Thursday, April 3, 2008

Stinking rose Celebration - Jhiva for ingredient

Little story about a monk related to Garlic and Onion: The devil tried to feed a monk with some meat food. He appears like a beautiful woman and came up with meat dish to feed the monk. The monk realizes there is meat, accepted the dish and once the lady left, threw away the food. Few days later, some plants appeared in that place which is ONION and GARLIC.
A pure vegetarian doesn't eat Garlic and Onion.

Garlic is a member of onion, leek family. It has a pungent and spicy flavor. Probably used widely in Non-Veg recipes, may be one of the main reasons why Hindu Brahmins and Jain avoid Garlic and onion in their cooking.

Apart from culinary purpose, one of the medical benefit is Garlic which help to reduce the cholesterol level.

Gilroy, CA, every year, they celebrate “Garlic food festival”. Living in SFO not far from this small town, I had a chance to visit this town last year. I was amazed to see many open trucks carrying loads of Garlic bulbs. You can see and even breathe garlic in the air. It was such a pleasant trip to those fields. Check out the Gilroy Garlic festival here. They even sell/give freely in the festival an unusual garlic food like “Garlic Ice cream” may be to please garlicky Lover!

Ok, apart from those facts and story, I add garlic pretty much in all dishes (proving that i am not totally vegetarian). We love to eat from breakfast to dinner garlicky flavor. Simple and quick tiffin is ready in a minute.

My two entries Idli Rava Khichdi accompanied with raw garlic chutney goes to Mathy who is hosting Allium sativum as the ingredient of JFI-April originated by Indira's Jihva- for ingredient.

Garlic Chutney:


Coconut: 4 tbsp
Split chick peas (roasted)/dalia or Pottu kadalai: 2 tbsp
Red Chillis: 2
Garlic: 2 cloves
Salt: to taste

Grind the entire ingredient with little water. Heat the oil in a pan and add the tempering ingredients, once it starts to crack, add to the ground paste (chutney)


Mustard seeds: ¼ tsp
Urad dhal: 1/4 tsp
Oil: ½ tsp
Curry leaves: few

Idli Rava Khichdi

Idli rava (usually people makes idli): 1 cup (roast until u get nice aroma)
Water: 2 cups
Onion: 1 diced
Tomato: 1 diced
Garlic: 2 cloves minced
Ginger: small piece minced
Chillis green: 3 to 4 minced
Curry leaves: few
Cilantro: 1 tbsp chopped
Turmeric: pinch
Salt: per ur taste

Bengal gram: 1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Oil: 1 tsp

Heat the oil in pot, add the sesoning ingredients when it starts to split add onion and fry until translucent. Drop the tomatoes, green chilis and minced ginger garlic, when they turn soft add 2 cups of water, turmeric and salt. When the water starts boiling reduce the flame and add the roasted idli rava slowly while stirring continuously. Cover with lid and cook 5 to 6 minutes and switch off the stove. U can garnish with cilantro and serve hot immediately with chutney.


Kalai said...

Wonderful recipes, Cham! Will have to try this out for sure! :)

Vaishali said...

Oooh, lovely chutney, Cham. I enjoyed the story about the monk and the garlic, but I cannot imagine living without it! Lucky you for getting a chance to go to the garlic festival.

Dhivya said...

yummy recipes cham:))loved the picture...

Namratha said...

Anything Garlic, I'm up for it Cham...anyday! :) The chutney looks spicy and yummy, nice story too. The last time I was in SFO, we did see signs about the Garlic Festival, but unfortunately wasn't on during the month we were there. That would have been a sight to see!!

Lavi said...

Chutney and kichadi is tempting me a lot to taste.

Nice Entry Cham!!

Mansi Desai said...

we've been to the garlic festival since last 2 years, and I love their grlic ice cream!!:) glad you could go too!

the chutney looks awesome, and the khichdi is more like upma, right...hmm..should've tasted great!:)

sowmya said...

i love garlic chutney..usually buy the readymade packets...thanks for the will make at home..

arundati said...

have you tried making khichdi / upma from an instant rava idli pack?? with idli rava, this is a first....looks interesting!!

Saswati said...

hey Cham I love the look of the idli...gr8 entry:)

Cham said...

Kalai: Thank u dear
Vaishu: Garlic reminds me the story and of course the festival
Dhiv:THank u Dear
Nam:Yes, the chutney is very pungent , next time let's go together when u come here, Nam.
Lavi: Thank u Lavi
Mansi: Glad u like the festival too :) yes it is like Upma but ginger, garlic and tomato make the difference. In my house none of them eat the plain upma so my mom just make this version.
Arundati: yes, with the idli rava everyone makes idli but i made this Kichidi.
Saswati:made a shape of idli but it is kichidi.

