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Ragi Semiya Caramel Payasam

Ragi Semiya Caramel Payasam
Today's recipe is a sweet payasam, a dessert with the goodness of finger millet/ragi.It is a healthy treat for your taste buds.When ever its time for a celebration or festival I make semiya payasam because it is the easiest and also my favorite.I never tried ragi semiya before so was excited to try this payasam for Vishu Sadya. As you know malayalee sadhya is not complete without payasam/dessert served towards the end feast.Ragi semiya caramel payasam is enticing and luscious milk and caramel sugar payasam.

Ragi or finger millet is famous for its nutritional value,it is high in iron and calcium and a good source of fiber. My mom and grandmother always made sure to incorporate ragi to our diet on a weekly basis. My favorite was ragi halwa and ragi puttu. But looking into my blog,I realized that I have rarely posted anything with ragi. Finger millet/ragi is very healthy and if you are looking for some healthy options,try incorporating it in your diet.Thi…

Potato Masala/ Sadhya Urulakizhangu Masala

Potato Masala/ Sadhya Urulakizhangu Masala
Today's recipe is a spicy potato masala/urulakizhangu masala that I often make as a side dish for chapathi. But this is also an integral part of Kerala Sadhya. This Sunday malayalees around the world will be celebrating Vishu/ Kerala New year. So this is the perfect time to share some Sadhya recipes. Check some of the Sadhya recipes I shared here.Sadhya is a hearty meal, a vegetarian feast with rice and curries ranging from mild and flavorful vegetable and lentils curries to more spicy vegetable curries like this potato masala.

Most of the recipes of Kerala Sadhya have been passed down generation after generation,but each region has their own specialties. This is a Trivandrum style sadhya potato curry and I learnt this recipe from my mom.Urulakizhangu masala is a blend of vegetables,fiery spices and roasted coconut adds great flavor and taste. You can use carrots, peas, cauliflower or mushrooms along with potatoes. Try this recipe,yo…

Kerala Spicy Mixture

Kerala Spicy Mixture
 Mixture is a crispy and crunchy snack popular in India.  It is a snack mix or a blend of crispy fries, nuts,chips,fried lentils and  tossed with a spice powder.This is a common snack eaten anytime and at all times. You can find this in every bakery you visit, so back in India, there was no need to make it at home. This always comes handy when you have guests at home or just as a tea time snack.My Mom always stock up on mixture and there is one more reason,it is her favorite snack to this day. Because of her I also became a great fan of spicy mixture.I had never thought that one day I'll make this at home. My mom will be so proud of me when she will see this post :). I am not going to say this is easy to make,but it is definitely worth the effort. Make sure to store in air tight containers,mixture can be made and stored for a long time.
There are lot of variations for this humble snack- Bombay mix, Madras mixture, chivada,chuda- different regions have their o…

Pepper Prawns Fry

Pepper Prawns Fry
Deep fried spicy and salty prawns is irresistible and one of my favorite ways to eat prawns. This crispy fry will be a perfect treat for your family. Pepper Prawns fry is crispy fried prawns with exciting flavors of garlic,butter,zesty lemon and kick of pepper.It is my take to butter garlic shrimp,but a little spicy.This recipe is so versatile and easy to prepare.

If you get fresh prawns try frying it head on, it has an irresistible delicate crispness to it, juicy and equally tasty.Thanks to hubby who convinced me that the head is the most flavorful part of prawns...so true.If you are not a fan of the head,no worries, it is still tasty and irresistible.

The spicy marinade has black pepper,roasted bell pepper and bird eye chili. Bird eye chili is  hot spicy one,if you cannot handle the heat you can skip it or substitute with a less spicy one.Roasting pepper enhances the flavor and bird eye chili and black pepper contributes a little heat which is the key to this reci…

Mexican Tuna Salad

Mexican Tuna Salad
Tuna salad can be served as an appetizer with crackers or spread on bread to make a terrific sandwich or wrap.If you like fish this salad with fresh and zesty flavors is a must try. Tuna salad is quick, protein rich and healthy salad that can also be served as a main dish salad.It is a simple salad with cooked or canned tuna, fresh greens,avocado and a zesty mayo dressing.Mix them all together and you whip up a quick and easy meal for your family.

