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Fruit and Nut Pinwheels

Fruit and Nut Pinwheels
Merry Christmas to all my friends and readers! Today's recipe is baked  fruit and nut pinwheel pastry. It is made with ready made puff pasty dough.You can also use yeast dough for this recipe instead of puff pasty( check recipe here ). This is a delicious treat of flaky pastry with slightly caramelized sugar and a simple  holiday treat.Serve this with a cup of tea and enjoy!
Puff pastry -2 sheet
Granulated sugar- 1/2cup
Cardamon powder- 3/4 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Fruits and nuts mix- I used glazed cherries, golden raisins,
pistachios and cashew nuts.

Thaw puff pasty as per package instruction.Pre heat the oven to 350 degree F.
 On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry.
Spread the sugar evenly on top and using a rolling pin gently roll on top so that the sugar so that it sticks on the dough. Leaving an inch on all sides spread the fruits and nut filling. Lifting the side close to you and roll the dough to form a cylindrical shape. Place …

Ari Sharkara Payasam

Ari Sharkara Payasam
Ari sharkara payasam is quick and simple dessert/pudding. This  payasam is made with rice, coconut milk,ghee and jaggery/molasses. It is similar to temple payasam and arachuvitta payasam. It has thicker  consistency than regular payasam. Try this you will surely love it.
 Raw red rice/payasam rice- 1 cup
Jaggery ( powdered)-1 1/2 cup
(Adjust according to sweetness you prefer)
Coconut milk thick- 1 1/2 cup
Coconut milk thin- 2 1/2 cup
Cardamom crushed- 5-6
Banana/cheru pazham-1 mashed (optional)
Sliced coconut- 2 tbs
Raisins and cashew nuts- a few
Ghee- 3 tsp

Wash and soak rice for an hour.In a heavy bottom pan bring one cup of water and jaggery to a boil. Simmer till it is completely dissolved.Strain the impurities and keep aside.
Cook rice with thin coconut milk. ( you can use a pressure cooker to cook the rice).  When the rice is cooked and soft pour the jaggery and continue to simmer for 5-6 minutes till the payasam  attains a thick consistenc…

Pavakka/Bitter gourd Kichadi

Pavakka Kichadi
Today's recipe is kichadi which is a yogurt based side dish served with rice. I have posted other versions of kichadi with beetroot and okra. Kichadi with pavakka/bitter gourd is tasty and easy to make. The best part is that it does not taste bitter. So if you find it difficult to eat bitter gourd, try making this simple kichadi. Kichadi is also an integral part of Onam and Vishu Sadhya.
Pavakka/bitter gourd-3
Green chilly-3  Salt to taste

To make a paste
Coconut- 1/4 cup
Yogurt- 1 cup
Cumin- 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp

To temper
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
shallot- 1 
Red chilly- 2
Curry leaves
Cut bitter gourd into thin round slices . Heat half cup of oil in a pan and fry the bitter gourd in batches. Fry till crispy golden brown, and place on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Make a fine paste of coconut, cumin and mustard seeds.Mix well with yogurt , green chilly and salt.  Add the fried veggie and mix well.Simmer this for a minute or two in…

Skillet Chile Cheese Cornbread

Skillet Chile Cheese Cornbread

Baking partners challenge for this month is corn bread. When Swathi asked me to make and share this recipe, I thought it is a wonderful idea as it can be part of Thanksgiving menu . This is a southern style skillet cheese corn bread with a spicy kick and flavor of  jalapenos. It turned out moist and flavorful. The recipe is adapted fromWeight Watchers Light and Easy Cookbook,Oxmoor house,1997 and from 1001 Great Recipes from around the World, Culinary Arts Institute, New York, 1981.

