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Nankattas are Kerala’s favorite irresistible cookies… This is one cookie my mom used to make, it always turned out so perfect and we all devoured it right away and finished it in just one sitting. These cookies are found in all bakeries in Kerala and Tamil Nadu with different flavoring and toppings like pistachios, almonds, cashew nuts etc. These are...

Ground beef stew cooked in an Instant Pot… The latest rage Instant Pot has reached my kitchen and I’ve started cooking in it and I’m absolutely blown away by it. Instant Pot is a multi-use programmable pressure cooker. Literally, anything can be cooked in it. It acts as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. The best...

Onion Samosa, a popular street snack in Hyderabad… These are also called Irani samosas as they are sold in Irani cafes and tea shops. Onion samosas are also sold at most college and hospital canteens in Kerala. I’ve had these from my college canteen, tasted so crispy and the onion filling was delicious that I ended up having many in one sitting. These...

Protein rich chickpeas and edamame stew… This is a healthy and protein rich chickpeas and edamame stew, that can be served with rice or rotis. If you haven’t introduced edamame in your diet, it’s high time you include that. Edamame is a young soybean, rich in fiber, protein and various minerals. Chickpeas and Edamame Stew   Save Print...

Green beans stir fried along with shallots and some seasonings, makes a perfect side dish… These are freshly picked green beans from my garden. The joy of picking veggies from my veggie garden and cooking with them is just pure bliss! I made a simple stir fry by cooking green beans with shallots and some Indian spices. It was served as a side dish along with...

An easy to make snack with broccoli… I’ve met a lot of people who dislike broccoli. I also know many who eat raw broccoli every single day. I am not a fan of raw broccoli but I love cooked broccoli in any form- soups, stir fries, roasted, mixed with rice, fritters etc etc. The other day, I made fritters out of broccoli and it turned out good. It was...

Pav Bhaji is a popular Maharashtrian street food, devoured by all with so much enthusiasm… Bhaji is a thick vegetable gravy made by cooking mixed veggies along with tomato sauce. It’s then served with Pav or dinner rolls. Any kind of veggie can be used for making bhaji and is a great way of including veggies in your diet. Cooking video: Pav Bhaji Recipe...

Chilled Rooh Afza milk with basil seeds- refreshing summer drink… Rooh Afza is a staple drink for most people in India, Pakistan and Middle East during Ramadan and Summer. It has a nice aromatic rose flavor and cooling ingredients that makes it a perfect thirst quencher for Summer. My grandfather is a huge fan of this and this was the only thing he had asked...

Boiled and pan fried potatoes cooked in a flavorful yogurt gravy, vegetarian delicacy… Every time I try a new vegetarian dish, I fall more in love with the vegetarian food world. Even though I make non-vegetarian dishes on a daily basis, I do appreciate and enjoy many vegetarian dishes, especially Kerala dishes. For the last few days, I’d been trying...

Mango Phirni- an incredible chilled dessert made with ripe mangoes… When mangoes are in season, you gotta make mango phirni- it’s an easy to make dessert, rich, creamy and tastes delicious. For me, any dessert that has ripe mangoes in it are delicious. Here is yet another easy mango dessert that you can try: mango pudding. This is an Indian dessert-...