Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chicken Roast–In coconut Milk

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Chicken                            --   1 kg, cut into medium sized pieces, I prefer chicken with bones
Turmeric powder        --   ¼ tsp
Chilli powder                 --   2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste      --   2 tsp
Fennel seeds                  --   2 tsp
Pepper powder             --   2 tsp
Fresh lime juice           --   1 large lime
Salt                                    --   as required


Onion                              --   3 medium size
Pearl onion                  --   10-15
Curry leaves                --   6-7 sprig
Garlic                             --   1 pod / 10-15 cloves
Ginger                            --   ½ cup chopped
Tomato                          --   1 medium sliced
Turmeric powder      --   ½ tsp
Chilli powder               --   3 tsp
Tomato ketchup        --   2 tsp
Coconut milk              --   ½ cup
Coconut oil                  --   4 - 5 tbsp
Cashew Nuts                --   a handful, optional
Coriander leaves       --   a handful, chopped, optional
Salt                                  --   as required

Garam masala:

Cinnamon sticks       --   3, ½  inch piece
Cloves                           --   6 - 8
Whole Pepper            --    10 - 15 pepper corns
Fennel seeds              --    2 tsp

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Preparation of chicken roast:

Marinate the chicken pieces with the ingredients in the marinade section for at least 1-2 hrs.

Finely crush the whole spices for the garam masala and keep aside.

In a heavy bottomed pan, add the coconut milk and chicken and cook on a medium flame. Water comes out of the chicken and hence no extra water is required.Once the chicken is cooked, add 1 - 2 tbsp oil, preferably coconut oil and sauté the pieces in medium heat so that the chicken pieces will be crispy.

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Meanwhile in another nonstick pan heat coconut oil,add the ginger, garlic, curry leaves and the cashew nuts and saute for couple of mins. Then add chopped onions, pearl onions and  salt and sauté them until the onions are brown.Then add the tomatoes, mix well and sauté until they are mashed up.

Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and garam masala. Mix well.Now add the  ketchup and mix well.

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Finally add the chicken pieces and mix well,make sure you do not break the chicken pieces. Sauté for a couple of minutes in medium heat so that the pieces will be covered with the gravy.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot. This goes well with rice & any Indian breads.

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Recipe Courtesy: YummyOYummy

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chilly Beef (Indo-Chinese Style)

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Ingredients: (Serves 4 - 5)

Beef                             --   1 kg / 2 lb
Turmeric Powder  --   ¼ tsp
Chilly Powder         --   1 tsp
Coriander Powder --   2 tsp
Garam Masala         --   ½ tsp

Onion                          --   1 medium size
Ginger                         --   2 inch piece, juliened
Garlic                          --  1 pod / 10 - 12 medium size cloves, thinly sliced
Green Chillies          --   3 - 4
Capsicum / Red Pepper  --   1, medium size
Soya Sauce                --   2 tbsp
Green chilly Sauce  --   2 tbsp  + more as per your taste and tolerance
Pepper Powder        --   ½ tsp, optional
Corn flour                  --   2 tsp
Spring Onion            --   2 - 3 stalks
Oil                                 --   as required
Salt                               --   to taste

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Preparation of chilly beef:

Clean and cut the beef into thin slices. Marinate it with turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. This is purely to suit our taste buds. You can also cook the beef in salt and green chillies or just marinate it with salt and directly go for the fry.

Pressure cook until done. Strain the beef from the stock and keep both the cooked beef and the stock aside.

Cut onion into small cubes, ginger and garlic into thin slices, slit green chillies,thinly slice the bulb of the spring onions and cut the red pepper into thin long slices.

Heat 2 - 3 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the cooked beef and fry on a high flame until the sides are slightly brown. Remove it from the pan and keep aside.

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Add more oil, 1 - 2 tbsp to the pan, if required, and add the ginger, garlic, spring onion bulbs and the green chillies. Saute for a couple of mins. Now add the chopped onions and the red peppers  and saute until the onions are slightly translucent.

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Add the fried beef and mix well. Now add the soya sauce and chilly sauce.Mix well.

Add the corn flour to the stock and mix without lumps. Then add this to the beef. Mix well and let it simmer for couple of mins and switch off the flame. The corn flour will help the gravy to thicken as it cools. You can also adjust the gravy as required – It makes a good starter with lesser gravy.

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Chop the stalk of spring onions and garnish with these and pepper powder(optional).  Serve hot with fried rice or any Indian bread.

