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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Crispy Fried Mussels / Kallummakaya


12-15 mussels/ kallummakaya, cleaned
1/2-1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
a pinch of turmeric powddr
1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 egg
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tsp cornflour
bread crumbs, as required
salt to taste
few curry leaves
oil for frying

  1. Clean the mussels and to this add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, ginger-garlic paste and salt and mix well.
  2. In a bowl, add the egg, cornflour and rice flour and mix well and keep it aside.
  3. Dip each marinated mussel in this egg mixture and then roll in bread crumbs till well coated on all sides.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry them on medium flame till golden brown on both sides. Remove from the oil and drain them on a paper towel.
  5. Fry the curry leaves in the same oil and garnish the fried mussels.. Serve hot..

Friday, 17 February 2017

Kothu Idiyappam / Egg and Vegetable Masala Idiyappam


1 1/2 cup / 4 idiyappams
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 carrot, grated
2 tbsp capsicum, finely chopped
2 tbsp celery, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp soy sauce (optional)
2 cloves
1/4 inch piece cinnamon
salt to taste
1 tsp coriander leaves, chopped
2 tsp oil

  1. Prepare idiyappams and shred/ break it into small pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add cloves ,cinnamon and ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  3. Add finely chopped onion and saute till it turns transparent.
  4. Add grated carrots and cook covered in low flame for 2 minutes. Add finely chopped capsicums and celery and saute well.
  5. Add pepper powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and required salt and mix well.
  6. Then add the egg and scramble it well. Add soy sauce to this and mix well.
  7. Now add the idiyappam pieces and mix well until the masala coats the idiyappam evenly.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the flame..Serve hot / warm..
  • You can also use instant idiyappams, cook it as per the instructions given in the package..

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Drumstick - Brinjal Masala / Muringa - Vazhuthananga Kootu


2 big drumsticks, cut into pieces
1 cup brinjal, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp ginger, sliced
1/2 tsp garlic, sliced
1 1/2 tsp crushed chilli
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste
1 1/2 tbsp oil

  1. In a pan, cook the drumsticks adding little turmeric powder, salt and enough water and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add sliced ginger and garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add sliced onion and curry leaves and saute well till onion turns transparent.
  4. Add thinly sliced brinjal and salt and saute well for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add turmeric powder and chopped tomato and mix well. Add crushed chilli and coriander powder to this and mix well till tomato turns soft.
  6. Now add the cooked drumstick along with its water and and cook till all the water dries up and  the masala is well coated with the vegetables.
  7. Remove from the flame and serve with rice...
  • Adjust the spice level according to your taste :)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Mango Coulis

          Coulis is made from pureed, strained fresh or frozen fruits and is one of the simplest of all dessert sauces to prepare. It is poured over ice creams and sorbets, or served with fruit tarts and puddings....


2 ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into pieces
2-3 tbsp icing sugar (or as needed)
1 tbsp water
a few drops of lemon juice

  1. In a blender, add the chopped mangoes with the icing sugar and water.
  2. Blitz it for 20 seconds until smooth, then add the lemon juice.
  3. Adjust the sweetness with more icing sugar if required and then strain through a sieve.
  4. Serve with fruit tarts/ puddings or pour over ice creams/ sorbets..

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Cheesy Spice Bombs


1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp egg, beaten
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp butter
100 gm mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
2 tbsp chilly flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp mixed Italian spices

  1. In a large bowl, add the all purpose flour, yeast, sugar and salt and mix well using hands.
  2. Heat the water and milk together and bring it to lukewarm. Pour this milk into the flour mixture and knead well until well combined.
  3. Add the beaten egg to this and knead well. If the dough is sticky, add a little flour at a time and knead until the dough does not stick to the bowl.
  4. Then add butter and continue kneading for 12-15 minutes. Bring the dough together as a ball.
  5. Oil a bowl and coat the dough all over with oil in the bowl and keep covered using a damp cloth in a warm place for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. This will be the first proving.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200 degree celcius. Line up a baking tray with butter paper or silicon mat  and brush some oil on top of it.
  7. In a small bowl. mix the olive oil and the mixed spices with a pinch of salt and keep it aside.
  8. The dough will be doubled in volume after first proving. Punch the dough and release the air and knead it lightly.
  9. Take a lemon sized ball of the dough, flatten it gently using your fingers.
  10. Place a cube of cheese on top of the flattened dough and add a pinch of  chilly flakes.
  11. Bring all the sides of the dough to the top and pinch it well to secure it firmly. Turn it upside down and roll it gently to even out the shape.
  12. Then place the finished ball in the prepared baking tray and repeat the steps to the remaining dough.
  13. Place all the balls with about 2-3 inches of space apart and cover it with a damp cloth and leave it to rest in a warm place for 15 minutes. Do not let for long. This is second proving.
  14. Brush with some egg/ milk wash on top and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  15. Take it out after 10 minutes of baking and brush the spiced oil all over the top and then continue baking for the last 5 minutes.
  16. Let cool on wire rack until warm and soft and then serve....
  • Eggless substitute - Add 1 tbsp of milk powder along with the flour and increase the quantity of milk by 1 tbsp.
Recipe Source: Fondbites Bake Along...
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