Home made hummus served with fresh veggies and crackers for snacking

Home Made Easy Hummus Recipe

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 !

Hot Cross Bun Loaf

A Loaf Of Hot Cross Buns !

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 !

Koova Kurukkiyathu - Arrowroot Halva

Koova Kurukkiyathu – Arrowroot Halva

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.

Blood Orange Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake With Blood Oranges

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.

Nadan Beef Ularthiyathu

Darn Delicious Beef Fry, Kerala Style Irachi Ularthiyathu

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 - Duck Curry From Kuttanad

Tharavu Mappas – Duck Curry From Kuttanad

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.

Jackfruit Biryani Recipe

Jackfruit Biryani in Pressure Cooker | Vegan

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 ..

Mathi Mulakittathu – Spicy Sardine Curry

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 !

Thiruvathira Puzhukku

Thiruvathira Puzhukku – Root Vegetable Medley

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.

Spicy Chicken Stew

One Pot Spicy Chicken Stew With Warm Indian Flavors

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 .

Easy Plum Cake

Kerala Plum Cake – Simple Version

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. 

Baath Cake - coconut and semolina cake from Goa

Baath Cake – A Goan Tradition

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 !

The all lpurpose spic e blend used in many Indian recipes

Garam Masala – The All Purpose Spice Blend

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.

Home Made Grape Wine for Xmas

Home Made Grape Wine – A Treat For X’mas And Other Times

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.

An easy dinner made with canned sardines and green tomatoes

Weeknight Dinners – Curry In A Hurry With Sardines And Green Tomatoes

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.

Raspberry Swirl Sweet Roll

Light and Soft – Delicious Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

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 🙂

Sun Dried Tomato Herb Loaf

Rustic Sun Dried Tomato And Herb Loaf

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 Chutney

Roasted Bell Pepper Chutney – With Zesty South Indian Flavors

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.

Easy Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

This fresh peach cake is one sure way to enliven the boxed cake mix ! There is fruit in the cake and on it too. It looks pretty and tastes delicious, what is more there is no need for an icing !! Less sugar More flavor !

Badusha

You Say Glazed Doughnuts , I Say Badusha

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 !

The Onam Special Sambar - Varutahracha Sambar with roasted fresh spices

Varutharacha Sambar – Made With Fresh Roasted Coconut Spice Mix

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.

Curry Leaves Chicken- Boneless chicken cooked with spices and flavored with curry leaves

Curry Leaf Chicken – Finger licking Good

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 !

Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls

Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls | With Video Instructions

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 !

The healing turmeric milk

Turmeric Milk

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.

Egg Puffs - South Indian Spiced Egg Pastry

Spiced Egg in Pastry Shells – The South Indian Egg Puffs

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.

Kerala Avial - A delicately spiced mix vegetable side dish

Kerala Avial – A Vegetarin’s Delight

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.

Ghee Rice - Delicately flavored aromatic rice

Mildly Spiced – Ghee Rice

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 ..

Thick and Creamy White Coconut Chutney

Fresh Creamy Coconut Chutney

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.

tender chicken skewers marinated in cilatro and lime marinade and grilled

Cilantro Lemon Chicken Skewers – #CookoutWeek

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 vegan summer salad - Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Pineapple Cucumber Salad – #CookoutWeek

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 !

Kalathappam - Sweet Rice cake made in the pressure cooker

Sweet Kalathappam – A Traditional Snack Cake From Malabar

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 Paratha or Potato Stuffed Whole Wheat Flat Bread

Aloo Paratha

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.

Creamy Coconut Chutney With Peanuts

Coconut Chutney with Peanuts

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.

Home Made Blue berry Muffins from Scratch

Homemade Blueberry Muffins From Scratch

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.

Poached Egg Curry in A Hurry

Egg Drop Curry – Poached Egg Curry In A Hurry

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.

Komola bhog - Orange flavored rasgulla

Komola Bhog – Magic With Milk And Orange

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.

Chocolate Marble Cake From Scratch

Chocolate Marble Cake | Video Recipe

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.

Nadan Coconut Milk Fish Curry

Nadan Meen Curry With Coconut Milk

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.

Aloo Kulcha - the potato stuffed skillet bread

Amritsari Kulcha – Potato Stuffed Kulcha

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 From Kerala

Nei Payasam – Food For The Gods And Indulgance For The Mortals

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 !