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Bread Unniyappam

For a food blogger like me, the realisation that your camera isn’t working, is really unsettling. Here I was, all set to prepare the dish, and the camera chooses to act up 🙁 Truth be told, I almost gave up the idea of updating the blog. Upset, I took the phone to call J and it dawned on me….Why not use the phone? The picture quality may not be as good, still I should give it a shot. Just like experimenting with food, I might as well experiment with the pictures as well 😉 My sincere apologies to all for…

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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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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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Pesaha Paal

Pesaha Paal is a ‘must have’ accompaniment for Pesaha appam in traditional Kerala Christian household, on Maundy Thursday. One of the key ingredients of this recipe is coconut milk. If using fresh coconut, you should extract the milk of 1 big coconut. If using readymade coconut milk, use 2 cups of coconut milk with 1 cup water.

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Pesaha Appam/Inriyappam/Indriyappam

It’s Maundy Thursday today. Traditionally, Pesaha appam/ Inriyappam and paal are made in Kerala Christian households during this day. Ideally the appam is decorated with a cross made out of the Palm leaves used on Palm Sunday. I have seen that the proportion and ingredients vary from person to person. The recipe that I followed is that of my mother. This appam is slightly hard as we do not ferment the batter.

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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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Chemmeen/Prawn Pollichathu

Kerala is known for it’s seafood delicacies. Chemmeen Pollichathu is yet another delicacy of God’s Own Country. This dish is presented as a parcel of banana leaf. On opening the parcel, one can find layers of fried prawns and masala. A lipsmacking dish indeed. It’s been a while since I made this dis

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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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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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Koorkka- Thengakothittu Ularthiyathu (Stir fried Chinese Potatoes with Coconut Bits)

The first thought that comes in my mind on mentioning the word Koorkka, also known as Chinese Potatoes, is my childhood. This tuber was cultivated in the backyard of my Dad’s house. This tuber has a distinct fragrance and supposedly has medicinal values. Once the yield is taken, Koorkka was prepared

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Pineapple Unda (Sweet Balls made of Pineapple, rice flour and grated coconut)

Catching up with your old friends is indeed a stress buster. Thanks to Whatsapp, the chatting is more fun and takes you back to those old days. During a conversation with my 10th standard classmates, one of them mentioned about Pineapple Unda, that his mom prepares. This triggered the curiosity of

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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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Sharkkara Unda (Jaggery based Rice flour balls)

After the previous post on Avalose Podi, I received quite a few queries about what could be prepared with it. The easiest thing would be to mix it up with some sugar and eat. Another option is to mix some grated coconut with grated jaggery and mix with avalosepodi. If you need something more filling

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Avalose Podi (Roasted Rice Flour and Coconut)

My parents were here the last month. Our favourite pass time was reminiscing about my childhood. I guess that’s probably why, I am keen on recreating those traditional dishes which we grew up eating. One such item from the list is Sharkkarayunda, which are jaggery based balls made of rice flour and

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Kozhi Varutharachathu (Chicken cooked with Roasted Ground Coconut and Spices)

As mentioned in my previous post, my favourite accompaniment with Pidi is Kozhi varutharachathu. Usually chicken is cut into tiny pieces for this dish, but I chose to use medium sized pieces as D likes it that way. You can use beef instead of chicken in this recipe to prepare Beef Varutharachathu.

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Pidi (Rice dumplings) – Kerala Special

When I was a child, Pidi used to be the quintessential dish for any special occasion. Though the process of making dough is relatively easy, the time consuming part is rolling out small balls off the dough. That’s when the whole family comes together with their helping hands. The big balls of dough

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