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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...

Bottle gourd cooked in coconut milk… Bottle gourd is widely grown in Tropical places. It is used for making a variety of savoury or sweet dishes in India. In Kerala, thoran and pachadi are made using bottle gourd. This was the first time I made something out of bottle gourd and I made a stew out of it. The taste of bottle gourd is quite similar to cucumber...

  Shrimp and mango in coconut gravy: Kerala style and it’s delicious… This dish was on my top, ‘to cook in my kitchen list’. I’ve had this while in Kerala and once at a friends place in Chicago. Being a shrimp fan, I love all kind of shrimp dishes. This one being a Kerala style curry, I love it even more. Raw mango slices are added...

Dried shrimp masala, Kerala style… One of the delicacies made with dried shrimp in Kerala is dried shrimp chammanthi or dried shrimp combined with freshly grated coconut. It’s served along with rice or rice porridge. There are also other dishes made with dried shrimp like dried shrimp masala, dried shrimp curry, dried shrimp combined with veggies etc. On...

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...