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Pachadi from South India is a type of curry where the fruits/vegetables are cooked in a paste of ground coconut. Sour curd (yogurt) is added towards the end of cooking and the dish is flavored with seasoned oil and spices. Pineapple Pachadi, from Kerala has a unique combination of sweet and sour flavors.
Broken Wheat Payasam is a traditional Kerala dessert made with coconut milk, jaggery , broken wheat and spices. It is a delicious sweet treat that is served on special occasions.
This Korean inspired beef bowl creates that all day cooked taste in a fraction of the time. The meat is melt in the mouth tender and the sauce has a delicious mix of sweet , tangy and spicy flavors. Cooking and cleanup are a snap in this Instant pot version.
Toum is the Lebanese garlic sauce popular in the middle east. It has a fluffy , easy to spread texture. The flavors of garlic are strong but mellowed by the addition of lemon juice and oil. Try this vegan sauce in your dips, marinades and spreads.
This black chickpea curry is a popular dish in Kerala and the Konkan region. Flavors of coriander coriander and coconut goes well with chickpeas. Serve it with any of your favorite flat breads or rice or with traditional Kerala breakfast like – appam , puttu or idiappam.
Pickled beets are a good addition to the pantry. These are easy to make and pickled in a lightly sweet and sour vinaigrette. The flavors of these pickled beets perfectly complements many dishes – like salads , sandwiches and can even be served as a side of roasts.
Lassi is a yogurt based drink popular in the Indian sub continent. Yogurt is diluted with water and blended with a hint of spices,
fruits or herbs. It is served chilled it is a refreshing drink , or a light meal .
Picnic loaves are an easy and delicious way to enjoy a day out. It is a make ahead sandwich that is perfect for lunch boxes as well. The sandwich is is assembled ahead of time ans the flavors are allowed to meld and mature.
This is an easy one pot meal made in the Instant Pot. Basmati rice is cooked with spices, shrimp and vegetables in the pressure cooker (Instant Pot) to make this one pot meal with a good mix of carbs, protein and vitamins.
This is light meal or a side dish made with grilled vegetables and pasta. It is tossed with a simple vinaigrette made with few pantry staples. The summer flavors come alive in this dish and it is a nice vegetarian/vegan option to add to your next cookout.
These brownies are made with everyday ingredients found in most kitchen – oil , eggs, cocoa, sugar, butter and flour ! It is seriously moist and chocolaty. Give it a try to find out how coconut oil makes taste way better!
Grilled duck pairs well with orange sauce. This version has a spiced orange sauce adding an extra zing to this delicious recipe. Duck breasts are easy to grill and do not require long marination or cooking . I have used Maple Leaf Farms Duck breasts here and flavors are clean and fresh.
This post is a part of #cookoutweek2018. Join me for a glass of cool watermelon agua fresca. As its name suggests it is a refreshing drink with fruits. Easy to make , refreshingly light and perfect for a hot day out in the sun ! Lets take a sip, and enjoy the great outdoors this summer !
These are Goan Style dry clams. Fresh clams are sauteed with a mix of coconut onion and spices. This dish captures the abundant bright
flavors of the coast. Serve it rice or just as an appetizer by itself .
Samsas are a popular snack all over Central Asia. These come in many shapes and sizes. These triangular Uzbek Samsas are filed with a mix of lamb and onions and encased in a flaky pastry crust and baked. There is only one word to describe it – delicious !
Bundt pan , brown sugar and sweet dough, Monkey bread is fun to make . Soft pieces of bread coated in sticky caramel is perfect dinner dessert. If you are looking for a recipe to make with kids, this is a must read!
Shrimp curry with raw mangoes is a popular seafood dish in Kerala. The raw mangoes add delicious tangy flavors to the dish while adding to the creaminess of the curry. This is an easy curry to make for a weeknight dinner.
Stir fries are easy to make and can be served along with a bowl of rice making it a satisfying and filling meal. This is such a dish that take just a few ingredients and in very little time makes a delicious meal. Basil and chilies coupled with fish sauce makes a delicious and aromatic dish.
This Mediterranean Olive Loaf is a rustic free form loaf dotted with olives. A few simple but high quality ingredients are all you need here. The olives are the star and add an extra depth of flavor to this bread. It is prefect to much on as is or as a side for soups and salads.
