October 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

FISH RECIPES - FISH ROAST















INGREDIENTS

Fish                                  - 6 pieces ( preferably boneless) 
Kashmiri chili powder     - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp ( fish marination)
Turmeric powder             - 1 tsp (fish marination)
Vinegar / lemon juice      - 1 tsp
Tomato                             - 3 nos
Ginger garlic paste          - 1 tbsp
Green chili                       - 1 
Salt
Coconut oil
Curry leaves


PREPARATION

  • Marinate the fish with turmeric powder, 1 tbsp kashmiri chili powder, vinegar and salt. Keep refrigerated for 15 minutes. Then fry it, in little oil till half done.
  • Keep it aside.
  • Now  heat some oil  in a nonstick vessel and add the sliced tomatoes.
  • Cook till the oil separates.
  • When done add green chilies, ginger, garlic paste, turmeric powder, Kashmiri chilly powder, salt and mix well.
  • Cook till the raw smell goes.
  • Then add 4 tbsp hot water to it and mix well. You will get a thick gravy.
  • Finally put the half fried fish to it and again cook for few minutes .
  • Then add curry leaves and pour 1 tbsp coconut oil on the top and  close the lid  for a while.
  • Serve hot with rice, chappathi...


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PRAWNS RECIPES - PRAWNS GRAVY IN COCONUT MILK








INGREDIENTS


Prawns , medium sized                  - 1 cup / 15 - 20 nos, cleaned
Kashmiri chili powder                   - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder                           - 1 tsp
Lemon juice / vinegar                    - 1 tsp
Onion / shallots                              - 1 cup, finely chopped
Tomato                                           - 1 , (big), finely chopped
Garlic                                             - 2 tbsp , finely chopped
Green chilly                                    - 1 , slit
Coconut milk (1st milk)                  - 1 cup
Salt
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Coconut oil


PREPARATION


  • Grind together kashmiri chili powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt to a fine paste and marinate the cleaned prawns with this masala .
  • Keep it refrigerated for half an hour ( optional).
  • Heat oil in a pan and add chopped garlic and slit green chili to it.
  • Saute a while and add the finely chopped onion to it .
  • Saute till the onion turns golden and then add chopped tomato and salt.
  • Cook it until done and now put the marinated prawns to it .
  • Mix it well with the gravy and let it cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame.
  • Add salt if required.
  • Then add the thick coconut milk and allow it to cook until the gravy becomes thick. Saute occasionally.
  • Finally pour 2 tbsp of coconut oil on the top and mix well along with chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  • Serve with hot Neer dosa, fried rice, rice..................

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

LADYS FINGER / OKRA / VENDAKKA CURRY RECIPES - Coconut curry




INGREDIENTS                            


Lady's finger                                     -8 nos (cut into 1 inch size)
Tomato (small)                                 -1 , sliced
Green chilly                                      -2 nos
Coconut                                             -1 cup
Small onion / shallots                       -4 nos
Fennel seed(perumjeerakam)          -1 tsp
Garlic                                               - 2 cloves
Turmeric powder                              -1 tsp
Coriander powder                             -2 tbsp
Chilly powder                                    -2 tbsp
Tamarind, soaked in water               - a lemon sized
Salt
Curry leaves
Oil

PREPARATION


  • In a deep bottomed pot (preferably clay pot)  add sliced tomato, green chilly ,  diced lady's finger and tamarind water.
  • Now grind together coconut, small onion,garlic,  jeera, (turmeric, coriander and chilly )powders in half cup of water.
  • Grind to a fine paste . Pour this to the pot and put salt. 
  • Mix well. Add water according to the consistency needed.
  • Now switch on the flame and cook until the color of lady's finger changes. Stir occasionally.
  • In a separate pan heat 2 tbsp oil and add 1 tsp sliced small onion.Saute well.
  • Pour it over the curry and garnish with curry leaves.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Malabar Neer dosa / Ari dosa / Rice dosa


                Neer dosa, basically it is the rice dosa only but it is named as neer dosa as its batter is very thin as the consistency of  flowing water . In malabar , Neer dosa is the most popular breakfast in almost all areas. It is  very easy and simple breakfast as there is no fermentation. More over instead of soaked rice we can also use rice powder alone to make delicious neer dosa.



