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Indian Spice Roasted Cornish Hen

Indian Spice Roasted Cornish Hen
Roasted Cornish hen can be a perfect recipe for any occasion or small  parties. Roasting cornish hen doesn't need to be intimidating . I have this about whole chicken and turkey, so I tried this one. This is a very basic recipe for Cornish hen  . This is a yummy roast hen with spicy Indian marinade.I tried this recipe for Christmas and it can out perfectly cooked.It is spicy and crispy outside and juicy in the center. This recipe is delicious and easy to make with wonderful flavor of aromatic earthy spices, garlic and the spice kick from dry red chilly. Try this, you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Cornish hen- 2
Ginger garlic paste- 2 1/2 tsp
Butter- 2 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder- 2 tsp
(Add as per your tolerance )  Dry red chilly- 2 Coriander seeds- 1/2 tsp  Black pepper- 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp Garam Masala powder- 1 tsp Lemon juice- a few drops Oil- 1 tsp Lemon wedges-3-4 slices Garlic pods- 4 Salt to taste


C…

Coconut Pudding

Coconut Pudding
Coconut lovers will surely love this creamy, rich and delicious pudding.If you are obsessed with coconut just like me, try this delicious coconut pudding.Each scoop of this delightfully tender coconut pudding will transports you back to tropical paradise.Coconut pudding is a simple but tastes exotic. Take a look at the list of ingredients,it will make you wonder- tender coconut,tender coconut water, fresh coconut milk, coconut cream,crispy toasted sweet coconut-all in one bowl. You can't get more coconut crazy than this!

There is no special time to make this pudding,but it is perfect for summer time. If you want to make a special dinner try this comforting after dinner treat,your guest will surely love it. In addition to coconut milk this recipe also calls for tender coconut meat.Tender coconut has a sweet and refreshing taste. It also adds to the texture of the pudding.To get the pudding consistency I used gelatin, but you can substitute it with agar-agar or chin…

Beef Vegetable Cutlet

Beef Vegetable Cutlet
Cutlet is a very popular snack in Kerala.This recipe is made with beef and vegetables. Also check my earlier posts of chicken cutlet, fish cutlet and vegetarian version of beetroot and mushroom cutlet. Cutlet is a tempting snack and party-pleasing appetizer. The meat and vegetables are cooked in aromatic spices, breaded and deep fried to make this crispy snack.Beef cutlets is a must have in most Christian wedding parties and also found in restaurants and road side tea stalls. You can make this in advance in bigger batches and it freezes well.So whenever you need cutlet just thaw them and fry. Serve this with ketchup and onion salad and enjoy with a cup of tea.

Ingredients
Beef- 1/2 kg
Potato large-1
Green peas- 1/2 cup
Chopped carrot- 1/2 cup
Chopped beans and bell pepper- 1/4 cup Onion- 1 medium
Green chilly-1 Ginger Garlic paste- 1 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp Pepper powder-3/4 tsp Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Tomato ketchup- 1 tsp (optional) Meat masala- 1 tbs Chopp…

Kada/ Quail Roast

Kada/ Quail Roast
Kada /Quail is a small sized bird,and its meat in delicious and succulent.Quail meat roasted with earthy spices and can be served for holiday meal. Earlier I shared a Kerala style spicy Kada/quail fry. This recipe is taking the fried quail to the next level-roasting it also with caramelized onion and spices and coconut. It is flavorful and absolutely delicious. Spicy Kerala quail roast has very little gravy and is a semi dry version.It can be paired with rice, chapathi or fried rice.Try this recipe,you will surely love it

Ingredients
Kada/ quail- 4
Chilly powder -1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For the Masala
Thinly sliced Onion- 2 medium Tomato-1 Crushed shallots- 1/2 cup
Ginger- 2 inch thick piece Garlic- 5-6 pods
Green chilly- 2
Kashmiri Chilly powder-1 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Curry leaves - a few Sliced coconut- 2 tbs
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
oil
Roast and make a powder Coriander seeds- 3/4 tsp Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp …

Pineapple Sweet Chili Sauce

Pineapple  Sweet Chili Sauce
Today's recipe is a home made sweet and spicy pineapple chili sauce made with simple ingredients. It has a right balance of flavor,sweetness and the chilies add a kick of spice. It is a perfect condiment and is an addictive dipping sauce.You can also pair it with fried rice, spring rolls or grilled meat or fish.Numerous variations exist for this condiment which is easy to make can be customized.Try this, you will surely love it.

