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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Omavalli bajji

"A great person never loses a childlike spirit" - Mencius.
"It is that nostalgic foods that brings back our childlike spirit" says me :)

Omavalli / karpooravalli / cuban oregano / mother of herbs
bajji - fritters

Though we used to grow this omavalli plant in our house (while growing up), I had never tasted this bajji (we eat it raw), till I saw a platter of this in a TV serial long back.
Unlike anywhere else, house plants are almost free in India :). After that , around 2005 I got one of this omavalli in our garden, as my husband is very much fond of smelling this leaf.  Also he likes the way this grows enormously and he particularly wished me to grow this plant along with my favorites. I searched everywhere and spotted one in my neighborhood. Then while I went for a walk I asked my neighbor if she can give me a tiny piece of this. She gladly gave me a big branch and that one grew in our house to a large bush. We munch on this leaf  in the mornings. Then on a rainy and cold evening (that nice weather is not common in Chennai and we Chennaites celebrate the cold weather with spicy foods and tea), I prepared this for us and we loved it very much along with tea. Omavalli remains in Chennai and I never thought if I could see one again in USA.
After many years, I saw this in a nearby Asian grocery stores, and bought it for $ 2 in a small pack. Then it grew this big (see photo) inside our house. Then only I learned that omavalli is not only native to India, it is a favorite herb in South America too. It is a hardy and outdoor plant too (haven't tried outdoors yet).
 I love my plants very much and consider them as my kids, as I think that they give me a very good company. Growing them in cold regions needs some luck, so I keep them precious. I rarely pick leaves out of them and one fine day  just like that on a cold evening  I made this bajji along with tea and we liked it very much :)  .
Here is a platter of omavalli bajji and should I say it tastes amazing ? :)

omavalli bajji
May 2014 Omavalli plant from Asian stores.

Omavalli plant in indoors.

Ingredients :
Omavalli leaf - 10 
Besan flour (kadalai mavu) - 1/2 cup
dosa batter (or) rice flour) - 2 tbsp 
salt - to taste
red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
hing (asafoetida)- 1/8 tsp
baking soda - 1/2 tsp
oil - to deep fry (200 ml)

Method:
Pick some fresh omavalli leaf (using a sharp scissor). Rinse and wipe to dry.

In a mixing bowl , add all the ingredients except oil and leaf .  Mix well to a thick batter using little water. The batter should be like thick idly batter ,otherwise the bajjis will absorb more oil. 

Heat oil in a wok. Heat well, reduce flame to medium.

Dip the leaves in the batter and put it on the hot oil.  Do not clutter. Flip and fry both sides. Drain oil and take out.

Omavalli bajji  is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot as snack along with hot coffee or tea during rainy / winter season.
Tomato ketchup is my choice of side dish for all bajji. 
Tastes good without any dipping too.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Cobbler and Ice cream

This is the peach cobbler and kulfi ice cream I made for my husband's friends for their office's Deepavali celebration (Nov). I get enthusiastic whenever they say there's a party with friends, as I like the opportunities to make something different from our regular menu :) .Peach cobbler is totally an eggless dessert that is baked with milk, flour and peaches. Peach cobbler is an US dessert popular in Southern states. It tastes amazing when served warm along with a scoop of ice cream. In my view, the cobbler is one of the easiest desserts and I make it quite often for the parties I host. Indian Kulfi ice cream is a Moghul dessert and it is popular in many countries in Asia. My version is purely for my convenience and it almost tastes like the original Gulfi :)
Try these and tell me how much you like it.  Click the links for the recipes (my earlier posts).

Peach cobbler (this large one is for our friends and that small tray is for my hd to taste first)

Homemade Indian Fruit and nut Kulfi ice cream
My list of  Indianized ice creams  :
1. Short cut Kulfi (from store bought ice cream)
2. Almond kulfi
3.Coconut milk ice cream
4.Pistachio Kulfi
5. Fruit and nut kulfi

Peach cobbler with Indian kulfi ice cream


Enjoy !

Monday, October 10, 2016

Kovaikkai varuval (கோவைக்காய் வறுவல்)

"Happiness is not a state of mind. It is an attitude" - read somewhere in Pinterest.