Yellow Cornmeal- 1 1/2 cup
All purpose flour- 1 cup
Baking powder- 2 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Brown sugar- 2-3 tbs
Vegetable oil-1/4 cup
Carrot shredded- 1/3 cup (optional)
Green chilly  or Jalapenos- 3 ounce
(or according to spice tolerance)
Corn - 1/2 cup
( or cream style corn 1/2 can)
Butter milk- 1 cup
Milk- 1/2 cup Shredded mild Cheddar cheese- 1 cup

Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and set aside. Pre heat oven to 400 degree F Lightly beat eggs until blen…

Molasses Cornbread

Baking partners challenge for this month is corn bread. When Swathi asked me to make and share this recipe, I immediately agreed . Making corn bread has always been in my wish list. It is  perfect for holiday meal.The first time I saw this recipe was in Shakers frugal cook book. It had very little ingredients and easy to put together. It can be served as a snack or part of a meal. Try this, you will surely love it.

Recipe source: Dorling Kindersley, Classic Home Cooking,London, 1995.

Fine yellow cornmeal- 1 1/2 cup All purpose flour- 1 cup Dark brown sugar- 1/4 cup Sugar- 1 tbs Molasses- 1/2 cup Baking powder- 2 tsp Salt- 1/2 tsp
Milk- 1 1/4 cup Egg-2 Melted butter- 4tbs Vegetable oil- 2 tsp Cinnamon - a pinch (optional)

Lightly butter cake pan and set aside.Pre heat oven to 400 degree F. Mix corn meal, flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
In a separate bowl beat egg, melted butter,molasses, milk and oil till it is bubbly. Make a well in the center of the flou…

Fruits Varattiyathu

Fruits Varattiyathu
Todays recipe is fruits varattiyathu/ fruit preserve  made in traditional Kerala style. Chakka varatti/jack fruit preserve is a popular in  Kerala which is made with fully ripe jack fruit bulbs. Along with chakka/jack fruit I have used pineapple, ripe plantain and ripe mango to make this fruits varattiyathu. It can be used as a jam or it can be served as halwa/dessert. You can also use this to make payasam, ila ada and steamed dumplings. Try this,you will surely love it

Ripe Jack fruit chopped- 15-18 bulbs
Pineapple chopped- 1 cup
Ripe plantain- 1
Mango medium sized- 1
Jaggery powdered- 2 1/2 cup
Ghee- 1/3 cup
Cardamon powder- 1 tsp
Dry ginger powder- 1/2 tsp

De-seed jack fruit bulbs and cut into small pieces. Chop the fruits and keep aside
Boil jaggery with 2 cup of water till completely dissolved, strain and keep aside.
Take a heavy bottom pan and cook the chopped fruits with one cup of water.
When the fruits is cooked completely mash …

Chemmeen Kadachakka Masala/ Prawns Breadfruit Masala

Chemmeen Kadachakka Masala/ Prawns Breadfruit Masala
Kadachakka/ sheemachakka/breadfruit is widely cooked in Kerala and there are several recipes with breadfruit as the star ingredient. Earlier I posted a sweet coconut stew made with breadfruit. This is a spicy delectable combo with prawns. You can serve this with rice, chapathi or pathiri.

Bread fruit cubed- 1 medium size
Prawns- medium sized-1 cup
Onion - 2 medium
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Tomato- 1
Green chilly-2
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk- 1/2 cup
Curry leaves- a few
Garam Masala or meat masala- 1/2 tsp
Oil as needed and salt to taste

To roast and grind 
Coconut grated- 1/3 cup
Pearl onion-2 slices
Fenugreek seeds- a few
Fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 spring

Heat a pan and dry roast coconut, pearl onion sliced, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and curry leaves. Roast till it changes color to brown.Make this into a fine powder and set aside.

Heat oil in a pa…

Ghee Mysore Pak

Ghee Mysore Pak
Happy Diwali to all my friends and readers!May this festival of lights bring  happiness and joy to all of you!
 On this festive happy  occasion I made ghee mysore pak or soft more pak. It is easy than the regular mysore pak and can be easily prepared at home.Ghee Mysore pak is delicious and melt in mouth sweet. This famous south Indian sweet needs no introduction. It is made with gram flour /besan, sugar and ghee/clarified butter.