Recipe adapted from: Cooks Southeast Asian by James McNair

Ingredients
Pineapple juice- 2 cup
Finely chopped pineapple- 1 tbs
Bird eye chilly finely chopped- 1 tbs
Chilly flakes- 1 tbs
Minced garlic- 2 tsp
Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Distilled vinegar- 1/2 cup
Water- 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp




Into a sauce pan add strained pineapple juice, chopped pineapple,water and sugar and bring it to a boil. Add vinegar,minced garlic, chopped bird eye chili  and dry chilly flakes and salt and stir. Reduce the flame to low and simmer, stirring occasi…

Iced Cinnamon Cookies

Iced Cinnamon Cookies
 Soft and buttery cinnamon cookies with chocolate chips and glazed icing is a delicious holiday cookie. It gives you all the Christmas season joy of making and sharing treats. They taste amazing and is so easy to make.While planning to make holiday treats, I asked my kid what is his favorite one. Out of all he answered chocolate chip cookies.Now I get it, not everyone is a big fan of decadent cakes and treats.I also get cravings to eat cookies once in a while and cinnamon flavored cookies are simply irresistible.

 I used the basic short bread cookie recipe recipe.What is best about short bread cookie dough is that it is very versatile recipe.You can make hundreds of adaptions and add different flavorings. Cinnamon and chocolate chips cookies is perfect tea time snack, or just with a glass of milk.If this wasn't good enough,here is another way you can make it even more amazing with cinnamon glazed icing.This recipe will yield around 16 cookies. Try this you w…

Lychee Cashew Nut Payasam

Lychee Cashew Nut Payasam
Payasam is very popular dessert in Kerala and is made on every special occasions.Payasam is a very satisfying dessert and there are several varieties of payasam. This is a flavorful fruit and nut payasam. It is made with lychee fruit and cashew milk. Lychee is a summer fruit and  is very flavorful, and has a beautiful texture, soft ,translucent and sweet. You can buy cashew milk from the supermarket. I used Silk Creamy Cashew Milk. In addition sago pearls gives this pudding/payasam the desired creamy consistency. You can substitute it with rice or ada.Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Chopped lychee-1 1/2 cup
Cashew Milk- 2 1/2 cup
Condensed milk- 3/4 cup
Cashew nut (to make a paste)- 10-12
Sago pearls/ chowari-1/2 cup
Sugar-3 tbs
Chopped cashew nuts- 8-10
Raisins- a few
Crushed cardamom-3-4
Ghee-2 tsp




First step is to cook the sago. In a heavy bottom pan add 5-6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the sago pearls/chowari and allow it to boil…

Chicken Fry- Kodavu style (Coorg)

Chicken fry Kodavu style (Coorg)
 Kodavu Chicken  Fry is very yummy and easy to make chicken recipe. It is basically a dry preparation.I love experimenting with chicken and one of my cousins  shared this beautiful recipe last week. Star ingredient in this recipe is kachampuli or Coorg vinegar. This seems to be one predominant flavor in most Coorg recipe-the sourness from kachampuli. I have earlier posted a Coorg recipe with pork and it also has kachampuli.This chicken fry is unique with right combination of earthy spices and surprise sourness,but it is an extremely delectable chicken fry. You can also use dried kodampuli for this recipe.Serve with rice or chapathi.

Recipe courtesy: My cousin Siddharth 

Ingredients
Chicken - 1 lb
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Oil- 3-4 tbs
Onion- 1 medium
Chilly- 2
Ginger - 1 inch thick
Garlic- 5-6 pods
Curry leaves- a few
Kachampuli- 3/4 - 1 tsp

(or two piece kudampuli )
Coriander leaves- to garnish
Salt to taste

To roast and grind
Cor…

Vadukapuli Naranga Curry/Wild Lemon Pickle

Vadukapuli Naranga Curry/Wild Lemon Pickle
Vadukapuli naranga curry/ wild lemon pickle is a traditional recipe in Kerala Sadhya. It is a tangy and spicy lemon curry.You can also serve lemon pickle,but vadukapuli naranga curry gives the authentic Sadhya taste. Wild lemon is larger in size, sour to taste and more juicer than regular lemon.It is usually made a day before Sadhya so that it sits and the flavors develop and will be perfect when it is time to serve.It does not have a long shelf life like regular pickle and is more like a spicy curry,but it can kept in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.Try this spicy condiment,you will surely love it.
Ingredients
Vadakapuli naranga- 2 medium size
Thinly sliced Ginger-2 inch thick piece
Green chilly-3-4
Shallots- 1
Chilly powder- 2 tbs
(or according to your spice tolerance)
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- small gooseberry sized ball
Jaggery- a small piece
Curry leaves- a few
mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Salt to taste
oil


