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Gongura Pickle/Sorrel Leaves Pickle

Gongura Pickle/Sorrel Leaves Pickle
Gongura Pickle/Sorrel Leaves Pickle is very popular in Andhra Pradesh. Sorrel leaves have nutritional value and is used to make dal/lentil curries. The variety of dishes made with sorrel leaves does not end here. It is added to wide range of curries both vegetarian and non vegetarian. But my favorites is gongura mutton curry, gongura pachadi and pickle.Some of my dad's Andhra friends used to bring this pickle along with Avankaya (mango pickle) when they came to visit and it is finger licking good. Try this, you will surely love it.

Sorrel leaves/gongura leaves- 1 big bunch
Garlic - 6-8 pods
Chilly powder- 2 tbs
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds- 1 tsp
Hing- a pinch
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Chana dal- 1 tbs
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- 1 small ball
Gingerly oil-1/2 cup
Mustard seeds-  1/2 tsp 

Start with separating gongura leaves from the stem. You can discard the stem. Wash the leaves and spread it on a …

Persian Mutton Roast and Saffron Dill Rice

Persian Mutton Roast and Saffron Dill Rice
Persian Mutton Roast is a delicious and flavorful. This is not the authentic Persian dish but inspired from here . I found the advieh, Persian spice mix very flavorful and unique. Succulent and flavorful meat with exotic flavors is something that is hard to resist. It has exotic spices like cardamom, pepper, dried rose buds and saffron. But the star ingredient is pomegranate molasses.It makes the meat moist,flavorful, slightly tart and mildly sweet. You can buy this in grocery stores or make your own by boiling down pomegranate juice into a thick syrup consistency. Try this roast recipe, you will surely love it.

Mutton shoulder chops- 2 ( or 3/4 kg mutton )
Tomato puree- 1 cup
Onion chopped- 1 large
Garlic- 5 cloves
Pomegranate molasses- 3 tbs
Paprika- 1 tbs
Coriander powder- 1 tbs
Dry black lemon- 1 or juice of half lemon
Rose water- 1 tsp
Salt to taste and oil

Spice mix- make into fine powder
Clove- 5,cardamom-  5, cinnamon - 2  …

Bread Mango Layer Pudding

Bread Mango Layer Pudding
This is a quick and easy no bake bread and mango layer pudding. It is easy to fix and will surely impress your guest. It has layers of bread or biscuits, mango custard , whipped cream with mango bits.This mango custard and bread pudding is a delectable and be served as a treat after dinner. You can use other fruits like strawberry, pineapple or a mixed fruit custard. Try this,you will surely love it.

Ingredients Bread slices- 8
Heavy whipping cream- 1 1/3 cup
Chopped mangoes- 3/4 cup
Milk- 2 cups
Condensed milk- 1/2 tin  Thick Mango puree- 1 cup Egg yolk-2
water- 1/3 cup Sugar- 3 tbs Gelatin- 1tsp (optional) Vanilla essence-1/2 tsp Corn starch- 2 tsp

 In a bowl whisk chilled whipping cream for about two minutes. Gradually add the sugar,little by little and continue whipping  till it attains soft peaks.Cover and keep it in the refrigerator  till ready to use.

Chop mangoes for the filling and garnish and set aside.

Take 3 tsp of water in  bowl and sprinkle …

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon is easy to make crispy appetizer. It is often found in Thai and Chinese restaurants in USA, and is served as an appetizer with sweet spicy dipping sauce. Deep fried wanton wraps filled with crab and cream cheese filling, is yummy and an absolute party favorite. Try this, you will surely love it.
Wanton wraps- 16
Crab meat- 1 cup
Cream cheese- 4 ounce
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
Minced garlic- 1
Soya sauce- a few drops
Spring onion chopped- 3 tbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying- 2 cup

Keep wanton wraps under a damp towel to keep it from drying.
If you are using fresh crabs cook and break the shell. Scoop out the meat and set aside.
In a bowl add soften room temperature cream cheese, crab meat, salt and pepper, few drops of soya sauce, sugar and minced garlic.Mix well.
Take one wanton wrap and wet the edges with water. Place a teaspoon full of crab filling in the center. Fold the wrap diagonally like a triangle.Press and seal the two edges but not the c…

Mathuramulla Nelikka Curry/Gooseberry Curry

Mathuramulla Nelikka Curry/Gooseberry Curry
Nellika curry is a spicy condiments that can be served for sadhya. It does not have a long shelf life like regular pickle and is more like a spicy curry.Usually mango, ginger and lemon pickle/curry are the chief thodu curry for sadhya. Here gooseberry is also prepred in similiar patten and you can try this for a change. Nelikka or goose berry pickle is one of my favorite and this curry is tart, spicy and mildly sweet. Try this,you will surely love it.

Gooseberry/nelikka- 15 large sized ones
Thinly sliced Ginger-2 tbs
Green chilly-2-3
Shallots- 2
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tbs
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- small gooseberry sized ball
Jaggery- a small piece
Curry leaves- a few
mustard seeds- a few
Dry red chilly- 2
Salt to taste
oil for frying.

