Thursday, December 31, 2009

Puttu ....The Steamed Cake of Kerala

There is a long list of traditional Kerala recipes that I was waiting to share during my vacation time in Kerala…Though I am enjoying eating them daily, the pace with which I could post them is going on very the time spent in front of the computer itself has gone down so much here…Finally today I have decided to add one recipe to wind up the posting for this year & to Welcome 2010....

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kerala Style Fish Fingers

Fish Fingers

Fish fingers & Chips is one of the Aussie favorites that you can find in every nook & corner of the Kangaroo land....No fish lovers can leave this crispy snack combo....

Monday, December 7, 2009

Eggless Saffron Cake with Sweet Saffron Cream

Much awaited holidays have reached finally & I'm heading to God's own country for my vacation....One thing that I may miss for sure in my Kerala kitchen will be the baking sessions,  as my mom's old oven is no more in a working condition 
Anyway there are loads of other things left which puts cooking to be the last one in my looooong "TO DO" list .... 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Watermelon Lassi / Smoothie...A Summer Treat

Watermelon Lassi

Last day we had some visitors from US and they couldn't get the feel of Xmas in the summer heat of Australia....Even though winter is not so conspicuous in South India, I too had the same feeling during our first Xmas here; as it was hard for me to imagine a Xmas time in the scorching sun...Still summer is more preferable here than Winter times...As you can enjoy the beautiful beaches in summer only!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Kerala chillie chicken

There should have been a great relation between the communist state of Kerala & the communist nation China ; as can be seen from the Malayalam names used for a few things  like Wok which is known as "Cheena Chatti" & Fishing Net known as "Cheena vala"...
( Rightly pointed out in the recent Malayalam Blockbuster "Arabikadha")

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mango Muffins

Mango Muffin

Mango, 'The King of Fruits' is my all time favorite. I can eat them in any form, in any season and at any time of the day ( unfortunately they are not available at all seasons) .

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spicy Prawn Pasta

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I was always reluctant to try pasta, keeping in mind the first commandment on serious eating by Michael Pollan...It says "Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food"....!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Instant Carrot and Dates Pickle

I am usually very lazy when it comes to making pickles, considering the availability of them at Indian stores.
Also Mango pickle is the favourite in my home & I rarely get to see any raw mangoes in stores here....So I never used to take pain to make pickles except for the Onam Days to go with OnaSadya...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Prawn Pakoda / Fritters....

Prawn Pakoda

Last week some of my friends at my son's playgroup asked if anyone can cook some Indian food for our playgroups's morning tea session..I got to know that they all are great lovers of Indian food......

So I didn't have to give a second thought before volunteering , as it is always great pleasure to cook for my friends...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Puloa

Being from Kerala, we are used to having rice for our daily lunch accompanied by fish (curry or fry or even both :) ) , a veg curry (1 among these are the options .....rasam , sambar, parippu, pulicherry, theeyal etc) and 1 dry vegetable dish (like thoran or mezhukkupuratti).

I always used to think why to make soooooo many side dishes to have rice.... Instead why cant we put all veggeies together and cook....

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Sticky Dates Pudding

Baking is one of my favorites among the various cooking tricks. Thanks to mom ( as usual ) for teaching me the basics in this too. Previously,  the only cakes I used to try out were the simple vanilla and chocolate cakes. After coming here, I could find a lot of different varieties of cakes and muffins in the shops that make me tempted to try them out at home.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Deepavali (Diwali)..........The Festival of lights

Diwali Light

Belated Diwali Wishes to all !!!!!!

I was thinking of posting this blog in time for  Diwali. But these days nothing goes as per my plan, as my schedules are all decided by my little son. 

Thank God, at least now that I could finish my drafting. 

Saturday, October 31, 2009

French Toast........

French Toast

French Toast was something me & my brother used to love in those school days,  when mom used to make them for our evening snacks.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Celebrating Spring with Spring Rolls !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spring Roll

Spring Rolls have their origin in China. They are made during Chinese New Year celebrations , where the fresh vegetables from the spring harvest are used to make them. According to them,  their gold color symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year. Thats the story behind the name of SPRING ROLLs. 

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hot N Sweet Chillie Chutney

Hot n Sweet Chillie chutney

This is an easy and tasty recipe which has passed on from my granny to mom and now to me. I love the way the taste of it varies when it goes their magic hands. I give a try keeping those tastes in memory and it has come out almost the same ( still I love the ones they prepare :) )
Here goes the recipe.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Vellarikka Pulissery.......An authentic Kerala side dish

vellerikka pulissery

Pulisherry is an authentic Kerala side dish which goes well with rice for lunch.
Pulisherry can be prepared with a variety of alternate vegetables as the main ingredient and accordingly the name varies. The main ingredient can be Cucumber (Vellarika), Mango, Pineapple, Banana etc.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kozhi Varutharachathu......A Spicy chicken curry from Kerala

Kozhi varutharachathu

I never get bored preparing Chicken or any non veg recipe....It is simply because of the fact that it can never go wrong....Somehow that's my experience with it..And if at all something goes wrong also, the flavor of chicken will correct it...

Here is one such spicy and flavorful chicken recipe which I learnt from mom.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sweet Idli / Kerala Vattayappam


This is an evening snack that I used to prepare for my son whenever we have Appam for breakfast. I prepare this with the left over appam batter . Kindly find the recipe for Appam batter in my previous post.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Egg / Eggless Fried Rice

Typical Kerala Lunch ( ഊണ് ) with rice and fish is what we prefer for lunch daily. I feel greatly relieved if some fish is there, as I found fish recipes to be easier than the veggies. Anyways we cant get fish daily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kerala Appam (Hoppers) ... A coconut-less version

Appam is one of the favourite breakfast items in Kerala, made from rice.

It makes great combinations like "Appam & chicken curry", "Appam & Egg roast", "Appam & Veg stu" or even the simple "Appam & coconut chutney".

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Green Gram Dosa....A Healthy Start for the Day

Green Gram Dosa

Each morning the first thing that comes to mind when I get up from bed is "What for breakfast today" ...!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Panchamrutham / My First Offering......


Panchamrutham is a sweet offering made to God during Puja (worship) in Hindu temples ; the name translates to "Pancha" (Five),"Amruth"(Nectar) ie FIVE NECTARs . From Hindu Mythology Nectar (Amruth ) is a divine food of Gods which gives them Immortality (Amarathwam). Panchamrutham can be thus considered  as the nectar of immortality. I am sure if you ever had Panchamrutham in your life, its divine taste will be still immortal in your taste buds.