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Goan Fish Curry

This is a simple Goan style fish curry which I recently tried . This fish curry tasted great ,bit tangy and spicy. Goan fish curry is very famous because of its unique flavor, tangy and sweet blend especially due to the use of coconut milk and tomatoes. Here I have used king fish.This recipe is also equally good for other sea foods like prawns and squid.

Ingredients
Fish - 1 lb
Whole red chilly- 5-7
Coconut milk -1 cup
Shallots/onions chopped- 1/2 cup
Tomatoes- 1 small
Cumin- 1/3 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander  powder-2 tsp
Ginger- 1 inch
Garlic- 4-5
Tamarind juice- small ball
Fennel powder- 1/3 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Salt to taste
Oil


Chop onions and tomatoes and keep aside. In a blender make a paste of red chillies, pepper,coriander, cumin,fennel ,ginger, garlic and tamarind pulp and keep aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and splutter mustard seeds and add in chopped onions and curry leaves and saute till …

Chakka / Jack fruit puttu

Chakka puttu is a favorite of puttu made with jack fruit. Puttu is a common breakfast among the people of Kerala . The most favorite combo for puttu is Kadal curry. It is a healthy breakfast which is fat free and is made with steamed rice flour.  This puttu is made by adding chopped jack fruit. It is light sweet with great aroma and taste.

Another variant of puttu is the chiratta puttu where steaming is done on a coconut shell.What I have used is a steel replica of similar shape. This has a small hole which is attached to the pressure cooker.When cooked it is put upside on a plate . You can also use a fresh  coconut shell to make puttu by making hole in the bottom.
Ingredients
Rice flour- 2 cup
Jack fruit- 10 -12 pieces
Coconut - 3/4 cup
Sugar- 2 tsp
salt- 1/3 tsp
water

Chop the jack fruit pieces  and keep aside. Take rice flour in a bowl and rub in coconut using your palm.Mix sugar and salt in 1/3 cup of water and sprinkle it little by little into the flour and blend in. The mixture shoul…

Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple chicken
 Pineapple chicken stir fry is an easy recipe that can be made in a jiffy. This is an adaption of Thai pineapple chicken but with no gravy. It tasted wonderful with bite sized chicken pieces, sweet pineapples and bell peppers. This was not the authentic Thai dinner. For me it was a side dish for fried rice.


 Ingredients
Boneless chicken pieces - 1 lb
Pineapple cubes- 3/4 cup
Corn starch- 2 tbs
Bell pepper- 1 ( or a combo of different colors)
white onion- 1 medium
Garlic 3 -4cloves
Oyster sauce- 11/2 tsp
Soya sauce- 2 tbs
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Garlic-chilly pepper sauce- 1 1/2tsp
sugar- 1tsp
Honey - 1tsp
Oil- 3 tsp




Cut chicken pieces into bite size chunks. Mix with corn starch and salt and set aside.Drain out the water from pineapple and keep aside( I used canned ones)
Heat oil in a wok or a heavy pan and add minced garlic and saute it for about 30 to 40 seconds and add in the chicken pieces and fry for about four minutes till chicken is browned up and crunchy. Remove from…

Milk Peda Sweet

Milk peda  or khova sweet is an all time favorite Indian sweet. The richness and flavor of this sweet, soft Indian fudge is truly divine. Earlier making this was time consuming. My Mom used to make it by boiling and reducing milk to one third and then adding sugar. It was only recently while viewing Manjula's Kitchen that I understood that my favorite sweet can be made really quick and easy. I followed her recipe but have brought certain changes as I have used Khoya instead. It came out really well and tasted just like the ones made at home.



Ingredients
Khoya or Mawa- 1 1/2 cup
Paneer- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Ghee- 3 tsp
Cardamon powder- 3/4 tsp





I have used home made Khoya for this recipe. To make Khoya I used  two cups of whole milk powder and 3/4 cup of evaporated milk. Knead it in the form of a dough. Cover the ball with muslin cloth and carefully place in a pressure cooker . Do not allow it to touch water and steam it in high pressure for three to four minutes. Allow it to rest for ha…

Vazhuthanenga/ Eggplant Theeyal

Theeyal is a spicy side dish made with roasted coconut. It is very aromatic and can be made with vegetables like eggplant, bitter gourd,drumsticks and several other vegetables. Prawns theeyal is also very popular. This curry is only made occasionally as it cannot be made in a jiffy.It is time consuming especially cleaning and slicing of shallots which is the main ingredient and roasting the coconut. Still this flavorful curry is one of the favorites with my family. Here I am using baby eggplants.