INGREDIENTS

Raw rice                                 - 1 cup, soaked in water for 6 hours
Rice powder                           - half a cup
Grated coconut                      - half a cup
Salt                                         - to taste
Oil                                          - 4 tbsp

PREPARATION


  • Wash and drain the soaked rice and grind  it  along with half cup of water to a fine paste.
  • Now take a bowl and mix together rice powder , grated coconut and salt .
  • Add a little hot water to it, and with your hands press tightly and knead it well to a smooth batter.
  • Now add the finely grinded  paste to this slowly and mix well without any lumps. Add enough water to make a thin batter. The batter must have a flowing water consistency . This is the traditional way of making neer dosa batter. 
  • The other method is that you can also simply add rice flour , grated coconut to the grinded  paste of raw rice and again grind together with little water to a thin batter. But i prefer the traditional way as it tastes better.
  • Now heat a nonstick pan / neer dosa tawa/ cast iron tawa.(Neer dosa tawa is prefered).
  • When hot grease the tawa well  with oil ( but if it is nonstick pan you can just pour 4 tbsp oil in the pan and grease the pan well and pour it to the dosa batter. so that no need of greasing after each dosas).
  • Now pour a ladle full of batter by rotating the ladle with batter to cover the whole pan.
  • The batter should coat the pan in a thin layer.
  • Cover the pan and let it cook for few seconds. And then open the lid and again let it cook for a while. Do not take out dosa immediately after opening the lid.
  • Once it is done take the dosa out with a spatula and store in a hot case and  now again grease the tawa,( but for nonstick pan ,no need of greasing as we already poured hot oil to the batter).
  •  Serve hot with egg roast , potato curry, green peas curry and of-course with fried fish or chicken.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

PASTA RECIPES - SPAGHETTI MEAT BALLS

           

         Spaghetti with meat balls is an Italian dish consists of spaghetti / pasta , meat balls and tomato sauce. Italian spaghetti is made from wheat semolina,  but can also be made with other kinds of flour. Pasta with meat balls is a  traditional recipe of Italy ,made to their tasty standards. BUT here i made some changes to suit  Kerala / Indian taste .  So the meat balls i here made with the same ingredients which we used for chicken samosa or cutlet fillings  and  it tastes gorgeous. Actually this recipe came to my mind only because of my craziness towards pasta and noodles....though this is my first attempt ,it turns out well and i do love to try out new varieties with pasta and spaghetti.

             








INGREDIENTS


Spaghetti / long thin pasta             - 150g, (do not brake it.)
Spicy Tomato sauce                      - as required ( either you can buy from store or homemade sauce recipe is given below).
Mozzarella cheese grated               - as required (for topping)
Minced chicken                               - 1 cup
Bread                                              - 2 slices
Onion                                              - 1 , small, chopped finely
Green chili                                    - 1, chopped
Ginger garlic paste                        - half tsp
Fennel seed powder                       - half tsp
Garam masala powder                  - half tsp
Salt
Oil
Curry leaves
Tomato                                         - for topping only


PREPARATION
  • Mix in minced chicken, finely chopped onion, green chili, ginger garlic paste, fennel seed powder, garam masala powder, salt in a bowl well  with bread pieces and make a smooth dough.
  • Make small lemon sized ball and fry in hot oil.( do not deep fry). Keep it aside.

  • Heat 2 cups of water in a pan and once boiled add  salt and 2 tbsp oil to it.
  • Then add the Spaghetti ( do not broke it) and stir continuously .
  • Cook for 5 minutes or until the the water get dried up.


  • Then remove it to a plate and spread some oil in the same pan and add the cooked spaghetti  to it along with 2 tbsp tomato sauce.
  • Mix well and add salt if required. Stir continuously for few minutes in low flame.
  • Now take a mold as shown in the image and grease it with ghee or butter.
  • Layer the spaghetti first and slightly press it and shape it.

