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Friday, April 23, 2010

Sagu Biyyam Murukku / Sago Murukku - ICC for Mar' 2010


Sago /Sabudhana Murukku (a tasty savory snack prepared with sago, rice flour, besan flour and fried gram flour) was chosen by Srivalli for Indian Cooking Challenge for the month of March.

As Sri already challenged us to prepare murukku before, this was a little easy, though I have never prepared murukku with sago before. Stated below is the recipe by Srivalli.

Ingredients
  • Rice flour: 2 cups
  • Besan flour: 1/2 cup
  • Fried gram flour: 1/2 cup
  • Sago: 1/2 cup
  • Oil: 50 gms
  • Salt to taste
  • Curd: 50 gms (half of half cup)
  • Chilli powder: 1/2 tsp or as per taste
  • Oil for frying murukku

Special Utensil: Muruku Achu

Method

  1. Soak sago in buttermilk for 3 hrs (please ensure that you soak the sago well or else sago may burst while frying the murukkus).
  2. Mix all the flour together, add salt and chilli powder. Heat 50 gms oil and mix to the flour.
  3. Gradually add the buttermilk soaked sago and knead to a chapati dough consistency.
  4. Heat oil in a kadhai for deep frying. Add the dough in the muruku achu. When the oil is hot, press down the dough directly in the oil as murukus.
  5. Cook the murukkus on medium flame. Drain oil and store the murukkus in airtight container.

A few points to remember: Ensure that the sago soaked in buttermilk is soft or else it will burst while frying the murukus and also to cook on medium flame to ensure even cooking.

I didn’t make the usual round shape. The murukkus turned out real crispy, a perfect accompaniment for evening tea / coffee.


A little late in posting due to machine problem....Better late than never...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Plagiarism - Once Again

Another case of plagiarism. As these days, I am not very regular in posting and also cannot check the site regularly. But surely this is not the post I intended to write about. Just today, I happen to update some posts, found a comment left by an anonymous visitor that my post on Calcutta Chicken Roll has been copied in a Pakistani recipe site, pakistanifoodrecipes.com launched on Monday, June 22, 2009.

My post on Calcutta Chicken Roll (post on Mar 8 2009), has been copied verbatim in the site with the post name as Calcutta Kati Roll – Kolkata Chicken Roll


Even the picture has been copied. Though they have carefully erased the mark on the picture, one can still understand that it’s my picture. My site name has been written but no credit / linking has been provided.


After some more browsing, I found 2 more of my posts have been copied:

The picture of Stuffed Dahi Was even shows my site name. Though in the post, my site name is mentioned but no linking is provided.

I happen to check some more pictures and came across posts copied from Srivalli's site, Cooking 4 all Seasons and another site, Tasty Indian Food.

I have left a message at the site. I have asked them to either credit with my site link or remove these posts altogether.

Some days back Ivy’s work was copied, check her post on Plagiarism.

Fellow bloggers, pl check if any of your posts have been copied in this site.
Hope these people stop copying our work once and for all.

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