Ingredients
Baby Egg plants- 8-10
Shallots sliced- 1 1/2  cup
Shredded coconut- 3/4 cup
Tomato - 1
Green chilly -2 
Ginger chopped- 3 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander  powder- 2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3tsp( optional)
Fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Tamarind- gooseberry size ball
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Oil
Salt to taste


Roast coconut with one tsp of chopped shallots till brown but not burned. Just before switching off the flame add chilly powder, coriander powder and fenugreek powd…

Ada Pradhaman/Payasam

Ada Pradhaman (updated pic)
Today is a day of celebration. Like all proud daughters around the world I too am celebrating  this day... Fathers Day. I know that all love and respect their fathers and we do not need a special day or occasion to think about our loving and caring parents. But still I love to celebrate life, cherish each wonderful moments, pick up all the small happiness that comes in my way and smile..hurray! here is a hand full...that is what dad taught me or to say that is what I learned from him.

I would love to celebrate this day for two important persons in my life..My Dear Dad and My Dear Husband. My husband like my dad is a wonderful and caring father of our three year old son.The father and son make a great combo and are enjoying life to the fullest...sports, games,dancing and singing it is all joy and laughter around and I cannot help remembering how me and sister enjoyed with our dad when we were young.I know that years later my son would have the…

Berry Cake

This is a berry cake which I made a few days back. Here I used white cake recipe but dashed in a few black berries and strawberries. This cake complements any type of filling or frosting but I have just dusted it with powdered sugar to make it an accompaniment with coffee and my family really enjoyed this cake . I used self rising flour but you can use all purpose flour instead by adding in one third tsp of salt and one and one half tsp of baking powder to each cup of plain flour.

Ingredients
Self Raising flour- 2 cups
Egg white- 3 eggs ( half Cup)
Butter - one stick ( 4 ounce)
Sugar- 1 cup 
Confectionery sugar- 1/3 cup
Milk- 1/2 cup 
Vanilla essence- 2 tsp
Black berries- 1 pint
Strawberries - 1/2cup


Preheat oven to 350 F. Set rack in he middle of the oven
Grease pan with butter and layer with parchment paper and again grease with butter and dust with flour. This will ensure that the cake comes off properly. Set aside. 
Beat egg whites and vanilla extract until light and fluffy and keep aside.
Bri…

Karimeen Pollichathu/ Kerala Pearl Spot Fish Fry

Karimeen Pollichathu or Pearl spot fish fry is one of the authentic dish of Kerala. It is a sort of grilled fish in a spicy and tangy gravy. This seems to be the most famous dish among the tourists who visits Kerala especially if you go to regions like Alleppey. This fish delicacy is among the fabulous food served in houseboats as you take a ride enjoying the beauty of Kerala backwaters. Pollichathu means burnt fish. This fish is wrapped in banana leaf and grilled. Different regions have different versions.There is yet another method of steaming the fish. I used the tawa instead. The gravy should be a bit tangy and you may use either kokum, tamarind or tomatoes.  You will surely love this fish fry.

Ingredients
Marinating and frying

Pearl Spot fish- 2
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/3 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
oil to fry


For the masala gravy
Shallots chopped- 1 cup
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Green chilly - 2
Curry leaves chopped- 2 springs
Ginger…

Peechinga Chemeen Curry/Ridge gourd Shrimp Curry

Ridge gourd or peechinga is a very common vegetable in most Indian household. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol . It is good to introduce this vegetable in your diet if you wish to achieve weight loss. This is a very simple and quick recipe with very little ingredients and one of the favorites with my in laws. You can also use the same recipe for a vegetarian version..add Bengal gram or green gram instead of shrimp.

Ingredients
Tender Ridge gourd- 2 medium
Coconut- 1/2 cup
Shrimp- 1/2 lb
Shallots- 3-4
Green chilly- 3
Garlic pod- 1
Turmeric- 1/3 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Oil for tempering
Salt to taste


Clean and cut ridge gourd into small pieces after scrapping off its hard edges with a peeler.
Cook shrimp along with turmeric, green chilly, salt and 1/3 cup of water. When it is almost done add in the ridge gourd pieces and cover it with a tight lid and cook in medium . No need to add more water as the vegetable will shed water and will be cooked. Grind coconut with …

Avocado Mousse

Avocado mousse is a sweet and refreshing summer treat. The soft and creamy texture of avocado makes it a favorite choice for desserts. You will love this wonderful mousse. For me it was a perfect treat for a weekend brunch :) This recipe is super easy and resembles the Persian cream recipe (yaa we owe to the French cuisine for this fluffy,airy dessert). It is absolutely no cooking and all you need is a food processor to blend in all the ingredients and cool it. Mine was not a very smooth paste as I was a bit lazy then.  I did not use gelatin as this mousse naturally attains a thick fudge like texture, but you can use gelatin if you wish to bind the mousse into desired shapes.




Ingredients
Avocado - 2 large
Cold heavy cream- 1cup
Condensed milk- 1/3 cup
Confectionery sugar- 3-4 tsp
Lemon Juice- 1 whole




Whip cold cream with sugar till it stands in medium stiff peaks and put it back in the refrigerator.
Cut avocado into half, and scoop out the fleshy part. Put it in a food processor along with …

Cauliflower Stir Fry

Cauliflower stir fry is a quick and simple dish. It can be used as a side dish for rice or as an appetizer. Cauliflower is a lovely vegetable,  nutritious , low in fat and high in dietary fiber. This is somewhat a roasted form of cauliflower which my family enjoyed. Here I have used the pan fry method. You can also roast them in the oven. Try this easy recipe.

