Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Besan Ladoo




Besan Ladoo

Besan ladoo is rich sweet made with roasted besan or gram flour.I had been wanting to try this recipe for a long time. The first time I made this was with ordinary gram flour which is commonly used to make these ladoos,but I messed up a bit and did not give the desired results. But this time I used ladoo besan which is little coarse and has a different texture. It came out really good.


Ingredients
Besan Ladoo-2 cups
Sugar- 3/4 cup to one cup
Ghee- 1/2 cup
Cardamon powder- 3/4 tsp
Chopped badam- 4 tsp
Raisins- a few


Heat one tsp of ghee in a pan and roast badam and raisins and keep aside. Mix ladoo besan with ghee into a crumble mixture,resembling wet sand and roast this in low medium flame for about 18-20 minutes continuously stirring. Do not speed up the process by increasing heat. The besan needs to be properly roasted and the raw flavor to completely disappear. The color will change to brownish red. Transfer the mixture into another bowl and allow to cool down a bit. Add in the nuts, cardamon powder and sugar and mix well. Make ball when it is warm other wise it is difficult to form shape.

Note: Always try to add sugar only in the end. Do not add in the cooking stage or when the mixture is too hot, the sugar will melt and become syrup. You can wait for one or two minute to slightly cool down and add the sugar and mix and blend well with a spoon and rest for one more minute before making the ladoos

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Hope you will all enjoy.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Meen Muringakka Curry/Fish Drumstick Curry


Meen Muringakka Curry/Fish Drumstick Curry

This curry is very popular in South Kerala especially Trivandrum. It is a spicy fish curry which has the unique and inviting flavor of drumsticks/muringakka.This is my grandmothers recipe and  she makes the best meen muringakka curry ever. This is a very healthy recipe, its low in fat and  drumstick is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable. Try this you will surely love it...

Ingredients
Fish - 1 lb
Drumsticks pieces- 12- 15
Chilly- 3
Pearl onion- 8-10
Ginger - 1inch thick
Coconut grated- 3/4 cup
Whole red chilly- 6-8 
(add according to tolerance)
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds- 2 tbs
Fenugreek seeds- 1/3 tsp
Tamarind- one lemon size ball
mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a few

First dry roast red chilly, coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds. Make a fine paste of the dry roasted ingredients along with ginger, coconut and tamarind. Keep this mixture aside. Clean and cut fish.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When they splutter add chopped shallots, green chilly and salt and saute till onion changes color. Add the ground paste and tamarind water and adjust consistency by adding enough water ( valan puli /tamarind can be substituted by kudampuli).
Bring this to a boil and slide in the fish pieces and muringakka/drumsticks. Cover and cook in high heat for about a minute and then reduce and cook till the fish is done and the gravy thicken. Finally drizzle one tsp of fresh coconut oil and add a few curry leaves. Serve with rice..

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Hope you will all enjoy..


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pavakka Peera Pattichathu


Pavakka Peera Pattichathu

Here is a simple and delicious way to eat bitter gourd/pavakka. I know there are lots of people who hate this veggie due to its bitter taste. Believe me, this recipe will not disappoint you. The sweetness of coconut, the bitterness of pavakka and the tangy-ness of tamarind combined will make you love it. You can use either tamarind or kudampuli. My mom also uses the same recipe to make vegetables like kovakka/ivy gourd and plantains. Give this recipe a try..

Ingredients
Pavakka sliced- 3 cups
Pearl onions- 8-10
Coconut shredded - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Tamarind- a small ball
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic- 3 pods
Green chilly- 4-5
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves - a few
salt to taste


Chop bitter gourd into thin slices. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when they splutter add dry red chilly and sliced bitter gourd, salt and turmeric. Stir fry this for about three minutes till the bitter gourd becomes slightly browned up.( if you like to use kudampuli, cover and cook till bitter gourd is soft)
Using a mixer crush coconut, green chilly, pearl onions,tamarind, ginger and garlic into a coarse mixture. Add this to the bitter gourd along with curry leaves and saute till the raw flavor of onions and garlic disappears .Serve this as side dish for rice.

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Hope you will all enjoy..

