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Baked Spicy Mexican Chicken

Baked Spicy Mexican Chicken
Today's recipe is a Mexican take to baked chicken.The spice rub is spicy and flavorful. Got this spice mix from food network and it sounded interesting. Try this extremely appetizing chicken dish, you will surely love it.

Chicken - 1 1/2 lb
Garlic - 3-4
Coriander powder- 1/3 tsp
Cinnamon- 1 small piece
Onion powder- 1/2 tsp
Smoked paprika powder- 1/2 tsp
Ancho Chile pepper- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Whole black pepper- 1/3 tsp
Oregano- 1/3 tsp
salt to taste
Butter - 2 tsp
(or olive oil)

Wash chicken and pat dry. You can leave skin on or remove it.
Put all ingredients except butter in a food processor and pulse a few times to get a course mixture. Rub the spice mix over the chicken, cover and leave it to marinate over night in the refrigerator.
Pre heat oven to 350 degree F. Place the chicken on a roasting pan. Melt butter and brush on top of the marinated chicken or drizzle olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes and then change to b…

Mushroom Fry

Mushroom Fry
Mushroom fry is spicy pan roasted mushrooms.It goes well with steamed rice or fried rice. I used button mushroom for this recipe, you can also use oyster mushrooms which has a meaty texture.  Give this recipe a try,you will surely love it.
Mushrooms- 8 oz/ 15-18 medium sized
Onion - half thinly sliced
Curry leaves a few
Thinly sliced ginger- 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts- 6-8
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Kashmir Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste
lemon juice- 1/2 tsp

 Clean mushrooms and pat dry with paper towels. Cut each into quarters and mix chilly powder, pepper powder and salt. Heat oil in a pan and fry cashew nuts till golden brown, drain and keep aside. Into the same oil, add thinly sliced onions, curry leaves and ginger. Saute till onion turns translucent. Add the mushrooms and saute in medium high heat for two minutes. Add garam masala,reduce heat and continue to stir fry for one or two minutes or till it is complete…


Undaputtu is steamed rice dumplings with a spicy filling. In this recipe the filing used is a spicy prawns filling. This is a snack from Malabar and is easy and very appetizing. Try this,you will surely love it.
Rice flour- 2 cup
Hot water-1 1/4 to  1 1/2 cup
Salt -to taste
Sugar-  1 tsp
Coconut oil- 2 tbs
Crushed fennel seeds- a pinch
Coconut for garnish- 1/4 cup

For the filling
Prawns- small size-100 grams
Onion- 1 medium finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Garam masala- 1/4 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/4 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves- 2 tsp
salt to taste and coconut oil

 To make the filling: Heat oil in a pan and saute onion till translucent. Next add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw flavors disappears. Add spice powders and fry for a minute. Add the cleaned prawns,mix and then cover cook for three minutes. Stir fry till the masala gets completely dried up. Sprinkle coriander leaves and…

Padavalanga Parippu Curry

Padavalanga Parippu/ Snake Gourd Mung Dal Curry
 Padavalanga/ snake gourd curry is a coconut and lentil curry which is perfect with rice.Snake gourd is soft fleshed and can be easily cooked.Tender raw snake gourd has an unpleasant smell, but it disappears when cooked. In Kerala it is common vegetable and is used in recipes like aviyal, sambar etc. I usually make thoran with parippu and padavalanga and the combo is yummy. This curry can be served over rice and is quick and easy to make.

Padavalanga- 1 medium sized
( 2 1/2 cup of cubed padavalanga)
Onion- 1 medium
Green chilly-2
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp
salt to taste
Moong dal/ cheruparippu- 3/4 cup

To make a paste
Coconut grated 3/4 cup
Cumin- 1/2 tsp
Fennel-a pinch
Green chilly- 1

To temper
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Shallot- 2 diced
Dry Red chilly- 2-3
Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Curry leaves

Dry roast the moong dal/ cheruparippu till it gets a nice aroma but it should not be browned up. Allow to cools down. …

Chakka Ada

Chakka Ada Chakka (Jack fruit) is a seasonal fruit, very popular in Kerala and there are a variety of dishes both sweet and savory made with jack fruit. Chakka ada is steamed rice parcels with sweet coconut filling. It is very similar to the ela ada. The star ingredient in this recipe is chakka varatti/jack fruit preserve made with fully ripe jack fruit bulbs. Chakka varatti is mainly a preserve and if made in the right consistency, it can be stored and used for months. This is mixed with rice flour and spread on banana leaves and steamed. It is aromatic and healthy snack/ breakfast. Try this, you will surely love it. 

