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Krofne- Albanian Doughnuts

Krofne, also known as Krafne, Krofi etc are doughnuts with fillings. The name comes from German Krapfen, and it is a variation of the Central European pastry, known as Berliner.(Source: Wikipedia) After seeing this dessert being prepared in a TV show, I was tempted to try it out. The result was a not-so-sweet airy doughnut. I used Chocolate ganache as filling. Both my boys loved it. I followed the recipe from MKR but halved the recipe. The recipe I’m sharing is the original one.

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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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Eggless Coffee Cake (Microwave Version)

Eggless Coffee Cake was something I had tried few years back. As I am not particularly fond of microwave cooking, I hadn’t attempted it after that. Recently, one of my friends spotted the picture of it in my Facebook timeline and asked for the recipe. This was followed by a few more requests. That’s when I decided to make it again. It took some time for me to recollect the source of the recipe but finally managed to find it. The recipe I followed is from Apy Cooking. I decorated the cake with coffee flavoured whipped cream and chocolate sauce….

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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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Fish Pickle- Kerala Style

When it comes to non-veg pickles, I prefer homemade ones to store bought. Whenever I make them, it doesn’t go past a week. Well, it so happens that the moment we lay eyes on Non-veg pickle, we go crazy. So instead of taking a spoonful, we end up having generous servings. Tuna is the ideal fish for pickling. One could use any other firm fleshed fish as well. If you plan to prepare fish pickle, it would be better if you get the fish cut into bite-sized cubes. If not, you could buy fish steaks, fry them and then break…

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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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Goan Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs is something I have eaten a few times at restaurants but never tried making at home. Usually J calls me when he goes to the Pork shop. Every time we wanted to buy ribs, we were out of luck. This time around, we were lucky. When he asked me if it needs to be cut, I confidently said no. It’s only when I saw the rack in front me that I realised my folly. Turned out that what I had envisioned, was way off the mark :P. After trying to slice in vain, I decided to cook it…

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Guncha-O-Bahar (Cauliflower in an almond based gravy)

Awadhi cuisine is famous for its richness in its ingredients. Guncha-O-Bahar is a dish comprising of cauliflower dum-cooked in a rich gravy. I found this recipe in the Jiggs Kalra collection of recipes. I was not sure if my boys would like it, but decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, they both liked it. I halved the quantity of the cauliflower used in the original recipe. However, I followed the measurement in the original recipe for the gravy.

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Pazham Pori / Ethakka appam/ Banana Fritters

Pazham Pori is a snack item that reminds me of my childhood days. This used to be one of the many snacks Amma used to prepare when we got back from school. The other day while buying groceries from a nearby store, my eyes fell on Nendra Pazham with which this snack is made. While making Pazham Pori, make sure the banana is ripe. You may use all purpose flour or wheat flour for the batter.

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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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Beef Curry

I had mentioned about our Coorg trip in one of my previous posts. Lilian aunty, our host, had prepared this wonderful Mutton Curry that was served with Paapputtu, a steamed rice dish. Aunty had promptly shared the recipe with me. When my parents and sister were here, I prepared this dish. The only difference is that I used Beef instead of Mutton. The beef version also turned out to be as good as the mutton curry. You can prepare this with chicken as well.

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Rice Wine

?Couple of weeks back we had been to Coorg, where we stayed at a friend’s Coffee Estate. While talking to Lilian aunty, our hostess, the conversation veered towards cooking. She told me that she had a Rice Wine recipe and that she would share it with me the next morning. I was pleasantly surprised when she handed over her recipe book, first thing in the morning. Such a wonderful gesture !! She recommended a few more recipes from her book and asked me to write them down.
Once back home, the first thing I did, was to make sure I had all the ingredients for the Rice Wine.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. Any white rice can be used for this recipe. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.

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Eggless Moist Carrot Cake

One can find a lot of substitutes for egg, on the net. The list of substitutes includes curd, banana, flax seed powder etc. However, I was apprehensive of recommending something without actually trying it out. Few days back, while chatting with a friend of mine, she said that she was looking for an eggless version of Carrot Cake. I almost suggested to try my Moist Carrot Cake, but realised that I couldn’t possibly recommend without trying the eggless version myself. Having decided to follow the same recipe, I chose to use Flax seed powder as a substitute. The result was…

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Chocolate Cookies

The other day, D requested me to make some Chocolate Cookies. As I had a recipe saved in my ‘to-do list’, I didn’t have to search for the recipe. The recipe I saved is from Allrecipes . However I tweaked it a bit. One thing I found intriguing in this recipe, was the mixing of hot water with soda. On further research, I found that this was done for two reasons. One is to activate the soda and the second reason was to ensure even distribution of the soda. Truth be told, I was a bit apprehensive, but went ahead…

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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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