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Angamaly Manga Curry- Raw Mango Coconut Milk Curry

   Angamaly Manga Curry- Raw Mango Coconut Milk Curry  Today's recipe is an everyday curry for lunch in Kerala and reminds you of its regional flavors and taste. Widely referred to as charu curry, this old fashioned mango gravy is served in many homes in Kerala and relished with steamed rice. Back home, in Kerala,  whenever mango was in season, mom makes this type of coconut-based mango curries. It's something we always cherished at home- good food that makes you nostalgic and is filling and comforting. Regular charu curries are usually made, with coconut, lentils, or yogurt. In this recipe, raw mango gets stewed in spiced coconut milk, and the curry is zesty and tangy. There is a right balance of heat and flavor, and the coconut milk adds a touch of sweetness. While making this mango curry, I had to suppress the temptation of adding prawns.  It is an old habit of mine, adding prawns to charu curries and stir fry. My grandmother, mom does the same thing. But even without prawns

Kunafa Sweet Recipe/ Sweet Cheese Pastry

Kunafa Sweet Recipe/ Sweet Cheese Pastry Kunafa or Kanafeh/Kunafeh is a sweet cheese-filled, pastry popular in the Middle East and Arabic cuisine. It is one of the most popular  Middle Eastern desserts and is specially made during the Ramadan feast and for special occasions. If you have a sweet tooth like me, this appealing dessert with its deliciously sweet and cheesy center and is perfect for you. This decadent sweet is a scrumptious royal dessert. But the best part is that it is a no-fuss and easy to put together sweet dessert. Kunafa's cheesy center is complemented with its signature buttery crunchy crust. The intense flavor comes from clarified butter or ghee. You can substitute ghee with melted butter, but ghee has an intense nutty flavor that is irresistible. Kunafa is served warm drenched with a sugar syrup that has a floral scent to it and sometimes topped with crushed pistachio nuts. To make the scented sugar syrup, you can mix sugar syrup with rose water, orange blossom

10 Quick and Easy Kerala Snacks/ Tea time snacks

Do you often look for snack ideas? I like to try new snack recipes. Freshly homemade, tea time snacks appeals to all ages. There are comfort and joy in munching a delicious sweet or savory deep-fried snack with hot piping tea. Some recipes make you nostalgic, and we keep coming back to it time and again. Kerala has an exhaustive list of traditional tea-time snacks. You never get tired of eating them! So here is a list of family favorites. Today I am sharing a collection of 10 easy to make snacks that you can make under 20 minutes . Do you have any favorite snack that is simple and easy to make? Please share your ideas, leave me a comment below Want to try more Kerala snacks, check my post 12 Best Traditional Kerala Snacks - Tea Time Snacks  Pazham Pori- Crispy Fried Sweet Plantain Pazham pori is a quick and easy tea time snack. It is made with ripe sweet plantains dipped in a batter and then deep-fried in coconut oil to crispy golden. Ingredients Ripe plantains - 3 medium Maida-1 1/

Spicy Prawns Fry Recipe/Nadan Chemmeen Varuthathu

Spicy Prawns Fry/Nadan Chemmeen Varuthathu Today's recipe is a spicy, succulent, and delicious prawns fry. Spicy flavored jumbo prawns/shrimp are fried to crispy golden perfection. Do you love prawns? Prawns are popular among seafood lovers and are my absolute favorite. This simple and flavorful fried prawns is an addictive snack and is a pure joy to indulge with. This Kerala style prawns fry has intense flavor from the masala paste made of garlic, ginger, shallots, coconut, and chilly powder. Now we all know, certain flavors have an affinity for each other. There can be no doubt that garlic, ginger, black pepper, and coconut oil complement the flavor of prawns. Throw in some curry leaves, and the flavor will be divine. There is a little tang from the vinegar and makes it even more delicious. If you do not want to use vinegar, try squeezing fresh lemon juice just before serving. This crispy prawns ready under 15 minutes and will be the star of any meal. This one I called na

Mango Kalakand-Mango Milk Sweet-Indian Mithai

Mango Kalakand-Mango Milk Sweet-Indian Mithai Kalakand is a soft, creamy, milk fudge, served during festive occasions like Holi and Diwali. It is a luxurious sweet with a unique texture and taste. The key ingredients of this sweet/mithai are milk and sugar. I have shared several Indian sweets made with milk like Sandesh, Milk Peda , Cham Cham, etc. Each of these is unique in their way. Kalakand sweet belongs to the category of traditional old-fashioned milk fudge.  It became popular in the early 1900s with a uniquely moist, grainy texture due to the addition of chenna/ fresh paneer or coagulated milk solids. It is popular in North India but, I find that it has a similar texture and taste to South Indian sweet Thirattupal.   It is gently laced with the flavor of cardamom powder and rose water.   Now coming to today's recipe, there is a delicious twist to this classic sweet. It has the added sweetness and taste of mangoes. If you are a mango lover, here is a decadent treat for yo

Goan Fish Curry

 Goan Fish Curry Goan curries have a blend of fiery spices, flavor, and texture. This fish curry is creamy and delicious with coconut milk or smoothly ground coconut paste as its base.  Xiti codi  the Goan term for fish curry and rice. If you are looking for a dish that is not overly complex but gives you an exotic eating experience, you need to try this fish curry. I found this recipe from the worn-out pages of an old cookbook and now this is one of my top favorite recipes. It will be ready in 30 minutes and is packed with a different layer of flavors. South India is blessed with a long coastline and you get fresh fish all the time. It has in no small way affected the very fabric of our every day lives. Fish curry is an integral part of the everyday meal. But of course, there are regional varieties and flavors. What I like about the Goan fish curry is that it has a similar coconut base gravy like the Kerala fish curry. Goa has an exotic range of seafood delicacies. If y