Sunday, September 30, 2012

Banana Fry/Pazham Pori

Banana(ripe Plantain)Fry is a famous snack of Kerala.It is called pazham pori. Actually you can find Plantain trees in almost every house in Kerala.Different recipes are made with both raw and ripe plantains.In this recipe the banana slices are dipped in a batter and deep fried.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Egg Masala/Egg Roast

Thought for a change from chicken, mutton and fish side dishes for chapathi,but wanted something easy and the thought of this egg masala came into my mind.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fish Molee/Fish Stew

Fish Molee is a tasty, South Indian fish curry.Here the fish is prepared in coconut milk.And for me,this is one curry I can make my kids eat fish...ha !! Here the fish is slightly fried first and then added into the gravy and with the addition of the coconut milk elevates the taste of the curry.
King Fish               8-10 pieces
Chilly powder          1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder      1/4 tsp
Ginger paste           1/4 tsp
Garlic paste            1/4 tsp
Salt                       to taste
Curry leaves            few
Oil                        for shallow frying
Marinate the fish pieces adding chilly powder,turmeric powder,ginger-garlic paste and salt.Keep this aside for 15 minutes.After 15 minutes shallow fry these fishes.Add a few curry leaves while frying.Take out the fishes when they turn golden brown and keep them aside.
Now for the gravy:
Cinnamon stick          2 small pieces
Cardamom                1
Cloves                     3
Onion                      3 (medium,finely chopped)
Garlic chopped          2 tsp
Ginger chopped         2 tsp
Green chilly              4(slit)
Tomato                   1 big(round slices)
Lime juice                2 tsp
Turmeric powder      3/4 tsp
Pepper powder        1/4 tsp
Thin Coconut Milk     2 cups
Thick   ''          ''        1 and 1/4 cups
Curry leaves     2 sprigs
Salt                 to taste
Oil       2 tbsp
-Heat oil in a wok,add cinnamon,cardamom and cloves.
-Add the chopped onions,ginger, garlic and green chilly;saute till onion becomes soft.
-Add the tomatoes,curry leaves,turmeric powder and pepper powder.Saute well.
-Now add the thin(2nd extract) coconut milk and salt.Let it boil.
-When its  boiling add the fried fishes.
-After 1 minute add the thick coconut milk and when it starts to boil, off the flame.
-Add the lime juice and mix well.
-Serve with Rotis,Appam or Bread.
*You can use Pomfret also instead of King fish and use fresh ones.
*Use fresh coconut to extract coconut milk

Monday, September 24, 2012

Coconut Moru Curry/Simple Buttermilk Curry

 This is one of Kerala's Traditional recipe.It is simple and easy to prepare.Also it is a good side dish for plain rice.
Yoghurt/curd         1 and 1/4 cup
Coconut               3/4 cup
Green chilli           2
Water                  little
Turmeric powder    1/2 tsp
Salt                     to taste
For seasoning
Oil                       1 tblsp
Mustard seeds       1 tsp
Curry leaves          2 sprig
Dry red chilly         2

Preparing method
-Blend coconut,green chilli and turmeric powder along with water into 
a smooth paste.
-Add yoghurt/curd,salt and blend again just for 2 seconds.
-Heat a cooking vessel,add oil,splutter mustard seeds then add the red chilli and curry leaves.
-Immediately add the blended yoghurt-mix ,stir and off the flame.
-Ready to serve with rice.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Potato Bhaaji

Potato Bhaji is served as side dish for poori,chapathi or can be used as a filling for masala dosa.It is very simple and easy to make. Here is the recipe:
Potato                 2-3 (medium size)
Onion                  1  (chopped)
Tomato                1 (chopped)
Green chilli          2-3(slit)
Garlic                   2 cloves(chopped)
Ginger                 small piece(chopped)
Turmeric powder    1/2 tsp
Salt                      as needed
Water                    1/4 cup
Oil                       1 tblsp
Mustard seeds       1 tsp
Curry leaves           few

-Peel the skin of the potatoes and cut them into cubes.
-Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
-Add mustard seeds when it splutters add curry leaves.
-Now add onion,saute for a minute.
-Add tomato,green chilli,garlic,ginger,salt and turmeric powder.
-Saute again,add water and potatoes.
-Mix all well,close lid and wait for 2 whistles.
-Mash the mix and check the salt.
-Serve with poori,chapathi or dosa.


