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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bitter Gourd ( Pavakka ) Masala


1 big bitter gourd/ pavakka/ kaipakka
1 tomato, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 green chillies, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
tamarind- size of a lemon
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 sprig curry leaves

  1. Chop bitter gourd into small pieces and keep it aside.
  2. Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup water, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add green chillies, tomato, garlic and curry leaves and saute well.
  4. Then add chopped bitter gourd, turmeric powder and salt and stir well for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add tamarind extract (add more water if needed),  mix well and simmer until the bitter gourds are cooked well and gravy is thickened.
  6. Remove from flame and serve as a side dish for rice.....

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Mango Paneer Pudding


2 mango, cut into small pieces
1 tin condensed milk
200 gm paneer
2 tbsp gelatin, melted
100 gm cream
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
cashew nuts,mango pieces for garnishing

  1. Crush paneer (with your hands)  to the condensed milk in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup water and melt it by double boiling method (ie, melting gelatin by placing it over the pan of boiling water).
  3. Lightly crush mango pieces and keep it aside. ( Don't make paste...)
  4. In another bowl, add fresh cream and beat well. Then add condensed milk- paneer mixture ( step 1), crushed mangoes, gelatin and vanilla essence and beat well to mix together.
  5. Pour into a pudding dish and garnish with cashew nuts , chopped mangoes and keep it in the refrigerator till set..
Recipe Source: Asianet Cookery Show

Linking this post to Recipes with fruits by Cuponation hosted by Swathi

        Hi friends, 2 of my recipes were recently chosen as " Best Mutton Recipe " and " Best Dessert Recipe " for the event-  "60 Days to Christmas Event" by Divya and Priya.. I really enjoyed participating in that event.  I thank you both,  Divya and Priya, for selecting my recipes..

Thank you all for your continued support and lovely comments...

These were the recipes: 
Best Mutton Recipe for Mutton Varattiyathu          

Best Dessert Recipe for Strawberry Pudding

Monday, 25 February 2013

Coin Banana Fry


2 ripe bananas/ Nendrapazham
1/2 cup maida/ plain flour
1/4 cup cornflour
1 egg
a pinch of baking soda
a pinch of turmeric powder
2 tsp sugar

  1. In a bowl, add plain flour, cornflour, baking soda, turmeric powder, sugar, egg and little water (if needed) and make a batter of coating consistency and keep for 1 hour.
  2. Slice bananas into round pieces and dip each banana pieces into the batter.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry the coated banana pieces till golden brown. Serve with cup of tea or coffee..
Recipe Source: Grihalakshmi Magazine

Friday, 22 February 2013

Vendakka/ Okra Aviyal


10-12 okra/ vendakka, chopped into 1" pieces
4 shallots
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp tamarind paste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves

  1. Cook chopped okra in some salted water till soft and keep it aside.
  2. Grind grated coconut, cumin seeds, shallots and chilli powder into a coarse paste adding very little water.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves.
  4. Add ground paste and saute for a minute. Then add okra pieces and tamarind paste, mix well and cook covered for 2-3 minutes. Adjust salt ..
  5. Remove from fire and serve with rice...
Recipe Source: Edible Garden

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Meen Porichu Mulakittathu/ Spicy Fried Fish Curry


1/2 kg fish, cleaned and cut into pieces
2 onions, chopped
1 big tomato, chopped
2-3 green chillies, slit
1 tbsp crushed ginger and garlic
2 sprigs curry leaves
lemon sized tamarind
1 1/2- 2 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
few coriander leaves, chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

  1. Clean the fish pieces and marinate it with 1/2- 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Soak tamarind in 1 cup water , extact its juice and keep it aside.
  3.  Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated fish pieces and keep them aside.
  4. Heat oil in another pan or manchatti/ earthern pot and splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
  5. Add chopped onions and saute well. Then add green chillies, crushed ginger and garlic, tomato and curry leaves and saute well.
  6. Add 1 tbsp chilli powder, coriander powder and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder mixing with little water and saute for 2 minutes. Add tamarind extract and enough salt  and allow to boil.
  7. Now add fried fish pieces and coriander leaves into the pan. When it boils, remove from flame and serve hot...

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


12 medium strawberries
155 g (5 oz) white chocolate, roughly chopped
60 g (2 oz) dark chocolate, roughly chopped

  1. Clean strawberries lightly with a pastry brush and keep it aside. Do not remove hulls. 
  2. Line a flat tray or board with baking paper and keep it aside.
  3. Place white chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and keep it over a pan of simmering water until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Remove it from heat.
  4. Dip each strawberry approximately two-thirds into the chocolate by holding by their tops. Drain excess,then place on prepared tray or board. Allow to set.

