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Fish Curry/Spicy Tomato Gravy

Dear friends,
Taking a short break..moving to our new destination, Ohio. Will loose some of your yummy posts.....hope to see you all soon.

Fish curry with a spicy and tangy sauce is a great combo with rice. In this curry I have not used coconut and tamarind which is the important ingredient of Kerala fish curry. But tomatoes gave this curry a unique flavor and taste

Fish- 1/2kg
Tomato puree- 1 cup
Onion- 1 large
Ginger- 2 inch 
Garlic- 2 cloves
Green chilly -2
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 3/4 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Oil for frying

Marinate fish with half of chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt and lemon juice for ten minutes and fry them for a few seconds. Remove from oil before it gets browned up. This is just to prevent it from breaking while cooking.
Finely chop onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger( or you can use a kitchen chopper or food process…

Ela ada/ Steamed Rice and Coconut Snack

Ela ada is a simple steamed sweet delicacy of Kerala which can be served both as a breakfast or snack. In my home back in Kerala grandmother used to make ela ada as a breakfast for Onam. She prepares two types of the poovada ( just plain coconut filling ) which is an offering on this auspicious day. The second type of ada has coconut, jaggery and banana combined mixture which was relished both by young and elders. Ela ada thus also forms a quick breakfast. It has a distinct flavor - the aroma of jaggery, coconut ghee mixture and the sutle delicate aroma of banana leaf...all those nostalgic memories:)

Onam is a festival of joy and happiness, prosperity and well being...It also commemorates happy nostalgic memories of mankind..the age of goodness, when all men were equal and there was heavenly bliss in this very human world.
Happy Onam to all my friends...Celebrate and enjoy.


Rice Flour- 2 cups
Water- 1 1/2 cups
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Jaggery-  3/4 cup
Ghee- 1 tsp

Mango Custard

Mango Custard is a delectable and easy dessert which can be served on any occasion. The rich creamy custard with the flavor of mangoes is a real treat to serve after dinner. It was quick to make with simple ingredients and my family relished every spoon of this tasty custard.

Ingredients Milk- 2 1/2 cups Thick Mango pulp- 1 1/2 cup Egg yolk-2 Sugar- 1/2 cup condensed milk- 1/2 tin Vanilla essence-1/2 tsp Corn starch- 2 tsp

Peel and puree the mangoes, stir in condensed milk and set aside. Bring milk to a boil and add half of the sugar and stir till it dissolves and switch off  the flame. Whisk together egg yolks and rest of the sugar until light and fluffy. Now add  1/2 cup of hot milk little by little and mix well. Add this to the rest of the milk and cook in low flame till it thickens . Mix corn starch with water and make a thin paste and stir into the custard mixture. Stir constantly for one minute and switch off the flame . Add vanilla essence and when it cools down the mango pulp. …

Parippu Vada/Dal Fritters

Parippu Vada (Updated Pic)
Parippu vada is a simple evening snack that can be made with thuvar dal or channa dal. Crunchy and mildly spicy it is a great accompaniment with tea. This is as famous as uzhundu vada or urud dal fitters in tea stall in Kerala and is served with piping hot tea.


Thuvar dal or Channa Dal- 1 cup
Green chilly- 2
Red dry chilly-3
Shallot- 2 chopped
Ginger- 1inch thick
Fennel seeds -a pinch
Coconut shredded - 2tsp
Curry leaves
salt to taste
Oil for frying-1 cup

Soak dal for at least four hours and drain in a colander and set aside.
Grind dal and red chilly without adding water. Grind into a course paste.
In the same way make a course paste of green chilly , shallots, ginger, curry leaves, coconut and fennel. You can use a mortar and pastel to  get them crushed.
Heat oil in a fry pan or a heavy bottom pan. Take lemon sizes balls of the mixture and flatten it in between your palm in the form of small thin patties. Carefully slide into hot oil and fry til…

Chicken Kurma

Chicken Kurma, the mildly  spiced creamy chicken is a sure hit in every home. Different regions prepare different versions of Korma and my favorite is the Andhra version of Kurma . In Kerala we add coconut milk to our kurma. I will post that version later. This chicken korma is inspired from the Mugalai style . It is flavorful rich and creamy with nut paste,cream, and ghee. Korma goes well with  bread, chappatis and rice palif. This curry is quite rich and flavorful, but you can also reduce the amount of cream to make it healthy.

