Whatever you do, do it with love and respect is the advice given to us by our elders.
The Iyengars respected their cuisine. Read on to know more.
1. The Kitchen is Madapalli in Tamil. The Iyengars add a Thiru to it and say Thirumadapalli.
2. All the dishes are followed by an Amudu (Amrit or Nectar)
Saathamudu for rasam, Kariamudu for curry, Thirukkannamudu for payasams , and so on.
Making noise with the vessels was to be avoided, as it meant less food for the others in the household who are yet to have their meals.
Until six months ago I never had a maid to wash the vessels as I was averse to the noise made while handling the vessels.
I usually work silently in the kitchen, unless I want to show my anger of course!
In tamizh culture a well balanced diet is served. The menu has all the nutrients required for good health.
There was also a day of fruit diet once in a fortnight. On Ekadasi many tamilians fast or have only fruits.
There was also restriction on the diet served for dinner. Heavy and spicy food is generally avoided. The dinner usually consisted of podis and some medicinal herb. Curd rice is a must to culminate the meal.
Some of the delicious preparations for dinner are as follows:-
And so many more. The recipes will be posted in the coming days.
Also included in the menu are
Manathakkali vethal and Veepampoo Fried in a teaspoon of ghee.
Manathakkali is also called black night shade or sun berry or wonder cherry.The dried fruit is called vethal.
We can get the manathakkali vethal in tamizh stores all over India. It is available as salted and plain variety.
Fry 1 table spoon of the manathakkali vethal in 1 teaspoon of ghee, in low flame till the berrys bulge. Crush and mix the fried vethal with 1/2 cup cooked rice (Hot)and a little salt.This manathakkali vethal saadam is really yummy, and a good relief from the regular heavy food.
You can also have the fried vethal as a side dish for thayir saadam(curd rice).
This berry has some medicinal values. I am not an expert to provide the details on this subject. So please refer to ayurvedam.com