Pooris are the all time favourite  breakfast of many people...they are small round fluffy bread,made by deep frying.Here is the recipe...
1.Wheat flour (atta)      2 cups
2.Water                       3/4 cup(depends on the type of flour,add accordingly)
3.Salt                           1/2 tsp(as needed)
4.Oil                          for deep frying
-In a bowl add the flour and salt.
-Now add water little by little and knead to make a non sticky smooth dough.
-Cover and keep for 10 minutes.
-Now make small balls of equal size.
-Roll each ball into 3-inch round shape(don't roll them too thin but into med.thickness)
-Heat oil in a kadai.
-When the oil is hot enough, slowly drop  the  poori in the oil.
-The oil will start bubbling and the puri will puff and float on top.
-Flip the puri till both sides are done.
-Serve hot with potato bhaji.
*Add enough oil so that the puri is totally immersed in the oil;because if oil is not enough the puris won't puff.
*The oil should also be hot enough to make good puris ,that is ,if less hot pooris won't puff and too much oil will be absorbed; and if too hot it will turn your pooris dark just when you drop them inside the oil and won't cook them properly inside.
*Try using oil instead of flour while rolling the puris so that the oil does not turn dark.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coconut Rice/Thenga Choru

Coconut rice is made different in different parts.In some places it is made using shredded coconut while in others adding spices.My mother cooks it using coconut milk.I got this recipe from her.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Prawns In Pumpkin Coconut Gravy

This is usually served as a side dish with plain rice.Pumpkin is cooked as such or with some vegetarian combo.But when cooked with prawns it's a hit at home.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Masala Coated Chicken Fry

Here's a recipe for chicken fry.Its a spices-masala coated chicken fry.


1.Chicken            650 grms(cut into med.pieces)
2.Ginger paste            2 and 1/2 tsp
3 Garlic  paste             2  tsp
4.Chilly powder         3/4 tsp
5. Salt                    1/2 tsp
6.Cinnamon              2 inch piece
7.Cloves                  6
8.Cumin seeds          1 tsp
9.Fennel seeds         1/2 tsp
10.Lime juice            1 tblsp
11.Oil                               for shallow frying


-Heat a small pan,add cinnamon,cloves,cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
-Saute for a few seconds and off the flame.
-Grind this into fine powder.
-Now in a bowl add this powder,ginger,garlic,chilly powder,salt,lime juice and mix well.
-Marinate the chicken pieces in this paste and keep covered for half an hour.
-Heat oil in a frying pan,add the chicken pieces and fry till done.

Step by step:

* Just grind ginger and garlic to make a paste.
* Adjust salt and chilly powder according to your taste.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Carrot-Capsicum Pakodas

How nice to have a cup of tea with some snacks ....and if the snack seems to be Pakodas  then 
  There are different types of pakodas like vegetable pakodas, made using a single vegetable or using different vegetables depending on ones taste or availability,Bread pakodas,Prawns pakodas,Chicken pakodas etc..

Special Layered Chapathi


Today's recipe is a multi layered Chapathi .Usually we get to see layers on porottas(Kerala) ,but this one is done on Chappatis.Here is the recipe:
Whole wheat flour         3 cups
All purpose flour (Maida)  1/2 cup(optional)
Salt                      3/4 tsp(accord. to taste)
Water (lukewarm)      for kneading
oil                       1 tbsp(used while kneading dough)
Ghee /oil            2-3 tbsp(used for spreading on the rolled chapathi)

- In a bowl add the wheat flour,maida,salt,oil and mix.
- Add enough water to knead the flour.
- Knead well to make a soft dough,cover and let it rest for 15 minutes.

- Make small balls out of this.
- Now take one ball, place it on the rolling board and flatten it into a round shape.       
- Spread little ghee/oil on top.
- Now make pleats (like how you do for hand-made paper fans)
- After making pleats, from one end start turning it into a spiral form and tuck  the end.
- Again roll this into a chapathi.
- Heat a pan (tawa) to medium-high flame, when hot put the chapathi on it.
- Cook on both sides until done.Drizzle oil in between.
- when 2-3 chapathi's are done put them together and using both hands,chapathis in between, pat the sides. 
-Layered Chapathis are ready to serve
- Serve hot with vegetable or chicken curry.

