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Crispy and soft melt into your mouth Appams… Appam or Laced Rice crepe is a popular breakfast dish in Kerala. Soaked rice and coconut are ground into a smooth batter, allowed to ferment overnight and baking soda is added before making appams. You can also make appam by adding yeast. For making appams, you have to use the non-stick pan used for making appam,...

Coconut, yogurt and tomato combined together and made into a curry, poured over rice and enjoyed along with fish curry- now, that’s a typical South Indian style meal. We all know that Rice is a staple food in South India. In most South Indian houses, rice will be served for lunch along with fish or chicken or veg curries, veg stir fries etc. One of my favorite Kerala...

Instant Oats turned into ladoos or rolls, delicious sweet rolls with heart healthy oats… Recipes that I create instantly are usually the best. This is one such recipe that I made without much thought and effort. I browsed through the sweets that can be made for Diwali on my blog and shared the post on my FB cooking page. After a few minutes, I was struck with...

Arikadukka or Fried Rice Dough stuffed mussels, a Malabar speciality snack… Yes, I am a huge fan of Malabar dishes and I am glad to have tasted some of the dishes cooked by my mom and my aunts while growing up. I have to tell you that all the dishes I have tried tasted so good that I would crave for those quite often. I have already shared the recipes for...

Cluster beans or Guar combined with coconut and made into a stir fry, healthy and nutritious vegetarian side dish… Cluster beans are legumes widely grown in India, they are made into thorans or stir fries, added to many vegetarian dishes like Sambar, Avial, Sindhi Kadhi etc etc. In South India, while shopping for Sambar veggies, the vegetable vendor will throw...

Onions and coconut cooked together and pureed into a chutney, perfect with Dosa and Idli… Chutneys are usually served with Dosa or Idli and a wide variety of chutney recipes are prepared in India. Tomato chutney, coconut chutney, mango chutney, eggplant chutney, the list just goes on… Last weekend, I had the craving for having dosa. I used store bought...

Shrimp roast and boiled tapioca (cassava) combined together and made into an incredible dish… Tapioca (Cassava) or Kappa (in Malayalam) is a staple food in South India, especially Kerala. In fact, Tapioca is a common root vegetable in many Asian countries and South America. It’s a starchy root vegetable quite similar to potato but the raw tapioca is much...

Poached egg in roasted coconut gravy, one of my favorite egg curries… In Kerala cuisine, there are many dishes that can be made with eggs. One of the evening snacks loved by most people is Egg puffs, in which hard boiled egg roast is used to stuff the puff pastry. Egg curries can be made many ways, most delicious egg curries are made by adding coconut milk...

Ghee roasted plantains are layered with egg, roasted apples and coconut and then baked; tasted delicious… I am a huge plantain lover, may be because I grew up in Kerala where plantains are abundantly available. And, we make so many different snacks using plantains. One of the famous evening snacks in Kerala is Pazhampori or plantain fritters. Most of the snacks...

  Shrimp cooked in roasted coconut gravy or prawns theeyal, an authentic Kerala dish… Theeyal is a Kerala dish in which grated coconut is roasted till it’s browned and is pureed along with water. To the ground coconut, veggies like okra, small onions, eggplant, drumstick or even shrimp is added and cooked in the coconut gravy. The smokey roasted flavor...