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Thursday, April 21, 2016

NETHOLI FRY (ANCHOVIES)



Previous Recipe: ASPARAGUS THORAN

Netholi fry is an easy to make fish fry. It is one of the smallest fishes that holds a lot of taste and at the same time health. I have heard a lot of doctors say, eat lots of fishes like sardines, netholi etc rather than big ones because they say it contains much more fat based nutrients, Omega 3 fatty acids and fat soluble vitamin D (which most of the people are deficient in). These benefits are very crucial for lowering the risk of many diseases.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ASPARAGUS THORAN






Previous Recipe: STRAWBERRY VANILLA PANNACOTTA

Asparagus is one of the best vegetable to eat because it provides Vitamin A, C, E, K, Fiber, Chromium, folate and many more. This is also good against cancer. In India and many other parts of the world this vegetable is cut into small pieces and stir fried. The best combination is with Plain Rice and other sides.

QUAIL EGG CURRY






Previous Recipe: CREAMY GREEN SUPER SMOOTHIE



Previous Recipe: CREAMY GREEN SUPER SMOOTHIE

Quail Eggs again???? YES!! Since the time I found the benefits of Quail Eggs I have been looking into how to make different dishes and at the same time I did buy 2 trays of this egg (so have to make sure I use it before it expires).

Monday, April 18, 2016

CREAMY GREEN SUPER SMOOTHIE






Previous Recipe: STRAWBERRY VANILLA PANNACOTTA

Healthy Drink! The fastest way to eat your vegetables is in a smoothie. Spinach and apple is one of the best simple combinations to gather vitamins together. Smooth and delicious Green Smoothie.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

STRAWBERRY VANILLA PANNACOTTA





The perfect dessert to serve to your guest after a wonderful delicious dinner party. Strawberry Vanilla Pannacotta is a classic Italian recipe served best after it has been chilled. This is a very simple dessert, all you need is the cooked cream and your favorite fruit to make the sauce.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NO MACHINE HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE-CREAM (EGGLESS)






Previous Recipe: STRAWBERRY PARFAIT

Strawberry Ice-Cream!! 

STRAWBERRY PARFAIT






Previous Recipe: KAPPA PUZHUNGIYATHU

I cannot express how thankful I am for strawberries. They are just too good. There are so many dishes we can prepare with this one fruit, but the simplest is Parfait's. You cannot go wrong with this sweet and delicious recipe. Kids love it and so would you, because you do not have to keep buying this from the store. A fun family recipe to make your day brighter.

BANANA BUTTERMILK FLUFFY PANCAKES








This recipe is the best way to change up your breakfast from the usual plain pancakes. Banana Buttermilk Fuffy Pancakes says it all in the name itself, sweet, delicious, fluffy and tasty. This family breakfast is simple and easy to prepare.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

BREADED FRIED CHICKEN LEG WITH COLESLAW



Previous Recipe: JACKFRUIT HALWA

When I say "Fried chicken" what comes to your mind? KFC or Popeyes? One of the frequent fast food that is bought in the US is fried chicken and it never gets old.

JACKFRUIT HALWA






Previous Recipe: KUZHI PANIYARAM

One of my favorite fruit!! Back home in India, during jackfruit season our backyard would be filled with this fruit. We had about 4 trees if I could remember correctly, that would always be filled with ripe and delicious looking jackfruit. I go crazy excited whenever I see, hear or taste - JACKFRUIT. Any dish made out of this fruit I would love to try. If you do know of a different dish let me know.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

KUZHI PANIYARAM






Previous Recipe: METHI PULAO

Kuzhi Paniyaram is yet another one of all the South Indians proud breakfast dish that contains loads of flavor. This savory breakfast is crispy, fun to eat and delicious.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

METHI PULAO






I have been busy for the past couple of weeks, because of a Nursing exam that I have to take by the end of this month. Between studying and cooking, right now studying is given more time. But I cannot stay away from my passion which is cooking. So instead of preparing a dish worth 2-3 hours, I decided to make dishes that would only take an hour of my time. All the Pulao dishes take less than 1 hour of preparation and cooking time and that is why today's recipe is METHI PULAO.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

ACHINGA PAYAR THORAN / LONG BEANS STIR FRY







One of the widely used vegetable in Kerala is long beans. This vegetable can be grown very easily in our backyard and most of the home in Kerala have at least one corner ground set aside for this. In my home it is very rarely that we would buy this vegetable from the store and we always see this dish along with rice and the rest of the sides daily.

