KERALA STYLE COCONUT DRY CHAMMANTHI

4Hello. Some recipes are for forever. I am not a great fan of pizzas and burgers but if you serve me choru (rice), omelette and chammanthi with thayir (curd) then I am happy. No matter how far we reach, no matter where we go, no matter what we do, its home that we long for. Isn’t it ?

This recipe is a very common recipe in every Malayalee household. It does not need any cooking and is very quick to make. Earlier days there was no blender. People used  traditional stone grinder to grind ingredients into a paste. And that added up to the taste. Even now people who build houses ensure that a separate section is dedicated to traditional stone grinders.

3Do try this recipe and let me know if you liked it. You can also find this recipe at Archana’s kitchen here.

INGREDIENTS:

Freshly grated coconut – 1 cup

Shallots – 3 (very important. Shallots give a unique taste. If you don’t have only then replace with half an onion)

Tamarind- gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in very little water (around 2-3 tblspn)

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Dry Red chilli – 1

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tblspn (adjust to the spiciness you need)

Cury Leaves – 10

Salt to taste

2INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Blend everything in the blender coarsely. Don’t discard the tamarind water and use it to blend it.
  2. Spoon everything out and roll it into a ball.

Serve it with love. 1

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CHOW- CHOW NO ONION NO GARLIC SABJI

20170522_205300 - CopyHey There. So today’s let’s start with a self analysis. What kind of eater you are ? Following are some of the categories I could list out-

The fussy eater – I don’t want this, I don’t like that, I am in no mood to eat this

The orthodox eater – This is not exactly how my mother makes it, This is not the combination

The cautious eater – How many calories would that have, It looks gross would it be tasty

The simple eater – Eats what he is served without much questions

The experimental eater – Loves to try different dishes, cuisines and variations to dishes

So what kind of eater are you? Well I am a mix of simple and experimental eater. Except the allergy food and “not allowed to eat due to health reasons” food I like to eat or at least try every dish.

Today’s recipe is using an ingredient that a few years age I was unaware of. Chow – chow or chayote is a little sweet in nature when cooked. It has lots of water content. I usually make thoran of chow-chow. Go check out its nutritional value in Wiki.

This recipe is a no onion no garlic recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

Chow Chow – 2 medium (Peeled and chopped into thin pieces)

Coriander seeds – 1 tsp

Fennel Seeds – 2 tsp

Dry Red chilli – 2

Oil – 2 tblspn

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan dry roast coriander seeds, fennel and dry red chillies.
  2. Once cooled blend it to a coarse powder.
  3. In a pan heat oil.
  4. Saute chow-chow for a minute on high flame.
  5. Lower the flame and add the ground powder.
  6. Add salt and mix well.
  7. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Once the chow-chow is soft and cooked remove from flame and serve with roti or rice. 20170522_205322 - Copy

 

PASSION FRUIT JUICE WITH CHIA

1Hello. Thank you so much for staying with me while I was away. Things have been crazy busy here.

Office work, personal commitments, festival preparations, sickness. Well everything demanded my time and I was literally on 4-5 hours of sleep for more than 2 weeks. That also meant weekends I would either do what I love most – cooking and trying new dishes, or rest or do the cleaning. But I am glad that I am a regular in Instagram posts. So if you are not already following me do so now for ideas on dishes, tiffin recipes and much more memories.

These days passion fruit is in season. And I am getting lots of passion fruit from my native. Passion fruit juice is perfect option to quench your thirst. It is sour and sweet and delicious. Add some chia seeds or sabja seeds and it gives your drink a cool look and taste. So a quick post. Do try it.

Passion fruit is really sour. So you need a lot of sugar to balance it out. Have this juice chilled for that extra effect.

2INGREDIENTS:

Passion Fruits – Inside pulp of 4 passion fruits

Sugar – 1/4 cup

Chia Seeds – 1 tblspn

Water – 3 cups or more if needed

Ice Cubes – as needed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take out the pulp of passion fruit.
  2. Now you can either blend it together with sugar and water. Once blended you can strain it. The seeds does not have any particular taste. So blending it won’t have any bitterness.
  3. Or you can take the pulp in a strainer and with the help of a spoon squeeze out the juice. Add sugar and water and stir well.
  4. Add chia seeds and stir well.
  5. Add ice cubes before serving.

