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August 2, 2007

Paruppu Urundai (Dal Dumplings) - And a milestone




This is a very special post. Special because it is the third part of the trilogy featuring Milagu Kuzhambu and Milagu Rasam.


Why is the number 3 special? Why a trilogy? Why, why, you ask?


Because today, my food blog turns three. No, not three years, but three months.


So, it had to be a special post. And quite like I'd predicted in Asha's blog, this is my 100th post. This wasn't planned, but boy am I glad it worked out this way.

So, to celebrate my 100th post on the day my blog turns three months, I present to you THE dish that is simple, exotic, comforting and special, all at once.

Ingredients:

1 cup Toor Dal, soaked for 4 hours
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Urad Dal
7-8 Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
A little rice flour

You will also need 1 recipe of Milagu Rasam to proceed.

Grind the toor dal to a fine paste. Add salt, chilli powder and turmeric powder and blend well into the dal paste.

Heat oil in a kadhai and add the urad dal. When the dal turns brown, add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the curry leaves and asafoetida. Add the dal paste and fry until the colour changes. (It will be sticky, but won't look raw anymore. The mixture should not be as dry as the one made for paruppu usli.) Cool this mixture.

Make small balls of this mixture using a little rice flour to bind the mixture. (As demonstrated by Amma in the picture below.)


Drop these dumplings in boiling Milagu Rasam and cook for 5-7 minutes. Remove carefully.


To proceed, take a little rice on a plate. Place a dumpling on the rice and break it. Mix these two items thoroughly. Pour a little Milagu Kuzhambu on the side. Take a little bit of the rice and paruppu urundai mixture, dip it in the Milagu Kuzhambu and eat.

Some things in life have to be super special. A third "monthiversary" of your blog doesn't come everyday. And a 100th post comes but once. I didn't know when I set out on this journey that it would be so eventful. That S would show my food blog off with pride. That I would learn so much, that I'd even cook so much with vegetables and ingredients that intimidated me. But most of all, little did I know that I'd come across the most wonderful bunch of fellow food bloggers. People who are strangers one minute and friends the very next. People who have no idea who I am or where I come from, but have stood by me through these three months that would have otherwise been my worst. People who have given me confidence and encouragement to move ahead, tips to ensure my blogging efforts don't go waste, and above all else, the love and support to come back to this page every single day. You all know who you are and I thank all of you for being you.


Hugs!

42 comments:

Srivalli said...

Way to go Raaga...Congrats!!!...thats really cook..reaching 100 in 3 months....continue the good work

Srivalli
www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

Raaga said...

Thanks Srivalli. Couldn't have done it without the support of all of you.

Sia said...

100th post in 3 months??? it took me around 8 months to do that;)
congrats girl and i am gonna look forward to many more centuries from u:) u have fantastic blog with wonderful recipes and write-ups. its always pleasure to come here n be ur guest:)

Raaga said...

Thanks Sia. :-) I am running a marathon :-) And it is a pleasure to have you on my blog... and a bigger pleasure to visit yours.

Anita said...

Wow, Raaga - that is great! Congratulations!

This recipe looks a little complex - but then the 100th has to be special! Keep going!

archana said...

Congrats Raaga :) for completing 100 posts in just 3 months. Good going .I wish you complete many more such centuries! I MAY complete 100 posts in one year :)

Asha said...

Raaga,congratulations! Doesn't 100th post feel good?:)) Great recipes for 3 with 3 dishes,nice! I like all of them.Thanks for posting traditional ones:))
Enjoy the 101st post!:D

Sharmi said...

Man 100 th post in 3 months??!!!! I am 6 months old and didnt even cross 50 LOL you are so enthusiastic and great.
congrats for the 100th post and keep up the spirits.

Raaga said...

Thanks Anita. It is a little complex, but with the invention of the mixer, it is a LOT easier... Amma used to make it on the stone :-)

Raaga said...

@Archana: Thanks. What will it be for me in one year? Only time will tell.

Raaga said...

@Asha: What did the doctor say? And did I not predict on your 100th that I am not far behind? Thank you.

Raaga said...

@Sharmi: Your 50 will be equal to my 500. You post things like a thali and those have some 10 dishes. If I roast a papad, it becomes an entry for me.

Thanks!

Laavanya said...