  • Then drop some sauce over it and keep the meat balls .
  • Finally top it with grated cheese.
  • Either you can bake in oven for 5 - 8 minutes or until cheese melts. ( if on stove top, keep the mold inside  a nonstick pan with hot water and steam it for 15 minutes).
  • When the cheese melts take out of the vessel and let it cool.
  • Then take out of the mold and garnish with tomato sauce and  chopped tomato .
Tomato sauce recipe.............
INGREDIENTS
Tomato                                         - 6 nos
Onion                                           -  1 cup, chopped
Garlic                                          - 2 cloves , chopped
Celery                                          - 1 stalk , chopped
Carrot                                          - 1, small , chopped
Red chili powder                         - 2 tsp
Coriander powder                        - 2 tsp
Garam masala powder                 -  half tsp
Oregano                                        - 1 tsp
Pepper                                           - half tsp
Butter                                            - 5 tbsp
Cilantro / malliyila                       - as required
Salt
METHOD

  • Remove the skin of tomatoes and puree it.
  • Now heat a pan and saute garlic and onion over medium flame.
  • When it becomes transparent , add carrot , celery and cook until the vegetables become soft.( 5-10 minutes)
  • Then add all other spices (except pepper and cilantro) one by one and cook until the raw smell disappears from the masala.
  • Stir in the pureed tomato and mix well.
  • Cook in low flame for 1 hour until thick with uncovered pan .
  • Now finally add pepper and cilantro to this and mix well.
  • Once cooled either you can grind it or else can be used same as it is..( left over sauce can be stored in freezer for 3 months).



Friday, October 23, 2015

MALABAR RICE PATHIRI / STEAMED PANCAKE - Ari pathiri - Indian Breakfast

                     
                           Pathiri is a type of pancake made of rice flour. It is the traditional and the most popular dish among the muslims in Kerala. But nowadays it also became popular in many other foreign countries like uae, qatar, oman, uk , may be  because of gulf malayalees, i think.   Pathiri is usually served along with chicken, mutton curries.. It is mostly prepared during special occasions or during ifthar fasting..The most interesting fact about PATHIRI is that when there is any special occasions at home , the ladies among relatives and even neighbors of that home will gather in kitchen and make pathiris...Some knead the dough , some make balls and others will roll and bake it...The method of preparation of this pathiri may be different  in different regions of kerala...
      This is my easiest method for making soft ,thin malabar rice pathiri....So let us see how to make soft pathiri at home / how to make malabar rice pathiri / Indian  breakfast..



INGREDIENTS
Pathiri podi / Rice flour              - 2 glasses
Water                                           -  2 glasses
Salt                                               - to taste

PREPARATION

  • Boil the water in a heavy bottomed pan and when boiled add salt.
  • Now make the flame to medium low and then add the rice flour / pathiri podi slowly.
  • Stir well continuously and make sure that the bottom of the pan doesn't get burnt.
  • Now cover it with a lid and keep on low flame for about 20 seconds and then switch off the flame.
  • For better results you must knead the dough at this point itself .
  • So apply some oil in your palms and knead the dough thoroughly with your both hands for at least 5 minutes or until soft and less sticky. ( if your hand feel sticky, you can apply some hot water in your palm and then knead ).
  • Now take a lemon sized ball from the dough and roll it .
  • Then press it between your palms.
  • Dust the rolling board and rolling pin with some rice powder .
  • Now roll the balls with this rolling pin on rolling board until you get a thin round pathiri.
  • Now heat a thawa and when hot keep it in medium low.
  • Place the  pathiri on it and after few seconds you can see steam passes.
  • At this point just flip the pathiri and let it cook for few seconds.
  • Press the center of the pathiri with a spatula and wait till its pups up.
  • Again flip the other side wait for other 30 seconds , so that the other side will be well. Take off the flame and keep the next pathiri..
  • Do not over cook the pathiri and serve with  chicken  in roasted coconut gravy curry.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

MASHED BANANA WITH COCONUT FILLING / UNNAKKAYA / KAAYADA









INGREDIENTS


Banana / plantain (nenthrapazham) - 3 nos ( semi ripe)
Coconut grated                                 - 1 cup
Sugar                                                 - 4 tbsp
Cardamom powder                           - a pinch
All purpose flour (maida)                 - 2 tbsp ( for coating unnakkaaya)
Cashews and raisins                         - chopped, as required
Ghee