Ingredients
Cauliflower florets - 2 cup
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
Egg- 1
Corn flour- 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

Cut and clean cauliflower florets add salt and 5 to 6 tsp of water and cook in high in microwave oven for four minutes. Beat egg and mix in ginger- garlic paste, fried onion paste,chilly powder,pepper powder, turmeric and garam masala and mix with the cauliflower. Gently mix in the masala with out breaking the florets.Sprinkle corn flour ( I took half amount of corn flour and half of bread crumbs) and toss them gently.…

Avalose unda ( Ari Unda)/ Rice Balls

Avalose unda (update pic)
Ari unda/Avalose unda meaning rice balls is a traditional sweet of Kerala with very little ingredients but has a wonderful aroma of roasted rice, coconut and cardamon. For me this sweet invokes lots of childhood memories. As children we used to sit around joyfully and watch grandmother and aunts busy pounding and mixing rice and jaggery to make this laddos. Mainly it was made on festive occasions or was packed off along with pickle and preserves as gifts for uncles and cousins when they return after their yearly visits to Kerala. It is usually made by dry roasting matta or chemba rice till brown and then making a fine powder of it. I have instead used a shortcut which my mom uses as it was difficult for me to pound the rice. It came out well and my family was able to enjoy the traditional taste of ari unda.

Ingredients
Rice flour- 1 1/2 cups
Jaggery- 1 cup
Coconut- 3/4 cup
Coconut milk- 1/2 cup
Cardamon powder- 1 tsp
Ghee- 1 tsp
Cashews crushed- 3 tsp
Cumin- a pinch




Beetroot Thoran

Beetroot root thoran is a simple and easy side dish which goes well with rice. Thoran is an easy stir fry recipe of vegetables with coconut and there are endless varieties of thoran in Kerala. Many do not like beetroot due to its raw flavor. But once cooked this raw flavor disappears. Back home beetroot is made either as pachadi or as thoran. This thoran is made adding either Bengal gram or green gram . It has a good flavor and taste and is nutritious as well.

Ingredients

Beetroot- 2 medium
Bengal gram split - 1/2 cup
Coconut- 1/2 cup
Green chilly- 2
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Cumin - 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 2 pods
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Shallots- 2
Curry leaves- 2 springs


Cook kadala or gram until it becomes soft but not mushy and keep it aside.
Note: Adding Kadala parippu is optional. 
Chop beetroot finely into small pieces using a kitchen chopper or food processor.
( You can also grate the beetroot,but chopping finely will give it more body and texture)
Lightly crus…

Ethapazham Stew

Ethakka/Ethapazham stew is a sweet curry or a sweet stew made with ripe plantain and is usually served as a  breakfast curry. This is my mom's favorite and this is a nice combo with appam. The main ingredients is plantain and thick coconut milk.
Small rice balls are also added which helps to thicken the gravy. It is very easy recipe and has a delicate flavor and taste. For those who do not like to have non-veg curries as breakfast this will be a great option.

Ingredients
Ripe plantain- 1 
Thin coconut milk- 3/4 cup
Thick coconut milk- 1/2 cup 
Rice flour- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 2 tsp
salt- a pinch
raisins- 5-6
ghee- 1/2 tsp
cardamon powder- 1/3 tsp


Cut ripe plantain into cubes and keep aside.
Take rice flour in a bowl and add one tsp of sugar and a pinch of salt. Bring half a cut of water to a boil and pour it into the rice flour. Mix well and keep aside. This can be used to make the balls.
Heat ghee in a pan and add raisins and allow them to pop( adding raisins is optional). Now add plantain and …

Masala Fish Fry and Lovely Awards

Masala fish fry is a very tasty fish preparation. It has great aroma of poppy seeds, sesame seeds,coconut and curry leaves. This one is inspired from a TV show but I have brought certain changes to the original one . The recipe actually uses gram masalas, coriander powder and tamarind paste but I used green chilly, curry leaves and lemon juice and only a little of fennel seeds instead of garam masala. This came out very tasty and flavorful which my family enjoyed.


Ingredients
Fish - 1/2 lb
Poppy seeds- 2 tsp
Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
Coconut shredded- 1 tsp
Onion- 1 small
Ginger- 1 inch
Garlic- 4-5 pods
Green chilly- 3
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric- 1/3 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
fennel powder- 1/3 tsp
corn flour- 1 tsp
salt to taste
Curry leaves- 2 springs
Oil for frying


Cut and clean the fish and marinate it with chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt and set aside for 10 minutes.
Dry roast poppy seeds till it attains a nice aroma and add sesame seeds and roast it also. Keep asid…
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