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Spicy Almond Chicken

Spicy Almond Chicken
Today's recipe is a spicy almond chicken. I wanted to try a chicken dish with almond paste. But this recipe is really quick and a simple stir fry. I used sliced toasted  almonds and it gives a nutty tasty crunch to the chicken. It is a spicy chicken can be served along with rice.
Ingredients
Chicken- 1 lb
Garlic- 5-6 pods
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder or Cayenne pepper- 11/3 tsp
(or according to your spice tolerance)
Almond paste- 2 tbs
Tomato paste- 2 tbs
Pepper powder- a pinch
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
Whole red chilly- 2
Sliced almonds- 1/3 cup
Chopped coriander- a hand full
Salt according to taste
Oil- 2-3 tbs


Clean and cut chicken into small pieces (use boneless chicken). Marinate chicken for half an hour with salt,turmeric, and pepper powder.
Heat oil in a pan and toast sliced almonds till slight golden,drain  and set aside (or spread the sliced almonds on a baking and toast in the oven). In the same oil add dry red chilly and saute for a minute f…

Oatmeal Banana Quick Bread

Oatmeal Banana Bread
Oatmeal and banana loaf is healthy low fat breakfast. Oatmeal gives the bread and nice and bananas makes it moist. I tried making banana bread before but found the texture was a little sticky over moist  bread. But this time when I combined oatmeal,  got it perfect.I added a crumble topping because my kid loves this a little sweet and nutty. The recipe source is from here.Made a little alteration to the original recipe  by increasing the amount of oats and it worked. It is a filling and healthy breakfast
Ingredients
All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Old fashioned oats- 1 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda- 3/4 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Sugar- 4 tbs
Vegetable oil- 1/3 cup
( You can also substitute it with 1/2 stick butter)
Eggs-2
Banana-3
Orange zest- of one orange
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp

For the topping (optional)
Walnuts- chopped- 1/2 cup
Light brown sugar- 1/3 cup
Cinnamon- 1/2 tsp



Pre heat oven to 375 degree F and grease and prepare loaf tin.
In a bowl mix together flo…

CrouKronuts/Kronuts-Baking Partners Challenge- 15

Kronuts

Baking partners challenge for this month is a very interesting recipe.  Swathi suggested CrouKronut / Kronut a home made version of the newest and most popular pasty sensation. It was created by Dominique Ansel bakery owner in New York. If you want to know more about this pasty check Cronut 101 and you can see the original in all its glory. It is an innovative hybrid pastry,half croissant and half doughnut. Definitely these beauties are rich in calories as they are fried and then filled with pasty cream and glaze. But will you be tempted to try this at least once in a life time :). I do not know whether it is available hear in Ohio, so I too decided to try the home made version.

This pastry recipe is unique and trying to make it was a great learning experience for me. I have never tried making laminated dough or puff pastry. Laminated dough consists of alternative layers of dough with thin sheets of butter. There are different types of laminated dough from puff pasty to crois…

Ethapazham Erisseri

Ethapazham Erisseri
 Wishing all my friends and readers a very happy and prosperous Onam!

Erisseri is an important dish in Kerala Sadhya. Since it is Onam I thought of sharing this recipe. Erisseri is  mildly spicy curry with one or a combination of  vegetables and lentils. It is  seasoned with roasted coconut, fried curry leaves which adds to its unique flavor and taste to the curry.  This one is made with ripe and slightly sweet plantain. I brought a batch to make banana chips but the skin turned yellow. So I had to abandon the idea of making chips and made this erisseri instead. It has a slight sweetness like the pumpkin erisseri  is a flavorful and quick dish. Try this for Sadhya,you will surely love it.
Ingredients Plantains/Ethakka- 3 medium
Black eye beans- 3/4 cup (or you can use red beans/vanpayar) Shredded Coconut- 3/4 cup+ 1/2 cup
Turmeric- a pinch
Chilly powder- 3/4 tsp Jeera/cumin -1/3 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil
Dry red chilly-2
mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste



So…

Chakka Vattal/Jackfruit Chips

Chakka Vattal/Jackfruit Chips
Chakka/Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit in Kerala but you can still enjoy this chakka vattal/chips all the year around. Jack fruit is found in every backyard in Kerala and there are lot of recipes with it.The unripe ones are used in curries or fried to make chips and ripe one are enjoyed as it is or preserved as chakka varatti or chakka jam.This chips is made with unripe jack fruit and is a crispy and crunchy snack.It is sometimes served along with banana chips in sadhya. So I am posting this easy chips for Onam. The edible part of this fruit is the yellow sheath around the seeds but when it is unripe it will be white. Try this quick and tasty chips.
Ingredients Chakka chula/ Fresh fresh surrounding the seeds- 20 no Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp Salt- as needed Curry leaves- one spring (optional) Coconut oil for frying- 1 1/2 cup
Cut chakka chula or the jack fruit flesh/bulbs into thin wedges. Note: The top and the end portion of each bulb will be thicker . You c…

Sweet Breakfast Omelet

Sweet Breakfast Omelet
Sweet omelet adds an interesting twist to your regular breakfast omelet and is quite filling on its own. The first time I read about sweet omelet was the Persian sweet omelet with dates. Later I found interesting versions with different fillings like chocolate chip, jam filled sweet omelet and  poached fruit omelet. Earlier I posted a recipe of Malabar Kayapola which is a thick omelet loaded with ghee roasted plantains and nuts. In this recipe I have used dates,nuts and coconut. You can use any nuts of your choice. Try this,hope you will all enjoy :) 
Ingredients
Eggs - 2
Milk or cream- 1 tbs
Sugar or maple syrup- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Cinnamon- a pinch
Vanilla essence-a few drops
Cashew nuts chopped- 5-6
Almonds chopped- 5-6
Dates chopped- 3 tbs
Coconut shredded- 2-3 tbs
Butter- 1 tsp



Beat egg, cinnamon, sugar,salt, cream/milk and vanilla essence till the egg mixture is thick and bubbly. Heat butter in a pan and when it melts pour the egg mixture and allow …

Nelikka Achar/Gooseberry Pickle

Nelikka Achar/Gooseberry Pickle
Pickles is a spicy condiments and a must in my house. It is long since I made gooseberry pickle. I could not find fresh ones here so finally decided to make pickle with frozen gooseberry. I know it is crazy and not sure about the shelf life of the pickle. So I am planning to store it in refrigerator and serve it as a todu curry for Onam sadhya. But if you are lucky to get fresh ones try this pickle recipe.It is perfect with curd and rice.

Ingredients
Gooseberry/nelikka- 15 large sized ones
Garlic- 15- 20 pods sliced
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 4 tbs
(or according to your spice tolerance)
Fenugreek powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- 3/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
Gingerly oil- 1/3 cup
Vinegar- 1/3 cup


Steam gooseberry for about four to five minutes till it becomes soft. If you are using the frozen ones,first defrost and place it on paper towels till all moister is absorbed and then steam.
Cut the goose berry into small pieces and discard t…
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