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Arikadukka (Fried Stuffed Mussels)

Arikkadukka is a popular snack of the Malabar region in Kerala. It is deep fried stuffed Mussels. I have been craving for this snack for a long time. While I was looking to order fish …

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Blueberry Breakfast Cake

For the past one week, every time I sat down to put up a post in the blog, something or the other would come up. Some days back, while having discussions during dinner, J casually …

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Pineapple Pachadi (Pineapple with Ground coconut and Curd)

A festival becomes even more enjoyable when you celebrate with your loved ones. Last year, we had celebrated Onam with J’s cousins.  As luck would have it, this year all the kids were having the …

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Hyderabadi Style Chicken 65

J was doing his engineering course in Military College of Engineering in Secunderabad, when we got married. Soon after marriage we headed to Secunderabad. It was there that I got to taste Chicken 65 for …

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Southekayi Majjige Huli (Cucumber in Curd based Gravy)

Few days back, when I went to my dear friend R’s house, she made me taste a dish she had prepared for lunch. Though I had heard of Majjige Huli a lot of times, this …

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Char Siu / Chinese Barbecue Pork Roast

Every time we buy pork, I make it the traditional way as my boys love it. I have been trying out some new recipe for a change. Browsing through my ‘to-do list’, I was reminded …

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Super Soft Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

When my dear friend R’s son got admission in the college of his choice, I was really excited. I had made up my mind to bake some Chocolate Cup Cakes for him and give it …

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Schnitzel

Schnitzel is a thin slice of meat, usually breaded and fried. The dish supposedly originated from Austria. The schnitzel is known by different names in different countries. The Schnitzel can be made with any meat …

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Apple Banoffee Empanadas

Couple of weeks back,when a Sprigs representative contacted me asking if I could develop a recipe for them, I was excited. The product I had to work with was Banana & Caramel Banoffee Topping & …

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Donne Chicken Biryani

Ever since we moved to Bangalore, I have been hearing a lot about Donne Biryani. On digging further, I came to know the reason behind the name Donne. The bowls/plates made from Areca nut Palm …

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Karela Masala (Bittergourd Masala)

There was a time when I would flatly refuse to taste a bitter gourd dish. What changed that? Let me take you back to those days, when our marriage was a year old. J got …

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Korean Vegetable Hotteok/Hoddeok

Hotteok/Hoddeok is a popular street food. It is basically fried,stuffed bun. It was an article that came in the newspaper that reminded me of a recipe that I had bookmarked. The moment I read the …

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Prawn Cutlets/ Chemmeen Cutlets

Last week, on calling my regular fish vendor to order, I was told that he’s out of station on a family emergency. Naturally my next option was to order online. When I saw the small …

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Super Soft Yeast Doughnuts with Boston Cream Filling

I have always been following my Cake Doughnut recipe for my son D, who is very fond of Doughnuts. Sometime back, while having the store bought doughnuts, he asked me if I could make something …

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Murg Musallam

After a couple of futile attempts at making a fabulous Murg Musallam, I had almost given up the idea of attempting again. The other day I had bought a whole chicken. While scouring through recipes, …

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Zafrani Pulao/ Kesar Pulao/ Saffron Rice

Zafrani Pulao, as the name suggests has saffron as a key ingredient. The saffron strands imparts colour and it’s unique flavour to the rice dish. The addition of the roasted dry fruits brings more richness …

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Jack Fruit Wine/ Chakkappazham Wine

This time while returning from our Kerala trip, my MIL sent almost 2 kgs of jack fruit. With J, leaving for Delhi the next day, I felt that we won’t be able to finish off …

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Punjabi Chole/Chana- Version 2

When it comes to Chole preparations, my all-time favourite is the Pindi Chole. However, this time, I thought of trying a new preparation. A Punjabi Chole recipe from Sailu’s food has been on my to-do …

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Pineapple Pachadi (Pineapple with Ground coconut and Curd)

A festival becomes even more enjoyable when you celebrate with your loved ones. Last year, we had celebrated Onam with J’s cousins.  As luck would have it, this year all the kids were having the …

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Southekayi Majjige Huli (Cucumber in Curd based Gravy)

Few days back, when I went to my dear friend R’s house, she made me taste a dish she had prepared for lunch. Though I had heard of Majjige Huli a lot of times, this …

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Karela Masala (Bittergourd Masala)

There was a time when I would flatly refuse to taste a bitter gourd dish. What changed that? Let me take you back to those days, when our marriage was a year old. J got …

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Korean Vegetable Hotteok/Hoddeok

Hotteok/Hoddeok is a popular street food. It is basically fried,stuffed bun. It was an article that came in the newspaper that reminded me of a recipe that I had bookmarked. The moment I read the …

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Punjabi Chole/Chana- Version 2

When it comes to Chole preparations, my all-time favourite is the Pindi Chole. However, this time, I thought of trying a new preparation. A Punjabi Chole recipe from Sailu’s food has been on my to-do …

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Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhukkupuratti (Stir fried Raw Banana)

The literal translation of the word ‘mezhukkupuratti’ would be ‘oil-coated’. In other words, Stir fry. Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhupuratti can be made with two types of raw banana. One is the Nendran variety and the other one …

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Coconut Chutney

Any person who loves his/her Idlis, Dosas and Vadas could not possibly eat it without the chutney. The varieties of chutney that can be served with Idli/Dosa/Vada is endless. You can find a few of …

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Aloo Bhaji

Whenever I hear “Aloo Bhaji”, the first thing that comes to my mind is Masala Dosa. As a child, I used to love having Masala Dosa from our favourite restaurant. The crispy Dosas with the …

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Bhatura/Bhatoora/Batura

I Love the Chole- Bhatura combination, whereas it’s just the opposite for J. Hence I always prepare it when he’s away, travelling 🙂 The combination of Bhatura with Pindi Chole, sprinkled with chopped onions is my all-time favourite…yummmmm..I’m already drooling. I have always been following the recipe from my favourite cook book by Jiggs Kalra. Though the dough can be prepared well in advance, it’s better to fry the Bhatura just before serving.

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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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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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Thai Fried Rice

D is a bit hesitant when it comes to eating Rice. Being a Mom, one needs to think of tricks to get your child to eat, right? Though there are options like Tomato Rice, Coconut rice etc, he’s not particularly fond of them. Next option??? Go International 😛 Yesterday was one such day, where I had to find a way to present the leftover Rice in a new way. As I was preparing Thai Style Stuffed Squid, I decided to prepare Thai Fried Rice. I love this recipe because it’s very easy to prepare. In this recipe, I have used…

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Kadala Curry (Kerala Style Chickpea Curry)

Every time I mention about making Puttu for breakfast, J’s only request is to make Kadala Curry with it. That is his favourite combination. The kadala curry prepared with roasted coconut tastes better, I prefer the easy way as it is less time consuming.

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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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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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Kothu Parotta/Porotta

Kothu Parotta is a popular street food of Tamil Nadu. This dish is made of shredded Porotta/Parotta mixed with masala and vegetables/meat/egg. It’s an interesting way of using up your leftover porottas/rotis. The recipe I have given has eggs in it. However, you can make it using vegetables or meat as well. This dish should be eaten hot.

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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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