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Make colorful idiyappams or string hoppers, by adding spices to the dough… Idiyappam or string hopper is a  popular South Indian & Srilankan breakfast dish made with rice dough. Idiyappam making is an interesting and fun process, please watch the below video for making the perfect idiyappams. How to make Idiyappam, detailed cooking video How to cook Idiyappam...

Kerala’s breakfast dish Puttu or steamed rice cakes stuffed with shrimp roast… Puttu or steamed rice funnel cakes are popular breakfast dish in Kerala. Over the years, Puttu got fancy makeovers by stuffing it with chicken, shrimp, beef, mussel, fish, etc. I’ve already tried making chicken stuffed puttu, mussel and squid stuffed puttu, tuna stuffed...

A healthy snack made with shrimp roast and rice dough and is steam cooked… This is a traditional snack made in the Malabar region of Kerala. For me, anything wrapped in banana leaf is a delicacy. I happened to have banana leaves in my freezer that was bought last year for serving Onam Sadya. The sight of banana leaf tempted me to make this dish and I was wanting...

Idiyappam, a popular South Indian breakfast dish cooked in the Instant Pot… 3-minute pressure cooked idiyappam or string hoppers in the Instant Pot. Idiyappam is a popular South Indian & Srilankan breakfast dish. Making Idiyappam from scratch is an art. For making idiyappam, you’ll need idiyappam maker & plates. These are available on Amazon or...

Pathiri, popular in Malabar cuisine-served for both breakfast and dinner… Pathiri is a traditional roti that’s popular in Malabar cuisine. These days, it is found on the menu of most South Indian restaurants. The texture of the pathiri is light and thin that almost everyone finds it hard to resist, especially when served with spicy chicken/mutton/beef...

  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...

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....

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...

Murukku is a South Indian crunchy snack, by adding beetroot puree it got colorful and tasted great… Diwali is around the corner and my FB news feed has been bombarded with pictures of Diwali snacks posted by my fellow food bloggers, celebrity Indian chefs and other food enthusiasts. I love all kinds of Indian sweets and snacks, especially burfis, pedas and...

Bibingka is a popular dessert in Philippines. It’s made with rice flour and coconut milk and it’s baked… Do not confuse this with the Goan speciality Bebinca, even though the names sound the same that’s an entirely different dessert made with all purpose flour batter (many layers of crepes are made) and is cooked over stove top. My intention...