When dealing with recipes around the world or just an old one from the box in the attic, you might find yourself staring at confusing terminology. Celsius, Fahrenheit , Gas Mark and simple terms like hot, very hot are all used to describe the oven temperature. Here is an over view of what it all means and the commonly used temperatures and its equivalents.
Strawberry rhubarb crumble is an easy and delicious dessert to make. The rhubarb and strawberry filling looks and tastes delicious , while the topping has an almost crisp biscuit like crunch. When served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream it is absolutely incredible.
Mahogany cakes are one of the first cakes to incorporate chocolate and coffee in the batter. It is delicious, all natural and has surprisingly mild but enticing flavors. Give this recipe a try and experience it yourself !
Shaksuka is a popular comfort food in the middle east and north Africa. This easy dish is made by poaching eggs in a seasoned tomato based sauce. It is easy to make and when served with few slices of bread make for a crowd pleasing quick meal.
Wattalappam is creamy dairy free custard from Sri Lanka. It is made with egg, kithul jaggery , coconut milk and a dash of spices. Similar to flan or cream caramel it very earthy and divine at the same time.
This spiced plum chutney is sweet and tangy with a hint of warm spices. It is easy to make and needs no preservatives or extra pectin. Use it on toast or make dips or use it as a glaze – the options are many
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This is one of the easiest salads to make. Fresh tomatoes and basil add the visual appeal while a simple vinaigrette makes the flavors memorable. Simple, easy to make and bursting wit garden freshness ..
This is part one in a two part series on Vishu. This article focus on the traditions and the origin behind this festival while the next one is about how we bring a part of this to our homes 100s to 1000s miles away from Kerala. Happy Vishu !
Jackfruit Kheer or Chakka Pradhaman is a dessert made with ripe jackfruit, jaggery and coconut milk. It is typically garnished with a liberal heap of
cashew nuts, raisins and coconut slices. These quintessential South Indian flavors present a perfect ending to a feast.
Koottu Curry is an important part of the Kerala Sadya Menu. It Vegetables and black chickpeas and cooked and mixed together with coconut and spices. A spiced roasted coconut seasoning adds the final touch.
Kanji is a porridge made with rice and served with a one or more sides. Vishu Kanji is a special version made for Vishu – the Malayali New year. This is the sweet version of the dish in which cooked beans and rice are flavored with coconut milk and spices and sweetened with a little jaggery.
This is an popular Kerala dish in which prawns are cooked in a spiced coconut sauce. Coconut is roasted and ground giving the curry more depth of flavors. This curry is creamy and delicious without packing on too much calories.
Semiya payasam or vermicelli kheer is one of the easiest Indian deserts to make. It is sweet , creamy and satisfying and often low on calories for a desert. Vermicelli noodles are cooked in milk and sweetened with sugar and flavored with cardamom .
Pane Di Pasqua – this is the Italian Easter bread that is soft, sweet and absolutely delicious. It is an enriched bread almost like a brioche and shaped into braids or wreaths and studded with eggs. These mini wreaths with eggs in the center is perfect for the Easter basket !
Soda breads are leavened with baking soda and can be made in very little time. Spotted Dog is a sweeter version of Irish Soda bread with currants or raisins added. This light and sweet bread can be made in under an hour .
Undan Pori is a sweet whole wheat and banana fritter. It is a quick time snack that is popular all over Kerala. All you need are a few pantry staples. Here is an easy version that is light and healthy.
Here is a vegan version of the cream of tomato soup. It comes together fast and is fresh, light, healthy and delicious ! You will not miss the extra calories or the creaminess !
Crisp and crunchy outside and soft and spongy inside – Medu vadas are a popular south Indian snack. These are made with black lentils and not only delicious but packs a load of nutrients as well !
Fresh carrots are sweet and tastes delicious when roasted. The beautiful bunch of multicolored carrots are roasted in a hot oven and tossed with garlic and parsley oil. This is a wonderful appetizer or side dish that takes very little time to make.
Chicken and vegetables in the exotic flavors of the Thai red curry paste and coconut milk is a perfect end to a hectic day. The best part it that it all comes together in one skillet and under 30 minutes ! Serve with a steaming bowl of rice or ditch tradition and serve with a piece of crusty bread !
