Avial must be one of the most popular vegetarian dishes from Kerala. It is a vegetarian feast in itself and is an important part of the traditional festive meals – sadya. Avial is made with a dozen or more local vegetables and delicately flavored with coconut , turmeric and cumin.
Pulisseri or Pulissery is yogurt based curry that is flavored with ground coconut and a few spices. This traditional Kerala dish is made very often in Kerala homes it takes
Parippu pradhaman is a Kerala desert made with mung beans, jaggery , and coconut milk. Traditionally it is slow cooked over wood fire creating smoky caramel flavors.
We were at the visitor center at Lassen National Park poring over the map. For a nature lover there are many interesting things to do here. I knew
Have you ever wondered what kind of chips the gods are likely to much on ? If you are a Malayali the answer is “Plantain chips”, of course! All
A few rocks to climb , big and small Fellow wandering souls, to meet and greet Swap a few tales, old and new Smell the mountain air, feel the salt
Ghee rice is a mildly flavored fragrant rice usually made with Basmati or similar varieties. It is delicious on its own. It is a versatile dish that can be served with plain dal or with a spicy kurma. Aromatic spices are sauted in ghee and the rice is stir fried and cooked. Each grain in turn absorbs the flavors ..
The summers are hot, global warming or not, and call for hours in the pool and frozen treats. Here is a frozen treat that you are going to love so
This is one of the simplest coconut chutneys that we love. It is made by grinding fresh coconut with a few spices. The spices are chosen to enhance the creaminess of fresh coconut. A dash of tempered oil and spices are used finish the dish dish.
This is an interesting take on regular garlic bread. The fun shaping elevates into a centerpiece . It is perfect for sharing – just reach into it and tear off piece by piece 🙂
An old fashioned cake based on the classic pound cake. This cake is perfect for tea time – lightly sweet and with delicious cream cheese flavors. No need for any decorations !
What better way end a cookout in summer than with a sweet ice pop ? What if it is simple and good for you as well !!
A quick and easy recipe for backyard grilling. Chicken breast strips marinated in a cilantro lemon sauce is tender and juicy , not to mention that it takes only a few minutes of grilling to cook through.
An easy summer salad that is perfect to go along with the grilled goodies. It is a little tangy , a bit sweet and refreshingly cooling. Grill some mushrooms or tofu to serve along with this and you have the perfect meal for the vegan friends as well !
All right, Its time to get cooking outside … because it’s #CookoutWeek 2017! Well we are in for a busy summer this year, but that does not mean that
Kalathappam is north Malabar sweet snack. It is stove top cake or cooker cake make usually in a pressure cooker. It is made with rice , coconut , jaggery and flavored with surprise – pearl onions ! Try it and I am sure you will fall in love with it too.
Aloo Parathas are a popular breakfast flat bread in the northern parts of India. It is a whole wheat flat bread stuffed with a spiced mix of potatoes. When served with a bowl of fresh curd it has all the elements that you need in a breakfast – protein, carbs , vitamins and of course taste.
This is a very creamy coconut chutney. Lightly roasted peanuts are ground along with the coconut making this chutney more thick and creamy. This is perfect to when you crave a heartier chutney or to serve with a tart dish like lemon rice.
Bursts of purple in a golden yellow canvas – blueberry muffins are always treat. these are easy to make and delicious as a snack. For a little crunch add a lightly sweetened topping of almonds and cinnamon sugar.
Dosa is by far the most popular South Indian Dish. This is a healthy crepe made with a naturally fermented rice and lentil batter. These are so popular that, many
This is a typical Coconut Chutney prepared in Kerala homes. This creamy, red coconut chutney has smokey undertones and a tinge of tang. I have had it umpteen times –
A delicious egg curry that takes no time at all to cook . The eggs are poached in a coconut based curry. This curry needs only a few fresh spices to make is flavorful. Perfect for dinner or a quick breakfast or snack.
A citrus flavored version of an Indian favorite – Rasgulla. This a a sweet milk based dessert that is popular in the north. Soft and spongy balls are made with separating milk solids from whey. These are soaked in sugar syrup making it into a delectable dessert.
A classic marble cake . The swirl patterns are only limited by one’s imagination. Vanilla and chocolate cake batter alternate and swirl together to form a lovely design that is treat for the eyes and the taste buds.
This is a delicious fish curry to make. Slices of fresh fish are simmered in spiced coconut milk sauce. It is flavored with kudampuli or kerala kokum for a mild sourness and chilies for heat , while the creamy coconut milk binds it all together. This dish is usually mad e with bone in fish making the curry thick and flavorful.
Let me be honest, I am not above using canned coconut milk. With every passing year the canned milk seems to get better with less and less additives and more
Kulchas are leavened flat bread that can easily be mad e on stove top at home. These are delicious plain , but can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients like – potatoes , cheese , or meat. Aloo kucha is stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes. The potatoes make it soft and helps the kucha
stay fresh and soft longer.
Nei Payasam is a cherished offering of Kerala temples. The gods love Nei Paysasam , so do the devotees, the non religious folks and even the atheists. Rice, ghee, and jaggery are the three main ingredients. These 3 blend together to create such incredible flavors that often times no other flavoring are needed !
Lemon rice is an easy snack or a quick lunch item. It is a tangy flavorful recipe where cooked rice is flavored with lemon and seasoned with spices. This popular south Indian version is served with a few chips and may be a side of pickle.