I cook fish almost everyday,but mostly it is curried,fried or grilled fish.But fish in salad was something I did not want to try for a long time. But I was amazed when tried for the first time,now I make this at least once in a week.Tuna salad sandwich is one of my kids favorite sandwich.

Our local supermarket has frozen tuna,but you can make the easy way with canned tuna.You can add more veggies like cucumber,bell pepper,celery, carrot, peas etc. Since I am making for my kid who is a picky eater,keeping mine simple w…

Spicy Stuffed Eggplant

Spicy Stuffed Eggplant
Today's recipe is meat stuffed spicy eggplant inspired from Lebanese and Turkish Cuisine. Recently I am trying  lot of stuffed dishes with chicken,squid and fish. This stuffed eggplant is now one of my top favorites. Eggplant is a versatile veggie and cooked in the right way, you can create innumerable recipes with it.Fried or baked eggplant is tender and tasty and goes well with rice. If you are not a great fan of eggplant/aubergine, try this stuffed version.It is insanely good and I am sure will change the way you think about this humble veggie.

Stuffed eggplant is great as a main course dish. You can serve it with rice,bread or with fresh salad and you have a satisfying dinner. It is also perfect when you have guests as it is filling and makes a pretty presentation.In Turkish and Mediterranean region Karniyarik is an imperial dish fit for a King or chieftain.You can use lentils and mushroom for a vegetarian version.There is also a Thai version of stuffed…

Prawns and Vegetable Stew

Prawns and Vegetable Stew
Prawns and vegetable stew is quick and easy to make.It is made with generous amount of coconut milk, and has a delicate flavor and great taste. Spicy chills and earthy spices gives the right balance of sweet, spice and flavor. Stew made with coconut milk is one of the quintessential dishes of Kerala cuisine. Appam and stew is a  popular breakfast recipe. Appam and chicken stew is served as first course at wedding parties. This is a classic one you will never get tried of eating.


 Mild, creamy and flavorful stew eaten out of the bowl  with soft bread is an absolutely comforting meal. It is my go to especially on cold winter evenings.It is simple enough to make for a weekday dinner, this curry barely takes 10 minutes to make.You can use a combination of vegetables like potatoes, sweet potato,peas,beans, carrots or any vegetable of your choice.You can also experiment with different flavors like adding Thai curry paste for a different flavor and taste. You can…

Chocolate Crepes

Chocolate Crepes
Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends and readers!

Today's recipe is a simple but cute breakfast treat for Valentine's Day. It is for those of you who want to put together something special and to feel fancy, but not elaborate cooking :) Crepes are simple and super easy to make.Crepes are thin, soft and buttery pancakes made with milk,flour and eggs. These thin pancakes are so versatile, you can roll or fold them with any filling of your choice.The classic French crepes is made with buckwheat flour and can be made sweet or savory.

I make crepes almost weekly and my filling are usually sweet coconut, ripe plantains and nuts. My kid loves bananas and nutella filling for his crepes.But this simple and quick snack can be converted into an elegant breakfast or dessert.What richer and more delicious taste can you think of than chocolate,cream and fresh fruits.

This is your basic go to crepe recipe but you are adding cocoa powder. To make it special try adding…

Akuri/Parsi Style Scrambled Eggs

Akuri/Parsi Style Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs for breakfast is staple in every home. It is easy and perfect way to help fuel your day. Eggs are good source of protein and will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.Akuri/Parsi style scrambled eggs is one way you transform a classic breakfast into something even more delicious and flavorful.I don't eat scrambled eggs often-but when ever I make it, love to have it over crispy bread toast.Growing up we often have scrambled eggs for lunch.Kerala style scrambled egg/ mutta chikkiyathu is slightly browned and crispy with onions,coconut and curry leaves .

Akuri is a traditional Parsi egg recipe. Parsi's in India have a rich culinary tradition with unique recipes. They are the descents of Persian Zoroastrians. Their recipes show a strong Persian and Iranian influence and at the same time adapting to local Indian,especially Gujarati cuisine. Akuri is a Parsi breakfast. It is soft and fluffy egg scramble which is neither runny nor overc…

Murgh Chukandar/Beetroot Chicken

Murgh Chukandar/Beetroot Chicken
Murgh Chukandar is a tasty chicken curry with wonderful natural bright red color. This color is from beetroot as the name suggests- chukandar means beets in Hindi and Urdu. You can also make with gosht/mutton. I am not sure about the origin of this recipe but it is popular in Northern India and Punjab and it is made during cold winter months.
I love recipes with beetroot,but never thought of adding to meat. Beetroot has an earthiness and sweetness to it which complements with the flavor of earthy spices and kick from the chilies.The bonus is its beautiful vibrant color. This chicken curry has the right balance of sweet,sour,heat and flavor and was beyond what I expected. This humble chicken curry when paired with rice and naan gives you the satisfaction of an exotic eating experience.

