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Festival Recipes

Parippu Thenga Arachu Vachathu (Moong Lentil Curry with Ground Coconut)

Parippu Thenga Arachu Vachathu or Parippu Curry is one of the must-have dishes for any Kerala style vegetarian Sadya (feast). Rice with a ladlefulof this curry topped with a spoonful of warm clarified butter is a meal I would die for. Its the clarified butter which gives this dish that distinctive

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Fish Pulao

Fish Pulao is a very simple preparation. I had taken down this recipe from a cookery show some years back. Use any fresh firm-fleshed fish like pomfret, seer fish etc to prepare this Pulao. Frozen fish can also be used but wont be as tasty. Fish Pulao

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Parippu Payasam/ Parippu Pradhaman (Mung bean lentils cooked with jaggery and Coconut Milk)

Payasam or Pradhaman is one of the must have desserts of any Kerala Sadya, a vegetarian feast. There are varieties of pradhamans like Ada Pradhaman, Parippu Pradhaman, PaaladaPradhaman etc. The recipe I am sharing here is that ofParippu Pradhaman,made with Mung bean lentils cooked with Coconut mi

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Avial (Mixed vegetables with ground coconut)

Avial is an essential dish of any Vegetarian feast. Avial is a mixture of vegetables cooked with ground coconut. The typical avial consists of Yam, Brinjal, Drumsticks, Plantain, Long beans, Ash Gourd and Snake gourd. Nowadays we can find that carrots, potatoes and french beans are also used. Raw ma

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Beetroot Pachadi (Grated beetroot cooked with ground coconut and curd)

Pachadi is a traditional side dish of South India similar to the North Indian Raita. One can find a lot of variations like Mango Pachadi, Pineapple Pachadi, Beetroot Pachadi etc. The recipe I am giving here is of Beetroot Pachadi, which is really appealing to the eyes. This curd based dish is very r

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Puliyinji/Inji Curry (Tangy,sweet and spicy Ginger Relish)

Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala is celebrated by all Keralites, irrespective of the religion. No Onam is complete without the Onasadya, a vegetarian feast comprising of rice and an array of dishes followed by desserts known as Payasam. The vegetarian dishes include Erissery, Pulissery, Kaalan,

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Meen Varutharachathu (Fish in roasted and ground Coconut gravy)

Meen varutharachathu is a fish curry that has a nutty as well as a tangy flavour. I have to confess that this was the first time I was preparing this and we all LOVED it. I got the recipe from the book Malabar Muslim Cookery by Ummi Abdulla. Meen Varutharachathu (Fish in roasted and ground Coconut

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Cheera Aviyal (Red Amaranth and Raw mango with Grated coconut)

Red Amaranth leaves, known as Chuvanna Cheera in Malayalam, is a popular leafy vegetable of South as well as some parts of North India. Cooked Amaranth greens is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and some dietary minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese. (Courtesy: Wik

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Meen Pattichathu/Vattichathu (Spicy Kerala Fish Curry)

Meen Pattichathu/Vattichathu is a spicy fish curry, a traditional Syrian Christian dish. This is fiery red curry which is hot as well as tangy. The trick involved in this dish is using Kashmiri red chilli powder, which is mild in heat but gives a bright red colour.

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Pulissery/Moru Curry (A Curry made with Buttermilk and Ground Coconut)

Moru is the Malayalam word for Buttermilk. This curry is a blend of Buttermilk/Curd with ground coconut and cooked vegetables like yam, raw plantain, ash gourd etc. This is one of our favourite Kerala curries, which goes well with rice. This curry is made at almost all Keralite households even thoug

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Sindhi Biryani

The first time I ever heard of Sindhi Biryani was while watching the programme ‘Food Safari’ on TV. I have been looking forward to make this Biryani for a long time, and what betteroccasionthan for Lunch on New Years’ Day. As soon as I was finished with taking pictures, J asked me to serve it immedi

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Cabbage Thoran (Stir fried cabbage with grated coconut)

I have mentioned earlier that J isn’t too particular about variety when it comes to food. In other words, give him typical Kerala food everyday and he is a happy man 🙂 I just love the way his face lights up when he sees the Kerala spread. A typical Kerala meal consists of brown rice, a curry dish,

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Gingerbread Cookies..Let’s Welcome Christmas!!!

Christmas is just around the corner. When a festive day is fastapproaching, the question you are asked the most is “What are you making special for the occasion?” Even though I haven’t really given it a thought, I was sure of making gingerbread cookies this time. This has been in my to-do list for q

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