*Use dry flour while rolling the chapathi,so that the dough does not stick to the rolling pin or the board.
*But don't use too much dry flour,as it makes the chapathi dry.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Lime Mint Cooler

This is a real refresher for the hot summers of the middle east.Mint leaves can be optional for those of you who don't like its taste.But for me ,the green color of this drink with its taste is perfect Whenever I feel tired  I prepare this drink.Here is the recipe:

Cold water     3 glass
Fresh mint leaves   1 cup
Lime            2 nos.
Sugar           6 tblsp
Salt             1/4 tsp

Method :-
-Remove seeds, squeeze & extract juice from the lime
-In a blender add 1glass of water & the mint leaves.
-Blend this for 1 minute.
-Now add the remaining water,sugar,salt & the lime juice & blend this for 2-3 minutes
-The drink is ready,pour this into  the serving glass.
-Can decorate with a slice of lime & mint.

*Both Lime & mint has its own flavour & aroma.Mint supports digestion and also is a breathe freshner.Lime is a good source of vit C and also often used as a cleanser.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Stuffed Chilli Bajji

Today I thought I will add some stuffed recipe.So here is a recipe I got from my sister which I thought I will share with all of you.It is a snack item,stuffed chillies.Here's the recipe :
Green Chillies      10-12 nos (slit vertically,keeping the ends intact)
Refined oil          for deep frying
For stuffing:
1.Cooked  & shredded Chicken      1 cup
 (While cooking add a little turmeric powder & salt in the chicken)
2.Mayonnaise                 3-4 tbsp
3.Carrot (finely shredded)        1/4 cup
4.Cabbage (finely chopped )      1/4 cup
Add all these(1 to 4 ingredients) together in a bowl and mix well with a spoon
For the batter:
Besan                        11/2 cup
Garlic paste               3/4 tsp
Curry leaves (chopped)    2 sprig
Salt                    1/4 tsp(according to taste)                        
Water           as needed(1/2 to 1 cup )  
 In a bowl add all the ingredients to make a smooth thick batter.
-Remove the seeds,clean the inside of the chilly using spoon or knife,making space for the stuffing.
-Fill the stuffing inside the slit chillies 
-Now heat the oil
-Dip the stuffed chillies in the batter,coating completely.
-Fry these till golden brown.                                                  

*These are special chillies used in making Bhajis & are mostly found in Indian supermarkets
*You can make any other stuffing according to your taste;but be careful to use a binding or anything  creamy like how I used Mayonnaise.
*You can also prepare these chilly bajji without any stuffing.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Egg Sandwich

These sandwiches can be prepared easily.Today I made these egg sandwiches for breakfast.It makes a healthy and filling breakfast for kids.Or can be used as a snack when they return from school.So here I go with the recipe...

Bread            10 slices
Eggs(hard boiled)      4
Onion                      4 (chopped)
Green chilly             2 (slit )
Pepper powder        11/2 tsp
Oil                  1 tbsp
Salt                According to taste
curry leaves     2 sprig

-Remove the egg shell and cut the eggs (each half into four pieces)
-Heat oil in a pan.
-Add the chopped onion,green chilly,salt and pepper powder.
-Add curry leaves and saute till onion becomes transparent.
-Remove from fire.
-Now taking one bread slice,spread the onion mix,on top add the egg pieces ,again on top add little onion mix and cover it with another bread slice
-Repeat this with all the bread slices.
-Now place them on the ' Sandwich Maker', till its done.Serve.

*If health conscious,you can remove the egg yolk and just use egg white as filling.
*If you don't have a Sandwich Maker ,you can just heat the bread first on a pan (with or without  butter) and then make the sandwich.

Caramel Bread Pudding

This is a steamed pudding and one of my kids favorite. It is an easy recipe for any one to try and remember as most of its ingredients are  5 in number.Hope u enjoy cooking and eating this !!

Bread (medium size) - 5 slices
Eggs                       - 5
Sugar                      - 5 tbsp
Milk powder              - 5 tbsp
Water                      - 2 cups
Vanilla essence         -1/2 tsp

To caramelize 
Sugar                      - 2 tbsp
-In a blender add all the ingredients from 1 to 6,blend till everything mixes well.
-Keep this aside
-Now in the container(you are planning to prepare the pudding)prepare the caramel syrup ....heat the container on low flame,add the sugar,when the sugar starts to melt using the back of the spoon just stir
-Once it turns a golden colour, off the flame, spread it fully on the bottom and little on sides.
-Now pour the blended mixture on top of the caramel syrup.
-Cover it with an aluminum foil.
-Steam this for 15 to 20 minutes.
-Wait to cool for de moulding.
-Cut it in a wedge shape,serve & enjoy :)

*Be careful not to burn the caramel syrup,your pudding will taste bitter.

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