Chicken - 1  1/2 lb
Onions finely chopped - 3 medium
Ginger- 1 inch piece
Garlic - 5 cloves
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Crushed red chilly- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Green Chilly-4-5
Yogurt- 1/2 cup
Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp
Cream or low fat milk- 1/2 cup
Chick pea flour or all purpose flour - 1 tsp (optional)
Cashew nuts- 10-15
Almond- 5-6
Ghee /butter- 1 tbs
Oil -2 tbs
Saffron - pinch
Rose water- 1 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped- 2 tsp

Whole …

Custard Crepes

Sweet crepes can be served as a wonderful dessert. This is a simple and delicious crepe batter recipe. I have used flour and custard powder in this recipe with a sweet fruit filling. You can also use custard sauce as a filling which will enhance taste and serves as a tasty dessert.

All purpose flour- 1 cup
Custard powder- 5 tsp
Milk 3/4 cup
hot water 1/2 cup
Eggs- 2
Salt - a pinch
Sugar- 1 tsp
Choice of chopped fruits-  1/2 cup
Maple syrup- 2 tsp
Vanilla essence- a few drops

Combine one tsp of sugar and custard powder with a few tsp of water and make a smooth paste. Add 3/4 cup of hot water and set aside. Allow it to cool.( If you want to make the sauce use the same process but add milk instead)
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and flour and slowly add milk little by little and finally the custard mix and stir to combine. Scoop batter into a hot greased griddle and spread the batter just like a pan cake or dosa.Cook on both sides. Mix fruit with maple syrup ( or you c…

Mango Peda- Indian Diwali Sweet

Mango Peda
Mango peda is a luxurious, rich, flavorful sweet that is perfect for festive occasions. Since it is the festive season, I am here to share some easy to make Diwali sweets. I like to make a few Diwali sweets every year, to share with friends and family. As you know sweets for Diwali are sugar-loaded. But the beauty of this recipe is that you can control the amount of sugar. Reduced milk is naturally sweet and also there is sweetness from mangoes.
Peda is a bite-size popular mithai or sweet made with milk. It is a known fact that lots of Indian sweets are made with milk or milk solids and so is the ever-popular peda. The richness and flavor of this sweet are truly divine. Along with the richness of milk, this sweet is gently laced with the flavor of cardamom and saffron. This Indian fudge is so addictive and the best you can ever imagine with a creamy melt in the mouth texture. The peda recipe I am sharing today has the added sweetness and taste of mangoes. If you are a mango …

Thalashery Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani is very important for festive occasions in Kerala. Different styles like Kozhikodan Biryani, Malabar Biryani, Thalashery style, Kayees Biryani famous in Central Kerala especially Cochin....the list goes on and on..... This recipe I had noted in my recipe book some time back  from a TV show. Talasherry Biryani ingredients are not much different from the usual Kerala styles,but the preparation and taste is definitely unique. In the ingredients you will find a total absence of curd and chilly powder. The rice I has used is long grain basmathi rice, as I did not have the smaller variety which is actually used in this biryani. Give this recipe a will surely feel the difference.


For the Rice
Basmathi Rice- 3 cups
Salt to taste
Cloves- 5
Cinnamon 1 inch tick
Cardamon- 3
Ghee- 1 tsp
Rose water- 2 tsp
Water- 6 cups

For the masala
Chicken- 2 lb
Onions thinly sliced- 6-7 medium
Tomatoes- 4 medium
Ginger - 2 inch thick peice
Garlic- 15 pods
Green chilly- 15
Lemon juice- 1 lem…
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