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Make colorful idiyappams or string hoppers, by adding spices to the dough… Idiyappam or string hopper is a  popular South Indian & Srilankan breakfast dish made with rice dough. Idiyappam making is an interesting and fun process, please watch the below video for making the perfect idiyappams. How to make Idiyappam, detailed cooking video How to cook Idiyappam...

Kinnathappam or steamed rice cake in a pan, a South Indian specialty dessert… Kinnathappam is a family favorite sweet or dessert that’s made during Ramadan, Eid, and on special occasions. My mom makes the best tasting and melt into the mouth kinnathappam. I don’t make this quite often, but whenever I make it I get the feeling that my family is with...

Toddy Palm seeds or Nongu Smoothie… Toddy palm seeds or Nongu is a delicacy, the tender seeds can be enjoyed as it is or can be made into a juice or smoothie. Whenever I visit India, I do a road trip from Trivandrum to Nagercoil to visit my family, it’s only a 2 hrs road trip. On the way to Nagercoil, the sight of Nongu is a delight and the street vendors...

Kerala’s breakfast dish Puttu or steamed rice cakes stuffed with shrimp roast… Puttu or steamed rice funnel cakes are popular breakfast dish in Kerala. Over the years, Puttu got fancy makeovers by stuffing it with chicken, shrimp, beef, mussel, fish, etc. I’ve already tried making chicken stuffed puttu, mussel and squid stuffed puttu, tuna stuffed...

Chicken cooked in a delicious onion/cashew nut/poppy seeds/yogurt gravy; finger licking delish… Chicken Rezala is a popular Bengali dish that is similar to chicken korma. If you have poppy seeds, cashew nuts, onions, and yogurt; making this dish is a breeze. After sauteing the onion/poppy seed/cashew nut paste, chicken is cooked in the Instant pot for 8 minutes....

Kerala chicken puffs with homemade chicken filling, delicious evening snack… A crispy and flaky snack that can be made effortlessly. If you have the store-bought puff pastry, making this snack is super easy. The chicken filling can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge & the freezer for a few weeks. The chicken filling can be replaced with ground...

A healthy snack made with shrimp roast and rice dough and is steam cooked… This is a traditional snack made in the Malabar region of Kerala. For me, anything wrapped in banana leaf is a delicacy. I happened to have banana leaves in my freezer that was bought last year for serving Onam Sadya. The sight of banana leaf tempted me to make this dish and I was wanting...

Chicken filling that can be used for making many snacks… Let’s make our cooking easier during Ramadan. For Iftar, everyone likes to enjoy some kind of snack, especially kids.. Making everything from scratch everyday can be tiresome. If we plan ahead cooking gets more easier. I’d already shared the collection of snacks that you can make during Ramadan....

  Ground beef & basmati rice cooked in the Instant Pot, a perfect one-pot meal… Cooking Video Instant Pot Ground Beef & Basmati Rice- One Pot Meal   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 15 mins   Author: Thasneen Recipe type: Main Cuisine: Indian Serves: 5 people Ingredients Oil- 2 tbsp Whole cardamom-2...

15 Minute Instant Pot Quinoa Khichdi or Porridge… This has turned into my favorite dish with quinoa. Healthy, nutritious and filling khichdi or porridge. Khichdi or Khichadi is a rice & lentil based dish,  quite popular in India. Authentic khichdi is made out of rice and lentils. I’ve replaced rice with quinoa, turned out awesome. Other Quinoa Recipes 1...