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Kumbilappam/ Chakkayappam (Jack fruit Dumplings)

  Chakkayappam is commonly made snack, at most homes in Kerala during the Jackfruit season. These are dumplings made out of jackfruit puree, jaggery, coconut and rice. The mixture is wrapped with Indian Bay leaves(Cinnamomum …

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Upma

J never really liked Upma. Over these years, the only time I saw him devouring Upma, was during our trip to Kothagiri. We were staying at J’s company guest house. The in-house cook Raju, made …

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Homemade Taco Shells

Making Taco shells at home was always a challenge for me. More so, because the key ingredient ‘Masa Harina’ is not easily available. The closest I could get is the Maize flour, but working with was …

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Aam Panna (Raw Mango Drink)

Summer is here. A cool refreshing drink is what we yearn for, during this season. D’s request for refreshing drink always keep me on my toes. With the easy availability of mangoes, I prefer to make …

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Andhra Gun Powder/ Kandi Podi

It was during our stay in Secunderabad that I was introduced to Andhra Gun Powder. I was a bit amused hearing the name and was expecting it to be really hot. Surprisingly, it wasn’t. Rice …

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Gulkand/ Gulqand (Rose petal Preserve)

Gulkand is a preserve made with Rose petals. It has cooling properties and also aids in digestion. The process of making Gulkand is very easy. Ideally Damask Rose (Rosa Damascena) or Provence Rose (Rosa Centifolia) …

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Appam/Vellayappam/Paalappam using Rice Powder

Appam/Hopper is a type of pancake, which is traditionally served with Stew. Any Christian function that I attended as child, always had Appam and stew in it’s menu. That hasn’t changed in all these years. …

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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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Grilled Chicken with Basil Dressing

J was away on official trip for the last few days. Whenever he’s away, the food he craves for is the Rice, Pineapple Pulissery, Payar Ularthiyathu and Fish fry combination. This combination happens to be …

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Homemade Dulce de Leche (Pressure Cooker Method)

Dulce de Leche, pronounced as dool-se-dee-Leh-che, literally means milk jam. This is a thick sauce which tastes similar to caramel. There are a lot of ways to prepare Dulce de Leche, however, I prefer the …

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Coriander Mint Coconut Chutney

For a South Indian, Chutney is a ‘must-have’ accompaniment for Idli or Dosa. There are a lot of varieties of Chutneys. Coriander Mint Coconut Chutney is the one I prepare often at home. It was …

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Lamb/Mutton Pulao

  Mutton Pulao is a one pot dish, which is a delicacy in many households, especially during festivals. Unlike Biryani, which is prepared by layering rice and meat, Pulao is prepared by mixing rice and …

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Easy Pizza Pot Pie

                Just as was racking my brains as to what to prepare for Dinner, D came by and asked if I could make some Pizza Dough. On enquiring, …

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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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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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