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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Amarapayar Carrot Thoran / Gour Beans and Carrot Stir Fry




Cluster beans / Gour Beans / Amarakka have several health benefits. Gour Beans contains Vitamins, folate, iron and potassium. Cluster beans are rich in the protein and fiber which regulate the bowel movements and relieve constipation.

cluster beans have a little bitter taste, but the sweetness of carrot and the bitter taste of beans gives this thoran a delicious taste.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Finely chopped Carrot- ½ cup
  • Finely chopped Amarapayar / Gour Beans - ½ cup
  • Roundly cut Green chillies - 6 nos
  • Finely chopped Onion - ½ cup
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilly- 2 nos
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 stem
  • Salt - As required

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Cook Carrot, Onion, Amara Payar / Gour Beans and Green Chilly with turmeric powder and salt in little Water.
  • Add Grated coconut and mix well.
  • Heat Oil in a pan.
  • Add Mustard seeds and Red Chilli and let it splutter.
  • Add Cooked Vegetables and Curry leaves.
  • Stir well and slow down the flame and cook it for 2 mins.
Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice


Monday, January 30, 2012

Ottada



Ottada can be served during breakfast or at snack time. Ottada is a traditional food, ada wrapped in banana leaf roasted in 'cheena chatti'. The smell of roasted banana leaf takes me back to my childhood days.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Roasted rice flour  - 2 cups
  • Grated coconut - 1cup 
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Water  - As required to make dough
  • Banana Leaves

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Mix the Grated Coconut and sugar for filling.
  • Add Water and Salt to rice flour and make a dough like chappathi dough.
  • Make the dough into small balls.
  • Flatten the dough on a rectangular banana leaf using finger tips and little water. 
  • Put a some coconut mix and spread it in one half of the ada.
  • Fold the banana leaf in half. 
  • Heat a Pan / Thava / Chatti.
  • Put each ada in it and sprinkle some water.
  • Cover it with a pan and cook in medium heat.
  • Roast the ottada on both sides till the banana leaf turns brown and the ada detaches from the leaf.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cabbage Vada




It is a quick and delicious snack. It tastes similar to parippu vada.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Finely Chopped Cabbage - 1½ cup
  • Finely chopped shallot - 10 nos or  Onion - ½ cup 
  • Besan Flour / Gram Flour / Kadala Maavu  -  1½  cup
  • Finely chopped Ginger - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilly - 3 nos
  • Curry Leaves - 1 stem
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Mix chopped shallot, chopped Ginger, chopped Red chilly, Curry leaves, Cabbage, salt and gram flour/ Kadala maavu.
  • Make a thick batter using little water (like parippu vada consistency).
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Take small amount of the mixture and make a ball. 
  • Flatten the ball in to a round shape using hand.
  • When the oil is hot put each one slowly and fry both sides to a golden brown colour.
Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Black Coffee or Tea

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cauliflower Mutta Thoran / Cauliflower Egg Stir fry



Combination of Egg and Cauliflower results in a delicious thoran.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Finely chopped Cauliflower- 1 cup
  • Onion(finely Chopped)- 1 nos
  • Green Chilly(roundly cut) - 3
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Grated Coconut-¼ cup
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilly-2 nos
  • Egg - 3 nos
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- few


PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Cook Cauliflower in little water, Turmeric powder and Salt.
  • Beat the Eggs and keep aside.
  • Heat Oil in a pan and allow Mustard seeds and Red chilly to splutter.
  • Add Chopped Onion and Green Chilly and saute well.
  • When Onion turns transparent, add the beaten egg,  grated Coconut and salt and stir continuously.
  • Add Cooked Cauliflower along with Curry leaves  and saute well.
  • When the thoran becomes dry, remove from fire.

Recommended Combination: Serve with Rice / Chappathi / Dosa.



Friday, January 27, 2012

Rava Idli




Rava, usually used to prepare Upma can also be used to prepare delicious idli.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Roasted Rava - 1 cup
  • Curd - 1 ½ cup
  • Finely Chopped Ginger -  ½ tsp
  • Grated Carrot - 2 tbsp
  • Green Chillies - 2 nos
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Channa Daal - 1 tsp
  • Urad Daal - 1 tsp
  • Cashewnut - 10 nos
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - A few
  • Chopped corriander leaves -2 tbsp
  • Sugar - ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Heat ghee in the pan and fry cashewnut and take it aside.
  • Add mustard seeds and wait for them to splutter. 
  • Add channa daal, urad daal and fry it.
  • Add green chilies and chopped ginger and saute for a minute. 
  • Add rava, mix well and roast for a minute.
  • Remove from fire and add grated carrot, chopped corriander leaves, salt, sugar, curry leaves and curd and mix well.
  • Now the Idli batter is ready.
  • Grease the idli mould with oil.
  • Put fried cashewnut in the center of each idli mould.
  • Pour the batter in the mould .
  • Steam the vessel for about 10 - 12 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and let it cool.
  • Remove the idlis from the mould and serve.

