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For my people will live as long as trees...For they are people blessed by the Lord,and their children too, will be blessed. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs,I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:22-24

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shallow fried fish roe ( Poritha meen senai )

Shallow fried fish roe ( Poritha meen senai)

Fried fish roe or senai is considered to be a delicacy among the seafood lovers. Fish roe is a good source of vitamin C, thiamin & folate, & a very good source of protein, vitamin E ( alpha tocopherol), riboflavin, vitamin B12, phosphorus & selenium. So here is a very simple pan fried recipe for fish roe. Just see to it that the fish roe is really fresh.


Fresh fish roe - 1 lobe, chilli powder - to taste, salt - to taste, oil - for shallow frying.


Marinate the fish roe with salt & chilli pwd. Heat oil in a non-stick pan & shall fry the fish roe over very low heat till it is well cooked inside & turns crispy & golden on the outside.

Slice & serve immeditely with sambar rice. But as it is with all good things, it is also loaded with cholestrol , so enjoy this dish maybe once a month if you are watching your cholestrol!!:)) Enjoy!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Deep fried cashewnuts

Deep fried cashewnuts

Fried these today for the cashewnut lover at home! There is no exact recipe for this, so i will just list out how i did it. The cashewnut lover loved this dish, but as for me the sickening smell of the cashews being fried in ghee just made me lose my appetite! So i can't describe to you dear readers as to how it tasted for just looking at it made me feel sick!! But then i had never been a great fan of fried cashewnuts!


Cashewnuts - 1/2 kg, ghee - 200ml, salt & pepper to taste.


Heat ghee in a small pan & add the cashewnuts to the ghee, a handful at a time & fry till golden. Drain on paper towel & repeat the procedure till all the cashewnuts are done. Then place the fried cashewnuts in a large bowl & sprinkle some salt & pepper ( while they are still warm) ,mix well & serve.

The sickening ghee smell is still lingering in the kitchen( inspite of me keeping the windows open) , that i am going to go & light up a claypot candle to get rid of it!

so Ciao, dear readers till my next post comes up!:)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this not bad for cholestrol

10/07/2008 02:01:00 AM
Blogger paati said...

yes dear mlp it is very very bad for cholestrol, but if you share it with people, it is cholestrol shared with others & less cholestrol for you!! eppadi en logic?? :)

10/07/2008 11:23:00 PM
Blogger Radhika said...

hi i was looking for what happened to your healthy version of egg bhajjis....jus to see if you've read my comments on it & couldnt find it ....what happened?

11/09/2008 11:35:00 PM
Blogger paati said...

i read your comment & had even replied to it!:) just reshuffling the posts a bit:)

11/11/2008 06:19:00 PM

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash wednesday dinner - Idlis and vengaya sambar!

Ash wednesday dinner - Idlis and vengaya sambar!

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus' crucifixion by Rome. This is believed to have taken place in Roman occupied Jerusalem.

The Christian churches that observe Lent in the 21st century (and not all do significantly) use it as a time for prayer and penance. Only a small number of people today fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the practice on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It is more common these days for believers to surrender a particular vice such as favourite foods or smoking. Whatever the sacrifice it is a reflection of Jesus' deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline.

Why 40 days?

40 is a significant number in Jewish-Christian scripture:

  • In Genesis, the flood which destroyed the earth was brought about by 40 days and nights of rain.
  • The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land promised to them by God.
  • Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the ten commandments on Mount Sinai.
  • Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry.

Most Christians regard Jesus' time in the wilderness as the key event for the duration of Lent.

Why is it called Lent?

Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer.

The colour purple

Purple is the symbolic colour used in some churches throughout Lent, for drapes and altar frontals.

Purple is used for two reasons: firstly because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the colour associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ's resurrection and sovereignty.

East and West

Both the eastern and western churches observe Lent but they count the 40 days differently.

The western church excludes Sundays (which is celebrated as the day of Christ's resurrection) whereas the eastern church includes them.

The churches also start Lent on different days.

Western churches start Lent on the 7th Wednesday before Easter Day (called Ash Wednesday).

Eastern churches start Lent on the Monday of the 7th week before Easter and end it on the Friday 9 days before Easter. Eastern churches call this period the 'Great Lent'.

The last week of Lent is called Holy Week.


The lent season has started today for us Christians, so this year too i have decided to chronicle my Lent time dinners like i did last year. Today is Ash wednesday ,Many go to the mass & get their forehead rubbed with an ash cross by the priest .

My dinner today - Idlis, vengaya sambar, a handful of cashewnut pakoda, palmiers, peanut brittle & a mug of horlicks.