Congrats Raaga... :)
I love paruppu urundai kuzhambu (i have that on my blog) but have never cooked it in rasam - interesting recipe!

Priyanka said...

COngrats Raaga.... 100th post in three months is an achievement... great going and keep all those mouthwatering recies coming:)

bee said...

congratulations, raaga. wishing you many more happy blog anniversaries.

Richa said...

hey raaga, congrats on ur third "monthiversary" & the century, way to go :) aren't u on a blogging spree ;)
that bowl overflowing with paruppu urundai looks delish :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Wow, what an energiser bunny you are. You finished a century within three months. Congrats and wishing you many more hundreds of posts.

Raaga said...

@Laavanya: I got to your recipe and will try that as well. Thanks.

Raaga said...

@Priyanka and Bee: Thanks.

Raaga said...

@Richa: Spree is incorrect. See, I don't blog 17 recipes in a day anymore, do I?? :-) Thanks.

Raaga said...

@Suma: I like the name you've given me. Thanks.

Jyothi said...

Hi Raaga! great achievement...100 posts in 3 months...congratulations...nice and yummy recipe on special day. Thanks for sharing and keep it up dear.

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Raaga said...

Thanks Jyothi. It is a special recipe and an even more special day.

Manasi said...

WAY TO GO!!! My , u r quick! 3 months and 100 posts!!! Look forward to many , many more!!! Hugs to u!!
ALL THE BEST!!!

Suganya said...

Previously I had issues with paruppu urundai kozhambu. They wud melt away when I drop them in the gravy. Thanks for the detailed explanation and pics, I am going to try this soon.

100 posts in 3 months in amazing. I dont have the energy to do that many posts. Congrats Dear!

Asha said...
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Asha said...

Check this for cake recipes and modify to your taste.Google easy cakes,you will find many.Good luck and enjoy:)

http://recipeindex-fh.blogspot.com/2006/11/cakes-and-breads.html


http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,easy_to_make_cake,FF.html

http://southernfood.about.com/od/yellowandwhitecakes/r/bl40621l.htm

Sig said...

Raaga darling, 100 in 3 months! That has to be a record girl! Congratualations and keep up up the great work..... aim for 500th post on your first birthday :)

Jeena said...

Hey Raaga, Lovely recipe I love any kind of dumplings! Great pictures too :)

Nupur said...

Wishing you many many more posts!
This dish looks just so delicious. A little challenging, but I can just taste the silky dumplings in the spicy rasam. I think I would eat it just as it is: soup-and-dumplings! Will bookmark this for the cooler months.

Roopa said...

congrats! and way to Raaga... All the 3 dishes looks delicious esp paruppu udrundai in milagu rasam nice one:) thanks for sharing

Raaga said...

@Manasi: Thank you :-)

@Suganya: Anytime. And like I said to Sharmi, if I roast a papad, it becomes a post for me :-)

Raaga said...

@Asha: Thanks, I will try one and post it soon.

@Sig: I will aim for that. Thanks :-) I've been told tales of people who drop off halfway after a sprint.

Raaga said...

@Jeena: You're back. Thanks :-)

@Nupur: I do that all the time... just eat the dumplings and the rasam.

@Roopa: Do try it.

Thanks all of you.

bhags said...

Congrats for ur 3 mnths of blogging....I had something like this at my in laws....tasted really nice

Raaga said...

Thanks Bhags :-) You can try making this too.

Chitra said...

Heyyyyy...soooper wonderful. congratulations and keep the posts going. I love them and my hubby loves them coz he gets to taste some good food.
Hugs to you

Vcuisine said...

It shows your interest Raaga. The urundais in Rasam is a nice idea. Lovely authentic recipes. Keep going. Viji

Raaga said...

@Chitra: As Sujju put it, "if even one person benefits, its a great thing!"

@Viji: I love food and despite having a regular job and a 1.5 hour commute each way, I still enjoy cooking. Thanks

SeeC said...

Once again congrats Raaga.

Love urundai kuzhambu. Will post my version soon.

Raaga said...

Thanks SeeC. Will wait for your version :-)

Padma said...

100 post in just 3 months is inspiring, shows your interest and energy levels...keep up the great work and wishing you many more milestones ahead.
those dal dumplings looks yummy!