Friday, December 21, 2012

Kerala Mutton Stew

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Mutton                           --   1 kg (with bones preferably)
Potato                             --   1 large size
Carrot                             --   1 medium size
Red Onion                     --   1 medium size
Ginger                            --   2 tbsp,thinly sliced
Garlic                             --   2 tbsp,thinly sliced
Green Chillies              --   2-3
Whole Black Pepper --   1 tsp
Cardamom                   --   3
Cloves                             --   3
Cinnamon                     --   1" piece
Curry leaves                --   1 sprig
Thick Coconut Milk   --   1 cup
Thin Coconut Milk     --   1 cup
Vinegar                          --   1 tbsp
Black Pepper powder--   1 tbsp, freshly made preferably
Coriander leaves       --   2 - 3 sprigs
Oil                                     --   2 tbsp, preferably coconut oil
Salt                                   --   as required
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Method of Preparation :

Clean and cut the mutton into small pieces. Wash soaking in lemon juice or vinegar. This helps to have the meat clean.Keep it aside.
For the coconut milk: We need one full coconut grated. Thick milk is usually extracted by squeezing coconut with your hands, or pulsing in a blender couple of times, adding half a cup of hot water. For thin coconut milk, add about 1 and half cups of water to the squeezed coconut and blend it in the mixer. Strain it.

I used canned coconut milk. 1 cup of thick coconut milk = 3/4 cup of canned milk + 1/4 cup of water. 1 cup of thin coconut milk = 1/2 cup of canned milk + 1/2 cup of water.

In a pressure cooker heat oil and add the whole pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and sauté for a minute.

Add the finely chopped onions (Shallots usually works better, for the given quantity use 1 cup of thinly sliced shallots.), ginger, garlic and slit green chilies and saute until the onions turn translucent.

Add the meat, diced potatoes, diced carrots and curry leaves and saute for few minutes until the water is completely evaporated. Add the thin coconut milk and pressure cook until the meat is done.

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Now add the thick coconut milk. As soon as the mixture starts to boil take it off from the stove. Add vinegar and garnish with pepper powder.and chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with appam / ghee rice / bread.

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Recipe Courtesy: Amma

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kerala Chicken Curry - Restaurant Style

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Ingredients: (Serves 5 - 6 )
To marinate:-
Chicken                      --   ½ kg
Turmeric powder  --   ½ tsp
Chilly powder         --   1 tsp
Pepper powder      --   1 tsp
Green chillies          --   2 or 3 slit lengthwise
Curry leaves           --   1 sprig
Salt                              --   To taste
Masala To grind:
Garlic                         --   4 - 5 cloves
Ginger                        --   1 inch piece
Cinnamon sticks    --   1 inch piece
Cloves                        --   3 - 4
Cardamom pods   --   2
Fennel seeds           --  1 tsp
Black peppercorn --   10
Coriander powder --   1 tbsp
Cumin powder       --   ½ tsp
Chilly powder        --   2 tsp
Salt                             --   to taste
For the gravy :-
Coconut Oil               --   4 - 5 tbsp
Onions                        --   2 large / 3 medium
Tomatoes                  --   2 medium size
Shredded Coconut --   ½ cup
Mustard seeds         --   ½ tsp
Cumin seeds             --   ½ tsp
Green Chillies          --   2 - 3
Turmeric powder  --   ½ tsp
Chilly powder          --   ½ tsp
Salt                               --   To taste
Curry leaves             --   1 sprig

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Preparation of the chicken curry:
Clean and cut the chicken into medium size pieces. Marinate it with ingredients as mentioned above and let it stand for about 20 minutes. Grind the ingredients for the masala and keep aside.
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Heat 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Saute the sliced onions until they are translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes and let it cook until they are mushy. Let it cool and then grind this into a fine paste.
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Heat the remaining oil in the same pan. Splutter the mustard seeds and the cumin seeds. Add the green chillies and curry leaves. Now add the ground masala and saute until the raw smell goes off. It would have turned into a dark colour by then. Make sure you do not burn the masala. Add the turmeric powder and chilly powder and saute for few seconds.
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Now add the onion-tomato paste and saute for a min. Add 1 cup of water and when it starts boiling, simmer the flame and add the marinated chicken pieces.
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Let the chicken get cooked on the low - medium flame. Make sure you close the pan with the lid otherwise, the gravy starts spluttering.  Grind the coconut with a pinch of turmeric powder into a smooth paste. Add this to the simmering curry. Let it come to a boil.
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Do check the salt and add if required. Switch off the flame when the chicken is cooked and you have the gravy in the required consistency.You will see oil floating on the top when it is done.
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Serve hot with rice or chapathi.
Recipe Courtesy: Spicy Chilly