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Recipe Courtesy: Myself / Amma

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pepper Chicken




Chicken                                   --    ½ kg
Finely Chopped Onions    --    1 - 2 medium size onions
Ginger                                      --    1 inch thick piece
Garlic                                       --    4 - 5 cloves
Green chillies                        --   5 - 6 
Turmeric powder                --    1 tsp
Ground / Crushed black pepper              --    2 tsp
Cloves                                      --    2 - 3
Cinnamon                               --   1 inch piece
Fennel seeds                          --   ½ tsp
Curry leaves                          --   1 sprig
Salt                                            --    to taste
Oil                                              --    2 - 3 tbsp, preferably coconut oil

Preparation of Chicken Curry:

Clean and cut the chicken into medium size pieces.  Grind the cloves, cinnamon, and fennel seeds into a coarse powder. Keep aside. Crush the ginger and garlic and keep aside.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the turmeric powder to the hot oil. Saute for a min or two or until the turmeric turns dark brown. At this point add the powdered garam masala, green chillies and crushed ginger and garlic. Saute for 2 - 3 minutes. Add the  finely chopped onions and curry leaves. Saute on a medium flame until the mixture turns mushy and dark brown. Keep an eye and make sure that the it doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.
Add the cut chicken and mix well. Add 1 tsp pepper powder.

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For a semi-gravy consistency, as mine, there is no need to add water. Let it cook on a medium flame. Once the gravy is thick stir occasionally to make sure that it doesn't stick to the bottom. However, a light brown colour on the chicken adds more flavor.

Switch off the flame and add the remaining 1 tsp of pepper powder and 1 tsp of coconut oil(optional) and give a mix.

Serve hot with any Indian breads or Rice.


Recipe Courtesy: Amma

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Chicken Kurma–Kerala Style

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Ingredients:(Serves 4 - 6)

Chicken                                       --   1 lb
Ginger                                          --   2 tsp, thinly chopped
Garlic                                           --   4 cloves, thinly chopped
Cinnamon sticks                      --   ½  inch piece
Cloves                                          --   3
Onions                                         --   3 medium size
Green chillies                            --   5 - 6
Coriander Powder                   --   2 tsp
Potato                                           --   2 medium size (optional)
Fennel seeds                              --    ½ tsp
Shredded coconut                   --    ½ cup
Cashew nuts / poppy seeds --   6 nuts / 2 tsp poppy seeds
Coriander leaves                     --   a handful , chopped
Salt                                                --   as required
Oil                                                  --   as required

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Soak the cashews/poppy seeds in half a cup of water for about half an hour.

Clean and cut the chicken into medium size pieces. Cube the potatoes and keep aside. Chop the onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the cinnamon sticks and cloves and fry for few seconds. Add the chopped ginger and garlic and fry for a minute. Now add the thinly sliced onions and green chillies.Add salt. Saute until mushy.

Add the coriander powder and saute for a minute or until the raw smell goes off.Add the cubed potatoes and cut chicken and mix well. Let it cook on a medium flame until almost done.

Meanwhile grind the cahews/poppy seeds and keep aside. Grind the coconut and the fennel seeds into a smooth paste and keep aside.

Add the ground mixtures to the chicken and mix well. Bring it to a boil. Do a salt check and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with any breads - idyappam / pathiri / chapathi or Ghee rice.

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Recipe Courtesy: Amma

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mushroom Curry (in fried coconut gravy)



Mushroom                   --   200gm
Onion                             --   1 medium size 
Green Chillies             --   2 –3
Tomato                         --   1 medium size
Ginger                           --   1 inch piece 
Garlic                            --   3 -4 cloves  
Turmeric Powder    --    ¼ tsp 
Chilly Powder            --   1 tsp 
Coriander Powder   --   2 tsp
Garam Masala          --   1 tsp 
Shredded coconut   --   1 cup
Curry leaves              --   1 sprig
Coriander leaves     --    ¼ cup, chopped
Shallots                        --   1 small
Red chillies                 --   1 –2
Mustard seeds           --   1 tsp 
Oil                                    --   2 tbsp
Salt                                  --   to taste

Preparation of Mushroom masala:

Clean and cut the mushrooms into small pieces.

Fry the coconut until brown and grind it into a fine paste.

