- Tamarind – a big gooseberry size
- Salt & Water – as needed
- Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
- Oil – 2 tsp
- Pepper – 1.5 tsp
- Urad dal – 1 tsp
- Red chillies – 1
- Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Curry leaves – 5-7
- Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Astofedia – a pinch
- Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes and take the extract. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan, add Mustard seeds, Urad dal, Curry leaves, Cumin Seeds, Red Chillies and fry till pepper corns start to splutter and urad dal turns golden brown.
- After its cooled down, grind it to a smooth paste by adding required water.
- Heat oil in a pan and add Mustard Seeds, Urad dal, Tamarind extract, Turmeric powder and few pinched curry leaves.
- Let it boil till its raw smell goes off. Add a small piece of jaggery while the gravy boils.
- Add the Pepper paste in to the mixture and and boil well till the gravy thickens a bit.
- Remove the gravy. Serve hot with plain rice adding few drops of ghee.Enjoy with sutta appalam and kootu.
General guidelines for healthier food – Both body and mind:
- One should be thinking about Perumal (Nama Smaranam) while cooking, and the purpose should be to offer the preparation to Him.
- Once the food is prepared, it should be offered to Perumal first. While offering, one should make sure that the food is neither too hot nor cold. It should be offered with love and affection.
- Please do not offer either pre-cooked food bought from outside or any pre-consumed food.
- Please follow thiruvaradanam kramam as instructed by your respective acharya. (http://anudinam.org/2012/03/08/bhagavad-tiruvaradhanam/)
- Follow ahara niyamam as much as possible. Atleast make sure that onion and garlic are not used at all.(http://anudinam.org/2012/06/11/srivaishnava-ahara-niyamam/)
- Please ensure that food which are not prasadams are not consumed.