It wont help you calling me names….i have already done more of that than you can actually imagine…..called myself many of those unimaginable and also offered my head on a platter to srivalli if she cares for it…… lamented over my lack of time management, choice of work, etc etc…..ok, why am I ranting?? Because I inadvertently became the spoke in the friendship chain…or rather the spoke in the wheel of the friendship chain…if that makes better sense…
In December, after many emails back and forth and heated arguments with the courier agency (who I thought were withholding what was mine), I received my package from Renuka Gauthaman…this lovely lady from trichy was extending her hand in friendship to me….and I was so excited about the whole thing….that I think the anticipation did me in….wow!! didn’t know that I could use that too!! its just that it came at a time that I was so busy….working, travelling, festivals, commitments etc and blogging or the lack of it wasn’t the first thing on my mind….. srivalli patiently sent me emails gently enquiring when I could post and forward the chain and I kept giving her dates I didn’t keep…. Even the ones who I was supposed to forward the chain to, gingerly enquired….. to say that I felt pressure is an understatement…and no I am not blaming any of my blogger friends….. its just that the timing was all so wrong and I didn’t have the right frame of mind to get down to this…infact with me hardly being around, the kitchen at home was actually “shutter down”…… the more delayed this got, the more guilty I felt….to be fair, this isn’t the only thing that was at the receiving end…. If you take one look at the washed clothes that need to be ironed….or the state of my provisions….or my balcony garden…..or even my nerves!! You will know….
Anyways, I am about to set that right…. When I chose to make this dish out of my secret ingredient which was whole moongdal….i went through a few books and shortlisted a few dishes…then I saw RCI Kerala and I thought of just the right thing for my whole moong dal….also a favourite of K’s but one which I had never attempted at home…always at friends places, or amma makes it for us…..payar mathan…. Ofcourse that I never posted and missed not just RCI Kerala but also legume love affair and comfort food events…is ofcourse another story….
i emailed the lovely Susan because i realised i’d posted before the 9th of feb, she graciously asked me to send it in….so this goes out to her…. she said she already has about 108 entries…!! this is one round up no one should miss!!
So here it is then….. my ode to this friendship chain of Arusuvai….started by the lovely ladies at Yum food blog…..
I am sending off the secret ingredient (finally) to Deeba and Gaurav!! Watch out for the courier guy!! I hope you have better luck than I did…and apologies to everyone who went on hold because of me…. Sorry!! And hail this friendship chain!!
Payar mathan recipe (recipe courtesy my friend S)
1 cup whole payar (I used whole moong dal, lobia works good too) soaked for a few hours in water, boiled soft (not mashed) with a pinch of turmeric and salt
2 cups cubed yellow pumpkin (without the skin), boiled with salt to taste and turmeric
4 T grated fresh coconut
½ t jeera
1 green chilly (or more, depending on your preference)
2-3 shallots (or 3 T chopped cubed onion)
1 t oil
½ t mustard seeds
A sprig of curry leaves
1-2 dry red chilies
Grind the masala with little water to a thick paste
Add the pumpkin to the boiled beans. Heat through. Add the ground masala and mix well. Add a sprig of curry leaves. When it is just coming to the boil add a teaspoon of coconut oil and remove from heat
In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil. Add the mustard seeds, crackle, red chili and curry leaves. Add this tempering to the curry. Serve hot with rice and sambhar. Also goes well with rotis (but the mallus will scoff at this combination!!)