Recommended Combination: Serve with Chutney or sambar.



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vanpayar Kaya Thoran





This is a delicious thoran which can be a good side dish for rice. Its rich in protein and iron.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Red Beans -  ½ Cup
  • Raw Banana(cut into small pieces) - ½ Cup
  • Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds- pinch
  • Garlic pod - 1 nos 
  • Chilly powder - 1 tsp 
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2 nos
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tsp 
  • Curry leaves - A few
  • Salt to taste


PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Cook Red Beans/ Vanpayar in a Pressure cooker with Turmeric Powder and Water for 3 -4 whistle. 
  • Crush Coconut, Cumin seed, Chilly Powder and Garlic. 
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Cook the banana with Turmeric powder, Salt and Water.
  • Once the Banana is cooked well, add crushed Coconut mix and cooked Beans.
  • Mix well.
  • Heat Oil in a Pan.
  • Add Mustrard seeds and Red chillies into it, allow to Splutter.
  • When it starts to splutter, add the Urad dal and fry it.
  • Add Thoran and Curry leaves and stir for a minute and remove from fire.

Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mint Chutney / Pudina Chutney




Mint leaves have a pleasant warm, fresh aromatic flavour with a cool after taste.Mint leaves can be used to prepare teas, syrups and side dishes like chutney or chammandi.Mint leave's extract is good for stomach.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Mint leaves - ¼ cup
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Green chilly - 1 nos
  • Tamarind - 1 gooseberry ball size
  • Pearl Onion - 1 
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilly-2 nos
  • Channa Daal - 1 tsp
  • Urad Daal - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Heat 1 tsp Oil  in a Pan.
  • Add Channa Daal, Urad daal and fry it.
  • Add Mint leaves and saute for a minute.
  • Grind Mint leaves, fried daal, Tamarind, Green Chilly, Pearl Onion, Coconut and Salt together to a fine paste.
  • Heat  1 tsp Oil and splutter Mustard seed and Red Chilly.
  • Add this to the Chutney. 

Recommended Combination: Serve with Idli / Dosa.




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chicken Pakora




Pakoras are delicious snacks , often served as appetizer.Bone chicken pieces can be used to prepare delicious Chicken Pakoras.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Boneless Chicken Pieces - 250 gm or  ½ lb
  • Besan Flour - 3 tbsp
  • Corn Flour - 2 tbsp
  • Ginger & Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Corriander powder -  ½  tsp
  • Red chilly powder -  ½  tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder -  ¼   tsp
  • Egg - 1 nos
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Pepper Powder - ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Mix all the ingredients together .
  • Marinate the chicken and keep it aside for 5 minutes.
  • Heat Oil in a Pan
  • When the oil is hot put each pieces slowly and deep fry both sides to a golden brown colour.

Recommended Combination: Serve with sauce.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Veluthulli / Garlic chammanthi



Including Garlic to our diet through variety of dishes is a healthy practice. Garlic  is generally good for our stomach and will help digestion.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Grated coconut - 1 cup
  • Garlic - 2 nos
  • Red Chilly  - 4 nos
  • Curry leaves - 2 -3 leaves
  • Salt to taste
PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Crush all the other ingredients together.
Recommended Combination: Garlic Chammandi can be served with Kappa Puzhukku.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Apple Banana Milk Shake



This ia  variety and tasty milk shake prepared using apple and banana.

INGREDIENTS: 
  • Chilled Milk - 1 cup
  • Rippened Plantain - 1 no
  • Apple - 1 no
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Cashewnut - 5 nos
  • Almond - 5 nos

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Peel the Skin of  the Apple and cut it into small pieces.
  • Chop the Plantain. 
  • Blend Plantain, apple, sugar, cashewnut and almond smoothly.
  • Add chilled milk and blend together.
  • Pour it into a glass and serve.




Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cuccumbar Raita



Cuccumber raita is a simple side dish usually served with Biriyani or Fried rice. The main ingredients are cuccumber and Curd.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Curd - ½ Cup
  • Finely Chopped Salad Cuccumber - 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies(roundly cut) - ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Add Cuccumber, Green chillies and  Salt into Curd.
  • Mix it well and serve.

Recommended Combination: Serve with Biriyani / Fried Rice.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Nei Choru / Ghee Rice



Nei Choru or Ghee rice is popular in kerala, in northern part. The taste of ghee and spices in this rice is equally enjoyed by kids and adults.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Basmati rice - 2 cups
  • Sliced Onions - 1 small 
  • Cloves -4
  • Cardamom -4 
  • Cinnamon -2 inch long 
  • Ghee - 4 tbsp
  • Cashewnut - 12 nos
  • Raisins - 2 tbsp
  • Thinly sliced Onion - 1 small(for garnishing)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water- 4 cups

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Wash the rice and drain it.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan 
  • Fry cashews and raisins and keep it aside.
  • Add 1 tbsp Ghee and fry the thinly sliced onions(for garnishing) until golden brown and remove it.
  • Add the remaining Ghee in the same pan and saute all the spices for 2 minutes.
  • Add sliced onions and saute the onion until translucent.
  • Add the drained rice to the pan .
  • Stir continuously and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add water and salt to the pan.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook.
  • Remove from the fire when the rice is cooked and all water has been absorbed .
  • Garnish the rice with fried Onion, Cashewnut and raisins.

Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Chicken Curry / pickle.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Milk Shake




Milk shake is a refreshing beverage which is often served chill. It is made using  chilled milk, nuts, health drink and fruits.

INGREDIENTS: 
  • Chilled Milk - 1 cup
  • Rippened Plantain - 2 no
  • Horlicks / any chocolate health drink - 1 tbsp
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Cashewnut - 5 nos
  • Almond - 5 nos

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Blend Plantain, health drink mix, sugar, cashewnut and almond smoothly.
  • Add chilled milk and blend together.
  • Pour it into a glass.
  • Now it is ready to serve.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bread Bajji





Bread Bajji is a quick and easy tea time snack.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Bread slices - 4 nos
  • Finely Chopped Corriander Leaves - 2 tbsp 
  • Gram flour(kadala mavu / Besan Flour) - 1 cup
  • Chilly powder -½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida -  ¼ tsp
  • Water -required to make batter
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Cut the edges of bread slices and cut it diagonally.
  • Mix Water,Salt,Chilli powder,Asefodia, Turmeric powder, Corriander leaves and Flour to make batter(dosa batter consistency).
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Dip each pieces into the batter and put into the hot oil.
  • Fry till both the sides turn golden brown. 


Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Tea or coffee


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kappa Vattal Varuthathu / Tapioca Chips




Kappa Vattal Varuthathu is a kerala naadan tea time snake.It can be made easily at home.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Kappa(Tapioca) -1 big
  • Water- required for cooking
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Peel the Kappa / Tapioca and cut it into pieces.
  • Boil the Kappa / Tapioca with Salt and Water.
  • Drain the water when it becomes soft.
  • Slice the cooked Kappa / Tapioca and spread it in a large plate or a flat surface.
  • Dry it in sunlight for 2 hours. 
  • (if you want to store it for longer then you may have to dry it completely.)
  • Heat Oil in a Pan.
  • Put the dry slices into it. 
  • Fry until it turns golden colour and crisp.
Recommended Combination: Serve with Tea or Coffee

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mulaku Chammandi



This is a very tasty chammandi which goes together with Kappa Puzhukku.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Green Chilly -2 nos
  • Shallot / kunju ulli - 6 nos
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tsp

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Crush Chilly,Shallot and Salt together.
  • Add Coconut oil and mix well.
Recommended Combination: Mulaku Chammandi can be usually served with Kappa Puzhukku.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ilayappam / Ila Ada




Ilayappam  /  Ila  Ada is a tasty sweet snack wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in steam .