Gram flour/Besan- 3/4 cup
Sugar- 1 1/4 cup
Ghee -1 cup
Cardamon- a pinch
Sugar- 1 tsp

Sift gram flour and set aside. In a heavy bottom pan add sugar and one cup of water. Bring this to a boil and reduce the flame. Allow this to simmer till the sugar attains one thread consistency. You can add a pinch of color if you like bright yellow color.
Add gram flour while continuously whisking the sugar syrup. Mix well and make sure there is no lumps. Continue cooking in low flame for another 5-6 minutes. Add warm ghee in little addition …

Lahori Fish Fry

Lahori Fish Fry
Today's recipe is a a popular street food from Lahore. They have a rich diversity of tasty food. This a quick and easy fish fry which we can make at home. It can be served with rice or as an appetizer. This is skillet fried,but you can also batter dip and deep fry them to serve like pakoras. It is perfect for potluck parties.

Fish fillet of your choice- 1/2 kg
(I used king fish)
Gram flour- 2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder- 1 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Coriander seeds- 1 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/ 4 tsp
Ajwain seeds- 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste and oil for frying

 Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds,ajwain, fenugreek seeds and dry red chilly till there is a nice aroma. Crush this using a mortar and pestle or make it into a course powder using a mixture . Marinate the fish with this powder, kashmiri chilly powder,gram flour,turmeric powder, salt and ginger garlic paste. Se…

Carrot Burfi

Carrot Burfi
Burfi is milk based confectionery that is available in wide range of flavors. Carrot burfi tastes like carrot halwa and can be sliced like a fudge. Try this sweet,you will surely love it.

Carrot grated- 3 cup
Khoya- 250 grams
Milk- 3 cup
Sliced almond or cashew nuts-  to garnish
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Ghee- 3 tbs
Cardamon- 1/2 tsp

Heat ghee in a pan and roast the almonds or cashew nuts till golden brown. Remove from ghee and keep aside.
 In the same pan add grated carrots and roast till there is a nice aroma for about two to three minutes. Add milk and cook till the carrot is soft and the milk thickens.Add grated khoya and mix with the carrots. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook the mixture till it becomes thick and leaves the edges of the pan.
 Add the cardamom powder, roasted nuts and mix well. Stir for two to minutes and remove from the stove.
Grease a plate with ghee and transfer the contents into the plate. Flatten and smooth  …

Rajma/Kidney Beans Pulao

Rajma/Kidney Beans Pulao
 Pulao is simple one pot meal and I often make with vegetables or meat. This time I had some leftover kidney beans/rajma. Its delicious and aromatic combo of rice, spices, beans and vegetables. It is easy lunch box recipe.

Basmathi Rice- 1 1/2 cups
Kidney beans- cooked- 1 cup
Beans- 1/2 cup
Onion- 1
Green chilly- 3
Ginger- 1 inch piece
Garlic- 2
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp 
Garam masala- 1/8 tsp
Chicken broth/ Vegetable broth- 1 cup
Water- 2 1/2 cup
Whole spices-Cinnamon- 1 inch  stick,Cardamon- 2,Cloves - 4
Lemon juice-  1 tsp
Salt to taste
Cashew nuts chopped- 5
Raisins- a few
Oil 2 tsp
Ghee- 1 tsp

To cook rajma/kidney beans soak over night. Pressure cook (5-6 whistles) and keep aside.
Chop beans, onion, ginger and garlic and set aside.
Heat oil and ghee in a deep heavy bottom pan and add in the whole masalas, cashew nut and raisins . When it changes color  add onion,ginger- garlic and saute till the raw flavor disappears and the onions turn golden brown. Add turmeric pow…

Kadachakka Ethapazham Stew

Kadachakka Ethapazham Stew
Kadachakka/ breadfruit is widely cooked in Kerala and there are a verity of sweet and savory dishes made with breadfruit. The recipe today is a delicious stew with breadfruit and ripe plantains. This is a sweet version  is usually served as a  breakfast curry. This is my mom's favorite and this is a nice combo with appam. You can also serve this as a dessert. Give this recipe a try, you will surely love it.

Bread fruit cubed- 2 cup

Ripe plantain- 2 small
Thin coconut milk- 1 cup
Thick coconut milk- 1 cup 
Rice flour- 1tsp
Sugar- 3 tbs
salt- a pinch
raisins and cashew nuts - a few
ghee- 1 tbs
cardamon powder-a pinch
Fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp
Whole Cardamon-3-4

Cut ripe plantain and bread fruit into thick cubes. You can either steam it or cook in a heavy bottom pan with  1/2 cup of  water and a pinch of salt. Remove from stove when it is cooked and soft but not mushy.

