Coriander thokku or kothamalli thokku recipe


Kothamalli thooku - side dish for rice , idli dosa

We need coriander leaves .  I have taken four clusters of coriander leaves, tamarind , 

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Separate the leaves from the stems .  The stems interfere in grinding and some of them may not get ground properly
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Take shallots or onions an four cloves of garlic -  these are optional
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Take five or six red chillies

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Add tamarind

Add little water and wet grind them in a mixer

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Heat oil in a pan , add mustard
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Add the wet ground mixture of coriander leaves

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Add turmeric powder - two spoons ( small as shown in the photo )
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Add four spoons of dhania powder
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Add little chilly powder since we have already added red chillies.  If we want more kaaram ( hot ) we can add more chilly powder

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Heat it till the coriander leaves , onions and garlic get cooked.

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Close with a little because the thokku usually sputters.

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Once cooking is complete add salt
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I add jaggery also , it gives an excellent and different taste.  However it is option.  The quantity is as shown in the image below.
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Stir well for a few minutes and transfer to a dry container.

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How to put 4 kaal pinnal 4 kaal jadai


Naalu kaal pinnal | Naalu kaal jadai

This is a traditional hair style , beautiful and simple also.
The images below take us through the steps 

As usual take three plaits after combing the hair

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Split the right side plait into two
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Take one part to the left beside the centre plait
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Next split the plait on the left into two and take one part to the right of centre
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This process is repeated again and again till will we complete
As shown in the photo below " the two plaits on the right and left are split into two and one part taken to the other side "
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These two photos below show the side view of the plaits being made
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This shows the close up view
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After completion.  Some call it the pooran pinnal in Tamil  ( pooran is centipede which has a large number of legs ) .
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Indians traditionally wear long hair and this is one more simple hair style that can be tried.
Also as a bridal hair decoration or hair style for Seemantham or Valaikappu .

Jadi alankaram is also done for Varalakshmi Vratham and this can be one idea for Goddess's decoration

Yellow rose petal garland images


Yellow rose decoration using petals - we need yellow roses and craft thread. I have used golden colour to match with the colour of the flowers.

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Remove the petals from the flowers gently.  Take four or five petals such that the outermost is the biggest.
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Roll the petals as shown in the image
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Tie a knot  around the petals as shown in the next two pics .  Bring the thread to the left side bottom as shown in the image below.

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Using the fingers form a loop and insert the petals in the loop and pull the string to make the knot
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Take the next set of four or five petals
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Place them next to the first set of petals
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Bring the string to the left between the first and second set
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Again form a loop with string and tie both sets of petals together.  i.e the first and second.
When we place the third set of petals tie the 2nd and 3rd set of petals.
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The top view of the petals as shown.  Make it as long as possible to make a garland.  Such garlands can be used for Pooja .  We invariably use yellow flowers for Guru on Thursday.  So we can make this yellow rose garland for images of Sri Raghavendra Swamy or Sai Baba or other Gurus in our Pooja room. It can also be used for Varamahalakshmi Habba decoration

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Alternatively we can make a semicircular garland and use it for hair decoration - for bridal hair decoration for weddings or festivals like Seemantham and Valaikappu.

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