Rice Flour- 2 1/4 cups
Chakka varattiyathu/jack fruit jam- 1 cup
(For the recipe check here )
Water- 2 cups
salt a pinch
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Ghee- 1 tsp
Sugar- 2 tbs
Coconut oil- 2 tsp
banana leafs- cut into small pieces

Boil half cup of water. and pour over one cup of chakka varattiyathu and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, mix and dissolve it into a past…

Poori Masala

Poori Masala
Poori masala is a basic South Indian breakfast recipe. You can have pooris with any vegetable kurma or gravy but poori and potato masala is a delicious combo. I always make chapatis and parathas, but not much of pooris.But recently I am making them often, as my kid started taking a liking to fried fluffy pooris. Fluffy, crispy and less oily  pooris with potato masala is delicious and satisfying breakfast/snack.
For the poori
Wheat flour/atta- 1 1/3 cup
Semolina- 2 tsp
oil- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
oil for frying- 2 cups

For the masala
Potato - 3 small
Carrot cubed- 1/3 cup
onion sliced- 1 medium
Ginger chopped- 1 tbs
Green chilly- 2-3
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Chopped cashew nuts- 1 tsp
Curry leaves- a few
salt to taste

 To make the poori- mix flour, sugar, salt, oil and semolina. Mix water little by little and  knead into a smooth and stiff dough. It should be little more stiff than chapathi do…

Meen Vevichathu (Kottayam Fish Curry)

Meen Vevichathu (Kottayam Fish Curry)
Today's recipe is Kerala;s spicy and sour red curry. Different regions of Kerala have their own version of fish curry and meen vevichathu is a popular recipe in central Kerala. The main ingredients in this fish curry is chilly paste and kudampuli/gambooge. This curry does not have coconut milk which is a main ingredient in Kerala fish curry. So it can be kept in room temperature for up to two days. It tastes best with rice/tapioca.  Try this,you will surely love it.

Fish- 1 1/2 lb
( I used golden pomfret)
Pearl onions sliced - 1/2 cup
Onion cubed- 1 small
Ginger thinly sliced- 2 tbs
Garlic crushed- 4-5 pods
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Kashmiri chilli powder-3- 3 1/2 tsp
( adjust according to spice tolerance)
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Hing- a pinch (optional)
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Kudampuli- 3 piece
Fenugreek seeds- a few
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 springs
Coconut oil and salt to taste

 Clean fish and cut into piec…

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie
Banoffee is an irresistible English dessert with bananas and toffee.This dessert is a combination of bananas,boiled condensed milk and cream.I made graham cracker pie crust and if you have store brought dulce de leche this dessert can be put together an elegant looking dessert  in minutes. You can also make toffee from boiled condensed milk. Try this quick and easy dessert,you will surely love it.

To make the pie crust
Graham Cracker powdered- 1 1/2 cup
Butter- 1 stick
( For the regular pie crust check recipe here)

For the filling
Dulce de leache-1 tin
Heavy cream- 1 1/2 cup
Confectionery sugar- 1/3 cup
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Chocolate shavings

In a food processor pulse powdered  graham crackers  and melted butter. Pulse a few times till it becomes a course mixture that resembles wet sand. In this way you can moisten the biscuit powder and it will easily stick to the pie dish.
Put this mixture on a greased pie dish ( 8 inch pan) and using your hand o…

Meat Samosas

Meat Samosas
Samosas are deep fried tea time snack. It has a crispy tender crust made with pastry dough and a  spicy filling inside. The stuffing I have used here is a spicy meat filling. Earlier I tried samosas with potato filling,you can check the recipe here. Meat samosas is very popular all over India and is prepared in different ways. This is inspired from the Malabar meat samosas. You can use chicken, mutton or beef for the filing.
For the dough
All purpose flour/maida- 1 1/2 cup
Ghee/oil- 2 1/2 tsp
( use ghee for better results)
salt to taste
Sugar- 1/2 tsp

For the filling  
Beef- 250 grams
(or chicken/mutton)
Onion- 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 3/4 tsp
(Add according to spice tolerance)
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/3 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped - 2 tbs
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Salt to taste
oil for frying

To make the dough
In a bowl mix flour,  sugar and salt. Add ghee or oil a…

Koorka Mezhukkupuratti (Chinese Potato Stir Fry)

Koorka Mezhukkupuratti (Chinese Potato Stir Fry)
Koorka/ Chinese potato stir fry is a delicious and healthy side dish for rice. I clicked this picture when I visited Kerala in July. This is a seasonal yet popular vegetable in Kerala. The recipe source is my mother-in - law. Thanks Ammachi. This is a perfect combo with rice and mooru curry.