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bread Fruit / Kadachakka Curry

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Bread fruit/ Kadachakka      --   1 medium size
Finely Chopped Onions          --   1 big onion
Ginger garlic paste                  --   1 tsp
Turmeric powder                     --   ½ tsp
Chilly powder                            --   2 tsp
Coriander powder                   --   2 - 3 tbsp
Coconut                                        --   ½ of medium size / 1 cup shredded
Coconut oil                                  --   1 tbsp
Mustard seeds                            --   ½ tsp
Curry leaves                               --   1 stem
Red chillies                                  --   2
Salt                                                 --   to taste
Preparation of kadachakka / sheema chakka Curry:
Remove the skin and the center portion of the bread fruit/kadachakka. Make sure you remove it completely else it might be a bit bitter.
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Cut the remaining into small pieces.
Add the chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder and salt to the  cut bread fruit and mix well. Keep aside for 15 - 20 minutes.
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Pressure cook for 1 whistle. 
Fry the shredded coconut until brown and grind it to a fine paste/liquid form.
Add the ground coconut to the cooked bread fruit and let it boil. Add water if more gravy is required. Do a salt check and add more if required.
Heat the oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, add red chillies and curry leaves and fry for a min.
Garnish the curry with the above and serve hot with rice.`
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Recipe Courtesy: Amma 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Crab Masala

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Ingredients (Serves 5 - 6):
Crab                        --   1 kg
Onion                      --   1 large
Shallots                 --   6-8
Ginger                    --   a big piece / 2 inch piece
Garlic                     --   10 cloves    
Green chilly         --   3 - 4
Chilly powder     --   1 tsp +  ½ tsp
Chilly powder     --   1 tsp +  ½ tsp
Pepper powder  --   ½ tsp +  ½ tsp
Garam Masala   --   1 tsp
Turmeric powder --    ½ tsp
Curry leaves       --   a handful
Oil                            --   2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Salt                          --   to Taste
Mustard seeds    --   1 tsp
Red chillies           --   2
Clean and cut the crab.
Cook crab with turmeric powder, ½ tsp chilly powder,  ½ tsp coriander powder,  ½ tsp pepper powder and a little salt until done. As any shell fish, the water that comes out of crab will be salty, so take care while adding salt.
Chop the onions,shallots, ginger and garlic into small pieces. Alternately you can crush them in a chopper. Slit the green chillies.

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Heat oil in a pan, I prefer coconut oil and add all the chopped ingredients into it. Add the curry leaves. Saute until the onions are light brown in colour. Add the remaining masalas and saute until the raw smell goes off.
Now add the crab along with the water if any is left. Mix well and simmer until the masala is well blend and the gravy is thick enough, if you had more water. If you don't have water left in the cooked crab, you can also add  half a cup of water so that the masala and the crab is well blend.
Heat oil in another pan. Splutter the mustard seeds and cut red chillies and more curry leaves if you like them. Pour it over the crab masala.
Serve hot with rice or any breads.
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Recipe Courtesy: Amma 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Coconut Burfi

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Ingredients (Yields - an 8x8 inch dish, approximately 16 pieces)
Shredded coconut --   1 cup (preferably only white part)
Sugar                          --   1 cup
Milk                             --   ¼ cup
Cardamom               --   2 - 3 powdered
Ghee                            --   as required to grease the dish.
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Prepare a heat proof dish greased with ghee.
Add sugar and grated coconut in a heavy bottomed pan and keep it on the stove. Once the sugar starts to melt, add milk.
On a medium flame and stir continuously. Add cardamom powder when it is half done.
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Stir till it thickens and bubbles at the edges of the pan. This is very important to notice this. If it is not done upto this stage, the burfi will be too soft.
Optionally you can add few drops of desired colour or essence at this stage.
Quickly transfer it to the prepared dish (might need some help at this stage) and let it cool. Before it is completely hard, cut it into desired shapes.
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Let it cool completely.Delicious burfi is ready.