Beetroot is a super food and is a great source of iron and folate. It is said to purify blood and reduce blood pressure. It also contains nitrates,magnesium and other an…

Spiced Apple Chutney

Spiced Apple Chutney
Spicy apple chutney is a classic condiment- tart, sweet and spicy.Chutney is a versatile condiment that will come in handy when you have guest or whenever you want to fix a quick appetizer or lunch. Pair it with cheese and cracker and you have a quick appetizer, spread it over toast or mix with mayo spread for a tasty sandwich or mix with sour cream as a unique dip-you can find a lot of creative uses  with chutney. Chutney does not have a jam like consistency but has a chunky texture.

Chutney originated in India and there are different versions of chutney served with snacks,breakfast or lunch. But preserved chutney are not typical of the chutneys served in India.This shows a colonial influence on local cuisine. Later chutney made its way to England,France, Africa and the Caribbean Islands, adapting regional flavors and cooking techniques. Chutney we are talking about here is a condiment of preserved fruits with sugar,vinegar and spices.

Sweet and sour flavor of…

Stuffed Squid

Stuffed Squid
Squid is a unique and yummy sea food delicacy that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Squid rings or fried calamari's is a the most popular and is a great appetizer. Squid is staple in many seafood restaurants. It is also popular street food in several south Asian countries.Squid is enjoyed in the coastal belt of south India especially in Kerala and Tamilnadu.In Kerala squid is known as koonthal or Kanava.

Squid is one of my favorite sea foods-roast squid, deep fried,stir fried or squid curry-I love them all.Squid has a mild flavor and gentle sweetness and marries well to any flavor and taste of your choice. Squid can be stuffed before roasting or frying,its tubular body called mantle is great for stuffing. You can get creative with the stuffing- use prawns,fish,pork, cheese, bread crumbs,olives,rice or anything of your choice.

Today's recipe is a stuffed squid with spicy prawn filling.The dish is inspired by a similar preparation from the book Classic H…

Tomato Tortellini Soup

Tomato Tortellini Soup
Tomato tortellini soup is healthy, wholesome and delicious. Soups are the ultimate comfort food-light with delightful fresh flavors and can be served as lazy Sunday night dinner or as first course for a casual gatherings. Pair it along with bread or sandwich and it is perfect for entertaining.So this means you can make soup any time of the year with seasonal vegetables or meat.

I have to admit that I was not a great fan of soups. The only soup I liked as a kid was sweet chicken corn soup from the Chinese restaurants. But my son loves soups and we often make it for dinner. Here the weather  still cold and it is perfect time to make soups. It is tummy warming on cold winter days.

Tomato soup is very basic soup recipe but adding tortellini makes it a filling meal. Tortellini is ring shapes pasta pouches filled with cheese or meat .This soup does not need to simmer for hours. It is quick and easy to make with pureed tomatoes or canned tomatoes, onions,cream and fro…

Sri Lankan Prawn Vada

Sri Lankan Prawn Vada/Isso Wade
Deep fried lentil fitters are addictive snacks.It has a taste all to its own- crunchy, delicious and mildly spicy. It is a perfect accompaniment with piping hot tea. Adding shrimp takes this snack to a new level.The Sri Lankan Prawn Vada/Isso Wade is very similar to the parippu vada served in tea stalls in South India. Sri Lanka has an extensive collection of  Short Eats or snacks that can be eaten anytime at bakeries, restaurants and tea stalls.


The book Sri Lankan Cooking: 64 Recipes from the Chefs and Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Douglas Bullis, Wendy Hutton was my first introduction to Sri Lankan cooking. It has several unique recipes and this vada was one among them. There are some similarities with South Indian food.The close physical proximity between Sri Lanka and Southern India explains similarities and common culinary practices, but yet the island has its unique touch.

Isso Wade is a distant cousin of parippu vada with shrimp sticking out.Sea …
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