INGREDIENTS:

  • Rice Flour -2 cup
  • Grated Fresh Coconut -  1  cup
  • Jaggery - ½  cup
  • Ghee -1 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Boiled water - required to make dough
  • Plantain Leaves

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Roast the rice flour lightly. 
  • Add Boiled Water and Salt to rice flour and make a soft dough like chappathi dough.  
  • Allow to cool the dough. 
  • Grease banana leaves with little ghee.  
  • Add little water to jaggery  and boil make a thick syrup. 
  • Add the grated coconut to it and cook for 2  minutes and let it cool.
  • Make the dough into small balls.
  • Flatten the dough on a rectangular banana leaf  as thin as possible using finger tips (use little water).
  • Put a spoonful of coconut mixture on it and spread it in one half of the ada.
  • Fold the banana leaf in half and fold the the edges to seal. 
  • Continue the same process with rest of the dough. 
  • Steam the ada in a steamer till cooked. 
  • Remove the banana leaves when it cools completely.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mulappicha Payar Mezhukkupuratti / Sprouted beans Stir Fry


Sprouted Beans is healthy food rich in protein. Sprouted beans Stir Fry is very delicious and can go as a side disk with Rice.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Sproted Beans - 1 cup
  • Green chilly(slit) - 2 nos
  • Turmeric Powder -  ¼ tsp
  • Sliced Pearl Onion - 3 nos
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - ½ tsp
  • Red Chilly-2 nos
  • Curry leaves - A few
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Cook Sproted Beans with Turmeric Powder and Salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and Red chilly and allow to splutter.
  • Add Pearl Onion and fry it.
  • Add Beans and Curry leaves and fry it.
Recommended Combination: Sprouted Beans Stir Fry / Mulappicha Payar Mezhukkupuratti can be served hot with rice.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Asparagus Theeyal



Theeyal is a traditional kerala dish. We can prepare Theeyal using a variety of vegetables including Asparagus.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Sliced shallots(Pearl Onion) - 20 nos
  • Slit Green Chilly- 4 nos
  • Sliced Asparagus- ½ cup
  • Grated Coconut- 1½ cup
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder- 1½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder-¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek Powder- a pinch
  • Tamarind - A gooseberry sized ball
  • Water - ½ cup
  • Curry Leaves - a few
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp


PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan add grated coconut and saute till brown.
  • Add chilly powder and coriander powder and stir for a few minutes.
  • Remove from fire and allow to cool.
  • Grind it to a fine paste.
  • Soak tamarind in ¼ cup of warm water and take the extract from it.
  • Heat remaining oil in a pan.
  • Add sliced onions, green chilly and saute, till they turn golden brown colour.
  • Add sliced Asparagus and saute for another 3 minutes.
  • Add turmeric Powder,salt and water,allow to cook.
  • Add tamarind juice and allow to boil.
  • Add coconut paste and let it to boil till the gravy thickens and oil seperates.
  • Remove from the fire and add curry leaves.
  • Sprinkle fenugreek powder and mix well.

Recommended Combination: Asparagus  Theeyal can be served with Rice.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Veluthulli Achar / Garlic Pickle




Garlic Pickle is very good for digestion and can be prepared very easily.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Garlic Pods - 15 nos
  • Nicely sliced Ginger - 1 tsp
  • Gingely Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Chilly Powder - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder - ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida Powder - ¼ tsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp or  Vinegar - ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Heat Oil in a pan.
  • Put Mustard seed into the Oil and let it splutter.
  • Add sliced Ginger and Garlic and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add Salt and mix well.
  • Add Chilly powder, Fenugreek powder and Asafoetida Powder to the hot Oil and remove Pan from fire.
  • Add Vinegar or Lemon juice to it and mix well.
Recommended Combination: Serve with Rice / Chappathi / Dosa.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Soya Roast



Soya is rich in protein and fiber. This is a dry side dish which is good to go with Chappathi, Appam or Rice.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Soya chunks - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 nos
  • Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Slit Green chillies - 4 nos
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Red Chilly -2 nos
  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp
  • Salt - As reqd

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Soak soya chunks in hot water for 15 minutes.
  • Drain the chunks and put them in cold water.
  • squeeze the chunks out of water and keep aside.
  • Cut each balls into 2 pieces.
  • Heat oil in the pan.
  • Add Onions, Green Chillies, ginger and garlic paste.
  • Fry Onions till it turns transparent.
  • Add Tomatoes and sauté well.
  • Add red chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala Powder, salt and sauté .
  • Add Soya into it.
  • Slow down the flame and cover the pan and let it cook for 10 - 15 mins.
  • Add Pepper powder to the curry and mix well.
  • Turn off the stove when the gravy becomes dry.
Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice / Chappathi / Appam

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apple Achar / Apple Pickle




Pickles can be prepared using both vegetables and fruits. Green crispy apple is one such fruit which can be used to prepare the pickle.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Chopped Apple - 1 nos
  • Gingely Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Chilly Powder - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder - ¼ tsp
  • Asafoetida Powder - ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Heat Oil in a pan.
  • Put Mustard seed into the Oil and let it splutter.
  • Add Chilly powder, Fenugreek powder and Asafoetida Powder to the hot Oil and remove Pan from fire.
  • Add this Oil and Salt to chopped Apple and mix well.