I have tasted this kind of spicy kovakkai fry in buffets, till then I used to make a simple poriyal only. I too started making it  at home using sambar powder and it tasted same as the Mirchi's.  Though this is a very easy and quick version, the success of the recipe depends on the way they chop the vegetable. These long slender pieces of this vegetable makes it a more yummy dish (my opinion !).
Enjoy this spicy South Indian side dish !

Kovaikkai  / Tindora / Ivy gourd ;  Varuval - pan roasting
Slice the tindora just like this.

Saute it in oil

Cook covered

After adding sambar powder

Kovaikkai varuval

Ingredients: 
Kovaikkai - 250 gm (1/2 lb)
Sesame oil / peanut oil - 3 tbsp
mustard (kadugu) - 1 tsp
urid dal - 1 tsp
red onion (small) - 1
homemade sambar powder - 2 tsp
turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
curry leaf - few
salt - to taste

Preparation: (20 minutes)
Rinse the Ivy gourd very well (thrice). Remove the top and bottom of each. No need to remove skin. Slice them into very thin long slices (see images).
Finely chop onion. Keep it along with curry leaf.
Method: (10 minutes)
Heat oil in a wok. Slide in the mustard and urid dal. Let the mustard crackle. Add the chopped onion, curry leaf. Fry till onion gets soft (1 minute approx).
Put the sliced Kovaikkai. Saute for 30 seconds. Sprinkle a handful of water and cook covered in low heat (5 mins) till kovakkai is tender crisp.
Add the required salt, turmeric powder, sambar powder and stir well. Cook covered for 2 more minutes with a tbsp of water.
Tindora fry is ready !

Serving suggestion:
Makes  4 servings.
Serve as side dish with sambar rice, any rice variety, chapati , roti.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Vendaikkai puli pachadi (வெண்டைக்காய் புளி பச்சடி )

Vendaikai - okra / ladies finger ; puLi - tamarind ; pachadi - a Tamil recipe for tender crisp side dish.
Most pachadi I make are curd based. But this one is different.
I have seen this side dish more in Tirunelveli than Chennai.  It might have originated in Kerala (as many pachadi are popular there) . It was introduced to my amma by Rukmani aunty and I 'by hearted' it keenly as I thought recipes like this are complex at that time. But nowadays I am confident to say that this recipe is not a time consuming one, if we know various short cuts in the kitchen.
Try and let me know if you like this recipe !

Okra / ladies finger (what a name !) / vendaikkai
Chop it into small rounds

Fry the okra along with onion tadka

Add required masala powders and continue frying

Cook till raw smell vanishes. 

Add tamarind extract. 

Add cooked dal, salt. bring to a boil.  Switch off.

Okra pachadi is ready !

Ingredients:
Okra - 200 gm
coconut oil - 2 tbsp
mustard (kadugu) - 1 tsp
urid dal - 1 tsp
chopped red onion - 1/2 cup
green chili - 1 (slit)
curry leaf - little
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
red chili powder - 1 tsp
coriander powder - 3 tsp
cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
salt - to taste
tamarind - amla size + hot water - 1 cup ( to make tamarind extract)
cooked thuvar dal - 1/2 cup

Preparation:
Rinse the okra and pat dry using a clean kitchen towel. Let it air-dry while we gather all other ingredients. Cook the thuvar dal and keep it ready.
Extract tamarind juice by soaking the tamarind in hot water. (or use a tbsp of readymade tamarind paste).
Chop the okra and keep aside.

Method:
Heat oil in a wok. Add the mustard and as soon as it starts crackling, add urid dal and fry till popping stops. Then add chopped red onion, chili, curry leaf and cook till onion turns soft.
Then add chopped okra. Now it may seem slimy. But keep on stirring in low heat. After few minutes add the masala powders (instead of all these powders a tbsp of  sambar powder would be enough too). Keep on stirring for one more minute and this direct heat will reduce the raw smell of masalas. Then add tamarind extract. Bring to a boil. Add salt. Cook covered till okra is almost tender crisp.
Tamarind removes the sliminess of okra. Then add cooked dal. Stir well , bring to a boil and switch off.
Okra pachadi is ready !

Serving suggestion:
Makes a perfect side dish with simple dal rice or sambar rice.
Sometimes I make it as side dish with chapti too.

Note:
In this dish I have used cooked dal, which I reserve while making sambar. Cooked toor dal can stay safe in freezer for almost 2 weeks. I haven't tested beyond that. Cooked toor dal in reserve comes handy for making rasam, side dishes etc.
But never try sambar with frozen dal, as Sambar tastes good  with freshly cooked toor dal only....my experience !