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ulli Theeyal


Ulli Theeyal

Ulli theeyal is a popular recipe of Kerala and is made of pearl onion/shallots/ chuvanulli.It has very little ingredients but it is time consuming.It has a sweet and tempting flavor of roasted coconut and caramelized onions and the gravy is spicy and tangy

Ingredients
Pearl onion or shallots sliced- 2 cups
Sliced ginger- 2 inch thick
Slit green chilly-2
Curry leaves - a few
Tamarind-lemon sized ball
mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

To roast and grind
Coconut grated- 3/4 cup
Dry red chilly-8-10
( add according to your tolerance)
Coriander seeds- 3 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 spring


Heat two tsp of oil in a pan and roast all the ingredients listed under 'to roast'. Roast in medium flame and stirring continuously till the coconut is dark brown. Make this into a fine paste and keep aside.

Heat two tbs of oil  in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add shallots, ginger, green chilly and curry leaves and saute till the onions get almost fried and browned up. Add tamarind water and salt cover and cook for two minute. Finally add the coconut paste, adjust consistency and allow to simmer for one more minute in medium flame. Serve with rice.
Note: This is a basic theeyal recipe. You can add different type vegetables to this gravy or a combination of vegetables to make a mixed vegetable theeyal 

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Hope you will all enjoy..

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani



Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

 Here is the recipe for the rich and fragrant Hyderabadi chicken biryani.This was on my to- do list for a long time.It is an elaborate process but once you taste this aromatic and filling rice delicacy you will feel that it is really worth the effort.The biryani masala is somewhat similar to the Kerala chicken biryani,but the addition of shahi jeera imparts a unique flavor to this biryani.

Ingredients
To make rice
Basmathi Rice- 1/2 kg
Salt as per taste
Bay leaf-2
Green cardomon-2
Black cardamon- 2
Cloves- 4

To make masala
Chicken- 1/2 kg
Sliced onion- 250 grams
Green chilly-4-5
Ginger paste- 2 tsp
Garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3/4 tsp
Yogurt- 1 cup
Lemon juice- 1 lemon
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Coriander leaves- 1/3 chopped
Mint- a few

Shahi jeera- 1 tsp
Cinnamon- 1 inch thick
Black cardamon- 2
Cloves- 4-5
Bay leaves- 1

For layering and garnishing
Fried onions- 3/4 cup
Chopped coriander and mint leaves-1/2 cup
Green cardamon powder-1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Warm milk- 1/2 cup
Saffron strands- a pinch
Melted Ghee- 1/4 cup



Heat oil in a pan (about 1/3 cup) and add all the sliced onions and fry till it is nice and crisp. Drain the excess oil and keep aside.

 Marinate the chicken with turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt, half of the fried onions, garam masala and ginger garlic paste and marinate for one hour in the refrigerator. After one hour mix in yogurt and lemon juice and keep aside for another 20- 30 minutes.

To make the rice bring six cups of water to a boil and add rice (soaked for half an hour). In a cheese wrap and tie the whole garam masala and drop into the boiling water( you can remove this when the rice is cooked). Add salt and stir occasionally. When it is 3/4 cooked strain and drain off the excess water. Using a fork make the rice fluffy and keep aside.

Mix saffron in warm milk and keep aside.

Heat two tsp of oil in a heavy bottom pan and add shahi jeera, green cardamon,cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf ( as listed under - to make the masala) and fry for a minute. Add the marinated chicken and saute till the chicken changes color and the masala gets sealed with the chicken. Cover and cook for about two minutes in medium flame or till the chicken is half done. Switch off the flame and do the layering.Sprinkle coriander leaves, a little of fried onions and layer half of the rice. On top of the rice spread fried onions, chopped coriander leaves and mint, a pinch of green cardamon powder and 1/3 tsp of garam masala. Put the final rice layer and repeat the same order of garnishing along with 1/3 tsp of garam masala and pinch of green cardamon powder. Pour the saffron milk over the rice and melted ghee. Close the lid and place little weight on top or seal using a dough made of maida(just like chapati dough). Put it in high for about two minutes. Reduce the flame to low and cook for about 15- 20 minutes. You can place the vessel on a tawa and then cook to avoid direct flame. Serve warm with raita or mirchi ka salan.

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Hope you will all enjoy..

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ethapazham Bonda/Sweet Bonda


Ethapazham Bonda/Sweet Bonda

This is a yummy tea time snack which has sweet filling of ripe plantain, coconut and rava/semolina. It is quick and simple one and will be loved by by both young and old.Try using only ripe and sweet plantain for this recipe. The coating used is the same as the one used for pazham pori.