Heat ghee in a pan and add whole cardamon, fennel seeds, raisins and cashew nut…

Pal Ada Mambazham Payasam

Paal Ada Mambazham Payasam
Payasam is very popular dessert in Kerala and is made on every special occasions. This recipe is a tweak to the traditional paal ada pradhaman by adding mango puree. You can buy paalada from Indian grocery store,it is available in dehydrated form. Try this creamy and flavorful fruit payasam, you will surely love it

Palada - 100 grams
Mango puree- 2 cups
Milk-3 cups
Condensed milk- 1 ( 14 ounce container) 
Sugar- 2-3 tbs
Cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts and raisins for garnish.
ghee- 2 tsp 

Heat one tsp ghee in a pan and add mango puree. Cook this in medium flame till the puree thickens. Add 3 tbs of sugar and continue cooking till it thicken and starts leaving the edges of the pan. Allow this to cool down a bit and stir in the condensed milk. Set this aside.
Wash palada and strain it. Add one tsp of ghee in a heavy bottom pan and lightly roast the ada for a minute. Add 3 cups of milk and allow it boil. Reduce the flame to low medium and cook till…

Kozhi/Chicken Mulakittathu

Kozhi/Chicken Mulakittathu
Kozhi Mulakittathu is a North Kerala dish. It is chicken in a spicy red curry paste. The chilly used here is kashmiri chilly powder which imparts a rich flavor, color and texture to the gravy. This curry can be made easily in a pressure cooker and is best when served with pathiri or ghee rice.
Chicken- 1 kg
Shallots- sliced- 2 cup
Onion- 1 large
Garlic- 6 -7 pods
Ginger- 2 inch thick peice
Curry leaves- a few
Kashmiri chilly powder- 3 tbs
(or according to spice tolerance)
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder-1/4 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Whole spices- Cinnamon - 2 piece, cardamon- 5. cloves-5
star anise- 2, fennel seeds- 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil- 1 tsp

Heat oil in a pan and add the whole spices and saute till it is golden brown. Add curry leaves, chopped onion,chopped garlic and ginger and saute till it turns golden brown.
Add water and make a paste of chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and fenugreek powder.
Mix this paste and …

Chena/ Yam Podithuval

Chena/ Yam Podithuval
Chena podithuval is a quick and easy yam stir fry recipe. Serve this as a side dish for rice. You can use other vegetables like potatoes or chembu/taro for this recipe.
Chena- 3 cups cubed
Shallots- 4-5
Curry leaves
green chilly- 1
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Tamarind pulp- 2-3 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil- 3 tsp

To roast and grind
Urad dal- 2 tsp
Raw rice- 2 tsp
Dry red chilly-3
Hing/ asafoetida powder- a pinch
Fenugreek seeds- a pinch

In a pan add the cubed yam/chena, tamarind pulp,green chilly, turmeric powder, salt, 1/4 cup of water and one tsp of oil. Cook this till the vegetable is soft.

Dry roast, urad dal, rice, dry red chilly, fenugreek seeds and few curry leaves. When is light brown mix in the hing. Allow this to cool down a bit and then make a fine powder.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add sliced shallots and curry leaves abd saute this golden brown. Add the cooked vegetables and the roast…

Sardine/Mathi Fry

Sardine/Mathi Fry

Today's recipe is my absolute comfort food.... Sardine fish fry/mathi fry. It is quick and simple and perfect side dish for rice.
Mathi/ Sardine- 6-8 medium sizes
Onion- 1 medium
Fennel seeds- a pinch
Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Ginger chopped- 2 tsp
Curry leaves- a few

Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek powder- a pinch
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
salt to taste
Coconut oil for frying

Clean fish and squeeze some lemon juice,rub on the fish and then give a final rinse. Make a few gashes on the fish.
Mix chilly powder, turmeric powder,pepper powder,fenugreek powder,ginger garlic paste and salt. Sprinkle little water and make a smooth paste. You can add a few drops or vinegar or lemon juice instead of water to make a paste. Keep half tsp of masala for later use. Apply the rest on the fish and inside the cavities and let it  marinate for five minutes.
Heat coconut oil and  fry in medium flame. Let the fish  get bro…

Coconut Caramel Ladoo

Coconut Caramel Ladoo
Coconut ladoos is quick and very easy to put together.  This is a twist to the regular coconut ladoo and is a treat for sweet lovers. It has the rich flavor of coconut and caramel.This ladoo has a few extra steps like making caramel, but its is definitely worth the effort.Try this you will surely love it.