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mango grape juice

Who said welcome drinks should always be a lemonade or orange juice from a grocery store ? Luckily I discover newer drinks when in need. Here is one more drink that could make all of us happy.  On that day, I had a bottle of good quality 100% grape juice (from concentrate) and a tin of mango pulp which I had bought for another recipe. I never thought I would be mixing them up like this until that moment. Voila, this concoction made all think that I was planning on this drink for days , but I only knew how easy that is :) I have two recipes for that drink, one is pretty much handy and the other one is totally homely.
I am giving one more method (the really real recipe) which we started relishing after that.
Hope you like them both !
Seedless grapes and Atulfo mango from Costco

Grapes mango juice

Totally homely recipe :
Mango - 1
grapes (seedless) - 30 numbers
water - 1 cup

Remove the skin and puree the mango.
Put the grapes in 1 cup of hot boiling water and let cool completely.
Using a juicer extract the juice from grapes (Preethi juice extractor would be much useful in this step, as it retains the seeds and skin). Or using a blender (mixie), grind the grapes and filter using a tea filter.  (In this point we can store it in fridge upto 2 days).
Mix together and if needed add crushed ice.
Mango grape juice is ready. Enjoy !

Brilliant girls' recipe :
Mango pulp - 1/2 cup
grape juice - 1 1/2 cup
water - 1/2 cup

We can prepare this gorgeous drink using store bought 100 % grape juice and mango pulp (from Indian grocery store).
Mix together equal parts of grape juice and mango pulp.
Add required water and ice.
Enjoy !

Serving suggestion:
Makes a gorgeous welcome drink.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cabbage koftha manchurian

Cabbage koftha manchurian is my own version of fried kebab in a sweet and sour sauce.
Manchurians become our favorite during cold weathers. I make it as surprise treat for my hubby dear on weekends. My hubby likes this fried cabbage koftas , just like pakoras along with tea.  Click to see my Gobi manchurian also.
In this post I have used various kitchen appliances. I am showing a glimpse of them for my readers. Indian cooking needs lot of chopping, which makes the cuisine a time consuming one. But by using various chopping equipment, we would discover the joy of cooking inside our own kitchen.



I have used the vegetable chopper in kitchenaid mixer attachment to shred cabbage.


Cook the shredded cabbage with channa dal

Cooked channa dal, cabbage with turmeric powder

Chopped bell pepper (using Vidalia chopper from Bed Bath & Beyond )

Mincing the ginger, garlic using a vegetable chopper (Rival brand from Walmart).
Manchurian sauce before adding tomato sauce, hot sauce and hot water.

Fried cabbage koftas


cabbage kofta manchurian is ready !

Ingredients:
For deep frying:
Cabbage - 3 to 4 cups (shredded) (300 gm)
channa dal - 3 tbsp
besan flour - as per need (1 cup)
salt - to taste
pepper powder -  1 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
curry masala powder - 1 tsp
Oil - to deep fry

For the manchurian sauce :
ginger - 1 inch
garlic - 5 cloves
green bell pepper - 1
scallion / spring onion - 1 small bunch
cilantro - few
dark soy sauce - 2 tbsp
salt - to taste
finely chopped green chili - 1
tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
corn starch  / AP flour - 2 tbsp 
Sesame oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp

Step 1:
Shred the cabbage into small pieces. We can use a knife and cutting board like the traditional way or try using a Kitchenaid shredding attachment, just like I have used. Believe me, the vegetable choppers come handy for recipes like this.
In a cooking vessel, add 1/4 cup water. Add the channa dal and start cooking it, while we shred the cabbage. After it is almost cooked, add the shredded cabbage, turmeric powder and cook till all the water gets absorbed (less than 2 minutes). It should be tender crisp not mushy. Keep aside.
Step 2:
Add all the items given for deep frying (except oil) and cooked cabbage.
Mix well. Make small balls of amla size (key lime size).
Step 3:
Heat enough oil. Deep fry the cabbage koftas till crispy.
Take out and keep on paper towels to drain oil. You may be wondering if we can bake them instead of frying. I have tried it, but it tasted different. So I prefer deep frying for this recipe.
Step 4:
In a separate wok, heat 2 tbsp sesame oil. Add minced ginger garlic.
Saute well. Then add bell pepper. Saute well.Take these out.
In the same wok, add 1 tbsp oil.
Put the AP flour or corn starch and fry in low heat till raw smell goes off.
Add 1/4 cup water, soy sauce, tomato sauce, hot sauce, salt. Bring to a boil.
Then add the sauteed items. Mix well.
Keep aside.
Step 5:
Almost before serving (up to 1 hour earlier or lesser), add the fried cabbage kofthas.
Mix well with the sauce.
Garnish with finely chopped green chilies, spring onion, cilantro.