Uma said...

enjoyed the story, Cham! reg. garlic usage: I think now everyone is using garlic to some extent irrespective of religion after realising the health benefits. The garlic chutney and kichidi both look delicious. The picture is awesome.

Madhavi said...

Wonderful recipes, looks very tempting. Thanxx for the garclic festival info :))

Homecooked said...

Wow...lovely post.Didnt know about the Gilroy festival.Should catch up this year :)Your garlic chutney and the upma look delicious!

SMN said...

Nice recipes..

A-kay said...

That sure sounds yummy. Love "The Stinking Rose" restaurant as well :)

Sia said...

who can resist onion and garlic!!! cute story and wonderful entry cham:)

KayKat said...

This is making me hungry all over again. Love that chutney!

easycrafts said...

Very nice dishes...comfort food

Seena said...

Nice recipes Cham..kitchdi looks so yum..

Richa said...

gotta' attend that garlic festival sometime :) so what was the most unusual garlic creation u tasted there?
khichadi looks so good.

ANJALI J. said...

both the recipes look delicious.. i loved khichadi.. thats new to me! thanks for sharing.

kamala said...

Looks lovely and yummy cham

Manasi said...

Looks so very yum!
I enjoyed the story too!
I am avegetarian .. but honestly cannot imagine cooking without any onion & garlic!!

Anonymous said...

Chammu,Just thinking what to cook for dinner,got a nice recipe to try and enjoy.......hema

Cham said...

Ah Hema, r u the one who think what to cook? only instant dish... :)

DK said...

Oh this is godsent! I had this Idli rava lying in my pantry and since I was not amking idlis I had that lying around all this while...Now thanks to you..I know this recipe! I am so trying to right now! ( lunch time for me !!) Thanks Cham!

Pooja said...

thats a lovely dish cham...
I never tasted garlic with coconut ...shall try it now. your new avatar pic is good :)

mitr_bayarea said...

the rava kichadi looked yummy! We don't relish too much garlic in our food, so this chutney is not for us, but the recipe looked good.

Staying in San Jose, haven't been to even one garlic festival yet.

sra said...

Cham, I routinely add raw garlic to chutneys, love the bite!

Cham said...

Uma: yes Uma, people are more aware about health now.
Madhu:Thank U, if u can visit the festival
Homecooked:Thank u, if u love garlic don't miss out
A-Kay:In SFO or Beverly Hills rest? thanks
Sia:Me 2 i cannot imagine without it, Thanks
Kaykat:Thank U,trigger appetite?
Easycrafts:Absolutely, confort food
Richa:Try when u get a chance. The most loved of course the Garlic Fries, garl pizza and many Non-veg. Art and craft are interesting 2.
Anja.J:Thanks, the dishes re spicy
Manasi:Yes Manasi, i can't imagine 2
DK:usually makes savories with idli rava and not idlis
Pooja:Got 2 try if u re garlicky person
Mitr.Bay:Staying not far from Gilroy, u can have a glance this year. But u don't like Garlic, it is not 4 u.
Sra:Thanks u , i love the garlic bite

madhuram said...

Wow Cham, both the dishes look yummy, it's really making me hungry. I have never tried upma with Idli rava, will definitely give it a try.

Annu said...

Thats wonderful cham.Good chutney with colourful Upam.......

Vani said...

Never thought of making khichdi with idli rava! Looks delicious as does the garlic chutney.

Asha said...

Thank you Cham, hugs to you. Have a great new year sweetie!:))

Idli rava khichdi looks mouthwatering.

vandana rajesh said...

Thanks cham the garlic festival was very informative and ur recipes look very tempting. Will give it a try:)

AnuZi said...

I dunno about being a monk. I cant imagine never using onions and garlic!! The flavors are an amazing addition to any meal. Loved the story and great recipes Cham :o)

Meera said...

Hey, didn't know that story.But I love both of them. Thanks for sharing your recipes/ They look so delicious.

Madhuram said...

Dear Cham,

I prepared this kichidi and chutney for dinner today. I'm definitely telling the truth when I say that it was delicious and my husband loved it. I used regular sooji instead of Idli rava, added a couple of peas and crushed tomatoes instead of fresh. I also added only 1 garlic clove for the chutney. I have made kichidi earlier, but have not added garlic either in it or in the chutney earlier. Adding garlic gave a very nice flavor to quote my husband. I also took pictures, or rather my official photographer (my husband) took it and I will update it in my blog in my next post.

Thank you for the simple yet tasty recipe.

Cham said...

Madhu: Really glad that u like my kichdi and chutney. With the little twist of tomato and garlic, the simple upma can turn out fancy and delicious :) Hope to see ur picture :)

Madhu said...

Surely Cham, I'll be posting the picture on Sunday.