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Fish Cutlet

Fish Cutlet
Fish cutlet is a spicy snack and can also be served as an excellent appetizer. You can use any kind of fleshy fish fillets or canned ones..its entirely up to you. In this recipe I used tilapia fillets. It is spicy,delicious and easy to make.


Ingredients
Fish-1 lb
Potato large-1
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Green chilly-1
Onion-1large
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped-a handful
lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
salt to taste

Egg white-2
Bread crumbs- 1 cup

Cut fish into pieces and cook  adding salt turmeric and little water. Once cooked,drain off the excess water using a strainer.
Wash potato and cook with the skin on. When it is cooked peel off the skin and grate it or mash and keep aside.
Heat one tsp of oil in pan and add onions,chopped green chilly,garlic and ginger paste. Saute till onions are soft and raw flavor disappears. Add the dry masala and fry for one more minute and switch off the flame. Add this to the mashed pot…

Vendakka/Okra Kurma

Vendakka/Okra Masala
This is  a delicious side dish for rotis/chapatis. I love okra either fried or stuffed.This time I decided to give it a change and tried this okra kurma. This curry has lightly flavored cashew and yogurt sauce.The Okra is first stir-fried and finally goes into the sauce. So the curry is not slime which most people hate in okra. Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients

Okra- 350 gms
Onion- 1 medium
Tomato- 1 medium
Green chilly-4-5
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
(or you can add whole spices)
Coriender powder- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Yogurt- 1/2 cup
Curry leaves- a few

To make a paste
Cashewnuts-10-12
Coconut- 3 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp


Wash and wipe okra completely dry using a paper towel. If it is larger okra cut into two. Heat oil ( 2-3 tsp) in a pan and and fry okra till it is soft and cooked and all the sliminess goes off. Add salt and stir for two more minutes and keep aside. This will take about four…

Pepper Capsicum Rice

Pepper Capsicum Rice
Capsicum rice is easy to make and is a perfect lunch box recipe.I love to try different variations with rice dishes and many of the rice recipes around are no fail recipes and you can experiment with a variety of flavors.Capsicum definitely has its own unique flavor but it combines well garam masala, cumin or fresh herbs. Here I have used a combination of capsicum/bell pepper with fresh ground black pepper. 

Ingredients

Cooked Basmathi rice- 2 cups
Bell Pepper/Capsicum chopped- 1 cup
( I have used a combination of red, yellow and green)
Chopped celery- 1/3 cup
Chopped spring onion- 1/3 cup
Chopped onion-1 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Fresh ground pepper- 1 1/2 tsp
(adjust according to your taste)
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Lemon juice-1/2 lemon
Butter/ Ghee- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Heat Ghee/butter in a pan and add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add crushed black pepper and fry for a few seconds. Now add chopped onion and saute till it changes…

Irachi Peera/ Spicy Chicken with Shredded Coconut

Irachi Peera
Here is a simple and quick  chicken recipe . It is popular in North Kerala and is usually made with mutton or beef . I have used chicken instead. I saw this in a popular show (Taste of Kerala) and I felt that it was somewhat similar to the South Kerala Kozhi Thoran which I had posted earlier. The major difference in this recipe is that shredded coconut is added only at the end of the cooking process which helps to retain the sweetness and crunchiness of coconut.It is a wonderful combination of  sweet and spicy. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.


Ingredients
1)Chicken- 1 1/2 lb
Thinly sliced onions- 3 medium
Green chilly slit-4
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Tomato - 1 medium
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masla- 1 tsp
salt to taste
Curry leaves- a few

2)Thinly sliced onion-1
Whole red chilly- 2
Chilly powder- 1 1/2
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 1/2
Shredded coconut- 1 cup



Clean and cut chicken into small pieces. Mix all the ingredients listed under one to…

Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka Paneer tikka can be best served as a appetizer or a starter and is loved by both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Can you imagine an Indian outdoor summer party without paneer tikka or chicken tikka as a starter? The enticing smoky flavor of grilled paneer and its tangy spicy marinade makes it everyone's favorite.Here paneer is placed on skewers and roasted along with vegetables like bell pepper, onion and tomatoes.