Mawa/ Milk Powder Burfi

Mawa/ Milk Powder Burfi
Burfi is one of my favorite sweets and this milky fudge candy is undoubtedly one of the easiest to make. If you have mawa milk powder in hand you can make this in less than 15 minutes.This delicious milk candy/fudge is a yummy treat for any festival or holiday season. If you do not have mawa milk powder you can substitute it with full fat milk powder. Try this, you will surely love it.


Ingredients
Mawa powder- 250 grams
(or full fat milk powder)
Milk- 1 cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Cardamom- 3-4
Ghee- 3 tbs
Sliced almond or pistachios-  to garnish



Make a fine powder of sugar and cardamom and set aside.
In a heavy bottom melt butter and add milk and mawa powder/milk powder. Mix well till it well combines and there is no lumps. Keep stirring in low flame for two to three minutes.
Into this add powdered sugar and cardamon and mix. The mixture will start to loosen a bit, but it will soon thicken and come together.
Continue to stir till it leaves the edges of the pan and can be…

Artichoke Chicken Pasta Salad

Artichoke Chicken Pasta Salad
This is a colorful,zesty and filling pasta salad perfect for lunch box, weekend lunch or potlucks.I often make pasta salad for my kid. The recipe is very simple and you can customize according to your preference. This artichoke pasta can be made in a jiffy, just  add cooked pasta, stir fried or grilled chicken,toss salad dressing and let it sit for the flavors to develop. Try this, you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Pasta- 6 oz.
Chicken- cut into small pieces- 1 cup
Shallots-1
Garlic minced- 2 cloves
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
Artichokes hearts- 4 oz.
Chopped basil- 1tsp
Chopped parsley- 1 tbs
Chopped tomatoes- 1/2 cup
Lemon Zest -a pinch
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Red wine vinegar- 2 tsp
Olive oil- 1 tbs
Parmesan cheese grated- 2 tbs
salt to taste  




Cook  pasta in boiling water, add salt and cook till soft. Drain and drizzle some olive oil on top and set aside.

Into a hot pan add butter and oil and stir fry chicken. Season it with salt an pepper and fry till s…

Maida Butter Murukku

Maida Butter Murukku
Happy Diwali to all my friends and readers!  Murukku is the perfect tea time snack, crunchy and savory. Murukku is often made for Diwali.In my house murukku is everyone's  favorite. This recipe is shared by my aunt Suma. It was my late grandmother's recipe. The best part of this recipe is that it is easy and can be made in a jiffy. It is made with maida and butter. With this recipe you can make 15-18 murukku. If you want a larger batch you can use half kg flour and 50 grams of butter. This is a crunchy and delicious murukku. Try this,you will surely love it.

Recipe source : My aunt Suma Padmanabhan

Ingredients
Maida/All purpose flour- 2 cups
Butter- 2 1/2 tbs
salt to taste
Sesame seeds- 1 tbs
Carom seeds/Aijwan- 1/8 tsp
Oil for frying




The first step is to steam the maida/all purpose flour. Place the flour in a thin cloth, tie into a small pouch and steam in a steamer/idli cooker for 5-7 minutes. Transfer this into a bowl and allow it to cool down.
When coo…

Karal Ularthiyathu/Mutton Liver Pepper Fry

Karal Ularthiyathu/Mutton Liver Pepper Fry
Spicy liver fry or masala tastes delicious.This recipe is liver/karal Ularthu, which is a kind of stir fry. The liver is cooked first and then stir fried with the masala.You can also make chicken or meat using the same recipe.Usually thin slices of coconut is added to the ularthu,but here I have used grated coconut.The star ingredients in this recipe is crushed chilly flakes  and pepper, which gives a nice spice kick. This goes well with rice and chapathi.