So in this weather when sometimes it rains and other times it is hot and sunny this drink is perfect to quench your thirst. 3

 

 

VAZHA /RAW BANANA PODIMAS

Hi. So people who know me know that I am a talker. I like to talk to people to know about their culture, style, hobbies and most importantly their food. And so it happened one Saturday morning when I came to buy veggies from the veggie van that visits my building I met a neighbor friend who was buying raw bananas. While talking I came to know about this awesome recipe known as ‘podimas’. I was curious and wanted to try it.

20170813_120329 - CopyINGREDIENTS:

Raw Banana – 2

Onion – 1 medium

Green Chilli – 2

Grated ginger – 1 tsp

Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Curry leaves – 1 stem

Coconut Oil – 1 tblspn (Preferred)

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Urad Dal – 1 tsp

20170813_120323 - CopyINSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pressure cooker take the Raw banana with little water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. (Yes with skin on.)
  2. Once the pressure has settled, peel the raw banana. Using a grated with big holes grate the banana and keep aside.
  3. In a pan heat oil.
  4. Add urad dal.
  5. Splutter mustard seeds.
  6. Add finely chopped onion and green chilli and saute well.
  7. When the onion turns translucent add curry leaves.
  8. Add finely chopped ginger. Mix well.
  9. Now add the grated banana.
  10. Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  11. Add grated coconut and mix well.
  12. Cook for another minute and then switch off the flame.

Serve with rice.

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BRINJAL- POTATO CURRY

Hey There. How you doing? Recently when I saw nice long, maroonish, organic lady finger in my grocery store I immediately jumped to pick up a pack. Since it was packed with a cling wrap but I managed to check if they are soft and good. And they seemed fine. I could not resist the temptation to pick 2 packets.

After 2 days I fished out the packets from the fridge and after washing when I started chopping – snap. The beauties had turned hard as a stick. I know after cooking they will turn all chewy and fibrous. Never mind. I tried another one. And another. And so on. So except 2 lady fingers – rest all, both packets were now wasted.

Imagine my frustration, disappointment and mood after this happened. I had to change my plan and my mood to prepare myself to cook something else for dinner. But the gloomy and dark mood remained. That is how powerful affect food has on me. L I can rejoice on seeing fresh produce. I get upset on seeing “good outside bad inside” produce.

Anyways, today’s recipe was a result of the failed lady finger. When I dug back into my fridge and saw brinjals decided to make this dish.

20170801_205027 - CopyINGREDIENTS:

Small Brinjals – 5-6

Potatoes – 2 small

Onions – 2 chopped

Tomatoes – 2 chopped

Coriander Seeds – 1 tblspn

Khus Khus – 1 tblspn

Garlic cloves -2 small

Ginger – ½ inch piece

Grated coconut – 3 tblspn

Red Chilli Powder- ½ tblspn

Cumin – 1 tblspn

Mustard – 1 tbslpn

Milk – ½ cup

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tblspn

Curry Leaves – 1 stem

Oil – 2 tblspn

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the brinjals lengthwise. Cube the potatoes
  2. In a pan dry roast coriander seeds, khus khus, grated coconut, red chilli powder and cumin for 2 minutes. Do not brown them.
  3. Take it in a blender along with onion, tomato, garlic and ginger and blend them to make a smooth paste.
  4. In the pan, add oil.
  5. Once the oil is hot, splutter mustard.
  6. Add curry leaves.
  7. Add the blended masala in and mix well. Keep mixing till the oil starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  8. Add brinjal and potatoes and saute well.
  9. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  10. Add salt and mix well.
  11. Add water and bring it to a boil. Close and let the potatoes and brinjals cook.
  12. Once the brinjals and potatoes are cooked add milk and keep mixing. Adjust the salt. Keep stirring for 2 minutes on medium flame.

