Plum cakes – the spiced dark brown cakes studded with dried fruits (mainly raisins) – are popular in Kerala all year around. Don’t be fooled by the name, there is rarely any plum in there. When we run out of all the required ingredients or are short on time we make this easy version.
An old fashioned cake from Goa, Bathika or Baath Cake is made with semolina and coconut. The taste and texture of this cake is unique and the flavors are very south Indian. Give it a try !
Pulla is a cardamom flavored bread from Finland. It is soft and sweet with an almost cake like quality. Delicious and pretty !
This is an easy dinner for 2. It takes about 11/2 hours from start to finish , but only 15 minutes of hands own time. A delicious high protein dinner is ready with 15 minutes of elbow grease – isn’t that worth celebrating ?
Garam Masala is a popular spice blend used in Indian and other south east Asian cuisines. There are many regional variations of Garam Masala. What ever the spice blend is it is always aromatic and adds a hint of warmth to the dishes.
This is a simple recipe that is traditionally used to make festive wine at home. There is no need for special equipment, just organic ingredients, clean non reactive jar, a dark corner and time ! Around Christmas time we usually serve this with a slice of X’mas fruit cake.
Roasted Whole Cauliflower is an easy dish to make . It is flavorful and is a treat to the eyes. The cauliflower is flavored with tandoori inspired spices and the cilantro chutney adds fresh flavors.
If you are a sardine lover this is will make you very happy ! It is an easy fish curry The green tomatoes adds fresh tart flavors perfectly complementing the fish. Canned sardines takes only a few minutes to absorb the flavors and you have a bright and creamy creamy curry in under 30 minutes.
These are sweet rolls – soft delicious and filled oozing with raspberry goodness. A lighter version of sweet dough and an absolutely delicious berry filling makes this an indulgence you can be proud of . Let’s get kneading 🙂
These are gluten free flat breads made with rice flour. Freshly made pathiris are soft and melt in the mouth delicious. These are relished with spicy curries or just some sweetened coconut milk.
I love this rustic loaf ! Sun-dried tomatoes bring intense sweet and tangy flavors to the bread and add beautiful specs of color. This is perfect to make a simple sandwich or to have with a bowl of soup !
Roasted bell pepper (capsicum) chutney is a delicious side dish for many south Indian meals. The roasted red peppers have a slightly sweet smoky flavor , when paired with tamarind and chili powder it is a mouth watering combination that can perk up even the plain flat bread or rice.
Think of flaky fried doughnuts, and imagine them dunk in sugar syrup – there you have it the popular Indian Sweet – badusha. Mine are not the best , in fact they don’t even stand a chance against the ones made by moms across Indian Kitchesn – but these will still disappear fast !
Sambar is a spicy and tangy South Indian dish made with lentils and vegetables. This version of sambar is popular in Kerala and is usually made for special occasion meals like sadya. The mix of lentils and vegetables make it very nutritious and when paired with rice it becomes a complete meal.
Bite sized pieces of chicken coated with a creamy mix of spices and finished with curry leaves. This is an easy and delicious appetizer to make and share with friends and family. On second thoughts – sharing is definitely overrated !
Delicious dinner rolls are easy to make using this recipe. These dinner rolls come together in just 2 hours with no kneading at all. Fresh bread right out of the oven with the least amount of effort and it is all real food !
Turmeric is known for its healing properties. This milk is infused with turmeric and the added spices aid digestion and add more flavor to it making it an irresistible drink.
Hard boiled eggs with a spicy mix of onions encased in a pastry shell or what we called egg puffs is a favorite tea time snack. These are not just tea time snack, pack a couple in the lunch box along with some fruit and it turns into a hearty lunch . This is easy to prepare , especially when you have pre-made puff pastry sheets.
Waves crashing constantly on the rocks, as if to keep time eternally, this is Point Arena. Just pure nature, and a man made lighthouse. The lighthouse stands at the tip
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 !
Goji berry Orange Cake takes the regular yellow cake into another level. The flavors are bright and the cake is moist . Serve on its own or with orange icing drizzle o r light chocolate drizzle.
This is a popular dish made with potatoes and usually served with Appam. The creamy potato Ishtu is flavored with coconut milk and spices.