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A few Christmas Recipes

I have always considered compiling a list of recipes for festive seasons, but never put into action. It’s high time I did that. So here is a list of recipes that I would recommend for this Christmas. You may want to start off with the wine preparation right away so it’s ready by Christmas. As for th

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Pineapple Pulissery

The first time we tasted Pineapple pulissery was probably at my friend Ani’s place, last Onam. Having enquired about the recipe, I decided to try it out. Thankfully it turned out so well that my boys have asked to prepare only this one when I make Pulissery. I have lost count of the number of times,

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Unnakkaya (Banana Rolls with sweet Filling)

Unnakkaya is a popular snack in the Northern part of Kerala. It is mostly prepared during the Ramzan period. The banana used to prepare this dish is of the Nendran cultivar, easily available in the southern states of India. In the northern states, one could find these in grocery shops that cater to

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Warqi Samosa (Layered Samosa)

Warqi samosas are basically samosas with layered covering. One could use any filling, savoury or sweet to prepare this. Those who don’t have the time to prepare the covering can use Phyllo sheets. I followed the recipe from Khana Pakana for the outer covering.

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Haleem

Haleem is one of the most sought after dish, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a highly nutritious dish comprising of meat, wheat and lentils and cooked with spices for a few hours. The result is a paste-like dish, which is served with coriander leaves, mint leaves, fried onion and

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Karimeen Pollichathu (Pearl Spot cooked in Banana Leaf)

We Keralites love our Karimeen (pearl spot) in any form. Karimeen Pollichathu is one such traditional delicacy of Kerala that is recommended to majority of the tourists visiting God’s own country. Though we usually prepare Karimeen this way, one can use pomfret or any firm fleshed fish. I have alway

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Christmas Cake/ Fruit Cake/ Plum Cake

Whenever anybody mentions ‘Plum Cake’, the first thought that comes to my mind is from my childhood days. Back in those days, for every Christian wedding, guests were served a piece of dark plum cake, neatly wrapped in a butter paper and sealed with a sticker bearing the name of the bakery. I develo

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Kadumanga/Kaduku manga (Kerala Style Mango Pickle )

Onam is just around the corner. Kadukumanga is one of a must have pickle in Onam Sadya, the traditional feast. What I like the most about this pickle is the crunchines of the mango pieces. This pickle is very easy to prepare. Kaduku manga (Kerala Style Mango Pickle )

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Coconut Laddoos with Condensed Milk

If you have to have to whip up something sweet in a jiffy, Coconut laddoo is a very good option. All you need would be a tin of condensed milk and freshly grated or desiccated coconut in stock. If using desicatted coconut, the laddoos will last for 3-4 days, under refrigeration. Coconut Laddoos wit

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Olan (Ash Gourd and Cow peas cooked in Coconut Milk)

Olan is one of the must have dishes in any Kerala sadya (feast). It is a side dish comprising of chunks of ash gourd and cow peas cooked in coconut milk. Not only is it tasty but also easy to prepare as well. Olan can be prepared using Pumpkin instead of ash gourd or a combination of both. I have us

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Lemon Pickle

One can find a lot of variations to pickle recipes. The recipe I am sharing here is that of Lemon Pickle, that I usually make at home. I learnt it from my mother. Here’s the recipe. Make sure you use ripe yellow lemons. The green ones will be raw and may have a bitterness to it. I used Kashmiri chil

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Gujiya/Karjikkai

Gujiya/Karjikkai Recipe by Mareena Jerrish

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Padavalanga Parippu Thoran (Pigeon pea- Snake gourd with grated coconut)- A Kerala special

Here is the recipe ofPadavalanga Parippu Thoran, prepared in Kerala style. This is one of my personal favourite dishes,a side dish that goes well with Rice Padavalanga Parippu Thoran (Pigeon pea- Snake gourd with grated coconut)- A Kerala special

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Parippu Varutharachathu (Pigeon peas with roasted and ground coconut)

A few months back, I was looking to prepare some variety of Kerala style gravies. That’s when I came across a recipe by my friend Sherin. Parippu Varutharachathu..Pigeon peas with roasted and ground coconut. Parippu thenga arachu vachathu has been something I was used to, but Varutharachathu was new

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Moroccan Spicy Prawns

The other day when I bought prawns, D promptly put up his request. “Mama, please make Stir Fried Prawns. You know how much I love it. ” I was so looking forward to try out some new recipe. D’s request put me in a spot. After racking my brains for a while, I zeroed in on Moroccan Spicy Prawns. It is

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Gooseberry Pickle

The other day, while I was passing by a vegetable shop, I found a huge pile of jumbo gooseberries. My first thoughts were, “I can make some thing with that !” Then, all I could think of was Gooseberry Pickles, the pickles from my childhood memories. The mere mention of this pickle makes my mouth wat

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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

This is my 200th post. Can’t believe that I’ve come this far!! The journey has been wonderful, especially due to the love, encouragement and support given by my readers. I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing this blog to you and will continue with renewed energy and resolve Being the 200th post, why no

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