PREPARATION

  • Steam or boil banana ( do not cut) until the banana is well cooked and soft (do not over cook banana).
  • Remove the skin and mash it well without any lumps or grind it well without adding water (the same consistency of chappathi dough).
  • In a pan heat ghee and add cashews ,raisins and saute for few minutes.
  • Then add grated coconut along with sugar and cardamom powder and  then saute for few minutes.
  • Remove from fire and let it cool.
  • Now make a small lemon size ball from the banana dough and flatten it in your palm into a small round shape.
  • Keep 1 tbsp of the filling and cover the edges lightly and roll it in your palms.
  • Shape it like unnakkaaya( the shape as in the pic).
  • Coat it in the all purpose flour and fry in hot oil.
  • Keep turning the side and take off the flame when golden.
  • Drain the excess oil and serve hot...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

CHICKEN RECIPES - CHICKEN CHATTI CURRY



      This traditional chicken curry is packed with the flavor of traditional Malabar chicken curry made in clay pots. Cooking in clay pots adds the taste to the curry. CHICKEN CHATTI CURRY , the name itself indicates that you have to cook in the chatti or earthern pot ( clay pot). S o lets see how to make chicken curry in clay pots which make the curry so special.






INGREDIENTS

Chicken                                  -  500 g
Small onions/ shallots            - 6 nos, chopped finely + 2 nos ( for seasoning)
Garlic                                    - 4 pods, chopped
Ginger                                   - a small piece, chopped
Tomato                                  - 1, small , chopped
Fennel seed                           - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder                  - 1 tbsp
Kashmir chili powder          - 3 tsp (add less while using normal chili powder)
Coriander powder                - 3 tsp
Salt
Coconut oil
Curry leaves

PREPARATION

  • Heat oil in a clay pot (mann chatti) and when hot , add finely chopped small onions and curry leaves. 
  • Saute for a while and now add ginger , garlic, fennel seed and finally tomato.
  • Saute well and remove from flame.
  • Grind it  to a fine paste and again cook in the same clay pot.
  • Mix in the cleaned and drained chicken pieces.
  • Let it cook for few minutes with lid closed.
  • Meanwhile, heat some oil in a nonstick pan and add the spices ( turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder) one by one along with the salt.
  • Saute well in the oil until a nice smell comes and the color changes.
  • Now add this spices with the chicken gravy and mix well.
  • Again cook for few minutes or until the oil separates. You can adjust the gravy by adding hot water.
  • Cook til the chicken is well coated with the gravy.
  • Again heat some oil in a pan and fry chopped small onions and curry leaves.  Pour it over the curry and keep the lid closed for few seconds.






Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SWEET BANANA PIZZA / BREAD BANANA PANCAKE - EVENING SNACKS

                
                    Evening is a time for refreshment, leaving all tensions and making our mind and body equally relaxed  with a nice cup of tea. In india,  most of the people will have evening snack to savor with a nice cup of coffee or tea. In Kerala, we can see many small road side shops with popular tea time snacks like parippuvada, pazhampori, cakes, sujiyan, ullivada, and so on. 
Majority of muslims in kerala, mainly malabar region are very good at making snacks for their family and relatives. During ramadan, they used to prepare special snacks like unnakaya, kaayada, chattipathiri, pizza, banana cutlets and so on..This is an easy but a bit variety snack with banana , bread and coconut. So enjoying having this in special occasions.

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banana pizza bread pizza sweet pizza kids snacks creative party ideas

INGREDIENTS

Banana / plantain                     - 1, finely chopped
Egg                                           - 1
Wheat bread                             - 5 nos                                    
Grated coconut                         - 5 tbsp
Cashews , almonds, raisins      - as required, chopped
Ghee
Sugar
Salt
  