Easter , the time for eggs – chicken eggs , cadbury eggs , plastic eggs and even craft eggs. How can eggy breads be far behind ? You guessed
If you love seafood, these Tuna Cutlets are just ones to try! The best part is that these can be made with canned Tuna , and has the crunchy
Chole or Chana Masala is a popular North India dish made with chickpeas/ Garbanzo Beans. Chickpeas are a good source of lean protein. Garbano beans and flour is used in
This is the Ukranian Paska, lovely, soft and sweet Easter bread. I came across this bread few years back when searching for traditional recipes. Up until then
Jaisalmer is the state of Rajasthan, India. This city is in the middle of the Thar desert and still retains a lot of the old world charm. Yes there are
Fish cooked with spices and flaked and mixed with grated coconut makes for a simple and satisfying meal! This coastal dish is brimming with fresh flavors and best made with mild fish , or tiny fish !
Kulcha is a leavened flat bread that can easily be made on stove top . Baking soda and yogurt are usually used to leaven and make this bread soft and moist. Serve these with a spicy curry or use it to wrap a kabob.
Sirke wala pyaz is a great side to serve with Naan and spicy curry. These onions is perfect for tempering the spice level and a delight to the eyes. Serve these with kabobs , or grille d meat or sprinkle a few slices over a salad.
Here is a delicious enriched bread. When shaped into a winston knot (pictured) it looks fantastic as well. This enriched bread takes a little longer to make than a standard bread but is absolutely worth the extra time and effort.
A lighter and healthier version of the British classic – spiced and filled with fruit ! Make these hot cross buns with or without the cross any time of the year !
Look at that bowl of Goji Berries .. aren’t those gorgeous ? These berries are a powerhouse of nutrition as well. There has to be some catch right ? Yes,
This is a popular dish made with potatoes and usually served with Appam. The creamy potato Ishtu is flavored with coconut milk and spices.
Parippu Vada is a popular snack in kerala. These are made with split peas or chana dal and are perfect tea time snack for a rainy day !
Want to go for an old fashioned train ride ? Try the Nilgiri Mountain Railway ride between Coonnoor and Udagamandalam (Ooty). Here is an old fashioned steam engine, chugging
Here is an elegant appetizer using puff pastry sheets. Bite sized pieces of chicken cooked with curry spices,wrapped and baked in puff pastry sheets. A sprinkling of black sesame seeds or nigella seed add to its appeal.
This is a quick and nutritious dinner idea. Spinach and salmon cook together with spices and coconut milk and in less than 30 minutes a delicious curry is ready to be served !
A quick lunch idea with a twist ! Preserved lemon and capers add an incredible depth of flavors to this lunch time favorite – tuna salad. Adapted from Fix Me A Little Lunch
Pav is a soft and spongy bread used in many Indian Street food recipes. It is toasted and served with a spicy mixed vegetable mash (Pav Bhaji) or with a crunchy potato parry (Vada Pav) or in Dabeli or Misal Pav .. The versions and flavors are many but this delicious bread never fails to deliver !
Jowar or Sorghum is an nutritious , ancient grain. Soft and delicious flat breads can be made with jowar. These are preferred over wheat in many parts of South India.
Who wouldn’t love a beautiful slice of purple bread as breakfast toast ! It is delicious , soft and spongy and a treat to the eyes. Ube or purple yam is used to give it the lovely color, no artificial dyes needed.
The Thai inspired Chicken noodle soup is spicy, fragrant and light. Lemon grass and a dash of fish sauce flavor it ever so lightly while the chilies add some heat. It is diary free and gluten free and perfect when you are feeling under the weather .
Creamy Custard in a flaky crust – these mini Custard tarts from Portugal are indeed a heavenly treat ! Here is an easy version of this recipe made with puff pastry sheets . All the deliciousness made at home !
Kaiser rolls are one of the most versatile sandwich buns. These are soft and delicious and are often topped with seeds. Twist them into their beautiful shapes or use a stamp
An easy and filling breakfast mad e with leftover tortillas or rotis . Add extra fillings to your need or taste and in no time at all a delicious breakfast is ready.
Here is one pot family meal – with chicken , rice herbs and spices. This flavorful version can be made in a pressure cooker or a dutch oven and cooks very easily.
A hearty chickpea and sausage soup for the cold days. This soup is the one to make when you crave the whole day slow cooked feel but but does not have the time for it.
A dressed up version of the classic pound cake with pieces of caramel apples in every bite. Topped with a tangy cream cheese gaze this is a perfect combination of sweet and tart for any clelbration – or serve un adorned with a cup of coffee ..
Here is a simple baguette recipe that is easy to master. Baguettes take only 4 ingredients but the technique and proportions are what give it its characteristic appeal. With a little bit of patience and practice it will taste and look better than the store bought ones.
Linzer cookies – don’t these beautiful capture the essence of the holiday season ? The powdered sugar reminds me of the sprinkling of the powdery snow, the
An easier version of the classic laminated puff pastry. This version does not create the individual laminated layers of the classic but gives very comparable flaky results.
Kulckuls are crunchy sweet treats from Goa. These are fired sweetened curls that are quite popular during X’mas time. The curls are easy to make and add a bit more fun to snack time.