Kerala Style Green Peas Curry in Pressure Cooker , Instant Pot Recipe

Green Peas Curry In Instant Post | Kerala Peas Curry | Vegan

This is a typical Kerala style green peas curry made with dried green peas. This is a lighter version cooked with warm aromatic spices. The hearty buttery flavors of the mature peas are enhanced by the aromatic flavors of this curry.

Vattayappm - the soft and spongy sweet Rice Cake From Kerala

Vattayappam – Soft And Spongy Yeasted Steam Cakes

Vattayappam is a soft and spongy rice cake popular in Kerala and neighboring regions. It is made with fermented rice batter. Coconut, sugar and cardamom are the other ingredients that add to its appeal. This cake takes very little hands on time to make.

A Kerala meal with Pineapple Pachadi

Pineapple Pachadi | Pineapple , Yogurt and Coconut | Sadya Recipes

Pachadi from South India is a type of curry where the fruits/vegetables are cooked in a paste of ground coconut. Sour curd (yogurt) is added towards the end of cooking and the dish is flavored with seasoned oil and spices. Pineapple Pachadi, from Kerala has a unique combination of sweet and sour flavors.

Broken wheat payasam or gothambu pradhaman

Gothambu Payasam | Broken Wheat Kheer

Broken Wheat Payasam is a traditional Kerala dessert made with coconut milk, jaggery , broken wheat and spices. It is a delicious sweet treat that is served on special occasions.

Kerala Style black chickpea Curry in Instant Pot

Instant Pot Kadala Curry – Kerala Style Brown Chickpeas Curry

This black chickpea curry is a popular dish in Kerala and the Konkan region. Flavors of coriander coriander and coconut goes well with chickpeas. Serve it with any of your favorite flat breads or rice or with traditional Kerala breakfast like – appam , puttu or idiappam.

Coconut Based Shrimp Curry With Raw Mangoes

Chemmeen Manga Curry – Shrimp Curry With Raw Mangoes

Shrimp curry with raw mangoes is a popular seafood dish in Kerala. The raw mangoes add delicious tangy flavors to the dish while adding to the creaminess of the curry. This is an easy curry to make for a weeknight dinner.

Vishu Picture Courtesy Padmaja Pottathil.

Happy Vishu  – Part 1 All  About Vishu

This is part one in a two part series on Vishu. This article focus on the traditions and the origin behind this festival while the next one is about how we bring a part of this to our homes 100s to 1000s miles away from Kerala. Happy Vishu !

Chakka Pradhaman or kheer made with Jackfruit

Jackfruit Kheer – Chakka Pradhaman

Jackfruit Kheer or Chakka Pradhaman is a dessert made with ripe jackfruit, jaggery and coconut milk. It is typically garnished with a liberal heap of
cashew nuts, raisins and coconut slices. These quintessential South Indian flavors present a perfect ending to a feast.

Koottu Curry - Vegetable and Chick Pea Dish For Sadya

Kootu Curry – Vegetable and Bean Curry

Koottu Curry is an important part of the Kerala Sadya Menu. It Vegetables and black chickpeas and cooked and mixed together with coconut and spices. A spiced roasted coconut seasoning adds the final touch.

Vishu Kanji With Jaggery - Breakfast for the new year

Vishu Kanji With Jaggery – A Sweet Start To The New Year

Kanji is a porridge made with rice and served with a one or more sides. Vishu Kanji is a special version made for Vishu – the Malayali New year. This is the sweet version of the dish in which cooked beans and rice are flavored with coconut milk and spices and sweetened with a little jaggery.

Konju Theeyal - Kerala Style Shrimp Curry with roasted coconut and spices .

Konju Theeyal – Prawns In Spicy Gravy , Kerala Special

This is an popular Kerala dish in which prawns are cooked in a spiced coconut sauce. Coconut is roasted and ground giving the curry more depth of flavors. This curry is creamy and delicious without packing on too much calories.

Semiya Payasam - Vermicelli Kheer

Semiya Payasam – Vermicelli Kheer

Semiya payasam or vermicelli kheer is one of the easiest Indian deserts to make. It is sweet , creamy and satisfying and often low on calories for a desert. Vermicelli noodles are cooked in milk and sweetened with sugar and flavored with cardamom .

