“I love love love this! No Kerala meal is complete without Appam and Stew !” N exclaimed. I wanted to disagree, but her excitement was so genuine that I didn’t have the heart. I can count a few other Kerala meals that could equal or rival this, but I get it. Lacy appams and creamyRead more
Arrow root halva or Koova Kurukkiyathu is an easy sweet dish to prepare. The texture is very similar to Jelly, solid but not hard. Usually coconut bits are added to it for the much needed textural contrast. It was customary to serve this for Thiruvathira along with puzhukku. Koova Kurukkkiyathu (or Varattiyathu or Verakiyathu) being Read more
This is a popular beef dish from Kerala. Small pieces of meat is cooked till tender and coated with a delectable mix of spices. Copious amount of sliced coconut and curry leaves round out the flavor.
Tharavu Mappas is a a traditional duck curry from the Kuttanad. Kuttanad is the waterlogged region in the south Indian state of Kerala where boats and canoes were the main mode of transportation until a few decades back . This abundance of water makes it an ideal place for water intensive farming. So there isRead more
Mathi Mulakittathu is a traditional Kerala fish curry, made with sardines. This red curry is indeed spicy and not for the faint of heart. If you are not a fan of sardine make it with other small fatty fish. Since this curry is hot and tangy it is usually served with a neutral starch –Read more
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). 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 whoRead more
A sip of home made wine and a slice of X’mas fruit cake is something we look forward to every year. The fruit cake is rich full of spices and studded with dried fruits while the home made wine is full bodied with just a hint of spices. This grape wine locally known as MunthiriRead more
Sardines – now here is a fish that makes no apologies about being one. This tiny flavorful fish, for many, is an acquired taste – you either love them or can’t stand them. This recipe is for those in the first category. Once you fall in love with these there is no going back, notRead more