PREPARATION


  • Heat a non stick pan and add little ghee .
  • Roast the finely chopped banana and the nuts till golden. Keep it aside.
  • Now add  the grated coconut to this same pan along with 1 tsp  of sugar and saute it till crispy. Keep it aside.
  • Now in a blender mix egg, bread , a pinch salt and 2 tsp of sugar . Blend them to a thick paste. If the thickness is less, can add more bread pieces.
  •  The batter should be thicker than rice dosa batter.
  • Again heat the pan and spread some ghee evenly.
  • When hot pour small kutti dosas ( u can pour two dosas at a time in a medium sized pan, but it is better to pour one at a time).
  • Sprinkle some dry roasted  coconut , roasted bananas and nuts immediately once the batter is poured.
  • Gently give a press to the toppings with the spatula.
  • Cook in a low flame and then slowly flip the other side and cook for few minutes.
  • Again flip the other side and garnish with some roasted coconut sprinkles or chocolate sauce or honey.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Beef Roast - Beef Uluva varatt - Kerala style





INGREDIENTS
Beef                                     - 1 kg ( cut into small cubes)
Shallots / small onion         - 25 nos, sliced + 4 nos ( seasoning)
Ginger garlic crushed        - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder                - 1 tbsp
Red chili powder                - 2 tbsp
Coriander powder              - 4 tbsp
Pepper powder                   - 3 tbsp
Fennel seed / perumjeera  - 1 tsp
Fenugreek seed / uluva      - 1 tsp
Green chili
Salt
Oil
Curry leaves
PREPARATION

  • Wash and drain the beef. Keep it aside.
  • Heat a nonstick pan and saute chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and fennel seed.
  • Saute in a low flame for a while and transfer to a bowl before it get brown.
  • Transfer the cleaned beef to a pressure cooker ( preferably clay pot).
  • Now add all the ingredients such as dry roasted masala powders, shallots, ginger garlic crushed,fenugreek seed, salt and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Mix half cup of hot water if required.
  • Close the lid and cook it in medium flame until 4 whistle.
  • Heat a pan and add oil. Saute the chopped shallots and then add curry leaves , green chilies , pepper powder and saute well.
  • Add the cooked beef to it and cook until the gravy dries up and the beef is coated with the gravy.
  • To reduce the thickness you can add little hot water.
  • Garnish with curry leaves.



CHICKEN RECIPES - KERALA CHICKEN FRY



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INGREDIENTS

Chicken                                             - 500 g
Kashmiri chili powder                      - 4 tsp
Turmeric powder                              - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste                           - 2 tsp
Fennel seed (perumjeera) powder    - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder                     - half tsp
Curd                                                  - 1 tbsp
Vinegar / lemon juice                        - 1 tbsp
Fenugreek ( uluva) powder               - 1 tsp
Salt
Oil
Curry leaves

PREPARATION

  • Wash and clean chicken properly and cut into small pieces and then drain the excess water in chicken.
  • For fenugreek powder ..first dry roast fenugreek in a pan and then grind in a mixie to a fine powder.
  • Now grind  together all the ingredients except salt and oil to a fine paste.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil  and required salt to this paste and mix well.
  • Marinate the chicken with this fine paste well and refrigerate for 15 minutes (preferably 1 hour ).
  • Heat oil in a deep bottomed vessel and when hot add curry leaves and then add marinated chicken.
  • Deep fry both sides.
  • This is a spicy chicken fry recipe..you can add less chilli powder to reduce the heat. Here i used kashmir chilli powder which is less hot but great color.  






Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pumpkin leaf Thoran / Upperi ( PUMPKIN LEAF CHUTNEY DRY )

INGREDIENTS
Pumpkin leaf ( maththanila )                 -  20 - 25 tender leaves
Rice water                                              - 4 tbsp
Small onion                                            - 2 nos, finely chopped
Green chilies                                          - 1 (or according to your taste)
Grated coconut                                      - 6 tbsp
Coconut oil    
Salt                                   
PREPARATION

  • Pluck the tender leaves of pumpkin and clean them and then slice them finely.
  • Crush grated coconut and green chili in a mixie .
  • Heat oil in a pan and saute small onion.
  • Add the thinly sliced leaves to it along with the crushed coconut and chili.
  • Add required salt and sprinkle some rice water over the leaves and then cook it till done.
  • Serve with rice...!!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CARROT PUDDING / CARROT COCONUT PUDDING - Easy dessert