Ingredients
Ripe Plantain - 2
Coconut grated- 3/4 cup
Rava- 1/3 cup
Sugar- 3-4 tbs
Cardamon -5
Cashew nuts-6-7
Raisins-  a few
Nutmeg powder- a pinch (optional)
Ghee- 2 tsp

For the batter

Maida/All purpose flour- 3/4 cup
Rice flour-3 tbs
Sugar-1 tsp
salt- a pinch
baking powder- a pinch

oil for frying

Grate  plantain or mash it with your hands. Heat ghee in a pan and roast cashewnuts and raisins, drain and keep aside. In the same pan roast rava and coconut till it is golden brown. Add the grated plantain and saute for about two minutes. Allow this mixture to cool. Add sugar,cardamon, nutmeg and the roasted cashew nuts and raisins and mix well. Make this into small balls and keep aside.

Mix all the ingredients listed under batter. Add enough water to make a smooth batter not so thick and not so thin( idli batter consistency).
Heat oil in a pan and when it hot enough take balls one at a time and dip into the batter and carefully drop into oil. Fry till all sides are evenly browned up. Drain in paper towel. Serve as a tea time snack.

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Hope you will all enjoy

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kumbalanga Kadala Paruppu Kootu Curry



Kumbalanga Kadala Paruppu Kootu Curry

 This kootu is a combination of kadala parippu/split chickpeas/chana dal and ash gourd.In certain regions of Kerala this curry is part of Onam sadhya. You can also try other veggies like chayote sqash or snake gourd to make this kootu.Kadala paruppu adds a real texture to this dish.

Ingredients
Kumbalanga/Ash gourd- 2 cups (cubed)
Chana dal- 1 cup ( cooked)
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Coconut sliced- 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly -3
Jeera/cumin- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves- a few
Ghee/ oil- 1 tsp


Soak parippu/chana dal for an hours and cook it the dal till it is soft but do not mash it.
Note: Try cooking the parippu/dal in open pot. Cook it is soft but still retains its shape.
Cook ash gourd with turmeric, green chilly and salt. Sprinkle a little water cover and cook (do not add too much water because ash ground will shed it own water and get cooked). When it is soft and cooked add the kadala parippu/chana dal and mix well.
Make a paste of grated coconut, chilly powder and jeera. Add this into the kootu and allow to simmer for two minutes in low flame.
Heat oil/ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters add coconut slices and fry for a minute till it is slightly brown. Then add curry leaves and dry red chilly. Fry this for about one minute in medium flame and add to the curry. Serve with rice.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mutton Fry


Mutton Fry (updated pic)

This is a recipe for delicious Kerala style mutton fried with a blend of exotic spices and regional flavors.It is simple and quick recipe and should admit that I loved this ever since I have tasted it. This is not deep fried as the name suggest,but is first cooked and then slightly pan fried.

Ingredients
   Mutton 1 1/2 lb

1) Shallots- 1 cup chopped
Ginger paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Garlic paste- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp

2)  Onion finely chopped- 1/2 cup
Thinly sliced ginger- 1 tsp
Green chilly-1
Curry leaves- a few
Crushed dry red chilly- 1 tsp
Crushed fennel seeds- 3/4 tsp


Clean mutton and marinate it with all the ingredients listed under one (1) and keep aside for half an hour.Pressure cook the mutton with half cup of water in medium flame till four whistles and if there is excess gravy after you open the lid of the pressure cooker,continue cooking till all the water evaporates and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add saute sliced ginger, green chilly and onion. When it becomes golden brown add crushed dry red chilly and fennel seeds and saute for a minute. Add the cooked meat and mix well. Roast this in low flame for about three to four minutes or till it  gets browned up. Serve with rice/puttu/appam or parattas.

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Hope you will all enjoy..

Monday, November 7, 2011

Spinach/Palak Dal Curry


Spinach/Palak Dal Curry

Today's recipe is the classic combination of lentil and spinach.It is an aromatic and mildly spiced curry topped with the inviting flavor of thadka- the sizzling cumin and roasted garlic.In this recipe I have used mung dal which is slightly roasted to enhance the its unique flavor. It can be paired with rice/rotis.