Recommended Combination: Serve with Rice / Chappathi / Dosa.





Monday, January 9, 2012

Fish Curry in Tamarind Juice



Tamarind juice give a distinct taste to the fish curry. We can use King Fish (Neymeen) or Pomfret (Aavoli) to make this fish curry.

INGREDIENTS

  • Fish (King Fish or Pomfret) - 500g or 1lb
  • Chopped Ginger - 1 tsp
  • Green Chilies (slit) - 4 nos
  • Sliced Onion - 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind - A gooseberry sized ball
  • Tomato - 1 medium size
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Chilly powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek powder - a pinch
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Clean and cut the fish into pieces.
  • Soak tamarind in ¼ cup of warm water and take the extract from it.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan or chatti.
  • Add sliced onions and saute for a minute.
  • Add ginger, garlic, green chilly and saute well.
  • Add chilly powder and corriander powder into it and stir well till the raw smell goes.
  • Grind tomato to fine paste.
  • Add this paste into the pan. 
  • Add turmeric powder, salt and tamarind juice along with little water and allow to boil.
  • When it starts boiling, add the fish pieces and allow to cook.
  • When the fish is cooked well sprinkle fenugreek powder and remove the curry from fire .
  • Add curry leaves and remaining coconut oil.

Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice, Chappathi, Appam


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chicken Varattiyathu



We have prepared this dish using crushed spices instead of powdered ones.It is a dry dish and is normally cooked in medium heat.This goes well with rice, chappthi or Appam

INGREDIENTS:
  • Chicken Pieces -500 gm or 1 lb
  • Sliced Onion - 1 nos
  • Pearl Onion(sliced) - 10 nos
  • Green Chilly(slit)- 3 nos
  • Crushed Ginger & Garlic - 1 tbsp
  • whole Corriander - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly  - 5 nos
  • Garam Masala Powder - ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Pepper corn - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves - few

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Heat Oil in apan.
  • Add crushed ginger and garlic and saute.
  • Add sliced Onion, Pearl onion, Curry leaves, Green Chilly and saute until translucent.
  • Crush Red Chilly, Corriander and Pepper corn .
  • Add this to the pan along with chicken pieces.
  • Add Turmeric powder, Garam masala and Salt and mix well.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook the chicken in medium fire. 
  • When the chicken turns dry, remove it from the fire.

Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice / Chappathi / Appam, fried rice



Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mango Milk Shake



Milk shakes makes our body cool, espacially during summer. Try to serve this easy dish with its chillness.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Mango - 1 nos
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp 

PREPARATION METHOD:  
  • Peel off the skin of mango and cut it into small pieces.
  • Blend  mango and suger smoothly.
  • Add milk(chilled milk) and blend the mixture together. 



Friday, January 6, 2012

Asparagus Mezhukkupuratti / Asparagus Stir Fry



For Vegetarians Asparagus is a good healthy option to make a variety of dishes. You can make delicious naadan dishes easily using Asparagus.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Asparagus (sliced) - 1 Cup
  • Sliced Onion - 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp.
  • Crushed Chilly - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil -2 tbsp

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Cook asparagus in little water along with turmeric powder and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add sliced onion and saute a minute.
  • Put the cooked asparagus and crushed chilly into it and fry utill it turns golden brown.
Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pazham Neyyil Porichathu / Banana Roasted in Ghee




Pazham Neyyil porichathu is a good teatime snack for children. It's very easy to make and ofcourse very delicious that any kid would love it.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Ripe Banana -1 nos
  • Ghee- 1 tsp
  • Sugar-¼ tsp

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Peel banana and slice it into thin round shape.
  • Heat a frying Pan.
  • Smear the pan with little ghee.
  • Spread the slices and pour ghee on it .
  • Fry both sides to a golden brown colour.
  • Sprinkle sugar on it and serve.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Apple chammandi