Cabbage kofta  manchurian is ready ! 

Serving suggestion:
Serve as side dish with fried rice, briyani, roti.

Note:
We can freeze the fried koftas for later use (just like burger patties). Do not microwave for long time to defrost. I would suggest keeping them in room temperature for 2 - 4 hours before cooking (instead of microwaving).

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Unripe banana poriyal (வாழைக்காய் பொரியல்)

Green unripe plantain (வாழைக்காய் ) is included in many ethnic cuisines. South Indians cook this banana in many ways.  One of the easiest ways is making a poriyal. Any poriyal (a stir fry) requires very less oil and can be cooked quickly too.
In Tirunelveli, most of the poriyal recipes would ask for 'steam cooking' or 'par boiling' the vegetable before tempering. My amma used to make this in a single step....she would just temper the vegetables and cook them in the same frying pan. 
But I always make this in Tirunelveli saiva samayal method, which I learned from our Rukmani aunty. I adapt this method, because I temper all of  my dishes (like sambar, rasam) one by one using the same kadai while cooking and finish off with this poriyal.  Try this and enjoy !
Vazhaikkai poriyal (வாழைக்காய் பொரியல்)

Cut the vazhaikai into 1 inch squares (approx)
I use this banana (Thai banana) for cooking purpose (from my file photos)
Ingredients:
Green unripe banana - 2
red chili powder - 3/4 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
cumin - 1 tsp
salt - to taste (1 tsp)
Tempering:
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
mustard - 1 tsp
urid dal - 1 tsp
hing - a tiny pinch
curry leaf - 1 sprig
red onion - 1 (small)
dry red chili - 1 
shredded coconut - 2 tbsp

Method:
Wash and clean the banana. Scrub and remove the outer skin mildly. We can remove the skin completely but I prefer to keep the skin on.
Cut it into small cubes. Put it in water immediately to prevent it from oxidation (color change).
Pour 4 cups of water in a sauce pan.  Bring it to boil and cook the chopped banana tender crisp (it should not be mushy, but cooked well). Drain water. Add salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, cumin to it and mix well. Keep the cooked banana mix aside.
Heat coconut oil in a wok. Add mustard seeds, urid dal, hing and let mustard crackle. As soon as urid dal turns mild pink, add cut dry chili, curry leaf, chopped onion and fry till onion turns soft (not brown).
Add the cooked banana and stir well. Cook covered in low heat for 1 minute. Sprinkle shredded coconut, mix well and switch off.
Vazhaikkai poriyal is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Serve as side dish with sambar, rasam and rice.

Time taken:
Preparation: less than 10 minutes
cooking : 10 minutes

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quick oats dosai

Sometimes I make this kind of quick oats dosai using left-over dosai mavu (batter). No one can say that it contains oats. So this is a good way to incorporate more fiber in our regular Indian food. Rolled oats behaves like poha (aval) in Indian cooking. So it is easier to make many Indian foods also.
 Also see my paruppu thovaiyal (dal chutney) too, which is my favorite chutney.  Mix that dal chutney with a tsp of sesame oil and fall in love with this combo forever. Sharing this quick and easy healthy dosai with you all ! Hope you all like it !

Oats dosai served with paruppu thogaiyal.

Bubbles in dosai will tell that you have made a super soft dosa and it is a success :) 


Ingredients:
rolled oats (traditional or microwaveable) - 1/2 cup
left over dosa batter - 1 1/2 cups
salt - to taste (optional)
Enos fruit salt - 1/8 tsp  (optional)
water - very little.

Method:
Powder the oats in a small dry mixie jar.
Add this to the dosa batter along with salt, eno's fruit salt. (Instead of eno's fruit salt we can add baking soda too, if we need a thick soft dosai. Otherwise we can make a crispy dosa with the same flour without any effervescent). Add little water to get dosa batter consistency (the batter should be thinner like pancake mixture).
Heat a dosa tawa. Coat it with sesame oil.
Pour a ladle of dosa mixture. Flatten it slightly to a small round (6 inch approximately).
Reduce flame and wait till it gets cooked (easy to flip stage).
Flip and cook the other side too.
Oats dosa is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Serve with any chutney , sambar just like ordinary idli dosai.

