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Paneer Bhurji

Paneer Bhurji
 Paneer Bhurji is easy to make, flavorful  and delicious side dish for rotis/chapatis. Paneer(Indian style cottage cheese) is now becoming part of my regular grocery list. Back in Kerala we never tried cooking with paneer. My parents love spicy food and so mom never experimented cooking mild gravy dishes with paneer.The only place you get a chance to try paneer dishes is at restaurants. Now I am buying paneer regularly and hunting new recipes to try.
 Paneer burji is the easiest of all and perfect for beginners.It is made with scrambled paneer, tomatoes and flavorful spices. Healthy and protein packed this is also  the  easiest stuffing for chapati wraps. I tried this for my kids lunch box and it was a success.
Crumbled Paneer- 2 cup
Onion- 1 medium
Tomato- 1 medium
Green chilly chopped-2
Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/4 tsp
Chaat Masala.a pinch(optional)
Coriander leaves chop…

Prawns Fry

Prawns Fry (Kerala Style)
This is yet another Kerala style prawns fry, quick and easy to make.Sea food lovers will not be able to resist a spicy and tasty prawns fry and prawns is my favorite.Back home when ever mom buys prawns we insisted in making prawns fry and it is always delicious. Try this, you will surely love it.
Ingredients Prawns- 1lb Ginger- garlic paste-2 tsp Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp( optional) Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp Rice flour/Corn starch- 2 tsp Curry leaves - a few  Salt to taste Coconut oil for frying Lemon juice- a few drops

Clean  and de-vein shrimp. Marinate with ginger garlic paste,chilly powder,pepper powder, turmeric, fennel powder and salt and keep aside for twenty minutes. Just before frying mix in rice flour. This will help to bind the masala. Heat oil in a pan and add curry leaves and fry for a minute. Layer shrimp and shallow fry on both sides till crispy  in the outside in a low medium flames for two to three minutes…

Mambazha Pulissery/Mango and Spiced Yogurt Curry

Mambazha Pulissery/Mango and Spiced Yogurt Curry
Pulisheri is the most common yogurt based dish in Kerala served with rice. Pulisheri is made  both with vegetables and  fruits . This dish is made with mangoes and is a flavorful dish,light and tasty. The sourness of yogurt is balanced by the sweetness of mangoes.

Ripe mangoes-3-4 medium sized
(If small variety 4-5)
Yogurt- 2 cup
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Green chilly-2
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds-  1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds -a few
Chopped shallot- 1
Whole red chilly-1
Curry leaves-2 springs

Peel and cut mangoes into large chunks( if smaller you can just add whole mangoes).

In a sauce pan put mangoes, chilly powder, turmeric,salt and one cup of water. Cover and cook till mangoes are cooked and it becomes a little creamy and thick.

Grind coconut and green chilly into a fine paste using little water and add to the mango mixture,stir and cook in medium flame till it is sli…

Stir Fried Brussels Sprouts with Coconut

Stir fried Brussels Sprouts with Coconut
Quick and delicious vegetable side dish with brussels sprouts flavored with coconut and the extra crunch of peanuts.Usually I roast brussels sprouts, but this is another wonderful way to enjoy this veggie. Do not over cook brussels  sprouts. It needs to remain crunchy. If overcooked it lose flavor attains a  sulfurous odour..the reason why most people keep away from the wonderful and versatile vegetable. This is less spicy and a good accompaniment for rice.

Brussels Sprouts- 20
Onion -1 medium
Ginger sliced- 1 inch thick
Green chilly- 2
Grated coconut- 1/3 cup
Roasted peanuts- 1/3 cup
Cumin- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric- 1/3 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Dry red chilly-1

Peel off and discard the loose leaves of the sprouts, wash and cut into half's and keep aside.  Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the splutter add dry red chilly,garlic and ginger and slightly fry. Add hing followed by onion…

Nadan Kozhi Curry/Kerala Chicken Curry

Nadan Kozhi Curry/Kerala Chicken Curry

This is my grandmothers recipe and is a traditional style chicken curry, flavorful and delicious. It is spicy and rich with regional flavors of Kerala like spices,coconut and coconut oil. In this recipe I have used roasted thin coconut slices. You can also add coconut milk. For recipe with coconut milk check here...Nadan kozhi curry goes well with rice, appam or pathiri.