Steam gooseberry for about four to five minutes till it becomes soft.Cut the goose berry into small pieces and discard the seed.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when it crack…

Achinga Payar Chakkakuru Mezhukkupuratti/Yard Beans Jack fruit Seeds Stir Fry

Achinga Payar Chakkakuru Mezhukkupuratti
Achinga payar or yard beans is a very common vegetable grown in Kerala and it is a healthy and delicious vegetable. It tastes best in stir fries and I have already posted one recipe with yard beans and raw plantain. This is another combo with chakka kuru/jack fruit seeds. Jack fruits are seasonal fruit but seeds can be preserved for few more months. It can be used in curries and stir fry. Try this yummy combo,you will surely love it.

Achinga payar- cut into  one inch piece- a small bunch (approximately 2cups) Chakkakuru/jack fruit seeds- 15 nos Shallots- 8-10 Crushed red chilly- 1/2 tsp Red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp Pepper powder- a pinch (optional) Turmeric- 1/4 tsp Garlic- 2 cloves Curry leaves- a few Coconut oil- 1 1/2 tbs
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp salt to taste

Wash chakka kuru/jack fruit seeds. You can cook it in a pressure cooker. Cook with one cup water and salt in medium flame for 6-8 minutes ( one whistle). When it cools dow…

Lychee Pudding

Lychee Pudding
Lychee pudding is a delicious after dinner treat. It is easy to make yet exotic with flavor,taste and texture. Lychee is a summer fruit and is now in season. I picked a bag of lychee from the Asian market. I love to snack on this fruit. I tried this pudding recipe from the book Everyday Chinese Cooking by Leeann Chin. Try this, you will surely love it.
Lychees- 1 1/2 cup
White Grape juice or coconut water- 1/2 cup
Lemon juice- 1 tbs
Sugar-1/2 cup
Unflavored gelatin- 1 tbs
(or you can use agar agar powder)
Sour cream- 1/2 cup
Whole milk- 1/3 cup
Few drops of rum essence or rum- 1 tbs

Take half of grape juice or coconut water in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin and mix well. Let it stand for one minute. Meanwhile heat the rest of the grape juice. Add the gelatin and stir till it is dissolved and well combined.

Make a fine puree of lychee, lemon juice and sugar.
Transfer into a bowl and mix in sour cream, milk, gelatin mixture and rum. Pour into dessert bowl.

Cover …

Beetroot Egg Curry

Beetroot Egg Curry
Egg curry is simple and easy to make for break fast or lunch.In Kerala egg curry is commonly served for breakfast along with appam or idiyappam. Recently I tried this beetroot egg curry,it is mildly spicy curry  and the caramelized onions and beetroot give  a touch of sweetness to the curry. Try this,you will surely love it.

Ingredients Eggs- 4
Onions medium-3
Beetroot - 1 medium
Green peas- 1 1/2 cup
Tomato- 1
Curry leaves- a few
Ginger thinly sliced- 2 tsp
Kashmir chilly powder-2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam masala- 1/3 tsp
Salt as needed
Coconut oil

Boil eggs and keep aside. Peel and grate beetroot.
Heat oil in a pan and add sliced onion, ginger and curry leaves and salt . Saute till onion turns soft and caramelized.
Add grated beetroot and chopped tomato and stir fry for another 4-5 minutes or till oil separates.
Add chilly powder  and green peas.Pour one and half cup of water, cover and cook till the peas get soft .
Finally add boiled eggs ,fennel po…

Vada Pav

Vada Pav is a very popular street food in India. Road side food joints of Bombay is the best place to get this yummy and filling snack. This is a home made version of the vada pav. Vada pav is basically batata vada served with spicy chutney and bread/pav.I wanted to try this for quite some time and had book marked Tarala Dalal's vada pav  recipe. I found pav bread in our Indian grocery and so decided to give it a try. If you are looking for fresh home made pav bread recipe, check here.

Pav- bread- 6

For the Vada filling
Cooked and mashed potatoes- 2 large
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Green chilly paste-3/4 tsp
Curry leaves -a few
Hing- 1/8 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves
salt to taste

For the batter
Chick peas flour- 1 cup
Rice flour- 1 tsp
Baking soda- a pinch
salt to taste
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Hing- a pinch
Hot oil- 1 tsp
Oil for frying- 2 cup

 Chilly garlic chutney
Coconut- 3/4 cup
Garlic- 8-10 pods
Hing- a pinch


Thirattipal is  rich and flavorful sweet milk halwa,popular in South India. It is different from the milk peda available in sweet stalls and this is a specialty of South India. It is made on special occasions . It has only a few ingredients, but it is time consuming.We used to enjoy this in our college days, because Palkova was available in our college canteen.My mom used to make it by boiling and reducing milk to one third and then adding sugar and cooking it till it thickens.I just tried an easy method of using condensed milk to reduce the cooking time. It can out perfect. Try this you will surely love it.

Condensed milk- 1 tin
Milk- 3 cups
Curd/yogurt-3 tsp
Cardamom powder- a pinch
Saffron- a pinch for garnish (optional)

Mix condensed milk and milk in a heavy bottom pan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame and continue to cook till it starts thickening. Stir continuously as it has the tendency to stick to the bottom of the pan.
Add curd one spoo…
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