       5.  Place dark chocolate in a small heatproof bowl and keep it over a pan of simmering water until chocolate has melted and                     mixture is smooth; allow to cool slightly.
       6. Dip a third of the coated strawberries in dark chocolate. Replace on paper tray or board and refrigerate until required.

  • Chocolate coated strawberries will keep up to 12 hours in refrigerator.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Broccoli and Carrot Thoran


1 medium size or 1/4 kg broccoli, finely chopped
2 small carrots, finely chopped
1/2 cup shallots, sliced
2 tsp ginger, chopped
5 big garlic cloves, chopped
5-6 green chillies, chopped
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
curry leaves

  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves.
  2. Add chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies and saute well.
  3. Add sliced shallots and saute well. Then add chopped carrots and broccoli, stir well and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add turmeric powder , salt and 2-3 tbsp water, mix well and cook in low flame for 5 minutes.
  5. Add grated coconut and few curry leaves and stir well for 1-2 minutes. Remove from flame and serve hot with rice...

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Kallummakaya / Mussels Pepper Masala


25 mussels/ kallummakaya
2 big onions, chopped
3 slit green chillies
1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 1/2- 2 tsp pepper powder
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
chopped coriander leaves

  1. Clean mussels and marinate it with 1- 1 1/2 tsp pepper powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder and salt and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry well the marinated mussels and keep it aside.
  3. In the same oil, add curry leaves and ginger- garlic paste and saute well.
  4. Add chopped onions and green chillies and saute well for few minutes.
  5. Add 1/2 tsp pepper powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and enough salt and mix well.
  6. Then add fried mussels and stir well for 2-3 minutes. 
  7. Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot....

Friday, 15 February 2013

Fried Chicken Biriyani


For Chicken Masala:

1/2 kg chicken, cut into pieces
1 1/2-2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
4 big onions, sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
6 green chillies
1 piece ginger
8 cloves garlic
1/2 cup coriander leaves, chopped
few mint leaves, chopped
1 tsp garam masala
lime juice of 1 lemon

For Rice:

2 1/2 cup basmati rice/ jeerakashala rice
4 1/2 cup water
1 onion, sliced
3 cloves
3 cardamoms
3 cinnamons
2 bay leaves
yellow colour (optional)


For Chicken Masala:
  1. Marinate cleaned chicken pieces with chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger- garlic paste and salt and fry it in hot oil and keep it aside.
  2. Crush ginger, garlic and green chillies together and keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large pan, add sliced onions and saute till transparent.
  4. Add crushed ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and saute well.
  5. Then add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  6. Add garam masala, chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves, lemon juice and salt and mix well.
  7. Add fried chicken pieces and mix well. Cover and cook  for few minutes in low flame. 
For Rice:
  1. Wash and drain the rice. Boil water and keep it aside. Heat ghee in a wide thick bottomed pan, add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves,bay leaves and sliced onion and saute till transparent.
  2. Add drained rice and saute for 2-3 minutes in low-medium flame. To this add boiled water and salt and cook till rice is done.
For Layering:
  1. Heat a wide thick bottomed pan, apply some ghee and layer the bottom of the pan with half of the cooked rice.
  2. Add prepared fried chicken masala over the rice and then add remaining rice as a top layer.
  3. Mix yellow colour with little lemon juice and sprinkle over rice. Sprinkle little garam masala and chopped coriander leaves.'
  4. Close with a tight lid and heat on low flame for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Garnish with fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins...Serve hot...

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins


2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 egg
1 tsp finely grated orange rind
1 cup strawberries, chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius. Grease the muffin pans with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, add self raising flour, sugar and salt and mix together with a whisk.
  3. In another bowl, add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the milk, egg and orange rind and combine with a beater or whisk.
  4. Combine dry ingredients (step 2), wet ingredients (step 3) and chopped strawberries and stir until ingredients are just combined - do not over mix the batter.
  5. Divide the batter into the prepared muffin pans and bake for 15- 20 minutes until lightly golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a rack for atleast 10 minutes and serve....Makes 12 muffins.

Sending to Priya's Valentine 's Day Recipes Event 

Monday, 11 February 2013

Mutton Fry

Hi Friends,
              I am back from holidays...Had a great time with family...Today I would like to share the recipe of  a simple  mutton fry... 


1/2 kg mutton, cut into pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
curry leaves
1- 1 1/2 tbsp chilli powder (adjust to your spice level)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  1. In a pressure cooker, add cleaned mutton pieces, chopped onion, tomato, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and cook till done.
  2. Heat little oil in a pan and add cooked mutton, crushed garlic and curry leaves and fry well until brown ...Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot...
Recipe Source: Tasty and delicious
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