January 19, 2009

Karnakizhangu Mashiyal (and some plagiarism)

Just as I can handle copious amounts of coconut, I love sour food. I have a problem with acidity and so I don't indulge in sour, hot or spicy food too often. But on Pongal, one of the dishes we make is Lemon Rice. I love eating it with another citrus flavoured dish, the karnakizhangu mashiyal.

Karnakizhangu is a vegetable very similar to Yam. Think of a sweet potato shaped vegetable with the taste and texture of yam and you'll have pictured the karnakizhangu. This is truly a "once a year" vegetable. At least at home. I doubt I've even seen this vegetable in the shops at other times.

2 Karnakizhangu, peeled and diced

1 tbsp Tamarind Paste

2 Red Chillies

1 tsp Oil

1/4 tsp Mustard seeds

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

7-8 Curry leaves

Juice of 1-2 Limes

Salt to taste

Pressure cook the vegetable with the tamarind paste and red chillies. Grind to a paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves. Add the paste along with the salt and cook for a few minutes. Add the lime juice.

Serve hot with rice. Or, if you're like me, enjoy a double dose of lime and have it with Lemon Rice. I'm sending this to SunshineMom for this month's edition of FIC-Yellow.

I was at Divya's blog and I noticed that she had a recipe for breadfruit fritters. I googled to get my own recipe so that I could share that link with her. The google search for Divkadgye Phodiyo actually revealed this link as the the top most link:

I was curious to see what that recipe looked like and I found my picture sitting right on top. I also noticed that the recipe was copied from my blog word for word. Someone called AndhraMirchi blogged about this dish on September 16, 2008, whereas the original post on my blog was posted on September 13, 2007:

I have left a comment asking her to remove the post. I have written to outlining my problem. I do hope something will come of this.


FH said...

I don't recognize the veggie you have cooked with there, post a photo if you can but dish looks yum. Me too, can't handle too much sour food, keep antacids at hand! :D

Sulekha has so many members who take photos and recipes from bloggers and post as their own. I have seen many photos there which belongs to bloggers. Only very few mention the source or link!! I don't know why they are allowed to do that by Sulekha, just to make some money? It's frustrating.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Like Asha said, I'm not sure I recognise this vegetable. It wouldn't be "chepankizhangu" would it?

Plagiarism is a miserable thing to do. The least they could do is give credit where it is due.
Hopefully they'll take it off the site, but............

Mishmash ! said...

Raaga, Thx for pointing to the Sulekha links.....i just found out more than 10 of my pics copied there!

Aarti said...

oooh, yummmy in the tummy.. guess wot, mom made and brot this today during lunch!!!! i love this veggi.. make the same with vengayam..... :)

Finla said...

I hops she removes it from her place, don't know why they should take other peoples work.

Vibaas said...

Are senaikizhangu and karnakizhangu the same? even though i'm a tamilian, i dont know what karnakizhangu is..Shameful, eh?

Sorry about the plagiarism. Hope she removes it! It's outrageous and is a shame, really!

Divya Kudua said...

I have no idea about the vegetable you've mentioned,I remember the name though,from my veggie shopping..shall check it out next time.

I remember reading about your post on "divkadgi" and wanted to link to you too,shall do it now.

Very sad knowing about the downright copying on Sulekha..hope they do something about it.

Reeta Skeeter said...

I strongly believ Sulekha should be sued and that should serve as an example for all plagiarist bloggers!!!!


(you are blogrolled)

nice post
thanks for sharing :)

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suvi said...

That is one tongue twister of a veggie!! Hadn't heard of it before, not sure if I am even pronuncing it right :)

How disgusting the plagiarism bit!Hope things get sorted out soon.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Very interesting recipe. I love learning about new foods.Thank you for sharing!

CurryLeaf said...

Wow,that looks good thgh I would like a pic ot this karunaikilangu.I have heard abut it and I am also confused and agree wth Aparna .
Please Protect your pictures and blog.ake sure you copyright your picture.DO PROTECT.WAITING FOR RESPONSE FROM SULEKHA.KEEP UPDATING.

Swapna said...

Wow..word for word.. have they no shame? can't understand people who do such things...

by the way.. that vegetable must be what we call 'Kaachil' in malayalam.. have you by any chance come across a puple coloured (inside) variety of the same?

anudivya said...

This is bad! I am glad you noticed it... and hope you hear back. Do keep us updated.

Sunshinemom said...

I thought karnakizhangu was the Tamil word for chennai. This looks more like tapioca - is it the same? There is also the purple variety called kand, I think! I will ask the Tamilian vegetable seller here - can't stop after you have set off that curiosity in me!(Maybe that is the one Swapna above mentions) I do think it is perfect for FIC yellow and please do send it over.

It is irritating the way plagiarism has spread! Madhuram had sent a site last week called 'indianspicykitchen' that had all the posts from my blog, EC's blog and Srivalli's. Thankfully the person removed the site conveniently closed down for scheduled maintenance and sent an apology to EC!!

I saw that link and your picture but could not find the recipe - maybe it is being removed!

This is a new dish for me, and I too avoid sour dishes but indulge myself once in a while! Thank you for introducing me to a new dish and a new way of cooking it also!

Aarti said...

U shd just sue sulekha!!!