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Christmas Recipes

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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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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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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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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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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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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Nougat

? Christmas isn’t too far. If you’re wondering what sweet to gift to your near and dear ones, here’s my suggestion- Nougat. Nougat, pronounced as noo-gaa, is a sweet with a soft, chewy texture.

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Orange Wine

?Even though I don’t consume wine, lately I have making different varieties of wine. My latest attempt is Orange Wine, a recipe which was given by Lilian aunty, our family friend. The oranges used in this wine are small, loose jacket oranges. The picture you see above were taken soon after bottling. Hence the cloudy look. As it rests, the wine will get clarity.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. 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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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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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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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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Stir fried Minced meat with Vegetables

It’s Easter today. A special day for the Christians all over the world. This is the day for celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the culmination of the forty days’ lent. Stir fried Minced meat with vegetables, is something that can be whipped up in a jiffy. It goes well with Rice or any bread. You may use any vegetables of your choice. Make sure you add them according to the cooking time.

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Duck Roast- Kerala Style

I have been thinking of preparing Duck Roast for quite some time. So this time when I found it, I just couldn’t wait to try it out.

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Karimeen Pollichathu – Easy Method

A couple of days back while chatting with my cousin Rini, our conversation veered towards food. That’s when she asked if I knew the recipe of Karimeen Pollichathu that our grandmom used to make. To my relief, she said that had it and would share with me. Today I bought some Pearlspot fish and just a

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A few Christmas Recipes

I have always considered compiling a list of recipes for festive seasons, but never put into action. It’s high time I did that. So here is a list of recipes that I would recommend for this Christmas. You may want to start off with the wine preparation right away so it’s ready by Christmas. As for th

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Karimeen Pollichathu (Pearl Spot cooked in Banana Leaf)

We Keralites love our Karimeen (pearl spot) in any form. Karimeen Pollichathu is one such traditional delicacy of Kerala that is recommended to majority of the tourists visiting God’s own country. Though we usually prepare Karimeen this way, one can use pomfret or any firm fleshed fish. I have alway

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Christmas Cake/ Fruit Cake/ Plum Cake

Whenever anybody mentions ‘Plum Cake’, the first thought that comes to my mind is from my childhood days. Back in those days, for every Christian wedding, guests were served a piece of dark plum cake, neatly wrapped in a butter paper and sealed with a sticker bearing the name of the bakery. I develo

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