Shredded Coconut- 2 1/2 cups
 Condensed milk-1 tin
Milk- 1/4 cup
Cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Ghee- 2 tsp
Cashew nuts chopped- 2 tsp
Sweetened shredded coconut- 1/4 cup

To make caramel condensed milk-You can buy store brought caramel flavored condensed milk for this recipe or make at home by boiling condensed milk. Place sealed condensed milk tin in a five quart pan and cover with water.Make sure that the tin is completely submerged under water. Boil this in medium heat for about one and half hours. Add more water  if necessary and make sure the tin is always  submerged under water. After one and half hours remove the tin from the boiling water and allow …

Egg Salad

Egg Salad
Egg salad is a simple and yummy appetizer. It can also be used as a filling for sandwich. This recipe is inspired from French and German Jew style egg salad which uses raw salted onions. You can also mash the eggs to attain a chunky texture. There are also a variety of ingredients that you can use for this salad like sauteed shallots, sauteed mushrooms, bell pepper, chopped nuts etc.

Hard boiled eggs- 3
Salad Cucumber- 1 small
Shallots- 4-5
Ground black pepper- 1/3 tsp
Paprika-a pinch
salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Fresh parsley or dill- 1to 2 tsp
Lemon juice- a few drops
Lettuce and black olives for garnish

 In a pan saute shallots till golden brown. Add parsely, ground black pepper and a pinch of salt and mix well.
Slice boiled eggs and arrange on a bed of cucumber and tomatoes. Layer the caramelized onions and sprinkle black pepper, paprika and salt. Drizzle lemon juice and garnish with olives and lettuce.
If you want a chunkier texture, crumble the boiled…

Peach Galette

Baking partners challenge for this month is Galette. When Swathi asked me to make and share this recipe, I was excited to try and immediately decided to make one with a peach filling.
Galette is an open crust French pie. It has a flaky pastry dough like pies and tarts and a filling that can be either sweet or savory. They have a very rustic look. The filling is placed in the center and the dough is folded in an over lapping fashion on top of the filling. Galettes are perfect for pot luck parties as they are sliced and served like a pizza. You can make with any kind of fruit like peach, strawberry, blueberry or apples. Try using tomatoes/sun dried tomatoes, sausages,meat and cheese if you like the savory version.

Recipe is adapted from Williams-Sonama ...
 Julia Child's recipe of Fast French Puff Pastry( Book:Julia Child and Company,Alfred A. knopf,Inc, US,1978

All purpose flour- 1 cup
Cake Flour- 1/2 cup
Butter- 1 …

Beans Poduthol

Beans Poduthol
Healthy vegetable stir fry is easy to make and a perfect side dish for steamed rice.Poduthal is a North Kerala style vegetable dry dish. You can use other vegetable like long beans, cabbage,bitter gourd etc., to make this recipe.

Beans chopped- 2 1/2 cup
Grated coconut- 3 tbs (a hand full)
Onion- 1/2
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Dry chilly flakes- 1/2 tsp
Garlic-1 pods
Curry leaves- a few
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Coconut oil- 3 tsp
Pappadam- 2 (optional)
Salt to taste

Chop beans and onions. In a bowl add the chopped beans, onions, coconut,chilly flakes, turmeric powder and salt, rub and mix well and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when they splutter add urad dal , crushed garlic and curry leaves and roast. Add the beans mixture and saute on medium high till the beans are tender and cooked. This will take about four to five minutes. Just before switching off the flame add powdered pappadam (this is optional). Serve with rice.


