Kesari

I was having a small function at home couple of weeks back and wanted kesari as dessert. Surprisingly, the others at home also wanted the same. So my mum was cornered into making it and she was kinda freaking out, cos it had been decades since she last made it. The kesari that you get…

Karela Fry (Bitter Gourd Fry)

I don’t know if you recall reading in my blog about how I’m not a huge fan of karela (bitter gourd), but of course over the past 4 years or so, I have developed a liking for it, provided it’s cooked my way and must ensure the bitterness is minimal…. ha ha! I tried to…

Channa Dal

I wanted to inaugurate my new kitchen with my favourite dishes and had planned to make dal fry. I soaked the dal in water (cos I don’t use pressure cooker!) and after a few hours, I started boiling it. As I usually use toor dal for this preparation, I only realized that I had used…

Beetroot Thoran

Thoran is a typical Kerala cuisine made with almost any vegetable and grated coconut. It is a quick dish to prepare using either cabbage, beans, snake gourd, cauliflower, cabbage-carrot, beans-carrot, cheera (spinach) and many many more variants. Thoran is a common side dish that you will find in any sadhya and it goes very well…

Pineapple Pachadi

Onam is round the corner; so I thought I would write up a dish or two over the coming weeks and you can try making them for the Onasadhya. I first had this dish on board the houseboat at Kumarakom. And yes, believe me when I say that all the designated guys in charge of…

Puttu

Puttu or some call it pittu, is generally a breakfast dish and in my house it’s a dinner dish. Traditionally you have puttu with kadala (chickpea, the smaller & darker variety) curry, green moong dal curry, or my personal favourite which is with butter, sugar and banana! You must have it while it’s still a…

Chicken Masala

I was craving for chicken masala and I wanted it to be spicy and very “masalafied”. I love all that masala which you can just have with plain rice, bread or even with dosa. So, when I searched the net for something good, I came across this Chettinad Chicken Masala recipe from a blog called…

Bee Hoon with Carrot & Coconut

Bee Hoon is basically rice vermicelli which is a thin form of rice noodles. There are so many recipes using the rice noodles, so I’ll start off with my all-time favourite which is my mum’s recipe and she learnt it from some relatives in India. Of course, by now, she has modified it a bit…….

Matar Paneer

This is a very simple and easy dish to make. Matar is peas (you may use the frozen ones) and paneer is cottage cheese. There are various ways to make  this dish, as you can have the base rich and creamy or just use fresh tomato paste. As my in-house Executive Chef is not particularly…

Crispy Fried Fish

Over the weekend, I was looking to fry fish a little differently. My usual marination would be just turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and loads of freshly ground black pepper corns. I would not bother to see how much crushed black pepper I would throw in the marinate, as most of the black pepper and…