Yes, I did it!! In Singapore! I was planning to do a post on how to make koozh vadam/ vathal, javarisi vadam and vengaya vadam last year itself when I visit Chennai. My MIL does every year and passes to me. So I requested my MIL to wait until I visit Chennai so that I can learn from her, help her in making and also make a post. But she said she will finish making by the end of April itself and she did all by herself and passed it to me. Even my mom made vathals and gave it to me, so I had no chance to learn and make a post last year.
I know this year also everything gonna be the same. So I desperately wanted to learn and make vathals. So I asked my MIL how to do first koozh vadam. She told the recipe and method and as a bonus told another easy vadam also (which I will share next week, coz, its still kaanjufying). You all have no idea how happy and content after I finished making these vadams. Just like how I finished baking for the first time and the cake came out fully done. Same feeling, or may be even more happier than that, because I have never thought I can do this in my life as I thought it is very complicated. But then I realized its not like that, it just needs time and some physical work.
I agree if made in bulk like our moms and MILs, then its sure a project. But Since I made in small quantity, it was very easy. When it comes to making vadams I have lots of beautiful childhood memories related, yeah, as usual. Every year mom makes koozh vadam (mom makes only koozh vadam and killu vadam/vengaya vadam mostly). Early morning before the sun rises, she will be ready with the koozh. We go to the mottai maadi and mom starts making and I used to help her by filling the press every time she finishes squeezing. My Bro ( +Sendhil ) also comes for helping. We will be thrilled to see the making, for no reasons. And while squeezing, we have laughed like anything non stop. Wondering why? When we squeeze the vadam through the press, it makes very funny sounds and me and my bro used to laugh for that.
Also we like to eat that koozh, though my mom warns us, it will not be good to our tummy. Also the burt bottom, if any, will be really tasty. We will be assigned job to save the vadams from crows. We keep all possible things to keep the crows away, like umbrella sorts of things. But still the crows will be clever enough to sneak and steal the hard work. So we will be shooing away those. Also not to forget to eat the half dried vadams, yumm. As kids, we also love to peel/ take out the vadams after its gets dried for a day. We never know how difficult and tiring it is for mom with all those daily house chores and still with all interest and doing these things. Amazing right? I always wonder how they have this spirit everyday.
After I saw a dry sunny weather, I decided to make vadams in a small portion and give it a try. I had good sun shining in my balcony in afternoons, so I made use of that and half I relied in fan. I also make use of the hot refrigerator top too. Yeah, weird, but it worked like a charm. I don’t know how many will be able to find time, space and sun to try making vadams to make use of this post, but sure it will help me in my future to refer.
I had with coriander rice, but goes well with and is handy when you make variety rice like tomato rice, lemon rice, tamarind rice…