 Chicken- 1 1/2 lb
Shallots sliced- 3 cup
Onion thinly sliced- 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 3 tsp
Green chilly-2
Curry leaves- 3 springs
Coconut oil

To fry

Coconut thinly sliced- 1/2 cup
Whole spices- cardamon 2, clove-5
Cinnamon stick- 2 pieces, star aniseed- 1
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

For the Masala
Chilly powder-2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3 tsp
Garam Masala powder- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1 tsp
Asafoetida-1/3 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste

Clean and cut chicken into small pieces. Marinate with pepper powder turmeric powder an…

Lauki/ Bottle gourd and Chickpeas Curry

Lauki/ Bottle gourd and Chickpeas Curry
Here is another simple recipe for chapatis/rotis. It is a spicy curry made with lauki/ bottle gourd/churakkaya with chick peas/kadala. It is aromatic with fresh flavors of garam masala and coconut.Try this,you will surely love it.

Bottle gourd- 1
Chickpeas- 1/2 cup
Onion- 1 mediem
Tomato- 1 meduim
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Green chilly-2
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Coconut milk- 1/2 cup
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Coriander leaves - a little

Soak chickpeas for one hour. Pour 1 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook ( three whistles) and keep this aside. Peel and cut bottle gourd into small cubes.
Heat oil in a pan and saute onions, green chilly, curry leaves till it changes color.Add ginger garlic paste and tomatoes fry till there is a nice aroma and tomatoes get cooked. Add chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt and masalas along with bottle gourd and…

Fish Molly

Fish Molly
Kerala style fish molly/molee is a mild and delicious curry-fish and coconut milk stew. Fish molie is made with generous amount of coconut milk, and has a creamy and rich taste.It's got a class of its own and will surely tickle your taste buds.If you ever travel to Kerala, make sure you try this creamy coconut fish curry with appam. Appam is a lacy fermented pancake made with rice and coconut milk. This is one classic combination that you got to try.
Kerala is the land of coconuts,fish and spices.Coconut is quintessential in Kerala cooking.Fish  Molly is a traditional dish,very popular in Kerala which is made on special occasions.The recipe is simple to follow,get your ingredients together and try this recipe,you will surely love it. This stew goes well with appam and bread.

For the marinade
Fish -1 lb ( I used King fish)
Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice/vinegar- 1 tsp
Oil for frying
( I used coconut oil)

For the sauce
Shallots finel…

Cauliflower/ Gobi 65

Gobi 65
Crispy and spicy fried cauliflower it can be served as an appetizer, side dish or as a snack. This is the vegetarian version of chicken 65 and is quick and simple.

Cauliflower florets- 3 cups

1)Corn Starch- 1/3 cup
All purpose flour/maida- 1/2 cup
Kashmiri chilly powder-11/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 11/2 tsp
Garam Masala- 1 tsp
Chilly garlic paste- 3 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander power- 1/2 tsp
Soya sauce- 1 tsp

For garnish
Onion- 1 medium
Bell pepper- 1/2
Coriander leaves- a little
Cumin Powder - a pinch
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a few(optional)
Lemon juice- a few drops

Cut cauliflower into small pieces.Sprinkle salt and pepper powder and put into micro wave in high for two minutes or just drop into boiling water for a minute and drain(Only half cooked the florets).
Mix all the ingredients listed under one to make a smooth batter. Batter should be similar to bhajis  or pakodas.Heat oil in a pan. Dip cauliflower florets …

Egg Puffs

Egg puffs
Here is a spicy and delicious tea time snack. Its quick and simple as I made with store brought puff pastry and tastes just like the ones we get in bakeries of Kerala.Freshly baked puffs with a cup of tea is something that no one can resist..

Puff pastry sheet- 1 pack

For the filling
Hard boiled eggs - 4
( I cut pastry sheet into 8 pieces)
Onion - finely chopped- 2 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Meat masala- 1 tsp
Tomato ketchup- 1 tsp
Lemon juice-  a few drops(optional)
Chopped coriander leaves- a little

Heat oil in a pan and saute onion till golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw flavor disappears. Make a paste of all the masala powders with 2-3 tbs of water and add and continue frying till oil separates. Add ketchup and boiled eggs cut into half. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves  and coat with masala. Allow this to cool completely.

