Saturday, April 11, 2020

Beef Stew




Ingredients:

  • Beef : 1 kg
  • Potato : 1 big
  • Carrot : 1 big
  • Onion : 3 big
  • Ginger : 1.5 Tbsp
  • Green Chilly : 6 to 8
  • Crushed Pepper : 2 Tsp
  • Cardamom : 3
  • Cloves : 3
  • Cinnamon : 1 big piece
  • Semi-thick Coconut Milk : 2 cup
  • Thick Coconut Milk : 1 1/4 cup
  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) : 2 Tsp
  • Curry Leaves : few
  • Salt : as required
  • Coconut Oil : as required


Clean and cut the beef into small pieces. Then, cook it with salt, few curry leaves, crushed pepper and rest of the whole spices till it turns soft. Keep it aside. Cut the potato and carrot into small cubes and boil it. Heat coconut oil in a kadai or in a non-stick pan and saute the cubed onion, slitted chilly and curry leaves. When it becomes translucent, add the cooked beef, boiled vegetables, semi-thick coconut milk and required amount of salt into it and boil it in medium flame for few minutes. On another pan, saute 2 tsp of All Purpose Flour in coconut oil for a few minutes. Then, add a little water into it and make it into a paste.  Pour the thick coconut milk and flour paste and combine it with the beef. When the stew starts to thickens, remove it from fire. 

Serve it hot with appam, idiyappam or bread.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Chicken Pakoda



Ingredients:
  • Chicken : 250 gms (small pieces)
  • Onion (sliced) : 1 med
  • Green Chilly : 1 thinly sliced
  • Chopped Ginger : 2 Tsp
  • Coriander Leaves : 2 Tbsp (chopped)
  • Curry Leaves : few (chopped)
  • Besan Flour :1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Rice Flour : 2 Tbsp
  • Chilly Powder : 2 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/2 Tsp
  • Hing : a pinch
  • Salt : as required
  • Water : as required
  • Oil : as required



Combine all the ingredients, except chicken pieces and oil, into a thick mixture by adding required amount of water. Then, add the chicken pieces into it and mix well. Keep it aside for a few minutes. Then, fry it in oil and serve it with hot coffee. 

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Pork Vindaloo



Ingredients:
  • Pork : 1/2 kg
  • Thinly sliced onion : 2 med
  • Thinly sliced tomato : 2 small
  • Sliced garlic : 1 Tbsp
  • Sliced ginger : 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar : 2 Tbsp
  • Sugar : 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt : as required
  • Oil : 3 Tbsp

For Masala :
  • Kashmiri chilly powder : 1.5 Tbsp
  • Garam Masala : 1 Tsp
  • Ginger : 1 small piece
  • Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds : 1/4 Tsp
  • Turmeric powder : 1/4 Tsp
  • Vinegar : 1 Tbsp
Grind all the ingredients into a fine paste.


Heat oil in a pressure cooker, put onion and saute it. When it turns brown, add tomatoes and cook till oil starts to separate. Add the grounded paste into it and roast it well. When it is void of its' raw smell, put the pork pieces and mix it with the roasted masala. Put the sliced ginger, garlic, half cup water and required amount of salt into it. Cook it in medium flame for 30 mins. When it is fully cooked and the gravy turns thick, remove it from fire and add half tsp of sugar. 

This dish increases in taste as it ages. So, it would be good to prepare it couple of days before use.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Pidiyum Kozhiyum, A traditional Kerala Christian food...



Ingredients :

For Pidi :

  • Rice flour : 1 cup + 1 Tbsp
  • Salt : as required
  • Grated coconut : ¾ cup
  • Crushed cumin seeds : ½ Tsp
  • Crushed shallots : 5
  • Curry leaves : few
  • Water : 4 to 5 cups
Add salt, ¼ cup of grated coconut, crushed cumin seeds, crushed shallots and few curry leaves into the water and boil it. Then, pour the required amount of water into the rice flour and mix it well. Allow it to cool. Then, make it into a soft dough (same like kozhukatta or idiyappam dough). Add little coconut and required amount of salt at this point. Combine it well and make it into small balls. Keep it aside. 

