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Choco Balls

Choco Balls Choco balls is quick yummy treats for kids and can be made in a jiffy. It has only few ingredients like biscuits, condensed milk and cocoa. You can change the recipe and add ingredients of your choice like nuts, coconut or dry fruits. Ingredients Arrowroot biscuit - 12-15 (Graham crackers or any biscuits of your choice) Cocoa powder- 2 tbs Condensed milk- 1/2 tin Sugar- 2 tbs (optional) In a food processor make a fine powder of biscuits, cocoa powder and sugar. Keep two tbs of this mixture aside. Empty the rest into a bowl and mix condensed milk. Mix till it resembles damp sand. Grease your hands and make small balls. Roll the balls in the biscuit crumble mixture(you can also use coconut of sprinkles instead) Keep this in the refrigerator for an hour and enjoy! Try this Hope you will all enjoy!

Mathi/ Sardine Pollichathu- Grilled Fish Masala

Mathi/ Sardine Pollichathu Sardine is a small oily fish found plenty in coastal regions of South India. It is sustainable seafood, and several cuisines have unique ways to cook this healthy fish. Spicy sardine fry is my absolute comfort food and goes well with steamed rice and vegetables. Curried or fried sardine fish tastes delicious. Sardine is a versatile fish that I love experimenting with. Earlier I post Karimeen polichathu and chemmeen polichathu . Polichathu is a good deal more delicious than curried fish, because of the cooking technique. If you are new to this, it is worth a try. It is a spicy, grilled masala fish wrapped in banana leaf. Fish roasted in fresh banana leaf adds more flavor and taste to the dish and helps to lock in the taste and moisture. The result is a tasty, tender, succulent fish. Fish grilled in fresh banana leaf has a delectable taste- the smokey flavor gets combined with the spices and the masala. Each fish packet has sauteed masala spread on the

Ari Orotti

Ari Orotti Orotti is a simple  and delicious flat bread made with roasted rice flour. Earlier I shared  a recipe for pathiri , the soft and thin flat bread. Orotti is very similar but thicker and crispy. Orotti can be made with rice flour, semolina or wheat flour. Try this with spicy chicken or mutton curry. Ingredients Roasted rice flour- 2 cups Water- 2 cups salt -to taste sugar- 1 tsp coconut oil/butter- 1 1/2 tsp Coconut milk - 1/2 cup Grated coconut- 3/4cup cumin - a pinch Boil water along with salt and sugar. When it comes to a rolling boil add coconut oil. Take the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Gradually pour  water little by little and mix with a wooden spoon . Add grated coconut, coconut milk and cumin seeds and mix well.Allow this to cool down and knead into a smooth dough and make small balls Make lemon shaped balls and flatten on a greased hot tawa. Wet hand with water and press and spread the dough as thin as possibl

Easy Rava Coconut Ladoo/ Sooji Ladoo - Diwali Sweet

Easy Rava Coconut Ladoo/ Sooji Ladoo - Diwali Sweet Ladoos is a delightful Indian sweet made on important occasions, and Indian festivals and celebrations are incomplete without delicious homemade ladoos. Ladoos are traditional ball-shaped sweets, and there are so many varieties of ladoos. Some ladoos are time-consuming, but some are easy to make with minimal ingredients. Rava ladoo is a South Indian favorite anyone can make easily at home. It is sweet and crunchy with roasted rava/semolina and freshly grated coconut. Do you love coconut? I am addicted to coconut, big time! If you are like me and love coconut flavor in desserts, you will surely enjoy these ladoos. It is my all-time favorite, and semolina is a staple in my pantry. If you have a sweet tooth, try these ladoos. They are sweet but not overly sweet. So you can enjoy it as a snack with tea and also serve it on festive occasions. And the best part, it is ready in less than 20 minutes! Roasted semolina/rava has a sweet

Kanava/Koonthal/Squid Fry

 Kanava/Koonthal Fry Squid  or Kanava fry is a yummy side dish for rice.This is a quick and easy squid stir fry and it is spicy too. Squid is part of the menu in every seafood special restaurant and I always enjoy the crispy fried squid rings. But I also love squid roast and roasted coconut and squid curry. Squid is enjoyed in the coastal belt of south India especially in Kerala and Tamilnadu.In Kerala squid is known as koonthal or Kanava.This regions  is blessed with abandon variety of seafood and is a paradise for seafood lovers.Seafood curried or fried with rice, vegetable curries are quintessential for our lunch.  Squid has a mild flavor and can goes well with any flavor. Some are intimidated when it comes to cooking squid.The first time I made it turned chewy and rubbery. But soon I realized my mistake.Squid must be cooked fast over high heat,not more than four to five minutes. This recipe is   pan fried, but if you like it crispy try deep frying. Try this recipe

Fruit and Nut Fudge

Fruit and Nut Fudge   Fruit and nut fudge is delectable home made confectionery with milk and white chocolate. This rich and creamy delight is also a perfect holiday treat . There are so many different versions and flavors of fudge out there.You can do this recipe with dark chocolate too. Also add any dried or caramelized fruit and nuts of your choice. Ingredients Condensed milk- 1 tin Butter-2 Tbs Vanilla essence- 3/4 tsp Rose essence - a few drops(optional)  Milk chocolate-  1 1/2 cup  Pistachios/ Chopped nuts of your choice- 1/3 cup Glazed Cherries- 1/4 cup Heat condensed milk and butter in a heavy bottom pan on low flame. Stir continiously till it comes to a boil.Simmer for another 3-4  minutes .If you have a candy thermometer the temperature should reach  230 degree or the soft ball stage. To check whether it reached the soft ball stage drop half a spoon of the mixture into cold water. After a few seconds you will be able to take it out from the water