Arusuvai Friendship Chain : Season – II

SONY DSCThe Arusuvai Friendship Chain was started on the 31st of October 2007 by Mrs. Latha Narasimhan of The ‘Yum’ Blog.
The word Arusuvai means six tastes (aru=six, suvai=taste) in Tamil and is used to refer to a tasty preparation with six tastes – inippu/ thithippu (sweet), orappu/ karam (hot), kassappu (bitter) , pulippu (sour), uppu(salt), tuvarpu (tastes that one gets in raw leaves). The original post started with passing a secret ingredient to Bharathy of Spicy Chilly and Renuka of Fusion and the whole chain continued to rope in as many as 50 bloggers in the first round. Bharathy’s post describes in detail the number of participants that took up the friendship chain and the success stories they all created.
SONY DSCThen, started Season – II. With a green signal Sayantani of A Homemaker’s Diary again started this friendship chain. She first received a surprise ingredient from Bharathy and then passed it on. A surprise ingredient has now reached my kitchen.
I had been eager to join the chain but had been too late for the first round. Then as season – II came to its peak I could resist no longer. A few e-mails later I was welcome into the chain by Sayantani and was told that Jaysree of Experiments in Kailas Kitchen will soon be sending me a surprise ingredient. Then the next day I received an e-mail from Jaysree stating that the package was on its way. Excitement and suspense, it almost does kill. Then it arrived.
The secret ingredient for me was makka ke atta/cornmeal. Along with the ingredient came a hand written letter and a book of South Indian Recipes by Neeta Mehta. Jaysree had read about my pondy connection. I couldn’t have recieved a better gift.
It was rather coincidental that, that very same day I had see the recipe of Cornmeal Strawberry Muffins on Geni’s beautiful blog Sweet & Crumbly. The combination of strawberry with cornmeal was unique and different and had my hands itching. So in some time I was in the kitchen whisking up these beauties. The taste was amazing and as Geni correctly stated, a dab of honey butter makes it perfect.
Cornmeal Strawberry Muffins:-
From : Sweet & Crumbly
Flour 1 cup
Cornmeal 1 cup (preferably stone-ground)
Sugar 1/3 cup
Baking powder 2 ½ tsp
Salt ½ tsp
Butter 6 tbsp, margarine or shortening, softened (cut to cubes)
Egg 1 (beaten)
Buttermilk 1 cup
Chopped strawberries 1 ½ cup (fresh or frozen)
Honey Butter:
Butter ¼ cup
Honey 1 tbsp
SONY DSC•Preheat the oven at 180ºC for 10 minutes. Grease and line the muffin pan with muffin liners.
•In mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt.
•Gently rub the butter into the cornmeal mixture with your hands until it resembles coarse sand.
•Add in the buttermilk and egg and mix until just incorporated.
•Dust 1 T. of flour over the chopped fruits and toss to coat in the flour.
•Add the chopped fruits into the batter and fold in carefully in with a rubber spatula.
•Now pour spoonfuls of batter into the muffin cups to about 2/3 full.
•Bake for about15-20 minutes or until the center springs back when pressed gently with your fingers.
•For the honey butter, soften the butter in the microwave for 10 seconds, add in the honey and mix to a smooth paste. Pat on the muffin and enjoy.
Makes : 12 -14 muffins.
SONY DSCEnjoy ! ! !
Right now there is no one else in the chain. If you are interested then please go on to Sayantani’s Blog and leave a comment. She will get back to you as soon as possible.

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