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Idlis made in a paniyaram pan, known as Paddus… I didn’t know the correct name of this dish, so I kept calling them mini Idlis. Basically, these are made with Idli batter after adding a few ingredients to the batter. Unlike the authentic idlis made by steaming, these paddus are made in a paniyaram pan or the pan used for making Kerala unniyappam. I’m...

  Mutta Surka- Fried savoury rice and egg snacks… In Spring and in Fall, most days can be gloomy and rainy. On rainy days, I get the craving to have fried snacks, especially Kerala snacks. In Kerala, it’s quite a normal routine to serve some kind of snacks along with tea in the evening. Yesterday, it had been drizzling the whole day. I worked from home...

One of my favorite fish is King fish or Neymeen (in Malayalam), shallow fried king fish combined with sautéed onions and tomatoes, a delicious King fish roast… King fish is definitely one of the favorite fish of most Keralites and is the preferred fish to be served during special occasions. It is really good for making fish biryanis. King fish biryani, king...

Crunchy South Indian snack made with rice flour and gram flour or besan… Yesterday, I had a craving for murukku, so I went ahead and made it. It turned crunchy and I felt really good. I’d tried making murukku twice before- once with rice flour and urad dal flour and the second time I added beetroot puree to the rice flour. Both kinds turned out great....

Easy to make and delicious Tomato Rice made in a pressure cooker… When it’s freezing cold outside and when you can only find tomatoes in your refrigerator, you gotta make Tomato rice. This is one of my favorite recipes, if you want to whip up something delicious with rice this is the one. Tastes delicious when served with raita, pappad and pickle. Cooking...

Chicken and cooked rice mixed together and made into a delicious one pot meal… On a lazy day or on a busy day, I only think about one pot meals. This is a delicious dish made with cooked chicken and rice. This recipe is similar to making express biryani without the garnishing and layering of chicken masala and rice. You don’t have time for that, so you...

Shrimp or Prawns Masala Chettinad style… This is an aromatic and flavorful dry dish, shrimp is roasted over high heat till it’s coated with the masala and turns light brown, tastes delicious and can be served with rotis or rice. Recipe adapted from here Chettinad Shrimp or Prawns Masala   Save Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 25 mins...

  Chicken curry made by my mom and it’s the best tasting chicken curry… It’s so hard for me to replicate my mom’s taste, even if I follow her recipe the taste will be always different. Chicken curry is a common dish in India served along with roti, chapati, naan or rice. This is an easy to make chicken curry, by marinating the chicken with...

Aromatic and delicious vegetable stew or salna that can be served with parotta, poori or rotis… One of the dishes I love to order at South Indian vegetarian restaurant besides my most favorite paper dosa is Poori and vegetable stew or salna. The vegetable stew tastes so delicious that I will be seen drinking it. Yes, I do express my love for food in weird ways....

Green tomatoes, lentil, eggplant and roasted ground coconut masala cooked together to make this finger licking sambar… Harvest season has come to an end and I had to pick all the unripe green tomatoes form my veggie garden. I got a lot of green tomatoes sitting on my counter top, thought of letting them ripen in my kitchen. However, it seems there a lot of...