Ingredients
Moong Dal/yellow lentil- 3/4 cup
Chopped spinach- 2 cups
Shallots- 4-5
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly- 4-5
salt to taste

Oil- 2 tsp
Ghee- 1 tsp(optional)
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Cumin seeeds-1/2 tsp
Garlic-3 pods
Dry red chilly-2


Slightly roast the mung dal till there is a nice aroma and it slightly changes color.Pressure cook dal till it is soft and cooked.
Mash dal and add in salt, turmeric,chopped shallots,ginger and green chilly. Add water to the desired consistency. Allow this to simmer for 3-4 minutes and add the chopped spinach and mix in. Continue to simmer in medium flame for two more minutes.( you can also saute the spinach with little oil and then add)
In a separate pan heat oil and ghee and add mustard seeds and cumin. When they sizzle add dry red chilly and crushed garlic and saute till there is a nice aroma of garlic and it slightly changes color. Pour this over the dal curry and serve.

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Hope you will all enjoy..

Friday, November 4, 2011

Balushahi



Balushahi (updated pic)

Balushahi is a traditional sweet of India made especially during festivals and feast. It is popular and much loved in South India and is also refereed to as badushah. All those who have a sweet tooth will surely love this sweet.It is like fried and glazed pasty that resembles doughnuts. It is sweet and has a slightly flaky and melt in mouth texture. It is made with flour,yogurt and ghee, fried and is dropped in sugar syrup. I did not get the cute round shape but I loved the flaky texture and everyone enjoyed :)

Ingredients
All Purpose flour- 2 cup
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
salt- a pinch
Ghee- 1/3 cup
Yogurt- 1/2 cup

For the syrup
Sugar- 1 1/2 cup
Water- 3/4 cup
lemon juice- a few drops
Cardamon crushed-3-4

Oil for deep frying


In a bowl mix flour,baking powder and salt. Add ghee/butter and rub in ghee or butter with the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add yogurt and mix lightly till all comes together into a stiff dough. Do not knead much at this stage.It will not be a smooth dough just like for chapatis but will be flaky and easily falling apart.Allow it to rest for about an hour.

Make the syrup by adding water to sugar and bring it to a boil. Allow it to simmer till it reaches two thread consistency.Add lemon juice and cardamon and set aside.

Heat oil in a pan.Knead the dough a bit to make it easy to handle and little more smooth,but do not knead much. (The edges may looks rough and and cracked but will help to penetrate the sugar syrup later). Make small balls and flatten it slightly with your thumb. Fry in low medium flame till golden brown on both sides.Take out from the hot oil and after a few seconds drop into the sugar syrup and it remain for about 15- 20 minutes in the syrup. Take out and allow the glaze to dry.

Recipe source: Vahchef


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chemmeen Thoran



Chemmeen Thoran

This is a Kerala style prawns/chemmeen thoran which is a quick and easy stir fry of prawns and coconut.It is perfect for lunch with rice. If you are a sea food lover you are going to love this dish.

Small prawns- 1 1/2 cup
Shallots chopped-1 cup
Grated Coconut- 3/4 cup
Green chilly-2
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic-4 - 5 pods
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1/3 tsp(optional)
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves -a few

Peel and devein prawns and keep aside. Chop shallots, ginger and garlic into small fine pieces. Crush coconut and green chilly together.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Next add curry leaves  and dry red chilly and after a few seconds the chopped shallots, ginger, garlic and green chilly. Saute this till onions turn golden brown. Add prawns, turmeric powder, chilly powder and garam masala sprinkle a few drops of water,cover and cook for two minutes. Add the coconut mixture and mix well and cover and continue to cook in low flame till all the water evaporates. Saute in medium high flame for one more minute. Serve with rice.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lemon Rice/Chitrannam



Lemon rice or chitrannam is a classic South Indian rice recipe. It is also served as prasadam in temples. The tangy rice with its inviting fresh aroma is hard to resist. If you have left over rice this is a great option for lunch/dinner.Serve it with roasted potatoes, papads and pickle and it makes a  simple and elegant meal.



Ingredients

Cooked Basmathi rice- 3 cups
Chana dal- 1/4 cup
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Peanut- 1/4 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Ginger sliced- 1 inch thick
Green chilly slit- 3
Dry red chilly- 3
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Hing or asafoetida 1/3 tsp
Lemon juice-  1 1/2 lemon
ghee- 1/2 tsp
oil- 2 tbs
Curry leaves- a few


For this recipe you need two cups of freshly cooked rice or left over rice.Dry roast peanuts and keep aside.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when they splutter add curry leaves, dry red chilly and chana dal and urad dal and fry till slightly brown.Add turmeric and hing and saute for a few seconds and in goes ginger and slit green chilly and fry till there is a nice aroma of ginger.Add in the rice and the lemon juice and mix well and fry the rice for a minute. Serve with pickle and papad.

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Hope you will all enjoy..
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