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BEETROOT CARROT APPLE SANDWICH

Hello There. So most often I make sandwiches. And I like to experiment with the stuffing. I do not stick to same stuffing. And I try to include the most neglected but healthy ingredients.

20170628_071143 - CopyCheck out my other sandwich recipes – Caramelized apple cheesy sandwich, Beetroot carrot potato sandwich & potato peas sandwich

Today’s also I am posting a sandwich recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

Beetroot – 1 small

Carrot – 1 large

Apple – 1 large

Butter – 2 tblspn

Sugar/ Palm Sugar – 1 tblspn (Optional)

Cardamom powder – a pinch

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Peel and cut carrot and beetroot into big pieces.
  2. Cook them in water.
  3. Grate them.
  4. Grate apple and keep aside.
  5. In a pan heat butter.
  6. Add the grated carrot and beet and mix well.
  7. Add the sugar if required and cardamom powder.
  8. Mix well till the mix has come together. It should be thick paste like consistency.
  9. Take it off the stove and mix grated apple in. (I didn’t add sugar since my apple was sweet enough).
  10. Take a bread piece. Apply butter on one slice of bread.
  11. Spoon the mix on one side of the bread and spread evenly.
  12. Close with another buttered slice of bread.
  13. Toast it in a sandwich maker.

Enjoy it hot or pack it for tiffin.20170628_072856 - Copy

 

IDIYAPPAM WITH MUTTA ROAST / RICE NOODLES WITH EGG ROAST

2Hello. So we had welcome showers today morning. The sky opened up and poured its heart out. On days like this I feel like sitting out in the balcony with hot cup of masala chai with old music playing in the background and a book in hand. Yep I am a reader. A bookaholic. But these days I have restricted my reading habit to online content. When I was a teenager I used to get 2-3 novels each week. If a book caught my fancy then I would find it difficult to put it down. The joy of reading a good book is the joy of travelling or cooking or even music. You travel when you read a book.

Moving on today’s recipe. This is a common breakfast in Kerala. Idiyappam or nool appam or nool puttu (yeah this I came to know today itself) is its common names. It can be paired with many side dishes like. Today’s recipe is with egg roast or as known in Malayalam – Mutta roast.

3Idiappam:

INGREDIENTS:

Rice Powder – 2 cups

Grated coconut  as required

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil 3 cups of water.
  2. Take rice powder in a bowl and add salt and mix well.
  3. Now one small ladle at a time, add the boiling water in the rice powder.
  4. With a wooden spoon mix the dough.
  5. Add water little by little and keep mixing.
  6. When the dough is cool enough to handle use your hands to make a dough.
  7. Do not knead the dough. Just bring it all together.
  8. Close with a lid and keep it for 5 minutes.
  9. Keep water in idli steamer.
  10. Grease the lids of idli steamer with oil.
  11. Take idiappam maker (also known as kitchen press used for making bhujia, sev, etc.).
  12. Fill in with a portion of dough. Start pressing on the greased idili lids in circular shapes.
  13. Fill in some grated coconut.
  14. Again press some dough over the top.
  15. Close and steam the idiappam for 5 minutes on low heat. ( check a small piece of idiappam for rawness)
  16. Once done remove it to a casserole.

Mutta Roast:

INGREDIENTS:

Eggs – 3 hard boiled

Onions – 3 big

Tomatoes – 3 big ripe

Chilly powder – 2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Garam Masala – ½ tsp

Curry Leaves – 1 stem

Coriander leaves – 4 tblspn chopped

Mustard Seeds – ¼ tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Oil – 2 tbspn

Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Peel the boiled eggs and cut into desired number of pieces.
  2. In a pan heat oil.
  3. Splutter mustard seeds.
  4. Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
  5. Add curry leaves.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  7. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are cooked well.
  8. Mash the tomatoes.
  9. Make a gap at the centre of the pan and move the onion –tomato to the side of the pan. Add turmeric, chilly, coriander, garam masala and mix well.
  10. Now mix all the masalas with the onion-tomato and mix well.
  11. Add salt and mix.
  12. Add coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve with delicious idiyappams. Enjoy.1