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Pothichor (Rice, Veg thoran, Chammanthi, Omelette and Fried Fish wrapped in Banana Leaves) truly a Kerala delicacy… Keralites love any food wrapped in banana leaves, the wilted banana leaf enhances the taste of the food greatly. This is one such meal enjoyed by non-veg Keralites. Pothichor means Parcel/pack or wrapped rice, and the full meal is wrapped in banana...

Sharjah Shake, popular milkshake in Kerala… This is not the popular milkshake of Sharjah, instead, it’s Kerala’s favorite milkshake. Sharjah shake was founded in Calicut in the 80’s, since then this has been the most favorite milkshake of Keralites. Teenagers favorite, in fact, loved by both kids and adults. During my college days, I’ve...

Turn beets into a delicious fried snack, beets cutlet or fritters… Lately, I’ve been obsessed with beet juice and even made my Man drink it. He frowned and then gulped it down. For that, he deserved a delicious snack out of beets. Made this beetroot cutlet on a Sunday evening and we both enjoyed it. You wouldn’t feel the earthy beet taste in this...

Typical Kerala lunch that includes matta rice, fish curry, kappa, thoran and fish fry… This is one of my favourite Kerala style meals. While living in Kerala, we used to have catch of the day fish almost everyday and this is the kind of dishes I used to devour for lunch. When it’s made by mom, everything tastes delish. There are different ways of making...

Rasam, a spicy and tangy curry popular in South India… There are several ways of making rasam; with crushed spices, with tomatoes, with dal etc. Rasam is a thin watery gravy poured over rice and enjoyed with it. It is packed with flavors; spicy and tangy. I made the rasam in the Instant pot and added chana dal to it. This is a thicker version due to the addition...

Sweet and Tangy Eggplant made in the Instant Pot, ready in 15 minutes… Eggplant or brinjal is combined with aromatic spices and cooked with tamarind extract. To impart the sweetness, jaggery or palm sugar is added. If you don’t have jaggery, you could use brown sugar instead. This dish goes really well with rice or chapati. Cooking Video Instant Pot...

South Indian style lunch or breakfast: Dosa or Rice-lentil crepes with Mint cilantro chutney and tomato chutney… This is truly a comfort meal for any South Indian: Dosa along with chutneys taste delicious literally any day. Recipes Dosa batter and Dosa Recipe: Click here Mint Cilantro Chutney Recipe: Click here Tomato Chutney Recipe: Click here More Lunch...

Refreshing chutney made with mint and cilantro… Chutney is a popular Indian sauce based dish served with dosa, idli, rice etc. In South India, chutneys are made with either grated coconut or tomatoes. Different kinds of spices and herbs are added to the grated coconut to make different kinds of chutneys. The most refreshing being the mint cilantro chutney. Mint...

Kerala style vegetarian lunch: Okra or Lady’s finger Korma, Sweet and Sour Brinjal or Eggplant, Yogurt or Curd-Moru curry and Rice…This is truly a comfort food for South Indians.   Sona Massori Rice- Cook 2 to 3 cups Sona Massori rice in enough water taken in a huge saucepan over stove top for 20 minutes or till rice has cooked. Or cook in a rice...

Kerala style lunch: Coconut rice (Thengachor), Shrimp Curry, Cauliflower Masala stir fry and fried potatoes… Coconut Rice, for recipe click here   Shrimp Curry Cauliflower Masala Stir fry Fried Potato   More Lunch Recipe ideas, click here ...