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Vendakka Mappas (Okra cooked in Coconut Milk)

Vendakka Mappas is a traditional Kerala gravy mainly consumed with Rice. You could use any vegetable of your choice to prepare this dish. Another variation to this curry is the Maangaa Mappas, a favourite of mine.

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Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Paneer bhurji is a dish that can be whipped up in a jiffy. This goes well with any Indian bread.

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Sambar- I

Sambar is a lentil dish commonly made in South Indian households. One can find a lot of variations in the preparation of this curry. Some like it watery, some like it thick, some prefer having lots of vegetables in it, while some prefer very less. The recipe I am sharing today is one of the few ways I prepare. Also, the Sambar I prepare is usually thick with less vegetables and not too sour, as per our liking. You may adjust the ingredients to suit your liking. If you like the sambar to be thin, you may use less lentil….

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Laal Maans- A fiery Rajasthani Lamb Curry

Laal Maans is an authentic Rajasthani meat dish. The literal translation of “Laal Maans” is Red Meat. Traditionally, this lamb dish is prepared with red chillies and curd. However, the recipe I followed, doesn’t use curd. Instead it calls for Kachri powder, which is the powdered form of wild cucumbe

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Ambur Dum Biryani

Though I had read about Ambur Biryani, I got to taste it for the first time during our stay in Chennai. The mojro differences I saw in this Biryani from the usual ones were, the colour and the short grain rice. On reserching, I found out that the short grained rice used in the Biryani is Seeraga Saa

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Ikan Pari Bakar (Malaysian Style Baked Sting Ray)

D is not particularly fond of fish. So, the other day when he started pestering me to buy Sting Ray, I was a bit surprised. As soon as the fish was brought home, he searched and gave me the recipe of Ikan Pari Bakar, from Tasty Kitchen. On reading the recipe, I figured that it was similar to the sti

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Watermelon Rasam

A few days back, while going through Facebook, I came across an interesting post. What intrigued me was the title “Mountbatten Iyer’s Watermelon Rasam”. On reading further, I found out that this was a recipe developed by Mountbatten Iyer, a well known Chef in Chennai. Watermelon Rasam was something

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Karimeen Pollichathu – Easy Method

A couple of days back while chatting with my cousin Rini, our conversation veered towards food. That’s when she asked if I knew the recipe of Karimeen Pollichathu that our grandmom used to make. To my relief, she said that had it and would share with me. Today I bought some Pearlspot fish and just a

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Shahi Mushroom

Wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year !! The last couple of weeks was hectic for me. Guests at home, trip to home town, functions, class reunion, get together….the list goes on…Despite having a hectic schedule, I have to admit, I enjoyed every single moment. Now that I am back in my nest

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Mathanga Erissery (Pumpkin and Cow peas with grated Coconut)

Erissery is an integral part of a Sadya, the typical vegetarian Kerala feast. Erissery can be made with vegetables like pumpkin, yam etc. The preparation remains the same, be it any vegetable.

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Kadachakka/Sheemachakka Varutharachathu (Breadfruit with roast and ground Coconut)

I don’t have to explain how excited one gets when you get to meet your friend after a long gap. Last weekend I witnessed such an occasion. Amma was in touch with her childhood friend but they hadn’t met in 30 years. Last Sunday was the much awaited day. Amma was all excited. We all could feel it. It

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Dal Makhani -Restaurant Style

At least some of you may relate to the story when I say I always wanted to prepare Dal Makhani, the restaurant style. I have lost count of the variations of recipes I tried. Nothing came close to what I tasted in restaurants. I had given up all hopes of making it at home when I chanced upon an artic

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Haryali Murg (Green Chicken)

One of the aspects I like about the community we live in is it’s Cafe. Be it one of those days when I am unwell or that day when unexpected guests knock at the door, all I have to do is just make a call. Isn’t that such a blessing ? D seems to be particularly fond of their Hyderabadi Chicken and alw

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Lamb/Mutton Chops in a Black Pepper Sauce

This recipe from Live to Eat, has been in my “to-do-list” for quite a while.  Even though none of us are highly fond of mutton/lamb, all of us ended up taking more helpings 🙂 Definitely a recipe for keeps.

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Chicken Ghee Roast

A lot has happened since my last post. Packing, moving, unpacking, settling down….Frequent relocations can be such a nightmare. After relocating the fourth time in the last 4 years, I finally had to give an ultimatum to J. No more moves for another 3 years at least. Now all I can do is to keep my

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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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