RIPE JACKFRUIT FRITTERS/ CHAKKAPPAZHAM PORI






Previous Recipe: STRAWBERRY MILK

Jackfruit Fritters is another version of PAZHAM PORI/ BANANA FRITTERS (ETHAKKAPPAM). This snack is filled with a traditional fruit in India - Jackfruit. In Asia the season for this fruit is between one of the follow months, either March-June, April-September or June-August depending on the region. Around these months every home would have some kind of snack made out Jack fruit. It never get old, nor would we ever get bored eating this fruit. Around this fruit surrounded many of my childhood memories. I am sure there are many who can relate to this.

STRAWBERRY MILK






Previous Recipe: QUAIL EGG MASALA DOSA

Strawberry and Milk is one of my husbands favorite. Whenever I get normal whole milk from the store, there is always another container laying in the cart - Strawberry Milk. I have never seen anyone drink this milk so much like he does. After failing to put a stop to this store bought drink (No, I am not a bossy wife, but I would love to see my husband live healthy), I decided to take another route and that is preparing this at home. At first he was skeptical but after taking a sip, he came around and ever since then he makes this at home himself (now you might think this happened months ago, but this just happened two days ago).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

QUAIL EGG MASALA DOSA







Indians love their Dosa and Idli for breakfast. Mainly South Indians as this is a comfort breakfast for them. Most of the time at my home, when ever my mom makes idli or dosa batter, then the rest of the week will be filled with the same breakfast. But for me after eating the same dish for 2 days in a row, I would always get bored. So I started to experiment with varieties of filling with plain dosa and that is how I came to prepare Quail Egg Masala Dosa. Everyone in my family especially my husband loved it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NO MACHINE HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY ICE-CREAM (EGGLESS)






Previous Recipe: TOMATO RASAM

Blueberry Ice-Cream!!! Ice-creams never gets old. People still crave after this and if you have kids then the craving meter reader goes very very high. Till they get that small cone they would not give you the time of the day. Kids just know what they want and they will go above and beyond to get it (I know because I was one of those kids).

TOMATO RASAM






Previous Recipe: TAPIOCA CHICKEN BALLS


Tomato Rasam is one of my all time favorite sides with plain rice. But there is always someone else who loves this side more than me and right now it is my brother-in-law. He is not much into Indian food and would occasionally eat rice. But every time he hears RASAM at his moms place, he would walk straight to the kitchen grab a plate of rice, other sides and rasam. I am sure my mother-in-law saw this pattern and that is why there is rasam prepared there all the time. She just wants here son to love India dishes like she does. Which parent wouldn't? :)

TAPIOCA CHICKEN BALLS




Previous Recipe: MUSHROOM VEGETABLE PULAO

Tapioca Chicken Balls is a delicious snack made of tapioca stuffed with chicken filling as the name suggests. This is the first time I have created this snack and it came out just perfect. While preparing this, I felt like I was making Unnakaya (shape differs from this, so does the outer layer and the fillings). This is prefect as a 4 pm snack.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

MUSHROOM VEGETABLE PULAO





Previous Recipe: HOMEMADE MANGO JAM

Mushroom Vegetable Pulao is a fast and simple rice dish to prepare. If you are busy or do not have a lot of time to prepare lunch or dinner, pulao is your friendly dish. All you need is a vegetable, rice and some usual spices you find in your kitchen. This vegetarian dish is one of my frequent dishes prepared at my house, either for lunch or dinner. So far everyone in my family loves eating Pulao. I try to keep it different each time by preparing varities of pulao, using any vegetable in my refrigerator like spinach, fenugreek leaves (methi), white chick peas (chana), peas, Paneer etc.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

UNNAKKAYA (SWEET COCONUT FILLED MASHED PLANTAIN FRY)








Unnakkaya is a traditional Kerala sweet dish, mostly known in Malabar. I am from Thiruvalla/ Kottayam side in Kerala and usually we don't get to try Malabar dishes. Malabar dishes in general is know for it delicious taste (mainly Malabar Biriyani) I have heard a lot about this dish from my Dads friends who are from Malabar.

