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Malvani/Malwani Masala

My first cooking experiment of this year was Malvani Mutton Sukka. One of the key ingredients to make this dish is the Malvani Masala. This spice powder can be used to prepare any vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dish.

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Eggless Tandoori Mayonnaise

?It was during one of my routine trips to the supermarket that I spotted Tandoori Mayo. Naturally I was intrigued and bought the same. After tasting, I decided to try making it at home. It didn’t taste exactly as the store bought one, but I am pleased with the result.
If you wish, you may use ready made Tandoori Masala.

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Milk Halwa

As a kid, the only Halwa I was aware of, were the colourful Halwas I saw in almost all bakeries in Kerala. One could find huge blocks of Halwa in various colours like Black, Orange, Yellow and Green. I somehow never really liked them. Few years back during our Kerala visit, my MIL bought some Milk Halwa from Indian Bakery near our place. On her insistence, I tasted a piece with much reluctance. To my surprise, I loved it and ended up having a couple more pieces. This Halwa was something different. The other day while talking to my SIL…

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Kadalapparippu Boli/ Poli

Boli is a sweet snack common in South India. While it is known as Boli in Kerala, it is also called Poli, Holige, Obbattu etc in various states of South India. Though I love Boli, I prepare them very rarely as my boys aren’t particularly fond of it. Last month, a journalist friend of ours contacted me to contribute a few recipes for the Ganesha Festival special edition of Just For Women (JFW) magazine. Boli was one of the dishes she wanted. You can find the article here. I follow the recipe by Mrs K.M Mathew.

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Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken needs no introduction. Here’s my way of making Tandoori Chicken. I used only chicken thighs for this dish. If you wish, you could use a whole chicken. As mentioned, the use of artificial colour is optional. I chose not to add colour.

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Thalassery Biryani

Thalassery Biryani, also known as Malabar Biryani, is a very popular Biryani dish of Kerala. This takes its name from the place Thalassery, a coastal town in Kannur district in Kerala. In Thalassery Biryani, the rice used is Jeeraka shaala(Seeraga samba/Jeera Rice), a short-grained fragrant rice. One can find a lot of variations in preparing Thalassery Biryani. This is a recipe I found at Resna’s tasty home some time back and has been following the same, with some minor tweaks. You could use mutton/lamb in place of Chicken.

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Eggless Wholewheat Cookies

As a blogger, the prime aspect I enjoy is the feedback I receive from my readers. There are quite a few of them who gives feedback on a regular basis. Some of them ask doubts regarding recipes. My effort is to try and help them in whatever way I can. The other day a reader had attempted baking wholewheat cookies that didn’t turn out as she wanted it to be. She wanted to know what went wrong. As it had been a while since I baked wholewheat cookies, the best thing I could offer was to try out the recipe…

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Motichoor Laddoo

My experiments in cooking started when I was in Class 7. Instead of trying out the regular dal chawal, I would opt for something different. During a recent chat session with my cousin, she reminded me of the laddoo that I made. It brought back a lot of memories. I do remember vividly how complicated the process was to me at that time. Probably that stayed in my mind and hence didn’t attempt making laddoos at home. Yesterday my friend’s daughter asked me if I had the recipe of Motichoor Laddoo. She needed it for some article. That triggered an…

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Paalada Paayasam/ Paalada Pradhaman/ Palada Payasam

I have been away from this space for almost a month now. Trust me, it was not easy. My camera went for repair and the waiting was really frustrating. I was looking forward to get it back. The happiness was short lived when I realised that it was still not functional. Thankfully J understood my predicament and offered to buy me a new camera. Woo hoo !! I am back in my happy place. To celebrate the joy, I decided to make Paalada Paayasam, a traditional Kerala sweet, which holds an important place in Sadya. In the olden days, the…

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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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Kachchi Gosht Biryani

Those who have been following this blog regularly, would be well aware of my penchant for Biryani. I have tried out quite a few variations. However, one style I was always apprehensive of preparing was the Kachchi Gosht Biryani. In this preparation, the meat is marinated, preferably overnight, and then cooked on Dum along with 3/4th cooked rice. My concern was whether the meat and rice would be rightly cooked. This time, I decided to put my apprehensions aside and give it a go. What I liked about the recipe was its simplicity of preparation. The only time consuming activity…

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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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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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Baklava

I have been craving for Baklava for a while now. The only thing that stopped me from making this at home were the non availability of Phyllo Sheets. Though I have been toying with the idea of making Phyllo sheets at home, it was only now that I put my thoughts into action. With the Phyllo sheets in

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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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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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