my grandma’s potion of bliss

14 May

what i am about to type now, can change ur life. well, or atleast ur taste buds.
i.e. my grandmother’s vethakozumbu (u r pardoned if u can’t pronounce that yet).
it is her bhramaastra. if aliens suddenly appear and decide to end this planet, my grandma’s vethakozumbu, when offered to them, will save our world.
but this delicacy requires to be made with a pure heart full of love and patience, along with a witch’s white hair, pinch of spinal cord powder of a saint and 3 drops of the chef’s blood. (got carried away in sad humor. just love and patience will do just fine:))
i have made my grandma’s vethakozumbu only 2 times in 27yrs of existence, and i would give myself an 8/10. i am quite a critic, so 8 is like winning master chef blindfolded.
vethakozumbu, by the way is a thick viscous liquid version of god, which can be mixed with hot rice and enjoyed or better still, as a side dish with curd rice. curd rice= tamil nadu. indians are so versatile with food that one dish can taste different in every bylane of the country. but as i hv established already, my grandma’s version is our saviour.

Ingredients to procure (for it to serve 4):
-tamarind (the size of a limboo)
-chana daal (1 tablespoon)
-hing (half teaspoon)
-methi seeds (half teaspoon)
-mustard seeds (1/3 teaspoon)
-curry leaves (5. its numerically good for me. u can put 6, 7 or max.8)
-sambar powder (2 pregnant tablespoons)
-jaggery (the size of half a limboo)
-wheat (1 tablespoon)
-red chillis (3)
-oil (5 tablespoons)
-salt (1/2 teaspoon)
-baby onions (chinna vengaayam) or for step motherly treatment u could instead use lady’s finger cut in 1 inch size. (15 pieces of either)
-sundakkai vathal (will be lost in translation- optional but traditional) (1 teaspoon)

the tamarind has to be soaked for a few minutes in hot water till its soft, after which u can squish the soul out of it.
let the oil heat up. shove in the mustard seeds so as to punish them till they pop madly.
chana deal, hing, methi seeds, curry leaves, red chillies (broken in 2), sambar powder, salt, jaggery, go into it in quick succession.
sundakkai vathal, if present can be fried in too.
add the baby onions/ bhindi.
sieve the tamarind juice and that goes in too. add 2 glasses of water.
throughout, keep the gas in sim. let it boil for some half hour. the liquid god should become half of its volume.
wheat should be dissolved in a tablespoon of water and made into cerelac consistency. this goes in after half hour of boiling.
its advisable to taste once in a while and balance out he flavors by adding salt/jaggery/tamarind/water.
let the magic potion boil out further for another half hour in sim.
bhramaastra is ready for use.


5 Responses to “my grandma’s potion of bliss”

  1. kullu May 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    No photo of God is attached di? How do we know our version of liquid god you described here will belong to the same parampara???

  2. priyax May 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    u caught me red handed. but to my defence, both times i made it, it was cleaned off before i could think! but i will conjure it once again or click the original version and put it up asap.

  3. adharsh92 May 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Vathakozhambu sadham and poriccha ulundu appalam ^.^ wouldn’t i die for that!

  4. adharsh92 May 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Gastronomical Times.

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