These dishes are specific to Tamil Nadu.
They have the characteristics of curing stomach problems , especially indigestion.
The custom is to have these prepared the next day after being administered castor Oil (to be Swallowed).
Other than this these dishes are prepared on the Day when one takes Oil Bath.
Oil bath is taken on Saturdays by Men and on Fridays by Women.
Milagu Kuzhambu.9for 4)
Take Tamarind without seeds, the size of an average sized Lemon
Take a vessel for sauteing.
Add One teaspoonful of Gingelly Oil and just before it starts smoking add Three Teaspoons of Pepper,One of Toordal,Four Red chillies.
These should be added in the order and take them away from the Pan when they are brown.
Have this mixture and the Tamarind ground in the Mixer to a paste by adding the water gradually.
Have this mixture boiled, adding Salt to taste.
Allow this to boil for 15 minutes and it should not be watery,it has to be in between a solid and being watery.Remove from the pan.
Now Milagu Kuzhambu/Pepper Gravy is ready to serve.
This can be kept for a couple of Days.As it gets old it tastes better .
Mix it with Rice ,add ghee and it will be delicious.
This is delicious as a side Dish for Curd Rice.
Paruppu Thogaiyal/Cereal Paste.
Take Two palmful of Toor Dal and one teaspoon of Bengal Gram.
Saute these in a pan with three Red chillies.
Drop these in a Mixer , add Salt to taste and Grind.
This mix must not become too smooth or watery.
Remove this from Mixer when this is ground to a level of being well ground.
Paruppu Thigaiyal/Cereal Patste is ready.
This can be mixed with Rice after adding ghee to rice and Milagu Kuzhambu can be used as a side dish and vice versa.
One can have Pappad roasted in Direct fire along with these