Note:
I have not tried this with 'steel cut oats'.
Try increasing the oats in this recipe up to 50:50 ratio and it will work good.
Eno's fruit salt can be substituted with a mixture of pinch of baking soda + lemon juice 2 drops (from my own experience , this gives the same effect .... bubbles in dosai).
Effervescent is needed in colder countries only and it is totally optional. Without this soda effect, dosa won't be spongy soft and still we can enjoy a thin dosai.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Egg tamarind curry (முட்டை புளி குழம்பு)

Whenever we say egg curry, the garam masala based kuruma would come in mind for many. But my mom used to make this tamarind based egg curry quite often. I am sharing this for anyone who looks out for more egg recipes and also for my family, who keenly craves for ammas recipes from me.


Egg curry (முட்டை புளி குழம்பு)

Ingredients:
Boiled egg - 2 ( one per person)
Tamarind- 1 gooseberry size
tomato - 1
red onion - 1 (chopped)
shallot - 3
red chili powder - 1 tsp
coriander powder - 3 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
shredded coconut - 1/4 cup
feugreek (methi seed) -1 tsp
mustard seeds- 1tsp
curry leaves - 1 sprig
sesame oil - 1 tbsp

Method:

Hard boil the eggs and remove the shell. Make few shallow slits. Keep aside.

Extract the juice from tamarind. Keep it in a bowl.
Add the chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and turmeric powder to the tamarind extract.
In a pan add the oil then put mustard seeds and methi seeds.
After the mustard gets cracked add curry leaves and chopped onion. After the onion softens, add chopped tomato. Cook till it gets mushy.
Then add the tamarind extract mixture. Bring it to a boil. Simmer and let the raw smell goes.
Grind the coconut , cumin seeds and onion into a fine paste.
Put this paste into the boiling tamarind extract. Boil for a  minute. Add the prepared eggs and bring to a boil. Switch off.
Muttai puLi kulambu is ready !

Serving suggestion:

Serve this as curry over hot rice along with any simple stir fries like beans poriyal , mixed vegetable poriyal and kadanja keerai masiyal.

Check out my other egg curries too:
Poached egg curry (உடைத்து ஊற்றிய முட்டை குழம்பு)
Tirunelveli egg kuruma
Spicy North Indian style egg curry
Stuffed egg masala

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Easy Mango shrikhand

Mango shrikhand is one more dessert from North India , but popular among all those mango lovers. As I have a lot of Gujarati friends, I get to taste the most delicious traditional mango shrikhands as wells as quick fix shrikhands.  We all know that desserts are supposed to be served after a large meal, but in Gujarati cuisine (my friends' house), they would serve at least 3 desserts along with food and conclude it with a 'dried sweet betel paan' or lassi. There I came to know that, this shrikhand can be used as a dip for poori (which is a staple during their festivals). I too started adding a pinch of sweetness in my dishes because of my love for Gujarati foods.
After seeing many shrikhand recipes in my friend's house, I made this lesser fat version and it is very easy to make too. Mine is not a traditional shrikhand. Traditionally this dessert should be made using whole milk curd. My low-fat version also tastes little similar and can be enjoyed any time.
Enjoy !
Mango shrikhand

Mango puree with sour cream

Sour cream

whipped sour cream

Add mango puree , brown sugar and cardamom powder

Preparing custard base

Mix everything together

Transfer to containers and keep refrigerated

Less fat Mango shrikhand  on an embroidery ....made in Gujarat :)  Love this !
Ingredients:
Mango puree - 850 gm (almost 2 lb)
Sour cream (low fat) - 450 gm (1 lb)
low fat milk - 1 cup
low fat milk - 1/4 cup
custard powder (vanilla /mango flavor) - 2 tbsp
sugar - 3/4 cup
cardamom powder - 1 tsp

Method:
First prepare the custard, as it needs cooling time.
Bring 1 cup milk to boil. Dissolve custard powder in 1/4 cup milk. REDUCE the heat and add this custard mix. Within 30 seconds it would start thickening, keep on stirring for 1 minute. Switch off the stove and let cool completely.
In a wide mixing bowl pour the sour cream. Whip it to a smooth consistency using a fork.
Add the mango puree, sugar, cardamom powder and mix well.
Add the custard at room temperature. Mix well and transfer to containers.
Keep refrigerated for at least 2 hours before serving (I keep it overnight).
Mango shrikhand is ready !