It is a variety Chammandi. The Sweet and sour taste of Green Apple and the Spicy Chilli results in a good combination.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Green Apple - 1
  • Grated coconut - ½ cup
  • Pearl Onion - 1 no
  • Green Chilly - 3 nos
  • Curry leaves - 2 -3 leaves
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Peel the Skin of the Apple and cut it into small pieces.
  • Grind all the other ingredients with Apple without using water.
Recommended Combination: Apple Chammandi can be served with Rice or Dosa / Idli.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Avocado Chutney



Avocado is a healthy fruit containing fiber, fat and vitamins. We can include Avacado in our food through a variety of simple dishes.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Ripe avocados - 1 big
  • Green chilly - 1 nos
  • Tamarind - 1 gooseberry ball size
  • Pearl Onion - 1 
  • Salt - to taste

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Cut avocados in half.
  • Remove seed and scoop out avacado from the skin.
  • Grind Avocado, Green Chilly, Tamarind, Pearl Onion and Salt Together. 

Recommended Combination: Chammandi can be served with Chappathi / Dosa / Idli.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Orange Juice



Orange juice is a good refreshing drink with lot of Vitamin C. It helps to maintain the body immunity. Daily consumption of Orange juice helps to reduce cold and fever.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • Orange - 4 nos
  • Sugar - 1 tsp

PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Remove Orange skin.
  • Blend Orange and Sugar smoothly.
  • Pour it into a glass.
  • Now the juice is ready to serve.

Thenga varutharacha Meen Curry / Fish Curry in fried Coconut paste



Roasted Coconut paste will give a distinct taste to Fish curry. We have used Pomfret (Aavoli) to prepare this fish curry.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fish - Pomfret (Aavoli) – 500gm or 1 lb
  • Sliced Shallots – 6 nos or (2 tbsp sliced onion)
  • Green Chilly(Slit) -4 nos
  • Chopped Ginger - 1 tsp
  • Chopped Garlic - 1 tsp
  • Kudam Puli(Fish Tamarind)- 4nos
  • Grated Coconut- ½ cup
  • Corriander powder – 3 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Fenugreek Powder -a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil – 3 tsp
  • Curry Leaves

PREPARATION METHOD:

  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, add grated coconut and saute till golden brown.
  • Add chilly powder and corriander powder and stir for a few minutes.
  • Remove from fire and allow to cool.
  • Grind it to a fine paste.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
  • Add shallots/ onions, chilly, chopped ginger- garlic and saute until the onion turns transparent.
  • Add coconut paste, water, salt, kudam puli and turmeric powder and allow to boil.
  • When the gravy gets thick, add the fish .
  • Cover the pan with a lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  • When the fish is cooked, remove from fire.
  • Add fenugreek powder , curry leaves and remaining Coconut Oil.

Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice, Chappathi, Bread



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Baked Chicken in Gravy



For preparing Baked Chicken the Tomato - Onion gravy is used to marrinate the chicken. The gravy will avoid the dryness of baked chicken. With the chicken absorbing the spicy flavour to get a fresh and juicy taste.

INGREDIENTS:
  • Chicken Pieces - 1 lb or 500 g
  • Chopped Onion - ½ Onion
  • Chopped Tomato - 1 nos
  • Garlic(chopped) -1 tbsp
  • Ginger(chopped) -1 tbsp
  • Chily powder-1 tbsp
  • Corriander Powder-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala- ½ tsp
  • Fennelseed powder -½ tsp
  • Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves - a few

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Heat oil in the pan.
  • Add onions, ginger and garlic.
  • Saute onions till it turns transparent. 
  • Add tomatoes and sauté well.
  • Add red chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Add garam masala, Fennelseed powder, pepper powder,curry leaves and salt into it.
  • Cover the pan and let it cook in a medium fire.
  • Once the Gravy is cold, grind it into a fine paste.
  • Marinate the Chicken pieces with this paste and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Place the chicken to a baking tray and bake it for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken and again bake it for 20 mins.
Recommended Combination: Serve hot with Rice / Chappathi / Appam /  fried rice


Mango Lassi



Mango Lassi is a tasty soft drink which makes our body cool, especially in summer.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Mango - 1
  • Milk - ½ cup
  • Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp

PREPARATION METHOD:
  • Peel off the skin of mango and cut it into small pieces.
  • Blend  mango and suger smoothly.
  • Add milk and Yogurt, again blend the mixture together.