INGREDIENTS
Carrot                                  - 2 cups, sliced + 6 tbsp ( decoration)
Desiccated  coconut             - 2 tbsp + 6 tbsp (decoration)
Sweetened condensed milk   - half tin
Sugar                                    - 5 tbsp (or as per requirements )
China grass                          - 10 g
Milk                                      - 3 cups
PREPARATION

  • Blend carrot to a fine paste in a blender without adding water.
  • Soak the china grass in cold water for few minutes and then cook over a slow flame until it dissolves to a clear liquid.
  • Boil the milk in a vessel and once boiled add desiccated coconut and pureed carrot along with sugar.
  • Stir continuously.
  • Then add the condensed milk and mix well.
  • Now pour the melted china grass and  again mix well. 
  • Cook for 2 minutes and then switch off the flame.
  • Pour it to the pudding tray and refrigerate till it sets.
  • Decorate with desiccated coconut and sliced carrot.


CHOCOLATE PUDDING - Easy dessert

INGREDIENTS
Milk                                                                  - 2 cups
Sweetened condensed milk                               - 2 tbsp
Diary milk chocolate ( or any dark chocolate)- 1, big(120g)
China grass                                                      - 5 g
Cashews
Almonds

PREPARATION
  • Soak the china grass in cold water for few minutes and then cook over a slow flame until it dissolves to a clear liquid.
  • Boil milk in a vessel and once boiled  add the chocolate pieces to it.
  • Stir continuously till it melts and add condensed milk along with cashews and almonds.
  • Now pour the melted china grass to this mixture and stir well.
  • Switch off the flame and pour it to a pudding tray.
  • Refrigerate till it sets.
  • Decorate with almonds and cashews..

CARAMEL NUTS PUDDING / CARAMEL PUDDING RECIPE - EASY CUSTARD RECIPE

This is an egg less caramel custard pudding recipe which is quite easy to prepare. No baking no steaming ...wonder???just try this easy dessert recipe. It tastes yumm as it looks.  Custard recipe and custard dishes are loved by everyone including  kids and adults equally. Like so, i too love to make custard pudding with nuts as it is very ease and quick yet very delicious and can please the crowd. There are many variations in traditional custard pudding, all those recipes tastes yummy. This is a very simple egg free dessert recipe with custard. So do try and let me know how it turns out for you. 




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INGREDIENTS


Milk                                       - 2 cups
Custard powder                     - 3 tsp
Condensed milk (Milkmaid)  - 3 tbsp
Vanilla essence                      -  half tsp
Sugar                                     -  4 tbsp + 3 tbsp (caramelizing)
China grass                           - 5 g
Carrot                                   - half cup , finely sliced
Cashews                               - 3 tbsp , chopped
Almonds                               - 2 tsp, chopped 

PREPARATION

  • In a saucepan add 2 tbsp of water and 3 tbsp of sugar and cook until it becomes brown over a low flame(CARAMELIZING). 
  • Spread it all over a pudding mould evenly.
  • Soak the china grass in cold water for few minutes and then cook over a slow flame until it dissolves to a clear liquid.
  • Mix the custard powder in a half cup of milk and keep it aside.
  • Now boil the remaining milk and when boiled add the custard to it.
  • Add sugar , carrot slices, cashews and almonds.
  • Mix well until you get a smooth sauce.
  • Now pour the melted china grass and condensed milk to this and mix well.
  • Switch off the flame and strain it .
  • Once cooled slightly , add vanila essence and pour it to the mould.
  • Refrigerate till it sets.
  • Before serving loosen the sides with the ends of a knife and flip it to a serving plate slowly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CONDIMENTS (3 IN ONE RECIPE) - KERALA STYLE THENGA CHAMMANTHI

Hi foodies..Welcome to AYESHA'S KITCHEN..Here am sharing a traditional nostalgic recipe of Kerala that reminds of our lovely home and our sweet moms food.  Dry coconut chutney (chammanthi) / dry mango chutney is my favorite of all. My mom used to make any one dry chutney / chammanthi (condiment) for my lunch box, which was sometimes ground on the grinding stone(ammikkal) that is  the real secret of tasty chammanthi. Steamed rice accompaniment with chammanthi and an egg omelette was my moms lunch ideas for me those days. Rather i really enjoyed those lunch meals than of todays. Lets move on to this yummy kerala dish recipe for   Thenga chammanthi / coconut chammanthi - the nostalgic kerala recipe.  Here is the recipe of that drooling condiment which all Keralites love to have.!!!!! 