PAZHAM PORI/ BANANA FRITTERS (ETHAKKAPPAM)





Previous Recipe: VENDAKKA/ BHINDI MASALA

What do you call for banana fritters? Ethakkappam or pazham pori? Since I am from thiruvalla, we used to call it as ethakkappam. Banana fritters is a weakness for most of the malayalees and it holds a special space in all the malayalees hearts because you get to buy banana fritters everywhere in Kerala like in all the restaurants, bakeries, road side snack carts, canteens etc.

VENDAKKA/ BHINDI MASALA





Previous Recipe: MASALA DOSA


My weekends are filled with a housefull of family and we enjoy all kinds of Indian dish and one of them is Vendakka/ Bhindi Masala. Most of the kids are very reluctant to eat this dish because of the way it looks after it is cooked, but if you parents do make this dish, make sure your kids do give this a try because of the health reasons.

Monday, March 28, 2016

MASALA DOSA








There is not a day in my home where we miss breakfast. I am a breakfast person. I loose energy and get cranky if there is no food in my belly in the morning. Back in the day, whenever I oversleep on a work day I wouldn't be able to eat from home, so my breakfast on those days were from the hospital canteen. I would sit and read the menu from top to bottom like i was about to take an exam, but them eventually I would end up asking for Masala Dosa.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

SCRAMBLED EGG WITH ROASTED POTATOES






Previous Recipe: DOSA


A traditional International breakfast. If you stay at any hotel, they always have a choice of this combo in the morning along with orange juice. Scrambled Eggs and Roasted Potatoes is a world wide first choice for breakfast. Recently I prepared Quail Egg Roast, which is entirely different than Scrambled, they both have a unique taste as they are prepared different. 
Well if you just woke up in your country, then GOOOOD MORNINGGG!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

DOSA






Previous Recipe: UZHUNNU VADA/ MEDU VADA
This dish is one of Keralas traditional dish. This plain dosa is loved by many throughout India. It is crispy and best with sambar and different kinds of chutney.

UZHUNNU VADA/ MEDU VADA








Uzhunnu Vada is a favorite delicious snack loved by all the Indians. The crispiness and the soft inside is how this snack should be. The best combination for this snack is coconut chutney.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

IDIYAPPAM/ NOOL APPAM/ NOOL PUTTU






Previous Recipe: CHERRY PARFAIT


Idiyappam is one of the traditional dish in Kerala. It is Delicious and tasty with the combination of Egg curries, stew, vegetable curry or any other curry. The texture on this dish is very soft and it looks like rice noodles. Most of the kids will love this dish because it looks like noodles.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

CHERRY PARFAIT








Cherry Parfait is one of the best and quick breakfast dishes. We consider cherry as a cute fruit that kids as well as adults just love to eat (consider me as one of those kids, I totally am in love with this fruit). But cherry should not just be know for only its cuteness, it should mainly be know for its health benefits. Now a days all we think about is the taste (not that it is wrong), but we must focus mostly on the benefits.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

KERALA MUTTA (QUAIL EGG ROAST)






Previous Recipe:  PAPPAYA (OMAKKA) THORAN

Quail Egg is the size of a large grape (which is very small) but it is slightly very nutritional compared to a regular egg because it contains  a lot of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, B complex, D, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and many more are some of the health facts that this egg holds. I recently found after reading about this egg, that it is also good for the healing of the body after a trauma and the biggest benefit last but not least is that it does not have any bad cholesterol.

Friday, March 18, 2016

PAPPAYA (OMAKKA) THORAN







I have been posting lots of thorans and other Kerala side dishes here and that is only because without these side dishes we malayalees would have a hard time eating. Aside from rice and chamanthi keralities love their mzhupuratti and thoran (stir fry).

