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Showing posts from August, 2010

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 Ingredients 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 an

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. Ingredients Rice Flour- 2 cups Water- 1 1/2 cups Grated coconut- 1 cup Jaggery- 

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

Parippu Vada/Dal Fritters- Easy Tea time Snack

 Parippu Vada (Updated Pic) Parippu vada is a delightful savory snack, fried to crispy golden perfection. It is an old-fashioned tea-time snack. It is a snack I grew up eating and it always has a homey feel to it.  It is a simple evening snack made by grinding soaked lentils with spices. It is made with thuvar dal or channa dal, and when deep-fried, it has an irresistible flavor. In addition  pearl onions, ginger and curry leaves imparts a wonderful aroma that is irresistible.Crunchy and mildly spicy, it is a delicious accompaniment with hot piping tea. Deep-fried lentil fitters are addictive snacks.  Parippu vada, uzhunnu vada, and Ulli vada are like the holy trinity in every tea stall and wayside eateries of Kerala. The best part of this recipe is that it is a vegan gluten-free snack. Now coming to this recipe, these vadas can be eaten anytime and at all times and tastes best when freshly made. It has a taste all to its own and is quite addictive. Give this recipe a try, y

Easy Chicken Kurma- South Indian Creamy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Kurma- South Indian Creamy Chicken Curry Chicken Kurma is a quintessential dish for Indian parties and special occasions. Chicken Korma/kurma is magical, with few ingredients, but with great flavors and taste. The chicken is soft and tender, cooked in a mildly spiced, velvety sauce. The curry is delectable, but it is not an everyday meal. Ghee or clarified butter, nut paste, cream, yogurt, etc., makes it a calorie-rich meal. So today's recipe is an easy, low-calorie, home-style chicken kurma with no compromise to taste. It is easy to put together and is ready in under 30 minutes . The luscious and creamy sauce of chicken kurma is irresistible, and this delicious gravy and is versatile. If you want to try a vegetarian option, try adding mixed vegetables, peas, potatoes, paneer, or chickpeas to the sauce. Kurma goes well with flatbread, naan, pulao, roti, and appam. The basic korma/kurma sauce has nut paste and yogurt. There are so many regional variations of Korma/

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. Ingredients 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 wi

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

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. Ingredients 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 po