Koorka- 250 grams
Pearl onions- 10-12
Garlic-1 pod
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
( or crushed chilly flakes- 1/2 tsp)
Pepper powder-1/3 tsp
Thinly sliced coconut- a few
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Coconut oil and salt to taste

To clean the koorka/Chinese potato-Put them in a cloth bag or a sack and gently hit a few times on hard surface or on the floor. The skin will get separated in this process. If there is any excess left, scrape off with a knife. Wash thoroughly and then cut into small pieces.
Cook koorka along with turmeric and salt,till it is soft.
Crush shallots, two curry leaves and garlic us…

Aval Sharkara Payasam

Aval Sharkara Payasam
Aval Sharkara payasam is quick and simple payasam/pudding. It is made with rice flakes/beaten rice and jaggery and coconut milk. Earlier I posted aval milk payasam.This is yet another yummy version. Give this recipe a try,you will surely love it.
Aval (Beaten red rice)- 1 1/2cup
Jaggery ( powdered)-250 grams
(Adjust according to sweetness you prefer)
Coconut milk thick- 1 1/2 cup
Coconut milk thin- 2 cup
Cardamon crushed- 5-6
Raisins and cashew nuts- a few
Ghee- 3 tsp

Place aval in a strainer and rinse under running water, strain and keep aside.
Add jaggery in a heavy bottom pan, add 1 1/2 cup of water  and bring to a boil.Strain the impurities and bring it back to boil. Allow this to reduce and become a thick syrup.
In a separate pan heat ghee in a pan and roast the aval/rice flakes till it becomes crisp. Add thin coconut milk and cook  till aval become soft.Pour the jaggery and crushed cardamom allow the payasam to simmer and thicken, stirring in …

Caribbean Mango Chicken

Caribbean Mango Chicken
A Caribbean inspired marinade for is moderately spicy, sweet and tart.  This marinade can be prepared well ahead of time and can be stored in the fridge for over a week. Marinate the chicken with this marinade and bake for grill the chicken . It goes well with fresh mango salsa and rice. Try this tasty chicken, you will surely love it.

Recipe is inspired from here and here
Chicken pieces-6
(I used thighs and drumsticks)

For the marinade
Mango pulp- 1 1/2 cup
Lemon juice- 1 lemon
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbs
Pimiento pepper crushed-2
(Or you can used red bell pepper)
Brown sugar- 1 tsp
Molasses- 1 1/2 tbs
Yellow Mustard-2 tbs
Apple cider vinegar- 2 tbs
Smoked paprika- 1 tsp
Dry red chilly crushed - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Black pepper-1/4 tsp
Ground cumin-a pinch
Cinnamon powder- 1/4 tsp
Clove powder- a pinch
Nutmeg- a pinch
Salt to taste

 Mix all ingredients listed under marinade ( except cumin, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg) in a heavy bottom…

Coconut Shrimp Rice

Coconut Shrimp Rice
Coconut shrimp rice is simple and flavorful one pot dish. This rice cooked in coconut milk. It  is aromatic with coconut, spices, shrimp. Toasted shredded coconut used for garnish gives it a unique flavor and taste. This can be paired with spicy curries or with raita and papad. Try this simple rice dish,you will surely love it.
1)For the rice

Basmathi rice -1 1/2 cup
Cloves- 3
Cinnamon stick- 2 peices
Cardamon- 2
Coconut milk thick- 1/2 cup
water- 2 1/2 cup
salt to taste

2)For the masala
Shrimp- 1/2 pound
Shredded carrot- 1/2 cup
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Onion- 1 medium
Ginger chopped- 1 tbs
Garlic- 3 cloves
Green chilly- 3 slit
Curry leaves- a few
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/ 2 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 medium
(or you can use one tomato instead)
Ghee - 1 tsp
 oil and salt to taste

Wash rice nicely and add all ingredients listed under( 1) rice and cook in a low medium flame. Once cooked fluff with a fork and allow to cool down.
Heat ghee and a lit…

Cornmeal Scallion pancakes

Cornmeal Scallion pancakes
Cornmeal pancakes are crispy and savory pancakes and can be served with sour cream or with maple syrup.This recipe is inspired from Williams Sonoma book  Essentials of Breakfast and Brunch. This is a quick and healthy breakfast recipe. You can add fresh corn kernels to get an interesting sweet crunch.Give this recipe a try,you will surely love it.

