Thambuttu powder – 1 cup (Method : Roast 1 seer or about 4 cups of par-boiled rice. Powder with seeds of 12 cardamom pods and 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds)
Ripe bananas – 10
Salt – to taste
Sugar – 1 teaspoon (If the bananas are not sweet, more sugar may be added)
Cardamom powder from – 1 pod
Coconut (grated) – ½ cup
Gingelly (sesame) seeds (roasted) – 1 tablespoon
Method: Place the bananas, salt and thambuttu powder on a large plate. Squeeze and knead well until it gets a soft consistency. Mix grated coconut, roasted gingelly, sugar and a pinch of cardamom separately. Serve this on top of the Thambuttu. The coconut mixture can also be mixed with the Thambuttu mixture. Serve with hot ghee.
Method: Chop tender bamboo into tiny pieces. Keep in water for a day. Change the water the next day. Keep in a warm place for 3 days so that it turns sour. Squeeze all the water out. Fry well in oil. Grind the ginger, salt, red chillies, mustard and fenugreek seeds in vinegar to a fine paste. Season mustard seeds, garlic and curry leaves in a little oil and add the masala paste to it. Stir for a while. Remove and let it cool. After it cools add tender bamboo pieces, mix well and store in an airtight jar.
Method: Prepare jaggery syrup by dissolving jaggery in boiling water and strain to remove all the dirt particles. To check if the syrup is ready, put a drop of the syrup in a saucer of cold water. The drop should remain hard and not dissolve in the water.
Soak rice in water for one day. The following day drain the water out and keep it under a weight. Once all the water is drained from the rice, pound it to a fine powder. Sieve it. Boil the granules of powdered rice that do not go through the sieve with ½ seer (about 2 cups) of water, cardamom and jaggery syrup. To prevent it from getting stuck to the bottom of the vessel and to prevent lumps, pour a teaspoon of ghee and keep on stirring. Remove the vessel from fire. Add the rice powder a little at a time and keep on stirring. Then add Maida.
Once again keep it on the fire. As soon as it is cooked a little (i.e., just becomes hot) remove it from the fire. Stir well and cool. Then put the dough in a jar and press it firmly. Pour 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil on top to preserve it. When required take out the dough and knead well. Make lime size balls. Dip in poppy seeds or gingelly. Flatten, make a hole (kanna) in the center of each ball and deep fry in hot oil until dark brown in colour.
Method: Wash and wipe the limes well. Cut into finger length pieces with the peel. Roast red chillies, pepper, cumin seeds, fenugreek and mustard seeds. Powder them together. Mix the powder with the lime pieces. Roast salt. Let it cool and mix it with the lime pieces. Season it with curry leaves, mustard and garlic fried in a little oil. Mix well, cool and store in an air-tight jar.
Rice – 1 cup (fine quality, Jeera Sanna or Basumathi)
Ghee – 1 ½ cups
Onions – 3
Ginger – 1 small piece
Green Chillies – 2
Salt – ½ Tea spoon ( or to taste )
Cardamom – 5 pods
Cinnamon – 1 piece
Cloves – 4
Raisins – 15
Cashew nuts – 12
Garlic – 4 cloves
Water – 1 ¼ cups
Method: Wash rice well and set aside. Pour ghee into a broad mouthed vessel and keep it on the fire. When the ghee is hot add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, green chillies, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Fry till they turn light brown in colour. Add the washed rice and stir for a little while. Add salt, water and stir. Keep it covered. When it begins to boil, stir again and reduce the heat. When the rice is partially cooked add to it the raisins and cashew nuts fried in a little ghee. The rice will be cooked in about ½ an hour. When it is done, stir again and serve hot.
Sugar – ¼ cup (based on the sweetness of the banana)
Vegetable or cooking oil – 1 cup
Method: Mix all the ingredients well (except the oil) so that there are no lumps. Heat the oil. Deep fry by pouring marble size portions of the smooth dough (do not make them into balls), stirring with a slotted ladle or a ladle with holes in it. Remove from the fire when it is cooked and turns brown.