Chicken In Creamy Coconut Milk And Spices- Kerala Kozhy Ishtu

Kerala Style Chicken Stew - Ishtu

“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

Koova Kurukkiyathu – Arrowroot Halva

Koova Kurukkiyathu - Arrowroot Halva

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

Tharavu Mappas – Duck Curry From Kuttanad

Tharavu Mappas - Duck Curry From Kuttanad

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 – Spicy Sardine Curry

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

Thiruvathira Puzhukku – Root Vegetable Medley

Thiruvathira Puzhukku

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

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

Home Made Grape Wine

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

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

Canned Sardine Curry

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