COCONUT CHAMMANTHI




INGREDIENTS

Coconut                                           - 1 cup, grated
Green chilies or kaanthaari mulak  - 4 nos
Small onion / shallots                       - 4 nos
Salt

PREPARATION

  • Grind together all ingredients in the smallest jar of grinder without adding water.



TAMARIND CHAMMANTHI





INGREDIENTS

Tamarind                                          - lemon sized, seed removed
Green chilies or kaanthaari mulak  - 4 nos
Small onion                                      - 4 nos
Salt
Coconut oil                                      - 1 tbsp

PREPARATION

  • Grind together all ingredients except oil , in the smallest jar of grinder without adding water.
  • If needed add 1 tbsp of water while grinding. Try to grind chammanthi (condiment) without water for better taste.
  • Finally pour coconut oil and mix well.



COCONUT TAMARIND CHAMMANTHI




INGREDIENTS

Coconut                                            - 1 cup, grated
Tamarind                                          - lemon sized, seed removed
Green chilies or kaanthaari mulak  - 8 nos
Small onion                                      - 8  nos
Salt
Coconut oil                                      - 1 tbsp

PREPARATION

  • Grind together all ingredients except coconut and oil in the smallest jar of grinder without adding water.
  • When done add coconut and grind again.
  • Mix well.
  • Finally pour coconut oil and serve.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

EGG RICE / VEGETABLE RICE -Easy kids meal

INGREDIENTS
Boiled rice                     - 1 cup
Mustard seed                 - half tsp
Egg                                - 2 nos
Pepper powder              - a pinch
Turmeric powder          - half tsp
Carrot                           - half cup , chopped
Tomato                         -  2 tbsp, chopped
Small onion                  - 2 nos, chopped
Oil
Salt

PREPARATION

  • Beat the eggs well and add required pepper powder. Keep it aside.
  • Heat coconut oil  in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Then add chopped small onions and saute for a while.
  • Now add turmeric powder, tomato and then chopped carrot. Add required salt too.
  • Saute well and when done add the beated egg.
  • Scramble it and mix well with the other ingredients.
  • Now add the boiled rice to it and stir well.
  • Add salt if necessary.
  • Serve hot.


Monday, October 12, 2015

STUFFED CALAMARI RECIPE / STUFFED SQUID / KANAVA NIRACHATH




Squid recipes / Calamari recipe is something innovative and interesting. Here is yet another incredibly simple and delicious stuffed calamari recipe. If you can get your hands on such small calamari (squid), try out this stuffed calamari tubes recipe. This recipe reminds you that Calamari / squid aren't  just for frying or breading. As am very fond of squid, i love innovations and creative in squid recipes as well like baked calamari recipe, squid salad and so on. Hope i can share those recipes soon. Here is the recipe showing how to make stuffed squid / calamari recipe. Enjoy creative cooking....


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INGREDIENTS


Squid / calamari              - 1 kg (cleaned and head removed)
Tooth pick 


For stuffing.............




Broken rice                         - 1 cup (raw rice ,not cooked)

Grated coconut                   - 1 cup
Small onion                         - 15 nos, finely chopped
Garlic                                 - 4 pods, finely chopped
Fenugreek                          - 2 tsp
Green chilies                     - 1 , finely chopped
Salt

PREPARATION


  • Mix together all the ingredients for stuffing in a large bowl.
  • Stuff it  inside the cleaned squid and tie or close the end with 2 tooth picks as shown in the image.
  • Do not over stuff the squid as it will broke while cooking.
  • Boil some water in a large vessel and add enough salt when boiled.
  • Add the stuffed squid to the boiling water .
  • Cook in a medium flame for 30 minutes.
  • Check occasionally.
  • When done drain water and serve.