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Chapati, the staple wheat bread of India… Chapati has been one of the famous and common wheat flatbreads made by almost everyone in India. In fact this is made for dinner, sometimes even for breakfast at many houses. In my hometown, rice and rice flat breads or rotis have been the staple food and the people there literally cannot think of a day without eating...

Mussel die hard fans, this is for you guys… Banging my head for not making this biryani all these years, at the same time dancing to glory after enjoying a whole plate of this biryani. Chicken and mutton biryani are the most famous biryani’s in India, but for me I have a soft corner towards shrimp and king fish biryani. Now, one more favorite I can add:...

Mushroom cutlets, a healthy meat alternative… Towards my strenuous effort to cut down on poultry consumption and including more veggies in my diet, I’v been experimenting with different veggies lately. I am glad that we have potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms and lentils which make a good substitute for meat in many recipes. All of them are quite healthy...

Finally I made mani puttu, and I stuffed it with tuna roast… I’ve already blogged about Puttu, Kerala’s famous breakfast dish. Well, if you travel down south in Kerala to Malabar, you will come across mani puttu being served there. Mani puttu is often served in my dad’s family for breakfast or dinner, especially at my aunt’s house (dad’s...

Are you trying to find rice in this dish? Well, you wouldn’t find it even if you dig in deep… Ironically this dish is called cauliflower rice or cauli rice, but there is no rice in it. It’s made using just cauliflower florets which has been smashed into tiny pieces which apparently gives the look of rice. Since it’s been already named as cauli...

A simple and humble snack when munched makes me feel content and homely… There are literally hundreds of snacks that are just dear to Kerala. In most of the homes (well in the olden days I must say) different types of snacks were made from scratch and are stored for a long time, so that it can be served to guests and to hosts in the evening along with a cup...

Why do you have to fry the hard boiled eggs??? Because it tastes delicious when fried… In my family, fried hard boiled eggs are served along with biryani and also during special occasions. Once you taste the fried hard boiled eggs, it’s very hard to go back to just the boiled hard boiled eggs. For health reasons it’s not a good idea to have the fried...

Delicious beef stew in rich coconut gravy, it’s finger linking good… While thinking about Easter dishes, I saw Appam and Beef Stew lined in front of me. In Kerala, these are the two main dishes served for breakfast on Easter day. Appam has been the top favorite breakfast dish of almost all Keralites. Those who have had stew might know that it tastes delicious...

I savoured this shrimp curry with great delight… If you love Thai, Vietnamese or Indian cuisine, then you are definitely going to go crazy for this dish. Even though the spices used for making this curry are mostly Indian, I got a feeling that I am enjoying Thai/Vietnamese dish. This curry is spicy with slightly tangy flavors swimming around and is strongly...

Happy Vishu to all Keralites… Vishu is a celebration of Kerala, which represents the Malayalam New year. On Vishu day it is a custom to set up the “Vishukani” which in Malayalam means “the first thing to see after waking up on Vishu day”. Vishukani consists of ritual arrangements of auspicious things, and the people who celebrate this...