Friday, April 30, 2010

Aviyal....Kerala's Mixed Veggie Delight !!

Aviyal is one of those Kerala Veggie items that I was'nt confident enough of making  perfect , as most of the traditional  vegetables  that are used to make them are not available here.......Recently recollected one of the stories behind the origin of this curry which goes like this.....One of the Kings of Kerala (Tranvancore) was bored of eating the dishes served in the daily menu & he challenged the Palace Chief Chef to quickly make him a curry that he had never tasted before...Poor chef went back to kitchen and found only the left over vegetables as he was already done with the day's cooking...So he took all the vegetables that he could find, cut them to thin strips, cooked them in water and added coconut, green chillies and curry leaves to it and named it Aviyal ....The King was completely Happy with the Dish it seems !!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Instant Palgova !!

Instant Palgova
What better way than a sweet distribution to spread a happy news....Right...?

Yes..There is some celebrations going on back home as my BIL's marriage got fixed ...& 4 us , its again time to look forward for the next trip to the God's Own Country :)

Though there is still a lot of time for the marriage, I just could'nt wait to make some sweets to welcome the new bride...!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Inji curry / Ginger Curry / Puli Inji.....Vishu Special !!

Inji curry / puli inji

Being a Rice producing state, the two main festivals of Kerala are related to the rice harvesting times...First one is Onam which falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam ( Aug - Sept) and the second is Vishu which falls in the month of Medam ( April- May)...Though the Malayalam calender starts with the month of Chingam, Vishu is also considered to be the beginning of a new year !!

Here is a beautiful video that my dear friend Gayathri had shared with me a few days back that made me really nostalgic of the Vishu days back home...The song is a very popular one on Vishu..It is worth watching !!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vegetable Atta Noodles......!!

Vegetable Atta Noodles
Roti (Chappathi / Indian bread ) is what we prefer for dinner mostly...Now a days it is really hard to make my little one eat Rotis and it is equally hard for me to have rice for dinner....Result...? there will be daily some rotis left over...!!