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Add chopped onions, slit green chillies, chopped tomatoes, minced ginger, minced garlic, turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala and curry leaves to the mushrooms. Marinate and keep it aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

Cook this on a low flame and add water as required for the gravy. Remember that water comes out of mushroom while cooking. When the mushrooms are almost cooked, add the ground coconut paste. Let it boil and then garnish with coriander leaves.

Heat oil in a small pan. Splutter the mustard seeds, add the red chillies and fry the chopped shallots. Add this to the cooked curry.
Serve hot with chapathis.


Recipe Courtesy: Amma

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mambhazha Pulissery (Ripe Mango in yogurt gravy)

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Ripe mangoes         --   3-4 nos,
Green chilly             --   1 - 2
Curry leaves            --   1-2 sprigs
Chilly powder         --   ½ tsp
Turmeric powder  --   ¼ ts
Curd                            --   1 cup
Grated coconut      --   ½ cup
Cumin seeds             --   ¼ tsp
Mustard seeds         --   ½ tsp
Dry red chilly          --   2 nos
Coconut oil               --   2 tbsp
Salt                               --   as required

Preparation of mambhazha pulissery:

Wash and peel the mangoes. Usually whole small mangoes are used. I used 2 big ones cut into pieces.

Add chopped green chillies, curry leaves, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt. Add water if required - it depends upon how juicy the mangoes are. If more juice comes out, then you dont have to add water. Cook on a medium - low flame until the mangoes are tender. Mash them using the back of a spoon.

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Grind the grated coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste.Add this to the mashed mangoes and mix well. Switch off the flame when it just begins to bubble/boil.

Let it remain on the stove itself. Beat the yogurt and add it to the mango mixture. Mix well and close the pot with a tight lid and keep it for 5 - 10 mins.

In another pan, heat the coconut oil.Splutter mustard seeds and fry the dry red chillies. Add this to the prepared pulissery.

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Serve hot with steaming rice, pickle and pappadam.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Semisweet chocolate chips    --   1 cup
Unsalted butter                           --   ½ cup (8 tbsp)
Granulated sugar                        --   ¾ cup
Salt                                                   --    ¼ tsp
Espresso powder                        --   1 to 2 tsp, optional (1 tsp will enhance the chocolate flavor and 2 tsp will give you a mocha flavor)
Vanilla extract                            --   1 tsp
Eggs                                                 --   3 large
Unsweetened cocoa powder --   ½ cup
All purpose flour                        --   2 tbsp (optional)
Slivered Almonds                      --   a handful(optional)

Semisweet                                    --   1 cup
Heavy cream                              --   ½ cup

Brown sugar                                --   1/3 cup packed
Butter                                            --   3 tbsp
Milk                                                --   1 tbsp

Fresh whipped cream / Vanilla Icecream, for serving, optional

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Preparation of the cake:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8" or 9" round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate and butter together until the butter is completely melted and the chips are partially melted. This can be done in a bowl in a microwave or in a saucepan on stove top. Stir until the chips are completely melted and smooth.

Add in the sugar, salt, espresso powder and vanilla. Add the eggs and beat briefly until smooth.I used a hand whisk and that helped me do a decent job. Add the cocoa powder and mix just until combined. Optionally, you can add 2 tbsp of all purpose flour, to give a better structure to the cake. Stir in the slivered almonds.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. The top should have a thin crust.

Let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then loosen the sides with a thin knife or spreader. Turn it out onto a serving plate and allow to cool completely.

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Add the chocolate to a heat-proof bowl. Heat the cream until it just starts to boil. Pour it over the chocolate and allow to sit for couple of minutes. Stir until smooth and chocolate is completely melted.Let it cool slightly, to a spreadable consistency.It starts to thicken as it cools. Pour over the cake. Use a spatula or back of the spoon to spread, if required.Let it set.


In a sauce pan, add brown sugar, butter and milk. Keep it over medium heat. Keep stirring and once it just starts to bubble or boil, remove from heat. Let it cool slightly, to a spreadable consistency.It starts to thicken as it cools. Pour over the cake. Use a spatula or back of the spoon to spread, if required.Let it set.

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Serve at room temperature or chilled with fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla icecream.

Recipe Courtesy: cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice

Friday, September 13, 2013

Semiya Payasam

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Roasted Semiya / Vermicelli  --   200 gm
Milk                                                   --    5 – 6 cups
Sugar                                                --   1 cup  / more depending upon your level of sweetness
Cashew Nuts                                  --   10 - 15
Raisins                                             --   10 - 15
Ghee                                                 --    3 tbsp

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Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a deep pan. Add the raisins and let it puff up. Remove it and keep aside. Add the nuts and fry until light brown. Remove and keep aside.

