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Malabar Chicken Fry- Easy Crispy Chicken Fry

Malabar Chicken Fry
Hello Friends! Today's recipe is a delectable fried chicken. This is a zesty chicken fry, that is perfectly crispy, spicy and aromatic.
Now it is no secret, almost every non-vegetarian loves crispy fried chicken. I also love crispy fried chicken. Well, its been raining for the past two days. But the gloomy cold weather has not damped my spirit. All I wanted was something crispy fried with hot piping black tea. Often it tends to happen that we crave fried chicken, especially on cold rainy days. I am sure you will agree :) So yesterday I made chicken pakoras and today made this crispy fried chicken. You can serve this as a snack, appetizer or as a side dish with rice,pathiri or parotta.

This spicy and crispy chicken fry is super yummy. This recipe is inspired from the Malabar region of Kerala. Have you ever tried Malabar recipes? It is a whole new thrilling world of flavors. Malabar was an early trading port and has a unique cuisine with strong European and Arab…

Kerala Black Halwa/ Karutha Halwa/ Rice Flour Halwa

Kerala Black Halwa/ Karutha Halwa/ Rice Flour Halwa
December has finally arrived and it means it is almost Christmas time! How many of you look forward to the Season of Joy! My birthday also comes in December, so it is a double celebration for me :) How is the Christmas planning coming along for everyone? It is exactly three weeks for Christmas and I am planning to share a few recipes for the holidays this year. This is the first one I wanted to share with all of you -Kerala style sweet delicacy- a real nostalgia, the Black Halwa.
Halwas has always amazed me with its simplicity, unique texture and taste. It is a gel-like sweet candy that you can never stop eating. When making halwa there is a time-honored cooking technique and halwa making is time-consuming. So people simply prefer to buy it from the shop. But making your own is a rewarding experience. Now many of the traditional sweets are forgotten or get overlooked for fancier ones in bakeries. But that is not the case with halwa. T…

Mung Bean Boiled Peanut Salad

Mung Bean Boiled Peanut Salad
Today's recipe is a wonderfully simple salad that is so hearty and filling. It has lots of flavors and a sweet crunch that you will love. It is for a perfect light lunch. Are you looking for a filling and healthy salad? Or are you looking for a holiday menu or lunch for a large gathering? If you are interested in trying a different kind of salad why not try this zesty salad. It also looks festive and is perfect for entertaining. This salad is interesting and perfect for the season. Beautiful ruby red pomegranates arils bursting with tart and sweet flavor, and boiled peanuts are tender with a slight crunch to it. This is beautifully balanced with a flavorful dressing. Pomegranates are in season, there is no better time to try this recipe. This salad tastes best the next day as the flavors intensify. If you are planning to do meal prep, make a larger batch of this yummy salad.

Recently I have been trying lots of salad recipes. Let me admit the truth. N…

Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid

Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid 
Salt and pepper squid is easy to make, perfectly tender and crispy fried squid. Do you like fried squid? I am addicted to crispy salted fried foods and make them once in a while, especially during weekends. Fried calamari or squid is a popular restaurant appetizer. Salt and pepper squid is a deep-fried crunchy aromatic squid. This might look simple, and yes it is! Batter fried squid sprinkled with salt and pepper, aromatic Chinese five spices and tossed with fried garlic and ginger. That's it! it really doesn't get any easier than that! This simple and flavorful fried squid is an addictive snack/ appetizer and is a pure joy to indulge with.
Squid is a popular seafood. You can now find it everywhere as a fast food or street food or maybe in a more formal sit-down restaurant menu. Back home in Kerala, my mom cooks squid in so many different ways. For me cooking squid was intimidating, to begin with. Overcooking tends to make the meat tough and chewy.…

Masala Peanuts - Spiced Peanut Snack

Masala Peanuts- Spiced Peanut snack - Spicy Groundnuts
Masala peanuts are the ever popular Indian snack made with peanuts and coated with a spicy chickpea flour batter. It is a zesty, crunchy snack, deep-fried to crispy golden. I love the simplicity of these old fashioned snack recipes. Many of these get overlooked for fancier ones in bakeries, but there are times you crave for something simple, crispy and spicy. This delightful vegan snack is a perfect combination of heat and spice. It tastes just like the store brought ones and you will be surprised how easy it is to make them at home. It is a versatile recipe for snacking at home or as a party treat or as a cocktail snack.
I love making these peanuts in big batches and just keeping them handy. But trust me they will be gone before you realize. It is so addictive! Back home my mom stocks up on these types of goodies almost whenever we have guests at home. Masala peanuts invoke nostalgic memories of childhood. Back then Sunday evening…

Pandan Crepe with Sweet Coconut Filling

Pandan Crepe with Sweet Coconut Filling
Do you like crepes for breakfast or as a dessert? Crepes have always been a fun breakfast option at home and mom makes ones with jaggery, sweet coconut or caramelized banana. It was also my choice when I want a quick dessert, not overly sweet, but the right amount of sweetness to satisfy sweet cravings. Today's recipe is just your basic crepe recipe with an Asian twist. It looks and tastes exotic with the beautiful aroma of coconut milk and Pandan extract. The coconut filling is also flavored with the beautiful aroma of Pandan leaves.
Pandan Crepes is a rolled-up dessert with beautiful vibrant color. The filling is sweetened coconut with palm sugar and the color is all natural from pandan extract. It is delicate and thin. Biting into the soft buttery crepe with sweet coconut filling is a gratifying experience, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Pandan Crepes is called Kuih Dada/ Dadar gulung and is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singa…
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