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 !

Kerala style vegan stew mad e with potatoes

Ishtu – Kerala Style Potato Stew

This is a popular dish made with potatoes and usually served with Appam. The creamy potato Ishtu is flavored with coconut milk and spices.

Deep Fried Mix vegetable patties

Loaded Vegetable Cutlets

These  lovely vegetable  patties  are  perfect  for an evening  snack or   as  an appetizer.  Serve   with a  few  slices  onions  and  tomatoes  seasoned   with a

Pumpkin Halva

Pumpkin Halva

Halva is a  very popular  sweet in Kerala.  Sweet shops  carry  umpteen  variations of these, but pumpkin halva  is  not  one  of  them, usually.  It is typically  made at

Pumpkin and beans in a mild coconut curry

Erisseri – Savory Pumpkin Stew Kerala Style

Erisseri is a dish made with a vegetable usually pumpkin and beans. Cooked beans and and pumpkin is mixed together and flavored with ground coconut and spices. This dish is finished with seasoned oil, spices and toasted coconut.

Olan

Olan – Spice it Up , Just A Little

Olan is a very traditional kerala dish. It is mild and an integral of Sadya where very many varied curries are served with rice. It is almost like a palate cleanser helping you to transition and savor each dish .

Ada Pradhaman - Dairy free and gluten free kheer from Kerala

Ada Pradhaman

Ada pradhaman is dessert made with rice, coconut milk and jaggery. Rice noodles are cooked in coconut milk and jaggery making it delicious , creamy and nutritious. It is topped with fried coconut bits , nuts and raisins.

Parippu or Mund Dal Curry for Sadya

Parippu For Sadya- Mung Dal Kerala Style

Parippu  in Malayalam literally  translates  to  split beans or dal.  Mildly flavored Mung  dal  curry, simply  referred to as Parippu,  is  the  first  course  in a traditional Kerala  Sadya (feast).

Palada - Rice Noodle Kheer

Palada – Not the Humble Rice Pudding

Palada is a milk based kheer made with fresh rice noodles or ada . This is a gluten free dessert that is in a semi liquid form. The noodles are prepackaged or sometimes freshly made. The sweetened thick with bits of soft melt in the mouth ada is the perfect end to a traditional Kerala feast. Drink up the liquid and savor the ada by itself or mix it all up and enjoy by the spoonfuls !

How To Make Rice Ada For Kerala style pradhamans and payasams

Easy Method To Make Rice Ada For Payasam

Ada is fresh rice noodles. These are usually used to make kheers like palada or ada pradhaman. traditionally a thin batter of rice four is steamed just set and broken into flat noodle bits. it is gluten free and nut free. Fresh ada adds texture and body to the kheers and has a melt in the mouth quality to it.

Puli Inji - Sweet and sour Ginger pickle

Puli Inji – A Tongue Tickling Ginger Relish

Puli Inji literally translates to tangy ginger. This is a relish/pickle made with ginger and tamarind. Chilies and a few spices are added to the mix for extra flavor. Jaggery is used as the sweetener to take the edge of the spices. Sweet, tangy and spicy this is a dish that hits all the right notes .

Varutharacha Chicken Curry

Chicken in Roasted Coconut Gravy – Varutharacha Kozhi Curry

This is a delicious chicken curry made with roasted coconut and spices. This is a popular method of creating exotic flavors in the konkan region . This is one chicken curry with complex mouthwatering flavors ! Serve with traditional favorites like ghee rice, appam or lachha paratha.

The spiced cake filled with dry fruits and nuts , popular during xmas

X’mas Fruit Cake

A fruit filled cake that is a treat any time. It is especially popular around Christmas time and preparations to make this cakes starts weeks in advance. This is a very old fashioned cake and definitely a treat to sink your teeth into.

Dilkhush /Dilpasanad Coconut Buns

Dilkush –  Coconut Stuffed  Sweet Buns

Dilkhush or Dilpasanad are these plain looking buns from South India. But don’t be fooled, when you bite into these there is an explosion of sweet coconut and dry fruits .. a perfect evening snack !