Serving suggestion:
Serve as dessert.
Ideally this should be served in small cups (2 - 3 tbsp in each cups).
Makes almost 20 servings

Note:
*Instead of custard powder we can use corn starch too.
*The custard we prepared can be replaced with low fat cream cheese (whipped smoothly).


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Carrot sweet pickle

Carrot pickle has become our new favorite now. Carrot is one of my most favorite vegetables. So I used to prepare carrot pachadi (raitha) in order to include more carrots. But recently my hubby dear started preferring cooked foods over raw. So I have to stick with carrot poriyal varieties often. See below for more carrot recipes from my kitchen.  Instead of regular stir fry, I made a pickle using carrot, just like how we do the mango pickle and believe me, this tastes and smells just like mango pickle. This is a sweet version of Tamilnadu pickle. Hope you all love this !

Recipe inspiration : Priya's Carrot pickle. Thanks Priya ! Almost 6 years back while reading your recipe only, I came to know that we can make pickle with carrots too. I kept that in my mind, but now only I tried it :) It tastes amazing dear. Thanks !

Carrot pickle with methi thepla and beetroot raita

Peel and cut the carrots in to rounds.

Chop into small squares. I have used a Vidalia onion chopper from 'Bed Bath and Beyond '  stores. That makes the chopping easier.

chopped carrot.

My homemade puliyotharai powder. I always keep this in freezer.

Lime / lemon for pickle

Sauteed carrot

Add jaggery or brown sugar, salt after the carrot is almost cooked.

Switch off and let cool. add lemon juice.

Store the carrot pickle in  an airtight container. 
carrot pickle with methi thepla and beetroot pachadi.

Sweet carrot pickle
Ingredients:
Carrot - 2 big (300 gm)
brown sugar - 1 tbsp (heaped)
red chili powder - 1 tsp
sesame oil - 1/4 cup
mustard seed, fenugreek seed - 1/2 tsp each
hing powder - 1/4 tsp
salt - to taste (1.5 tsp)
lemon  1 1/2 (big)

To powder : (puliyotharai powder) *
Methi / fenugreek seed - 1/2 tsp
mustard (kadugu) seed - 1 tsp
hing - tiny piece (like a black pepper)

Method:
Peel and rinse the carrots.  Wipe and clean without any moisture. 
Cube the carrots. 
Heat a drop of oil in a wok. Fry the mustard, methi and hing till mustard pops. Powder these together. 
Now heat the 1/4 cup sesame oil in a wok. Add mustard, fenugreek and let the mustard crackle. Sprinkle the hing powder.
Put the chopped carrots and stir well. Cook covered till tender crisp stage. Then add the dry chilly powder, salt and saute.  Put jaggery / brown sugar, prepared powder mix well and switch off.
Add  juice of  1 1/2  to 2 lemons and mix well.Check for salt and let cool completely.
Store in clean bottles. Let cool completely. secure with a lid and keep refrigerated. Stays good for a week to 10 days. (It never lasts longer than that in my house, so I don't know the maximum shelf-life of this pickle). 

Serving suggestion:
Serve as side dish with curd rice or any rice or roti.

Note:
*  I have used a vegetable chopper in this recipe.
It takes less than 5 minutes to cube a lot of carrots, if we use a good quality vegetable chopper.  Believe me, using a vegetable chopper makes our life more pleasant :) 
** I make this powder for puliyotharai  (see ingredients) and keep it in freezer up to 3 months. This is my pickling masala powder as well.
*** Always  use good quality sesame oil  (any oil) in this recipe, because the beta-carotene in the carrot is a fat soluble vitamin and it becomes more available to our body (becomes Vitamin A).  Carrot becomes more nutritious food while cooking.
I have used Lakshmi brand sesame oil here.

Other carrot recipes:
Tomato carrot soup
Carrot kuLi paniyaram
Vegetable uthappam
Moovarna poriyal
Carrot usili
Carrot paratha
Simple beans carrot poriyal
Vegetable biriyani with carrot pachadi
carrot halwa