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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kovakka Unakka Chemmeen Ularthiyathu (Ivy Gourd-Dried shrimp Stir fry)

This dish always reminds me of my childhood. My mom used to prepare this dish especially when fresh seafood was not available. Cooking the ivy gourd with gambooge gives a tangy taste to the dish.

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Sorpotel

Sorpotel, also known as Sarapatel, is a dish of Portuguese origin. This dish is a delicacy in Goa. Ever since I prepared the dish some time back, this has become one of my favourite Pork preparations. This dish is usually made with the offals, i.e the ear, nose, tail, tripe etc. Once I bought the ‘Sorpotel mix’ available in the nearby meat shop to bring authenticity to the dish. As we were not used to seeing ears, tail etc in our plate, we just couldn’t have it. Some people add liver to the dish along with meat. Ideally the meat…

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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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Spicy Mutton Fry

I love it when D comes up with a specific request. That makes things a lot more easier for me. The other day, when I mentioned my plan to prepare mutton, his only requirement was that it should be spicy. I went ahead with the preparation, adding things along the way. Thus a Spicy Mutton Fry was created 🙂 You may adjust the amount of chillies to suit your taste.

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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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