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Choco Balls

Choco Balls
Choco balls is quick yummy treats for kids and can be made in a jiffy. It has only few ingredients like biscuits, condensed milk and cocoa. You can change the recipe and add ingredients of your choice like nuts, coconut or dry fruits.
Arrowroot biscuit - 12-15
(Graham crackers or any biscuits of your choice)
Cocoa powder- 2 tbs
Condensed milk- 1/2 tin
Sugar- 2 tbs (optional)

In a food processor make a fine powder of biscuits, cocoa powder and sugar. Keep two tbs of this mixture aside. Empty the rest into a bowl and mix condensed milk. Mix till it resembles damp sand. Grease your hands and make small balls. Roll the balls in the biscuit crumble mixture(you can also use coconut of sprinkles instead) Keep this in the refrigerator for an hour and enjoy!

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!

Mathi/ Sardine Pollichathu

Mathi/ Sardine Pollichathu
Spicy sardine fry is my absolute comfort food. It is only once in a while that I, experiment recipes with this fish. Earlier I post Karimeen polichathu  and chemeen polichathu.Mathi /Sardine fish pollichathu is also yummy.Pollichathu refers to fish masala wrapped in banana leaf and is slow cooked so that the fish masala gets steamed. The aroma of banana leaf also is significant in this recipe. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.

Finely minced shallots-  1 cup
Ginger- 2 inch thick finely chopped
Garlic- 6-7 finely chopped
Tomato puree- 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk-1/2 cup
Chilly powder- 1 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil- 2 tsp
Banana leaf for wrapping 

Clean fish and marinate with pepper powder, salt and turmeric powder. Set this aside for five minutes and fry in medium flame till fish is cooked and …

Ari Orotti

Ari Orotti Orotti is a simple  and delicious flat bread made with roasted rice flour. Earlier I shared  a recipe for pathiri , the soft and thin flat bread. Orotti is very similar but thicker and crispy. Orotti can be made with rice flour, semolina or wheat flour. Try this with spicy chicken or mutton curry.
Roasted rice flour- 2 cups
Water- 2 cups
salt -to taste
sugar- 1 tsp
coconut oil/butter- 1 1/2 tsp
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Grated coconut- 3/4cup
cumin - a pinch

Boil water along with salt and sugar. When it comes to a rolling boil add coconut oil.
Take the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Gradually pour  water little by little and mix with a wooden spoon . Add grated coconut, coconut milk and cumin seeds and mix well.Allow this to cool down and knead into a smooth dough and make small balls
Make lemon shaped balls and flatten on a greased hot tawa. Wet hand with water and press and spread the dough as thin as possible. If you are not comfortable w…

Rava Coconut Ladoo

Rava Coconut Ladoo
Ladoo is served on all important occasions. Some ladoos are time-consuming but some can be made in a jiffy. Here I am sharing with you a hassle-free ladoo recipe that is easy and inexpensive to make. It is ladoos made with rava/sooji/semolina. It is my all-time favorite and semolina is a staple in my pantry. If you have a sweet tooth like me try these ladoos. They are sweet but not overly sweet. So you can enjoy it as a snack with tea and also serve it on festive occasions.
It is simple but very tasty. The nutty sweet flavor of semolina, the sweetness of coconut, the aroma of ghee makes it very tasty. I am addicted to coconut, big time! If you are like me and love coconut flavor in desserts you will surely enjoy these ladoos. Try this, you will surely love it.

Rava/Semolina- 1 1/2 cup
Fine shredded dry coconut-1 cup
Sugar- 3/4cup
( according to the sweetness you prefer)
Ghee- 3 tsp
Cardamon - 4-5
Rose essence- a few drops
(or rose water- 1/2 tsp)

Kanava/Koonthal/Squid Fry

Kanava/Koonthal Fry
Squid  or Kanava fry is a yummy side dish for rice.This is a quick and easy squid stir fry and it is spicy too. Squid is part of the menu in every seafood special restaurant and I always enjoy the crispy fried squid rings. But I also love squid roast and roasted coconut and squid curry.

Squid is enjoyed in the coastal belt of south India especially in Kerala and Tamilnadu.In Kerala squid is known as koonthal or Kanava.This regions  is blessed with abandon variety of seafood and is a paradise for seafood lovers.Seafood curried or fried with rice, vegetable curries are quintessential for our lunch.

 Squid has a mild flavor and can goes well with any flavor. Some are intimidated when it comes to cooking squid.The first time I made it turned chewy and rubbery. But soon I realized my mistake.Squid must be cooked fast over high heat,not more than four to five minutes. This recipe is   pan fried, but if you like it crispy try deep frying. Try this recipe

Fruit and Nut Fudge

Fruit and Nut Fudge
  Fruit and nut fudge is delectable home made confectionery with milk and white chocolate. This rich and creamy delight is also a perfect holiday treat . There are so many different versions and flavors of fudge out there.You can do this recipe with dark chocolate too. Also add any dried or caramelized fruit and nuts of your choice. Ingredients
Condensed milk- 1 tin
Butter-2 Tbs
Vanilla essence- 3/4 tsp
Rose essence - a few drops(optional)
 Milk chocolate-  1 1/2 cup
 Pistachios/ Chopped nuts of your choice- 1/3 cup
Glazed Cherries- 1/4 cup

Heat condensed milk and butter in a heavy bottom pan on low flame. Stir continiously till it comes to a boil.Simmer for another 3-4  minutes .If you have a candy thermometer the temperature should reach  230 degree or the soft ball stage. To check whether it reached the soft ball stage drop half a spoon of the mixture into cold water. After a few seconds you will be able to take it out from the water and press into a soft…
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