Again, heat the rest of the water and when it starts boiling, add the above prepared rice balls, rest of the grated coconut, few curry leaves and salt  into it and cook well. Mix the 1 tbsp of rice flour with half cup of water. When the rice balls are fully cooked, pour the rice flour mix into it and make it thick. Remove it from fire. Serve it hot with yummy and spicy chicken curry.



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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Lemon Frosted Lemon Cake


Ingredients:
  • Unsalted butter : 1 cup
  • Granulated sugar : 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence : 1 Tsp
  • Eggs : 4
  • Zest of one large lemon
  • All purpose flour : 2 cups
  • Baking powder : 2 Tsp
  • Salt : ¼ Tsp
  • Fresh lemon juice : ¼ cup



Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt twice. Beat the butter and sugar till it turns creamy and pale in colour. Then, add eggs one by one into this and beat well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add vanilla essence and lemon zest. Next, add the flour mixture and lemon juice alternatively into the egg mixture by 3 batches. Mix it till it turns creamy. Transfer the batter into a greased cake tin and bake it for 40 to 45 mins. Remove it from the oven and cool it completely.



For Frosting :
  • Sifted icing sugar : 1 cup
  • Fresh lemon juice : 2 to 4 Tbsp
For the frosting, mix the lemon juice with the sifted icing sugar. Pour this lemon glaze over the cooled cake and allow it to set properly.

(Note: I felt that the lemon glaze in the recipe was a bit tangy for our taste. So, add the lemon juice for the frosting according to your taste.)

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Fish Curry with Coconut Milk


Ingredients:
  • Fish : ½ kg
  • Onion : 1 
  • Garlic : 2 Tbsp
  • Ginger : 1 Tbsp
  • Green chilly : 5
  • Curry leaves 
  • Chilly powder : 2 Tsp
  • Turmeric pdr : ½ Tsp
  • Coriander powder : ½ Tsp
  • Thick coconut milk : 1 cup
  • Semi-thick coconut milk : 1½ cup
  • Kudampuli (Malabar tamarind, fish tamarind) : 2 pieces
  • Dry chilly : 3
  • Mustard seeds : 1 Tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds : ¼ Tsp
  • Shallots : few
  • Coconut oil : 3 Tbsp
  • Salt

Clean and cut the fish into medium pieces. Soak kudampuli in a little water and keep it aside. Put the fish into a chatti (clay pot) along with sliced onion, garlic, green chilly, curry leaves, chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, 1 tbsp of oil and salt. Combine all the ingredients well and keep it aside for 15 minutes. Then, add the soaked kudampuli and semi-thick coconut milk and mix it. Cover and cook it in medium flame. Then, reduce the flame and pour the thick coconut milk. Heat it for a couple of minutes and remove it from fire. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. When it splutters, add sliced shallots, curry leaves and dry chilly. Saute it for a few minutes and pour it over the fish curry. Serve it with hot rice.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Kadachakka (bread fruit) Thoran



Ingredients:
  • Kadachakka : 1 
  • Grated coconut : 1 cup
  • Shallots : 4
  • Green chilly : 4
  • Curry leaves : few
  • Turmeric powder : 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt : as rqd
  • Mustard : 1/4 Tsp
  • Water : 1/4 cup
  • Coconut oil : 1 Tbsp



Clean and cut the kadachakka (bread fruit) into small pieces. Keep it aside. Crush together coconut, shallots, green chilly and turmeric powder. Heat the coconut oil in a kadai and put mustard seeds into it. When it splutters, add curry leaves and one sliced shallot into it. Then,  add the crushed coconut mixture and salt. Saute it for a few seconds and add the sliced kadachakka pieces into it. Combine it with the coconut mix. Sprinkle a little water over it. Cover and cook it well.

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