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Kanava/Koonthal/Squid Thoran

Kanava, koonthal or squid is popular among the sea food lovers of Kerala.Calamari fries is popular recipe in restaurants.This is not deep fried  but a dry preparation with squid cooked along with crushed coconut and spices.Cleaning squid is the difficult part a I was lucky to get cleaned ones in Asian market here. For cleaning instructions search here.It is a delicious side dish with rice..give this recipe a will surely love it


Kanava/Squid- 1 lb
Shallots- 6-8 ( or one medium onion)
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic- 3-4
Green chilly-2
Grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Kudam puli- 1-2 small piece.
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Coconut oil

Clean and cut the squid into into small pieces or round rings and set aside.
Crush the grated coconut in a mixer and add in chilly powder, salt, turmeric, ginger and garlic .Mix this with the squid and add kudampuli. Add 1 tbs of water and cook this i…

Green Peas Egg Curry

Green Peas Egg Curry
A Simple and breezy curry for appam or chapatis. Both egg and green peas forms an awesome combo.This is a typical Kerala style curry which is a good side dish for appam. It is a flavorful, mild, creamy and tangy sauce with coconut milk and tomato puree. Usually it is made with dried green peas which you have to soak overnight. But here I have used frozen ones.

Frozen green peas- 1 1/2 cup
Hard boiled eggs- 3
Onion- 1 medium
Tomato puree- 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste- 11/2 tsp
Coconut milk thick-3/4 cup
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Meat masala- 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves

Heat oil in a pan and saute onions till golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder and saute for a minute. Add  tomato puree(  you can add chopped tomatoes too) and salt and saute till oil separates. Add frozen green peas, chilly powder,coriander powder and  masala. Close lid and allow to cook. Add coconut milk and boile…

Green Beans Stir Fry

Green Beans Stir fry
 Simple and quick Asian style green beans stir fry with the flavor of garlic, bell pepper and roasted sesame seeds and the crunch of  peanuts.It is  delicious and flavorful dish and the little spiciness comes form chilly sauce and chilly flakes.Goes well with fried rice or any Asian style dinner.
Ingredients Green beans chopped- 2 cup Roasted peanuts- 1/4 cup Roasted Sesame seeds- 2 tsp Garlic- 3 cloves Onion- 1 medium Soya sauce- 1 tbs Sugar- 1/3 tsp Chilly garlic sauce- 1 tbs Chilly flakes- 1/3 tsp Corn starch- 1 tsp(optional)

Cut beans into desired size. Put it in microwave in high for one minute. Heat oil in a pan and add chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds and add the green beans,onions and sprinkle chilly flakes and a dash of salt. Fry this in for3-4 minutes till light brown spots appear on the beans. In a bowl mix soya sauce, sugar, chilly garlic sauce and add to the fried beans. Lower the flames and allow the sauces to blend. If you are adding corn starch to t…

Sweet Potato Adai/Pancakes

Here is a delicious and healthy way to start your day This is a quick breakfast/brunch recipe.This is the regular pan cake mixed with cooked and mashed sweet potato. It is light and satisfying, low in starch and can be made in a jiffy just like the regular pancakes, provided you have cooked sweet potatoes in fridge :) You can cook sweet potatoes and store them in fridge for two to three days just like potatoes( do not peel off the skin, pat dry and store in Ziploc bags). Give this recipe a try.

Sweet potato- 1 medium
Flour- 1 cup
Baking powder- 1tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 3 tsp
Egg- 2
Milk- 1 cup
Melted butter- 2 tsp
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Nutmeg- a pinch

Cook sweet potato in boiling water and cook till its tender. But it should remain firm. Peel off the skin and cut into small pieces (otherwise just poke sweet potato with a fork and place in the over at 350 degree F for one hour)

Combine flour,salt,baking powder and nutmeg and keep aside.
In a mixer blend together eggs,milk, chopped sw…

Kerala Mutton Peralan

Kerala Mutton Peralan
Mutton peralan is a popular recipe in North Kerala and is mutton in a dry gravy. This is spicy and delicious mutton which is relatively easy to make  but tastes exotic.This peralan recipe was little different from the peralan recipe I had tried earlier. I found this recipe in a TV show called "Taste of Ramdan" and it looked so delicious that I decided to give it a try. I brought about a little changes to the original recipe and my family enjoyed.It is a delicious accompaniment with rice or pathiri.

1)Mutton - 1 l/2 lb
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

2)For masala
Shallots crushed - 1 cup
Onion finely chopped - 1 medium
Ginger and garlic finely chopped - 3-4 tsp
Whole red chilly- 3-4
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
Thick coconut milk- 3/4 cup

3) For Garnish
Cashew nuts- 6-8
Sliced coconut pieces- 10-12
Raisins-  a …

Bottle gourd/Lauki and Dal Curry

Bottle gourd/ Lauki and dal is a delicious combination and is a great accompaniment with rice or chapatis. It is light and filling with the touch of cumin and a bit tangy from tamarind and tomatoes. I was not much confident to try bottle gourd mainly because we never had much of this veggie in our part of Kerala. Its freshness and tenderness attracted me that I finally decided to give it a try. I did not have a recipe and decided to  try my moms spinach dal recipe,but used lauki instead. Try this will surely love it. 

