Nutmeg - one of the wonder spices used to make dishes like pies, or to juicers is normally used only in powder form. The large whole nutmegs are to be chosen. These weigh about 7 to 8 gms. It is not quite possible to make groundbut powder at home. It is better to purchase the nutmeg powder readily available in the market. One have to check for the airtight container and also for the date of manufacturing before purchasing. If it is quite close to expiration date, it is better not to purchase it. It have to be stored in airtight containers, away from heat, sunlight or even the stove. Exposing it to heat can lead to staling of the powder. Ground nutmeg will have a pungent, spicy smell and will be fluffy in texture.
Like many people, I too follow Samaithu Par of Meenakshi Ammal for many of my recipes, especially for the Bakshanams and a few sweets, but, I definitely add a twist and I have shared how I made those recipes myself. A few of the recipes are tried from different books and from different websites and ofcourse there too I have added my own twist and ingredients have been altered according the taste of family.
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Thanks to all those inspiring cooks of my family which includes my paatis (grand mothers), mom, mil, my co-sisters, my friends who are great cooks and who have some specialized dish of their own.
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