The classic deviled eggs are an easy appetizer to make. Here is a spiced up version that is hot, tangy with a bit of sweet undertones. There are so many ways of flavoring deviled eggs that I guarantee you that you will never get tired of it.
Who does not like a sweet sandwich bread ? Here is an easy recipe that is sure to become a family favorite. Swirls of nutella adds to the appeal of this bread. Just slice and serve !
The traditional Hummus is a healthy spread made with chickpeas and a dash of spices. It is healthy and satisfying and a perfect snack dip to reach for. Not only is it easy to make but tastes much better as when made fresh !
Appam and Ishtu is a popular breakfast/dinner dish from Kerala. Here is the popular chicken Ishtu that is creamy, aromatic and with a hit of
heat ! It is an easy dish to make and when served with lacy appams is a dream come true !
Here is a heartier whole wheat take on the popular hot cross buns. These are filled with black and golden raisins and spices. Orange zest and glaze adds a bit of citrus tones to it. Perfect to slice and toast or to make that french toast !
Steaming hot momos fresh out of the steamer are a treat on cold foggy days. A small pouch of steaming hot meat or vegetable with a dash of spices, these
One of the easiest white chocolate mousse recipes. This one does not use eggs or gelatin , but it is still soft and perfectly set !
Koova kurukku is a simple and easy sweet to make. It takes only 3 main ingredients – arrowroot powder, jaggery and water. In about 15 minutes you have a sweet with jelly like consistency. A little grated coconut is added for some texture.
Here is a simple but utterly satisfying cake recipe – Orange Madeira Cake. Butter, eggs , flour and leavening – all the basic building blocks of a cake- and a hint of citrus , that is all it takes. I can have this any time with with a cup of tea.
This is a popular beef dish from Kerala. bite sized pieces of meat is cooked to tenderness and coated with a mouthwatering mix of spices. Copious amount of sliced coconut and curry leaves accompany these tiny morsels — Finger licking deliciousness !
Tharavu Mappas is a a traditional duck curry from the Kuttanad. Traditionally duck is cooked in a gravy of fragrant spices and coconut milk for long . This is a lighter and quicker version but still very creamy and fragrant.
Scones a re an easy treat to make in the morning for breakfast. These cranberry orange scones are our favorite Christmas morning treat – easy to make and with a festive touch!
Biryanis are the popular rice casserole of Indian sub continent. Here is a vegan version made with jackfruit. The meaty texture of the unripe jackfruit is perfect for this recipe and the and chances are you are not going to miss the meat ..
This is a delicious pancake made with sourdough starter. It is spongy and a bit sweet and tangy. The starter creates an incredible depth of flavors . 5 ingredients is all you need to create the magic !
This is a spicy fish curry made with fresh sardines. There is red chili powder , green chilies and add to that black pepper. Cut back on the spices if
that is not your scene – it will be delicious !
A bright and sunny loaf that is perfect to serve with a spicy curry/ soup or just as an appetizer ! This pull apart bread is fun to make and delicious to devour . Turmeric gives this loaf its signature color while the herbs and enhance the flavors .
Puzhukku is a dish made of boiled/steamed root vegetables mixed with seasoned coconut paste. These are served either by itself or with Kanji (rice) and a spiced chutney. Thiruvathira Puzhukku is made with a mix of seasonal root vegetables and beans. The tubers are nutritious and filling while the beans are a source of protein making it ideal for ladies who forgo rice based meals as part of the Thiruvathira rituals. Hard to believe it is almost 2018 !!! Here is something for the New Year’s Eve party – 5 absolutely fun mocktails from a few of my favorite food bloggers. Chicken and vegetables are slow cooked with warm spices in a tomato based broth. A bowl of this is just what you need on a cold evening. As you take care of the evening errands, this soup slowly simmers and fills the kitchen with warm aromas ! Add your favorite vegetables and make this into a one pot meal .
Hard to believe it is almost 2018 !!! Here is something for the New Year’s Eve party – 5 absolutely fun mocktails from a few of my favorite food bloggers.
Chicken and vegetables are slow cooked with warm spices in a tomato based broth. A bowl of this is just what you need on a cold evening. As you take care of the evening errands, this soup slowly simmers and fills the kitchen with warm aromas ! Add your favorite vegetables and make this into a one pot meal .