Saturday, November 22, 2014

Puli Thanni

                     Puli means Tamarind.Thanni means water. So Puli Thanni means Tamarind Water, suggesting that it is Tamarind Kuzhambu.This is a Kuzhambu, which is easy and fast to prepare when the vegetables are out of stock or returning home after a break.This Kuzhambu is characteristic only of the Tirunelveli region and of the Saiva Pillai Community.This Puli Thanni must have been been discovered by the people in those days when restaurants and getting food from outside were not common.

              Puli Thanni is prepared with the common ingredients but the taste is wonderful.This can be stored even outside the fridge for 2 or 3 days.

             This Puli Thanni is to be mixed with plain rice, Gingelly Oil and Paruppu Thuvaial or Thengai Thuvaial.Chutta Appalam is the best side dish.

            This is also prepared in the evening on the days of fasting.

Puli Thanni

To serve two :
Ingredients :

Tamarind   1 Big Lemon size
Small Onions    12 /  1 Big Onion
Red chillies    8
Oil   2 tbsp.
Salt, Turmeric Powder

For Tempering :

Mustard 1/2 tsp.
Split Urad Dhal   1/2 tsp.
Channa Dhal   1 tbsp.
Hing, Curry leaves.

Method :

1. Soak the Tamarind in warm water and take 2 cups of extract.

2. Heat the oil and add the ingredients for tempering and broken red chillies.

3. When the Mustard splutters and Channa Dhal turns slightly brown, add the
    sliced oinion. Saute till they turn brown.

4. Add the Tamarind extract,salt and Turmeric Powder.Mix well.Let it simmer on
    medium flame till it is reduced to 1 cup.The Tirunelveli spl.Puli Thanni is

Note :

Nowadays, we reduce the Tamarind and add a Tomato, finely sliced.

Two green chillies can be added and the red chillies can be reduced.


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