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Meen-Maanga Thenga Arachu Vachathu(Fish cooked with Mango in a Coconut Gravy)

?Since my childhood, the most common preparation of fish, was either Fish Fry or Meen Pattichathu. During the Mango season, the Meen Pattichathu, gives way to another style, which is Meen-Maanga Thenga Arachu Vachathu. In this dish, raw mango is used as the souring agent.

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Malvani/Malwani Mutton Sukka (Dry Mutton Dish)

? As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s first cooking experiment was Malvani Mutton Sukka. This is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. As the name suggests, it is a dry dish. However, you can make it a gravy by adding more water. The dish can be used as a starter as well as a side dish.

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Coorg Kadumbuttu/Kadambuttu (Steamed Rice Balls)

?Kadumbuttu is one of the most popular dishes of Coorg. The best accompaniment for Kadumbuttu is the much famous Pandi Curry, which is a spicy, tangy, flavourful Pork curry.

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Varutharacha Sambar

Sambar can be prepared in lot many ways. I usually prepare the Sambar without coconut. Ever since J returned from Kerala the last month, he couldn’t stop talking about this amazing Sambar he had, at a hotel. On enquiring, he was told that it is Varutharacha Sambar. I remember making this much before my marriage, under the guidnce of my maternal Grandmom. As I was making after such a long gap, I had to double check with my mother to see if I was on the right track. Pretty pleased with the results 🙂

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Mulaku Thoran (Stir fried Green Chilli with Coconut)

Couple of weeks back, while talking to my MIL, she casually named the dishes she had prepared. What intrigued me was the mention of Mulaku Thoran, which I had never heard of. She was as excited as me while narrating the preparation. J loved the dish. The chillies used for this preparation are the big variety which is very mild. You may retain the seeds of the chilli if you wish.

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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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Spicy Malvani/Malwani Chicken Curry

Malvani Chicken curry is a dish from the Malwan area of the Konkan region. Like other South Indian cuisines, Malwani cuisine also uses coconut liberally in their dishes. I got this recipe from NDTV Cooks. This dish goes well with Rice as well as Indian rotis. I couldn’t click all the step-by step pictures of this dish due to some technical reasons. I promise to update the post with the remaining pictures subsequently.

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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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Neer Dosa

Neer Dosa is a crepe commonly made in Karnataka. The word Neer means water in Kannada. This crepe is usually served as a breakfast dish. Unlike Dosa, the batter doesn’t require fermentation. This goes well with any curry or chutney.

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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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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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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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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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Kappayum Irachiyum Ularthiyathu (Stir fried Tapioca with Beef)

One of the perks of having your loved ones visit you, is to get some eatables, which you have been craving for. Couple of days back when my parents came from Kerala, they brought some Beef Ularthiyathu and raw Tapioca. Just when I was racking my brains about what to prepare for D, Amma placed these

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Misal Pav

Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra,India . It consists of misal, a spicy curry usually made of sprouted moth beans and pav,a type of Indian bread roll. The dish is garnished with farsan, onions, lemon and coriander before serving. I got the recipe from NDTV Cooks. Ideally sprouted moth bea

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Queen of Puddings/ Queen’s Pudding

Queen of Puddings is a traditional British dessert, consisting of a baked, breadcrumb-thickened mixture, spread with jam and topped with meringue.(Courtesy: Wikipedia) The first time I tried this pudding was years back, when I had prepared it, under the guidance of my Mother-in law, who is a fabulou

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