and make dish which you can make in less than 5 minutes.

Things needed:

Cooked Boiled Rice.
Ripe Mango- 1
Green Chillies- 2
Mashed Tapioca

Squeeze till the last drop of Mango to the rice. Add Curd to the rice. Add in lengthy chops of green chillies. Mix well. Add in some Mashed Tapioca (which is thoroughly cooked with a pinch of turmeric powder and salt). Add salt to taste. Mix well and Eat. This tastes best when used as a stand-alone meal. Enjoy!