Ingredients
Paneer - 400 grams
Red bell pepper- 1
Green Bell pepper 1
Onion-1 medium

For the marinade
Roasted gram flour- 2 tbs
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Cumin powder- a pinch
Chat masala- 1/2 tsp
Yogurt- 1 cup (hung curd)
lemon juice-1/2 lemon
Mustard Oil- 3 tsp




Cut paneer into two inch thick cubes. Cut the veggies also into similar sized cubes.
Mix in all the ingredients listed under marinade  into a thick paste. Add the cubed paneer and the veggies and mix till it is all …

Chemmeen Ethakka Curry

Chemmeen Ethakka Curry
Today's recipe is a combination of prawns and raw plantain and is a home style recipe. It is an absolute comfort food. We Keralites tend to use a lot of plantains, but believe me this combination of prawns and plantains is awesome. If you have dried prawns then go for it. This is a very simple curry,delicious and goes well with rice

Ingredients
Ethakka -2 medium sized
Prawns - 1 cup
Shallots- 5
Tomatoes- 2
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Tamarind- one lemon size
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Green chillies-3
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a few

Clean prawns and set aside.Peel and chop plantains into 2 inch thin slices  Make a fine paste of coconut, chilly powder, shallots and ginger. Cook plantains along with tomatoes, turmeric, green chilly,little coconut oil and salt. When it is almost cooked add prawns and tamarind pulp and cook for another three to four minute. Add the coconut paste and simmer…

Pavakka Inji Achar/ Bitter gourd Ginger Pickle

Pavakka Inji Achar/ Bitter gourd Ginger Pickle

Those who love pickle will surely find this recipe interesting. It is a bitter gourd and ginger pickle. The flavor of ginger,the slight bitterness of the bitter gourd and a little sweetness from jaggery will surely make this a hit..give this recipe a try...

Ingredients

Bitter gourd sliced- 2 cup
Ginger thinly sliced- 3/4 cup
Garlic cloves-8
Green Chilly- 4
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 2 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 3/4 tsp
Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp
Vinegar- 3 tbs
Oil- 1/3 cup
Jaggery powdered- 2 tbs
Curry leaves-2 springs


Cut bitter gourd into thin slices and mix in turmeric powder and tsp of salt and keep aside for one hour. After one hour squeeze out the excess water and keep aside.
Slice ginger into thin strips and keep aside. Heat 1/3 cup of oil in a pan and add ginger and fry till it is golden brown and slightly crispy. Add the bitter gourd and saute till it becomes soft. Drain both ginger and bitter gourd an…

Olan

Olan
Olan is part of Kerala Onam sadhya.It is a very simple recipe which sounds just like stew. Vegetables like ash gourd, pumpkin and red gram are cooked and finally simmered in coconut milk. It is a mild but very flavorful dish with simple seasoning like green chillies, coconut oil and curry leaves. You can also use black eye beans in this recipe.

Ingredients
Ash gourd- 200 grams
Vanpayar/ red gram- 1/3 cup
Green chilly-5
Curry leaves - 2 spring
Coconut milk thin- 1/3 cup
Coconut milk thick- 1 cup
Coconut oil- 2 tsp
Salt to taste



 Soak red bean for two hour and cook with one and a third cup of water till it is soft and keep aside. Peel and chop ash gourd into small pieces or thin slices (You can also add pumpkin).  Cook this along with green chilly and salt and 1/3 cup of thin coconut milk. When it is cooked and soft add cooked red gram or vanpayar and thick coconut milk. Simmer in low flame for a minute and add curry leaves and drizzle coconut oil on top.
Try this.. Hope you wil…
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