Add the remaining ghee into the pan. Break the vermicelli into small - 1 inch pieces. Fry the vermicelli in it for a couple of mins. In case you are not using already roasted ones, add more ghee and fry the vermicelli until they are light brown in colour.Remove it and keep aside.

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Add milk and sugar and let it boil. Add the fried vermicelli to it and let it cook. Keep stirring until the required consistency is reached. The payasam will thicken as it cools. So make sure you leave enough liquid. Add the fried cashews and raisins. Switch off the flame. Stir it every 5 - 10 mins for half an hour after switching off the flame. This helps to avoid the cream formation on the top.

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If you haven't ever tried out the thin vermicelli – You should definitely not miss it. The ones we get here is some Pakistani / Afghani brand.

Recipe Courtesy: Amma

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beetroot Pachadi



Beetroot               --   1 no medium size
Grated coconut --   ¼ cup
Ginger                   --   a small piece
Green chillies     --   2 nos
Thick curd           --   ½ cup
Red chilly            --   1 big
Curry leaves       --   3 - 4 leaves
Mustard seeds   --   1 tsp
Salt                         --   to taste
Oil                           --   1 tbsp, preferably coconut oil.


Peel and grate the beetroot. Add one slit green chilly, salt and a little water to the grated beet and cook until the water is absorbed.

Meanwhile coarsely grind grated coconut, ginger, ½ tsp mustard seeds, remaining green chilly and curry leaves.

Add ground coconut mixture to the cooked beetroot and let it just come to a boil. Remove it from the flame and keep aside. Slightly beat the thick yogurt and add to the beetroot mixture. Mix well.

Heat oil in a kadai or small pan, add the remaining mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add dry red chillies and switch off the flame. Fry it for few seconds and pour this over the pachadi.


Serve with hot rice.

Recipe Courtesy: Amma

Friday, July 19, 2013

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The first time I made a pineapple upside down cake, I did not bother about its authenticity or origin or even how it is served. But I just followed the recipe from my friend and got a yummy outcome. This time, I just came across few pics of this upside down cake and there I noticed a cast iron skillet. That was a news to me and on further browsing I came to know that these upside cakes has its origin in the cast iron skillets.

This being an interesting fact, I thought of giving a try.  And now I am sure that I ll definitely make this many more times and this recipe is a sure keeper. Since I broke one whisk of my hand mixer, I wanted one recipe which does not call for beating egg whites to peak. That’s how I landed here and I wasn’t wrong.  – Quick, easy and yummy.

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Unsalted Butter          --   5 tbsp
Dark brown sugar      --   ½ cup, firmly packed
Pineapple rings           --   7, I used Dole 20 oz can
Maraschino cherries --   7
Chopped walnuts        --   ½ cup


Unsalted Butter          --   5 tbsp, softened
Granulated sugar       --   ¾ cup
Egg                                   --   1 large
Salt                                   --   1 tsp
Baking powder            --   2 tsp
Vanilla extract            --   1 tsp
All-Purpose Flour      --   1-1/3 cups
Whole milk                    --   ½ cup

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Preparation of the cake:

Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F.

For the topping,  melt the butter over medium heat in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Sprinkle brown sugar over it and stir.Swirl it and make sure you have an even layer. Once it start bubbling, remove from heat and keep aside.

Drain the rings from the pineapple can. Place the rings over the caramel. Place a cherry in the center of each ring. Sprinkle the chopped walnut in the remaining area over the caramel. Keep it aside.

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Beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg, salt, baking powder and vanilla and beat well until combined. Divide the flour into 3 and add each portion followed by half of the milk and repeat, to end with the flour.

Carefully spread the cake batter over the pineapple rings and smoothen the top using a spatula or spoon.

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Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Make sure you do not poke into the pineapple while testing the cake.

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Remove the cake from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place the serving plate over the top of the skillet and flip over. Let the cake fall onto your serving plate. Remove the skillet. There might be pineapple rings or cherries sticking onto the pan. Never mind - Using a fork or spoon, pick it from the pan and place it on the cake. It would not be difficult/sticky as we have enough butter in the caramel.

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Reciepe Courtesy : Food Family & Finds