White or yellow corn meal-1 1/2 cups
Baking powder-3/4 tsp
Sugar- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp
Tomato- 1 medium
Water- 1 1/2 cup of boiling water
Spring onions- 3/4 cup
Butter milk- 1/2 cup
Freshly ground pepper
 Butter- 2-3 tbs

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal,salt and sugar. Slowly and carefully stir in boiling water,whisk until smooth and quite stiff. Let the batter stand for10 minutes .Make sure it is completely cooled down and then add chopped onions,butter milk,baking powder, eggs, chopped tomatoes and seasoning. Place a griddle pan and heat till medium hot. Brush with  butter take 1/…

Karimeen Molly (Pearl Spot Fish Stew)

Karimeen Molly
Karimeen/Pearl spot fish molly is very popular dish in Kerala which is usually served with appam or bread. It is a mild spiced curry with coconut milk as the key ingredient. Earlier I posted a version of fish molly with  fried King fish. This recipe has less oil and is quick and easy to make. This recipe was shared by ammachi during our recent visit to India. We did a lot of cooking experiments together and this is one of my favorites.My family loved this curry.Give this recipe a try will surely love it.
Karimeen/Pearl spot fish- 4 medium
Sliced onion- 1 medium
Ginger- 1 inch thick piece thinly sliced
Garlic- 3 cloves
Green chilly- 3 slit lengthwise
Curry leaves- a few
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Thin coconut milk- 1 cup
Thick coconut milk- 1 cup
Coconut oil and salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan and saute sliced onions, ginger,garlic, curry leaves and green chilly till onions turn soft and slightly golden.…

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
 Baking partners challenge recipe for November is Whoopie pies-a delicious treat loved by both young and old. Since this is the month of pumpkins, Swathisuggested making something with pumpkin as the key ingredient. This recipe was suggested byAnithaof Anitha's Kitchen Diary. Whoopie Pies is a traditional Amish recipe. It consists of sandwiched cake like cookies with a sweet cream filling and you can make a variety of flavors and fillings. Here I used cream cheese filling, you can also try vanilla butter cream or marshmallow fluff cream. Pumpkin whoopie pies is moist and  delicious and a great holiday treat. Thanks Anitha for this wonderful recipe.

All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 3 tbs
Butter - 1/2 stick (4 tbs)
Pumpkin puree- 1 cup
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Ground ginger- 1/2 tsp
Ground cinnamon- 1/2 tsp
Clove powder- a pinch
Nutmeg- a pinch
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp

Cream cheese fillin…

Vettu Cake

Vettu Cake
Vettu cake is a tea time snack popular in Kerala. It is deep fried sweet dough made of eggs, flour and sugar and flavored with cardamon. The eggs used here is duck eggs, which is widely used to make vettu cake,but you can also use regular eggs,if duck eggs is not available.Vettu cake has a slightly crispy outside with a fluffy texture inside. This  is a popular snack found in tea stalls and canteens all around Kerala. Try this,you will surely love it.
All purpose flour- 2 1/2 cup
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Duck eggs- 3
Powdered sugar-  1 1/2 cup
( adjust according to sweet preference)
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
Yellow food color- 2 -3 drops (optional)
Oil for frying.

In a food processor, powder sugar along with cardamom powder ( if whole cardamom use 5-6) and keep aside.
Mix salt, flour and baking soda and keep aside.
 Beat eggs lightly and then add the powdered sugar. Mix and beat nicely till the mixture turns light and fluffy.
Add the food color and the…

Semolina Vegetable Puttu

Semolina Vegetable Puttu
 Puttu is steamed rice cake and is Malayali's favorite breakfast. Puttu can be made with rice flour or wheat flour. This recipe uses semolina and is made even healthier by adding vegetables. I clicked this picture when my mother-in law made this for breakfast. Thanks Ammachi for sharing this recipe.

