Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'm back!!!

Hi Friends,
wondering why I'm here before Sep 6th? Actually, I came home a week back. My vacation kinda ended short. Due to some official work my hubby rescheduled my tickets and within 5 days of notice I got ready to leave. After coming back, I felt very home-sick and moody. Anyway, I just got out of it and I'm slowly getting used to my routines.

Oh my! Oh my! How many posts have I missed? Great to see my friends (asha, viji, sia, prema, indosungod, bharathy, mandira, richa, Inji pennu, sharmi and sukanya) holding awards. HEARTY CONGRATS to all of them.

I was also thrilled to see an award waiting for me too. It was really sooo sweet of Richa to pass me on the "Rockin Girl Blogger" award. Thanks Richa, you really lifted my spirits and gave me such an encouragement. I have no words to say except, "THANKS" again.

I would like to pass this award to my other friends too. You guys rock too!!!

Aruna- Mistress of spice
Chandrika- Akshayapatra
Chinni- Andhra Kitchen
Pravs-Simply Spicy
Revathi-En Ulagam
Seema- Recipe Junction
Suma- veggie platter
Sukanya- hot and sweet bowl
Sumitha- kitchen wonders
Trupti- spice who loved me
Surya Hith-Healthy n Spicy

Although some of my fellow bloggers have already won these awards, I really want to give the "Inspirational Blogger Award" to:
Asha of Foodie's hope
Richa of As dear as salt
Inji Pennu
Sia of spice corner and
Prema of My cookbook

Thank You gals for everything. I hold a place in blogsphere b'coz of you guys. I also want to take this opportunity to thank my blog visitors who leave kind comments and encourage me more & more. A big thanks again.

Ok Ok. Now it's party time. Let's celebrate with a sweet dish called SeemPal. Wondering what kind of name this is? Actually, it is the the milk that the cow lactates for atleast 3 days after the calf is born. This milk is high in protien and has tons of nutrients in it. It is similar to the colostrum. I used to have this often in my childhood. Lucky me, I got a chance to have this dish again during my India trip.

This dish looks and tastes like flan but it has no eggs in it. It is steam cooked and can be eaten hot or cold. But most of the people like it chilled. Me too. So, here is the recipe.

seempal- 1 lt
sukku- 2gm
elachi- 1
cow's milk- 400ml
jaggery- 1/2kg
Heat jaggery with very little water , decan it and use it according to taste. Mix this with seempal, cow's milk, elachi and sukku. Pour this mixture into a vessel till it reachesthe 3/4 th level. Careful not the pour the mixture upto the brim , as the milk will come up during the steaming process. Keep this vessel in the cooker with some water in it. Cook for one whistle. When the pressure is gone you can take it out, rest for 5 to 10 mins and start making slices. I used a ice-cream scoop for my plate. It tastes heavenly when it is chilled for atleast 6 hours.
Here is the bottom view of seempal. You can slice-off the bottom portion if you don't want the sukku and elachi in your mouth. Enjoy!!!!


Aruna said...

Kribha Dear, Welcome Back!!!! I hope u have come out of ur home sickness & ready to serve us some delicous entries :-)

Kribha, Nice pics!!! this dish is new to me what is seempal & sukku ???

U r a Dear :) THX soo much for thinking abt me for the "ROCKING GIRL AWARD", when I saw everyone getting an award on every blog, I thought I wasnt good enugh since no one nominated me lol :) :) Cant Thank U enough!!! Thx Girl, I'm soo glad to see u back...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Kribha...Welcome back!.... Missed u!......Hay thank u for passing me the award...... This seempal ismy fav....I used to have it quit often at my grandma's place...Mouthwatering pictures.... Take care...

Pravs said...

Hey Kribha you are back !! I was just in your blog and wondered when you will be back and then i saw you left a comment in mine.
Thanks for passing on the award to me. Good to have you back.

Suma Gandlur said...

So, you are back from India. Hope you had great time there.
We call that milk - 'junnu paalu' in Telugu though I have never tasted it.
Congrats for your awards.
Thank you very much for thinking about me. It feels so good.

Asha said...

I did miss you. So good to see you back.Sorry you have to come back early. Happens sometimes, what can you do?
My grandmother used to make this dessert whenever the cows had calves, we call it Ginnu.I haven't tasted in so many years.Looks yummy.
Enjoy the award and thanks for remembering me too!:))
Guess who is hosting RCI Karnataka this month? ME!!:D

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Richa said...

hey kribha, so nice to see you back! I was very happy to give u the award! congrats and thank you for my lovely award, so sweet of you dear!
The sweet is one of my fav, like it cold. I've seen people make it here with regular milk etc, will let u know @ that recipe if i can locate it.

Chandrika said...

Welcome back Kribha! Sorry about your shortened vacation...I know the feeling..Been there before!

And thank you so much for the award..that was very generous of you!

The recipe rocks!

Adhu sari, ippadi oru asathalana recipe post panna, naa seem palukku enga porathu?? :-)

Sumitha said...

Hi Kribha,thanks for the sweet award!Sending you a virtual hug.

Bharathy said...

Missed you Kribha...!!

That too with seempal!!Great!!

Congrats on your award!!:)

SMN said...

Hi Kribha,,

First of all Congrats for ur awards..this is frist time in ur blog.. nice one.. liked the recipes..

Kribha said...

Dear Aruna,
Thanks for your welcome. Yes, now I have overcome my home-sick feeling. I'm doing a lot better now.
Seem pal is the milk produced by the cow after giving birth to it's calf. This is produced for 3 days. The first day milk is the best. Sukku is nothing but dry ginger.
Oh come on Aruna, You are not good enough for an award? No way, I love all your dishes. You really deserve this. Enjoy!!!

Hi Sukanya,
You are most welcome. Seempal is my fav too. I have it when I go to India only.

Hi Pravs,
Great to see you too. Happy to be with all of you again.

Dear Suma,
You really deserve this award. Thanks for letting me know that it is "junnu pal" in telugu.

Hi Asha,
I missed you a lot too. You had cows in your place. Lucky you. I guess you must have enjoyed it more than me.

Dear Sobila,
Great to have you here. I'm so glad to be tagged. Will post it soon with a sweet dish.

Hi Richa,
Congrats to you also dear. Really, can we do seempal with regular milk? Please pass me that recipe if possible.

Dear Chandrika,
Thanks for your kind words. I was able to get seem pal as i was in India. Over here, I don't know where to get it. I miss it too. I heard that we can do it in regular milk too. If I get hold of that recipe I will surely post it for you.

Hi Sumitha,
Thanks for your hugs. Enjoy and have a great day.

Hi Bharathy,
Thanks dear. I missed you too. Congrats to you also for your awards.

Hi Smn,
Warm welcome to you. Thanks for your kind words. Please come back for more.

Sia said...

thank u sweetheart for the award. i am wearing this in my blog with pride:)

Kribha said...

Dear Sia,
You are most welcome .I did see the award on your blog. Congrats again.

Vetrimagal said...

Good blog. Enjoyed reading your recipes. Thanks.
In Goa, they substitute coconut juice to the seem pal and steam it in the same way. It keeps for a few days too. Many a times the vessel is licked clean before the day is out!

thanks once again for shairng

Kribha said...

Hi Vetri,
Thankyou so much for your kind words. You made me so happy. wow...never knew that coconut milk could be substituted for this. So, do you live in Goa? Your name says you are a tamil ponnu. Just curious.