PALAPPAM (KERALA STYLE LACED RICE PANCAKE)





Today I am going to make Kerala style laced rice pancakes called Palappam. Palappam is very soft at the center and crispy at the sides, a very delicious dish in Kerala, which is made from fermented rice and coconut milk. Palappam has become a popular staple in the traditional cuisines of Kerala. Palappam is commonly served  with various curries and stews.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CATFISH CURRY (KAARI/ MUSHI MEEN CURRY)





Previous Recipe:  PAPAYA-BANANA SMOOTHIE


In Kerala, Catfish is know as Kaari or Mushi meeen. When ever I see this fish in the market, I usually get scared because I had an incident with this fish when I was young. In my dads hometown (Kottayam) we had a property that was a rice field. During vacation me and my friends would play in the paddy field and since I loved the surroundings I would some days go by myself and just sit by the field. The place where my house is, it is filled with rubber trees which makes the area not fun. The paddy field was full of greenery and I always felt like I was in a different world there. One fine day as I was sitting, dangling my feet in the water and day dreaming, I felt something wiggle through my feet and all of a sudden something bit my foot and it stated to bleed. At first I thought it was a snake, but then my friend told me it was a catfish. It was long, slimy and had very long whiskers. This one incident made me cringe every time I saw a catfish and since then I have never go back to that field. There was one person who did not really care what or who bite me, as this person loved this fish curry more than she loved me (just kidding). That is my sweet loving mom.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

PAPAYA-BANANA SMOOTHIE







Delicious, Sweet, Tasty, Soothing and of course mouth-watering is exactly how I would describe Papaya-Banana Smoothie. There are many who would say Papaya is not their favorite fruit, but once they know about the health benefits, I am sure they will change their mind. With the mix of banana this smoothie tastes really good.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

HOMEMADE MANGO ICE CREAM (NO MACHINE)






Homemade Mango Ice-Cream! What more should I even say. One of my favorite fruit blended into an Ice-Cream. This is very simple and very delicious. All I tried was one scoop and I could not stop till I got more.

Friday, March 11, 2016

ÇOPYCAT PANERA'S CHEDDAR BROCCOLI SOUP







The very first time I got to the US, Panera's was the best place to relax in the evening. Among many food types that I liked there, Cheddar Broccoli Soup was on top of the list. I just could not stop eating. This soup is thick in cheese, which makes it very delicious. After going to Panera's at various times for about 3 months, a thought occured to me. Why don't I just make this at home?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

ALOO PARATHA (POTATO STUFFED PARATHA)







One of the most popular North Indian dishes is Aloo Paratha (Potato stuffed paratha). This dish is prepared with stuffed potatoes and is very quick to make. Like most of the North Indian dishes I blog about here, this one also I tried for the first time in Bombay. I just loved it from the first bite and kept going back for more. With the right combination this paratha is the best. I like it best with yogurt/ raita. You cannot go wrong when preparing this dish. All you need to do is make sure you have boiled potatoes and the right spices/ ingredients. I would say this is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I love it during dinner.
Most of the kids would eat this instead of the regular food because of the stuffing inside. This is a very good way to make sure our kids enjoy eating.

KAPPALANDI MITTAI (PEANUT TOFFEE BAR)








As a kid, back in the day when ever I used to get money from home (pocket money from dad) and from other family members, I would collect them. Do you know why?? Well it was to buy Kappalandi Mittai (Peanut Toffee Bar). This usually happened right after school. I would wait to hear the school bell ring, and once it does, my feet would be racing towards the sweet shop. Since my school was near by home, I would walk back home enjoying my hard earned Mittai (toffee bar). (started at grade 2, did not stop while studying Nursing and still continues today) I am very sure most of you have a memory similar to this. Even now things have not changed much, every now and then when we go to the Indian store, one thing that always enters the shopping cart is this Mittai (of course without my husbands knowledge).

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

BEETROOT PACHADI (BEETROOT WITH SEASONED YOGURT)







There are many different pachadi dishes in India and one of them is Beetroot Pachadi. This dish is yet another traditional South Indian dish that is favored by many, especially Keralities. During various festivals, this dish frequently takes its place in the sadhya. If you are still not sure what this dish is, then let me try to explain a little better. "Pachadi" is a dish that falls in between a relish and salad.
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