Thaw puff pastry as per pa…

Mathanga Parippu Curry/Pumpkin Dal Curry

Mathanga Parippu Curry
 This is a basic home style lentil curry with pumpkin and moong dal. This is a coconut based curry and goes well with rice. It is similar to the nadan parippu curry. Pumpkin added to lentil brings in extra flavor and a little sweetness which is pleasing to the palate.

Pumpkin/Butternut squash cubed - 2 cup
Moong dal- 1/2 cup
Coconut grated 3/4 cup

Turmeric- 1/3 tsp
Green chilly- 4

Cumin- 1/2 tsp
Fennel- 1/3 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/3 tsp
Garlic - 2
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Shallot- 2 diced
Dry Red chilly- 2
Oil - 2 tsp
Curry leaves

Dry roast the moong dal till it gets a nice aroma but it should not be browned up. Allow to cools down a bit. Pour two cups of water and pressure cook till soft ( three whistles)
Chop pumpkin into cubes. Add this into the cooked dal with half cup of water and salt to taste and cook till pumpkin becomes soft and tender.
Meanwhile grind the coconut, cumin and fennel into a fine paste. Crush green chilly,and garlic and mix it to the paste …

Meen/Fish Thilappichathu

Meen Thilappichathu (Cochin style fish curry)
Meen Thilappichathu is a common fish preparation of Central Kerala especially Cochin. It is fish in a spicy and tangy sauce and is simple and easy to put together. You can use use any kind of fish like king fish, pearl spot, pom fret,mackerel or sardines. You can also use the same recipe to make eggs. This is a healthy and delicious recipe with very simple ingredients. Here I have used vinegar to make the sauce tangy which can be replaced with tomatoes.Try will surely love it.

Fish - 1 lb(I used pomfret)
Shallots 12-14
Ginger- 2 inch thick
Garlic- 4-5
Green chilly- 3
Curry leaves a few
Chilly powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
water- 1 1/2 cup
Vinegar-2 tsp
Salt to taste

Clean and cut fish and keep aside.
Using a mixer blend into a coarse mixture (not paste) the shallots, green chilly, ginger garlic and curry leaves.
Heat oil in a pan and saute this mixture till it is golden brown. Add chilly powder and turmeri…

Vendakka/Okra Fry

One of my favorite ways to cook okra or vendakka is a spicy fry. It is easy to prepare and is great accompaniment for rice and sambar. Its simple and delicious stir fry and  a quick recipe for dinner especially when you are short of time. It is spicy and bit tangy from the tomatoes. You can make it a little more crispy if you like.

Okra- 25-30
Shallots chopped- 1/2 cup
( or 1 small onion).
Tomato -1 medium
Ginger chopped - 1 tsp
Urud dal, mustard seeds, Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp each
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/3 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Curry leaves -a few

Wash and completely dry the okra with paper towel before cutting them. Cut into one inch pieces.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds followed by urud dal and fry for a minute. Add hing and after a second ginger and onions. Fry till onions change color. Add turmeric and tomatoes and fry for a minute. Now add okra or vendakka give it a quick mix, reduce the heat and allow  to slowly get cooked and fr…

Lemon Chicken

Lemon chicken
This is a great chicken recipe infused with Asian flavors and was very similar to the Chinese restaurant style lemon chicken.It is citrus flavored,sweet, tart and crispy chicken .The chicken is first cut into small pieces, dipped in batter and deep fried. The sauce is made separately and drizzled over the chicken.This is perfect with jasmine rice.

1)Chicken boneless- 1 1/2 lb
Soya sauce- 3 tsp
Salt a pinch
For the batter
2)For the BatterEgg- 2
Corn starch-2 tbs

3)For the sauce
Water - 3/4 cup
( or you can use chicken broth)
Sugar- 3-4 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 lemon
Lemon zest- 1 tsp
Corn starch- 1 tsp
Yellow color- one drop( optional)

Sesame seeds roasted - 1 tsp
Chopped spring onions - a few

Clean and cut chicken  into small pieces and marinate with soya sauce and pinch of salt and keep aside for ten minutes.
Mix the ingredients under two and make a batter. Heat oil in a pan. Dip the marinated chicken in the batter and deep fry in batches for four to …
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