 Recipe Courtesy: Amma 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bread Upma

Just a variety for the breakfast when I am bored of the usual Bread and Omlette.
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Ingredients (Serves – 2) :
Onions                   --   ½ of a medium size
Tomato                 --   ½ of a medium size
Green Chillies     --   1 or 2
Pepper Powder --   1 tsp
Eggs                       --   2
Bread                     --   4 - 5 slices
Mustard seeds   --   for tadka
Oil                           --   1 tbsp
Salt                        --   as required
Heat oil in a pan. Throw in the mustard seeds and let it splutter.
Add the finely chopped onions and slit green chillies. Add the chopped tomatoes. Saute until the onions and tomatoes are slightly mushy.
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Lower the flame to minimum. Break the eggs and pour it directly into the mix. Add salt and pepper. Before the eggs are completely cooked, add the bread slices, chopped into smaller pieces. I chop a normal size slice into 9 usually.
Mix well and let the eggs cook completely. Serve hot.
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Recipe Courtesy: Myself  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dates Almond Cake

The easiest cake, I have ever made. Whenever I need to bake a cake in a jiffy, this is my option. Its damn good without any fillings or topping.

It was our anniversary and I did not have much time to invest, but wanted a cake made out of my kitchen. That's when I chose the base to be my easiest cake and tried out some fillings with some chocolate on the sides for my choco-holic hubby :)

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Ingredients for the cake:

Seedless Dates      --   18 nos
Milk                           --   ¾ cup
Oil                              --   ½ cup, I ve tried with both olive oil and canola oil
Egg                            --   1, optional
All purpose flour --   1 cup
Sugar                        --   ¾ cup
Baking soda           --   1 tsp
Cashews / Sliced Almonds or any nuts -- a handful


Heavy cream        --   1 cup
Powdered Sugar --   ¼ cup
Sliced almonds    --   ¼ cup
Vanilla Essence   --   1 tsp


Heavy cream        --   1 cup / 8 oz
Semi sweet chocolate --   12 oz

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Preparation of the cake:

Soak the dates in milk overnight. Or you can soak the dates in boiling milk for half an hour or until the milk is cool enough.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a 8 inch square pan. I have tried it in my round and heart pans as well.

In a mixer, grind the dates in milk, adding egg and sugar until you get a smooth mixture.

Sieve the flour and baking soda and keep aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix the ground ingredients and oil until oil blends well into the mixture. I used a whisk and it was an easy job.

Mix in the flour in multiple batches until they are well combined with no lumps.

Add in the chopped nuts and mix it.

Pour it into the prepared pan and bake for 40 - 45 min, depending upon your oven, until a skewer comes out clean when pricked into the cake.

Let it cool to room temperature, before you assemble or freeze.

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Chill the mixing bowl and the whisk in the freezer for about 20 - 25 min. Add the cream and sugar and beat until soft peaks using your mixer. Add in the vanilla essence and mix it in using the whisk with you hand. 2 - 3 rounds should be enough for stiff peaks. Make sure you do not over beat your cream, it turns into butter.

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Pour the cream and chopped chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Boil water in a wide pan. Simmer it and place the bowl over the water, until the cream just starts to boil. Take care that water does not come into your bowl.

Easy method is to microwave the cream and chocolate for few seconds (I do it for 40 seconds), until the cream just starts to boil.

Remove from heat and using a thick spoon, mix it well until well combined. Leave it at room temperature and it should harden to a required consistency for piping. If at all, it doesn't, leave it in the refrigerator and take care that you mix it every 10 mins until you get the required consistency.

Even during piping, if your hands are hot, the chocolate melts and it might distract your designs. Leave it in the refrigerator for few mins and continue.


Cut the cake horizontally into two (or more according to your wish). Lightly brush the inner section of both the halves with sugar syrup ( 2 -3 tbsp of sugar mixed in 1/4 cup of warm water).

Prepare you cake board and keep the first half on it. Spread 1/3 rd. of the whipped cream. Sprinkle some sliced almonds if you would like to. Sandwich it with the other half.

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Spread the remaining cream on the top and also do a crumb coat on the sides.

Pipe your designs on the sides or decorate as per your ideas. I did a basket weave with the ganache.

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I like to serve it a day later so that the cream gets into the cake and makes it more soft and moist.

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Base cake recipe courtesy: Aayi’s Recipes

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pazham Porichathu (Banana Fritters)

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Ripe Banana/Plantains (Nenthra pazham)   --   2
All purpose flour/Wheat flour                             --    1 cup (I like wheat flour)
Sugar                                                                              --   2 - 3 tbsp, adjust according to your taste
Preparation of pazham pori:
Mix together the flour,sugar and water and make sure there are no lumps. Make a thick batter, in the consistency of idly batter/condensed milk.
You can adjust the sugar according to your taste. Also check the sweetness of the banana.
Slice the bananas vertically into thin pieces. I cut the banana into 3 horizontal pieces as well to fit it in my frying pan.
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Heat oil in a deep pan. Dip the sliced banana in the batter and fry both sides until golden brown.
Drain oil in a paper towel and serve hot with tea.
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Recipe Courtesy: Myself