Fish Masala Roast

Fish Masala Roast
Fish Masala is versatile recipe which you can make with any kind of fish. I have tried several variations of this recipe with King fish, Salmon, Mackerel, Cat fish etc.Some time I use tomato as the star ingredient and sometimes green masala. But for this fish masala, I added lots of pearl onions.The gravy has a touch of natural sweetness of pearl onions. It is a spicy and aromatic sauce. If you do not want to add this much pearl onions add some chopped tomatoes instead.

Fish Masala can be served as side dish with steamed rice, ghee rice, appam or pathiri. Some times I make this for Sunday lunch. 


Fish - 1 lb
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp

Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Pearl onions/shallots thinly sliced- 2 cup
Sliced coconut pieces- 3 tbs
Tamarind- goose berry sized ball
Green chilly-1
Ginger chopped- 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Roasted coconut powder- 1 tbs (optional)
Thick coconut milk- 3/4 cup

Chowari/Sago Pearls Payasam

Chowari Payasam
Happy Onam to all my friends and readers.
Payasam is very important for Onam Sadhya. If you like pal payasam and semiya payasam,you will surely love this payasam too. It is made with milk and chowari/sago pearls/ tapioca pearls. Sago turns translucent when cooked and also helps thickening up puddings. So it would be better to keep a thin consistency while cooking, as it will thicken as it cools down.This is a simple and easy to make  payasam/dessert and perfect for any occasions.
Ingredients Sago pearls- 1/2 cup
Whole milk- 4 cup
Condensed milk- 1 tin
Sugar-  2 tbs (adjust according to your taste)
Cashews and raisins- 1/4 cup
Cardamon powder-1/2 tsp
Ghee- 2 1/2 tsp Soak chowari/sago pearls for 3 hours. If it is small variety just wash and cook. In a heavy bottom pan add 5-6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the chowari and allow it to boil for two to three minutes, drain and add fresh batch of boiling water and continue cooking till it is clear and translucent.  S…

Mathuramulla Inji Curry/Sweet Ginger Curry

Mathuramulla Inji Curry/Sweet Ginger Curry
Mathuramulla Inji curry means sweet ginger curry/pickle. Inji curry is an exotic dish and indispensable part of Kerala Sadhya. Inji curry is  made with ginger and tamarind. Here I made the same recipe with a twist by adding dates to sweeten up the curry. The aroma of fried ginger,the heat of chilies, the and the sweetness and flavor of  dates is very appetizing .Try this recipe,you will surely love it.
Thinly sliced Ginger-2  cups
Chopped dates- 2 cup
Raisins- 10-12
Green chilly- 4-5
Shallots- 2
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- small gooseberry sized ball
Curry leaves
mustard seeds- a few
Salt to taste
oil for frying.

Clean ginger and chop it finely.Fry in oil till brown and crispy. If it is chunky sized make this into a course  powder using a mixer.
Add dates, raisins and  1/2 cup of tamarind pulp in a pan and simmer till the dates are soft.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds followed by curry …

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

Beef and vegetable stir fry is a filling meal with meat, vegetables and can be served over rice. It is also a quick fix lunch box idea. Try this with beef,chicken or prawns.

Beef - 1 lb cut into thin long strips
Vegetables- broccoli florets, bell pepper and mushrooms- 3 cup
Oil- 3tbs
(canola or sesame oil )
Soya sauce- 2 tbs
Dark soya sauce- 1 tbs
Chilly Garlic paste- 2 tsp
Ginger minced- 1 tsp
Ginger thinly sliced- 1 tsp
Garlic- 3 cloves
Rice vinegar- 1 tsp
Dark brown sugar- 2 tsp
Onion- 1 medium
Spring onions- 2 springs
Corn starch- 2 tsp
Sesame seeds and chilly flakes - a dash

In a sauce pan mix soya sauce, dark soya sauce, chilly garlic sauce, brown sugar, vinegar , minced ginger and 1/3 cup of water.  Heat this mixture in medium low heat for about two minutes and set aside.
In another bowl mix corn starch with two tsp of water and set aside.
Heat oil in a large pan or work to medium high. When it is smoking hot add the mushrooms, diced on…
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