Bottle gourd- 1 medium sized tender
Chana dal- 1/2 cup
Onion -1 medium
Green chilly-  2-3
Tomatoes - 1
Garlic- 2 cloves(crushed)
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
Cumin - 1/3 tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Tamarind- a small lemon sized ball
( soak in half cup of water)
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp. 

Cook soaked chana dal in  two to three cups of water till it gets mashed up( soak at least for one hour)
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and cu…

Semiya Payasam

Semiya or vermicelli payasam is simple and delicious dessert and is truly delectable.It has  very simple procedures like roasting the vermicelli in ghee till it slightly changes color and then slowly allowing to cook in milk and sugar till milk is reduced and it attains a slight creamy consistency.When ever its time for celebration or festival I make this payasam because it is the easiest and also my favorite.I made this for Vishu along with sweet boli and the combination was divine. Boli is very popular in southern Kerala and is served along with pal payasam or semiya payasam during Sadhya. For the boli recipe click here.


Semiya/Vermicelli- 3/4 cup
Whole milk- 4 cup
Condensed milk- 1/3 cup
Sugar- 1/2 cup
(adjust according to your taste)
Cashews and raisins- 1/4 cup
Cardamon powder-1/2 tsp
Ghee- 2 1/2 tsp

Heat two tsp of ghee in a pan and roast cashew nut till golden brown and raisins till they pop up and keep aside. In the same ghee roast semiya till golden brown. Allow…

Asparagus Egg Thoran

Asparagus egg thoran is a real comfort food and it is stir fried asparagus with coconut,eggs and a touch of cumin.Asparagus is a healthy vegetable and is rich in fiber, folic acid and vitamins. I tried asparagus thoran when I saw  it in Nisha and Maya's blog and it soon became a family favorite. Once I tried this thoran with eggs and it tasted delicious.This is definitely one of the simplest recipe with asparagus. Give this a will surely love it.

Asparagus - 1 bunch
Onion- 1 small
Coconut- 1/2 cup
Cumin- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Green chilly-2
Pepper powder- a pinch
Garlic-2 pods
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

Wash and clean asparagus. Discard its woody base and chop and keep aside.
In a mixer crush and mix shredded coconut, cumin and garlic and turmeric powder
Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and fry curry leaves. Add onion,green chilly and fry till golden brown. Now add asparagus and salt and fry for two minutes( you can c…

Chicken Ularthiyathu

Chicken Ularthu/Ularthiyathu
This is another Kerala style roast with has a perfect blend of flavor of coconut and freshly grounded spices and coconut oil.Ularthu is a kind of sauteed stir fried chicken. Usually thin slices of coconut is added but here I have used grated coconut. It is a dry preparation just like chicken fry . It is time consuming and you need to take extra care not to burn the masala, but it is worth the effort.Try this, you will surely love it.
To marinate
Chicken - 1 Kg
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For the masala
Grated coconut - 1 cup
(or thinly sliced coconut- 1/2 cup)
Shallots- 15-20
Ginger- 2  inch thick
Garlic- 8-10
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Chilly flakes- 1/3 tsp
Whole pepper- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Coriander powder- 3 tsp
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
Fennel powder- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil

Cut chicken into small pieces and marinate with the ingredients listed under marinade and keep…

Vada Kootucurry

Vada kootu curry is a spicy vegetarian curry made with Vadas.  It is urad dal/black gram, soaked and made into a paste, fried and added to a  spicy potato and coconut stew. It is made and served during Sadhyas in southern part of Kerala. It is different from the Kootu curry of Northern Kerala  were veggies like yam and plantains are used along with chick peas. You can use uzhunnuvada and cut into pieces and make this curry. It is flavorful and tastes delicious, especially these urad dal dumplings which get soaked in aromatic and creamy coconut sauce. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.

For the Vadas
Urad dal- 1/2 cup
Green chilly- 2
Whole pepper- a  few
Oil for frying

For the gravy
Potato- 2 large
Onion chopped- 1 medium
Ginger and garlic paste- 2 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
 Coriander powder-2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/3 tsp
Garam Masala- 3/4  tsp
Coconut Milk thick 3/4 cup
Coconut milk thin- 1 1/3 cup

For tempering
Curry leaves

Pineapple Halwa

Pineapple Halwa  If you love the pleasant smell of pineapples here is a mouthwatering dessert. Its preparation is similar to carrot and beetroot halwa.This is a no fuss and easy to make delicacy which you will surely enjoy. You can use pureed pineapple or shredded pineapple. Usually Mawa/khoya is used to make this halwa. Here I used condensed and it tasted equally delicious.
Pineapple - 1
Condensed Milk- 1 tin
Sugar-2 tsp( optional)
Ghee- 3 tsp
Rice flour- 2 tbs
( or all purpose flour)
Cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts- 8-10
Raisins- 15- 20 nos
Yellow food color- 2 drops(optional)

Chop pineapple or make a puree. Heat ghee in a heavy pan and fry raisins and cashews and keep aside. Now add in the pineapple puree and stir in continuously till all the water evaporates, Mix rice flour and color in 1/3 cup of water/milk and add stirring continuously and make sure there is no lumps. Add condensed milk  and sugar and cardamon powder and stir till it all becomes one mass. Gre…
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