Carrot Thoran Rice – Simply Variety

    It was a long chapati week for us. Chapati is Ayden’s favorite food, but I make them very rarely because he won’t eat anything else with chapati, just plain chapaties. And it’s hard to feed him some vegetables or non veg. So I gave him chapaties for few days and I have stopped chapati menu for now. This Carrot Thoran Rice is very delicious and especially kids will love this. It’s an easy recipe for lunch box, can prepare with leftover thoran. We had the rice with fish fry and raita, that’s just more than enough and perfect combo. Try my recipe and share with your loved once. Read more

Neer Dosa with Rice Flour

    Super easy and tasty recipe, no more intro other than this. Totally forgot to soak the rice and urad for dosa yesterday, quiet natural, happens with all. I planned to prepare neer dosa and the neer dosas got done within 30 mins. I like little big holes on dosa, it will be very attractive for kids, so I kept the flame close to high, it’s all upto your wish. As the best combination I already have sambar and coconut chuttney ready. Try the recipe….. Read more

Kaayathondu (Plantain Peel) Mezhukkupuratti

    As the follow up of banana chips recipe, Kaayathondu mezhukkupuratti is the perfect recipe to be next. After making banana chips the peels will be leftover and usually we make mezhukkupuratti out of that. It’s not waste, it has lot of health benefits, it’s high in antioxidants, fiber and so on… It is very good combination with kanji or rice & raita. Try this recipe. Read more

Kerala Banana Chips

    Kerala’s most popular snack and the first served one in Onam sadhya. This was one of the recipe in my wish list and it got delayed because of one reason, the unavailibility of best raw plantain. The plantains available was always little ripe and I used to cook my favorite dishes with that bananas.
    This time I found fresh, fully raw plantains and I bought & have stored lot of plantains. Preparing my favorite curries and don’t wanna miss the chance to make this crispy banana chips. This is a very simple recipe, ready within no time. Try at home & avoid buying from stores….. Read more

Kerala Style Pork Ullarthiyathu / Pork Fry

    Pork ullarthiyathu is always special because it’s cooked mostly in special occasions like Christmas, Easter, Parish feast, Parties and so on… Pork is not an often dish in my kitchen, when our parents came I cooked for them and we tried it. It was quiet good and we loved the dish. Another specialty is, here pork is available with full meat and very very less fat parts & that’s what keeping us close to pork dishes. We only like the roasted pork recipes, nothing else. Combinations are also an unavoidable part when we talk about ullarthu (fry recipes), for me hot matta rice, moru curry are the must to go with ullarthu.
    Once I prepared pork curry for my friend & what I did was, I fried the pork and then prepared into curry, that kept the pork pieces very firm and taste was great. Now pork is kind of okay for us, we started enjoying it, once in a while. Try my recipe and send me your feedback. Read more

Homemade Cranberry Jam

    Cranberry jam always pops a question “Is cranberry sauce and jam the same?” Cranberry jam or either sauce, both are determined by their texture or firmness. For both jam and sauce the ingredients are the same, the only difference is in their texture, depends on how long you cook them. Cranberries are high in pectin & as long as you cook, more and more the pectins are released and makes the texture firm. Taste wise the sauce will be less sweet and can be flavored spicy, & of course the jam is sweet as always.
    I cooked very well and then made into fine jam, if you feel little gooey after blending just cook again & as it comes to room temperature it will be firm. Cranberries are very soury, so most probably I will use it as some dips by modifying, than using as the jam. It’s all upto everyone’s taste. It can be used in sandwiches or non-veg dishes or chuttneys……. Store for long in dry sanitized jars. Read more

Kerala Special Vellayappam/Paalappam Recipe

    Vellayappam / Paalappam / Appam is one of the most famous and favorite breakfast item of Kerala. It’s been long I was working hard to get the appam batter fermented & finally it got successful. The rice you take, the weather all matters the fermentation. I switched to basmati rice/idli rice for vellayappam. Binson’s favorite food, which took this long for me to success. You can make this vellayappam in different ways using yeast, toddy… Yeast is the only option for me and for all who are living out of India.
    My appam was sooo sooo soft and tasty. It was so heavenly when I placed it in my mouth, literally melts. Vellayappams never took a place in my menu yet, but now am pretty confident to add them to my party menu. Appams have wide range of combinations to go with, like egg roast or curry, stew (veg or non), chicken curry and so on….
    Try my recipe and let me know how it worked!!! Read more