Semolina-2 cup
Grated vegetables- 1 cup
(a combination of shredded carrot, beetroot, chopped beans and green peas)
Coconut - 3/4 cup
Sugar-1 tsp
salt- 1/3 tsp
water- 1/2 cup

Chop vegetables and  keep aside. Take semolina in a bowl and add grated coconut.Rub in coconut using your palm.Mix sugar and salt in 1/2 cup of water and sprinkle it little by little into the semolina mixture. Mix to form a course damp mixture without lumps, resembling wet sand. To check  moisture  press handful of mixture in form of balls. It should hold together and also easily break off when crumbled. Mix in the vegetable and let it sit for five minutes.
Take the puttu…

Tharavu Mutta Roast/Duck Egg Roast

Tharavu Mutta Roast
Tharavu mutta roast/Duck egg curry is a common breakfast recipe. This is spicy curry with caramelized onions and eggs. It is a perfect accompaniment for appam

Ingredients Eggs- 4
Onions medium-3
Tomato- 1 small (optional)
Curry leaves- a few
Ginger thinly sliced- 2 tsp
Kashmir chilly powder-2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Coconut oil

 Boil eggs and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and add sliced onion, ginger and curry leaves and salt . Saute till onion turns soft and caramelized. Add the tomato and stir fry for another 2 minutes. Add chilly powder and fennel powder and saute. Pour one cup of water, cover and cook till the gravy thickens. Add the egg and fennel powder simmer for another two minutes. Serve with appam or chapatis.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy...

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is perfect holiday recipe. It has a flaky and tender crust and a smooth custard filling. The filling is sweet and mildly spiced and easy to make. In order to  make tender and flaky crust, make sure that the ingredients are cold and work quickly to avoid the butter from melting. This recipe is adapted Joy of Baking and William- Somona
For the crust
All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Cold unsalted butter- 1 1/2 stick
Sugar- 1 tbs
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Ice water- 5 tbs

Pumpkin puree- 2 cup
Egg- 3
Heavy cream- 1 cup
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Brown sugar- 1/2 cup
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon- 1 tsp
Ginger- 1/2 tsp
Clove- 1/8 tsp
Nutmeg- 1 pinch

 To make the pie crust, put all the ingredients in food processor ( except ice water) and process for a few seconds till the butter gets incorporated with the flour and resembles course sand.
Add ice water little by little, till the mixture combines and will hold together when pinched. If it  is still crumbly add one more tbs of water.

Bottle gourd/ Churaykka pachadi

Bottle gourd/ Churaykka pachadi
Churaykka/Lauki/bottle gourd is used in stews and curries and becomes soft and juicy when cooked. Pachadi is a simple side dish popular in Kerala made with spiced and seasoned yogurt. When cooked churaykka pachadi tastes similiar to vellarikka/cucumber pachadi. Try this cooling and refreshing pachadi,you will surely love it.

Churakka chopped -2 cups
Green chilly- 2
Salt to taste

To make a paste
Coconut- 1/4 cup
Cumin-a pinch
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Garlic- I clove (optional)
Yogurt- 1 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly-2
Curry leaves- a few
Coconut oil- 2 tbs

Peel churakka, remove seeds in the center and cut bottle gourd into thin small pieces. Cook this along with green chilly, salt. Cover and cook in low heat. Vegetable will start oozing water and will get cooked. Allow this to cool down a bit.

Make a fine paste of coconut, cumin,mustard seeds and garlic.Mix this into yogurt and whisk . Pour this to the cooked  bottle gourd an…

Garlic and Dates Pickle

Garlic and Dates Pickle
A spicy and sweet garlic and dates pickle for all pickle lovers out there. This pickle is made with fresh garlic and dates. You can  substitute dates with raisins. Garlic has a strong pungent flavor .But as the pickle sits matures for a few weeks it becomes soft and the intense flavor reduces to a sweet garlic smell,this combined with the sweet dates makes it very appetizing. Try thus you will surely love it.
Garlic-1 cup
Dates whole- 15-20
Chilly powder-4 tbs
(or according to your spice tolerance)
Fenugreek powder-1  tbs
Mustard powder- 2 tsp
Asafoetida- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Gingerly oil- 1/3 cup
Vinegar- 1/3 cup

Steam dates for three minutes and keep aside. When it comes to room temperature use paper towel and pat them dry.  Peel garlic and keep aside. Here I used whole garlic. You can also slice them.
Note: This recipe is for instant pickle. If you can allow it to mature for a few weeks,there is no need to steam the dates
Heat ging…
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