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Neychoru/Malabar Ghee Rice

  Neychoru/ Malabar Ghee Rice   Ghee rice is a rich and fragrant rice that can be paired with spicy chicken or mutton curry. Ghee/ clarified butter gives an exotic twist to regular boring rice and transforms it into a beautiful and satisfying meal. Ghee adds a richness and nutty flavor to the rice, and the dish is garnished, with aromatic spices, fried onions, nuts, and raisins- all preferably fried in ghee. It also has a mild yet pleasing aroma from spices, lemon, and rose water. You can get creative and try flavors like mint, saffron, and pineapple. Ghee rice is so versatile that it goes with any curry, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. But let us talk about the best combination. It goes well with spicy Malabar chicken curry, mutton curry, beef fry, or Malabar chicken fry. Together the flavors and taste is simply unique, and it is a great way to spruce up your meals. If you are in a time crunch or have sudden guests and do not have much time to make an elaborate dinner or lunch, t

Chegodilu/Crispy Savory Snack

Chegodilu/Crispy Savory Snack Chegodilu is a crunchy and delectable tea time snack. It is ring shaped crispy snack made with rice flour and flavored with cumin and sesame seeds.It is popular Andhra snack. Ingredients Rice flour- 1 1/2 cup Water- 1 1/2 cup Sesame seeds- 2-3 tbs Cumin seeds- 1 tsp Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp Hing- 1/3 tsp Salt to taste Oil for frying  Bring water to a boil. Heat 3 tbs of oil in a pan. Mix in rice flour,salt,sesame seeds,cumin seeds, chilly powder and hing in a bowl. Pour over the hot oil and using a fork mix well and evenly distribute the oil. It should resemble wet sand. Now pour over the boiling water and mix till the dough comes together.Close with a tight lid and allow it to cool down a  bit and then knead into a smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and let it rest for ten minutes. Take small golf sized balls and roll it into a cylinder and then like a rope. Pinch the two ends together to form a circle and keep aside covered with a damp

Strawberry Crepes

Strawberry Crepes Crepes are classic French thin pancake that needs no introduction. It can be served as a dessert or as a special breakfast. Crepes are simple to make with basic ingredients like eggs and flour. Do you like crepes for breakfast or as a dessert?  Today's recipe is my kid's favorite is fresh cream and strawberry. My favorite is sweetened coconut and caramelized banana. What is your favorite filling? Crepes have always been a fun breakfast option at home, and I have been ceremoniously making these on Sundays as a special treat for my family. Crepes are thin and light pancakes and there is a variety of filling, either sweet or savory. There are endless options when it comes to filling both sweet and savory. Try the savory crepes as a quick dinner option. You can use eggs, cheese, meat filling or mushroom to make a tasty savory crepe. Crepes are easy to make and you can whip it up in minutes. I found the easiest way to make crepes is to put all in a blende

Chemmeen Achar/Prawns Pickle

Chemmeen Achar/Prawns Pickle Today's recipe is a spicy and tongue tickling pickle made with prawns. Everyone has their own version of this delicious pickle. This is my mother's recipe and she has been pampering me with bottles of delicious home made prawns pickle.But when I run out of my stock of pickles I have no other option but to make it myself. I assure you it is a simple and quick recipe and can be preserved for months. It goes well with rice. Small varieties of fresh prawns is best for this  recipe. Try this,you will surely love it. Ingredients To marinate the prawns Small or medium sized prawns- 1 1/2 lb Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp Salt - 1/2 tsp For the masala Ginger- 3 inch thick peice Garlic- 2 whole Green Chilly-6-8 Curry leaves- a few ( make all the above into a course mixture) Garlic thinly sliced-5- 6 cloves Mustard powder- 1 tsp ( slightly dry roast mustard and then powder it) Chilly powder- 2 Tbs Fenugreek powder- 1/2 ts

Diamond Cuts ( Sweet Version)

Sweet Diamond Cuts  Diamond cuts is a crispy deep fried tea time snack. It is cut into diamond shapes and is made with maida and eggs  and so is also called maida chips or as maida biscuits.There is both spicy and sweet version.This was one of my favorite snack when I was a kid have nostalgic memories of my grandmother and mom making this as onam palaharam.  My personal favorite is this the egg less sweet version but if you like the egg version beat in two egg while mixing the dough. You can dip it in sugar syrup or dust them with powdered sugar. It is a quick and yummy snack. It has the right amount of sweetness and a crispy bite that is super addictive. Try this recipe, you will surely love it. Ingredients Maida/All purpose flour- 2 cups Butter- 2 tbs Baking powder- a pinch Salt- 1/3 tsp Sugar- 3 tsp For the syrup Sugar- 1 cup Cardamon- 5-6 Lemon juice-  a few drops. Mix maida,sugar,baking powder and salt. Add room temperature butter and rub the

Fresh Fruit Custard/ Fruit Salad with Custard Sauce

  Fruit custard Fruit custard is the quickest dessert that you can ever imagine and is a perfect summer treat. It is chilled luscious creamy custard sauce served with a combination of fruits. Does that not sound like a delectable dessert? Of course, you can choose your favorite fruits. You can also add nuts to give an extra crunch. It is best when served chilled. You can dress up this simple custard-like a fancy dessert for special occasions. Spoon in custard sauce into layers of cake, biscuits, and fruits and serve it chilled. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla or mango ice cream, tutti frutti, or with jelly cubes. It can be effortlessly made well ahead of time and is a great time saver if you are having a party. Your guests will be surely impressed. Custard is a thick creamy sauce made of milk, sugar, and egg yolk. There are two ways to make custard- the traditional egg custard and the one with custard powder. So for those who don’t want to include eggs in their custard, cust

Mutton Ularthiyathu

Mutton Ularthiyathu Mutton ularthiyathu/olathiyathu is a Kerala style mutton dry fry is a favorite non-vegetarian dish in central Kerala,especially among the Christians.It is cooked meat that  stir fried with aromatic spices and seasoned with roasted coconut which gives an additional crunch. It goes well with rice or pathiri Ingredients To pressure cook Mutton- 1/2 kg Ginger- 1 inch thick Garlic pods- 6-8 Green chilly-2 Onion- 1medium Chilly powder-1 tsp Coriander powder- 2 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp salt to taste To saute Pearl onions/shallots- 1 cup Sliced coconut- 1/2 cup Finely minced ginger- 1 1/2  tbs Finely minced garlic - 1 1/2 tbs Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp Garam masala- 1 tsp of fennel seeds/perumjeerakum 3-4 cloves, cinnamon stick- 1 inch piece Curry leaves- a few Oil - 2 tbs Clean and cut mutton into cubes. Mince ginger,garlic,green chilly and onion using a mixer and keep aside. Heat pressure cooker and add one tsp of oil , add the minced onio