Ingredients

Goat liver  - 1/2 Kg
Shallots- 10-15
Ginger- 2  inch thick
Garlic-2-3
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
(or thinly sliced coconut- 3 tbs)
Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Whole red chilly-5
(or according to spice tolerance)
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Coconut oil
Salt to taste



Cut liver into small cubes. Rub with salt and turmeric powder and wash liver pieces thoroughly for at least three to four times. Drain out al…

Pandan Butter Mochi

Pandan Butter Mochi
Butter Mochi is a Hawaiian sweet snack/dessert, full of tropical flavors that you cannot resist.Butter mochi is the Hawaiian version of the Japanese sweet rice cake/mochi. This is a quick recipe with rice flour,coconut and butter. I added pandan paste and pistachios for extra flavor and color. The rice flour used in this recipe is Mochiko/sweet rice flour which you can find in any Asian grocery stores. In this recipe along with Mochiko I  added organic coconut flour which is optional. Butter mochi has a rich, chewy and buttery texture. Try this,you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Mochiko/Rice flour- 2 cups
Coconut flour- 1 1/2 cup
(above two combined or one box of mochiko- 16 oz)
Baking powder- 2 tsp
Sugar- 2 cups
Butter- 1 stick
Egg- 4
Milk- 2 cups
Coconut milk- 1 can/400 ml
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Pandan flavor paste- a few drops
Pistachios chopped- 3 tbs




Pre heat oven to 350 degree F.
In a large mixing bowl add melted butter and sugar and mix well.
Add egg an…

Bread Vada

Bread Vada
Bread vada can be made with left over bread, it is an instant vada. It is a yummy tea time snack and can be made in a jiffy.This recipe is inspired from Mrs. Vahchef YouTube Channel. It is soft and spongy in the inside and crispy outside. It is mildly spiced and flavored with pearl onions,ginger and curry leaves. Try this, you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Bread slices- 8
Rava/Sooji- 3 tbs
Rice flour- 2 tbs
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida/Hing- a pinch
Yogurt -1/2 cup
Pearl Onions- 4-5
Ginger finely chopped- 1 inch thick
Curry leaves finely chopped- 1 spring
Green chilly  finely chopped- 3
salt to taste
Oil- 2 cup to fry


In a food processor pulse the bread till it becomes a course mixture. Transfer this into a bowl and add the rice flour,rava, salt, chilly powder and hing(asafoetida) and mix well.

Into this add the yogurt and mix. Adjust consistency by adding little water. Do not add too much water,just enough to moist the bread crumbs, so that it holds sha…

Kerala Beef Biryani

Kerala Beef Biryani
Biryani is a glorious one pot meal,satisfying and delicious. It is an exotic dish prepared and served on all festive occasions. The rice and meat is gently spiced and flavored with earthy spices. Biryani is a one pot meal, but not easy (of course there is a quicker pressure cooker version! ), as prepping and making a good biryani is time consuming. But once in a while I do crave for Biryani  as a weekend dinner. I have already shared a lot of Biryani recipes in this blog. Here's one more to the list- it is a Kerala style beef biryani. 


Ingredients
To cook rice
Kaima Rice- 3 cups
Ghee- 1 tsp
Fried onion- 2 tbs
Salt- to taste
Water- 6 cups
Cinnamon- 2 inch
clove- 4-5
Star Aniseed - 2
Green chilly -1
Chopped pineapple- 3 tbs
Mint leaves- a few

For the masala

Beef - 1 kg
Ghee- 3-4 tbs
Shallots- 1 cup
Green Chilly- 10
Ginger- 2 inch piece
Garlic pods- 8-10
Tomato-3 small
Carrot Cubed- 3/4 cup
Chopped coriander leaves and mint- 1 tbs
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly…

Vietnamese Caramelized Fish with Basil

Vietnamese Caramelized Fish with Basil
Vietnamese Caramelized fish is very different from the fish recipes I have tried. This recipe is inspired from here and a recipe I found in a South Asian cook book. Both recipes call for fish sauce, but I am not a fan of fish sauce. So if you are like me use dark soy sauce or oyster sauce.  This is crispy fish in sticky sweet and savory sauce flavored with basil. The traditional recipe is braising the fish in clay pot.The recipe calls for catfish, but you can try with other thinly sliced fish.
Ingredients
Fish - 1 1/2 lb
Corn starch- 1 tsp
Ginger- thinly sliced- 2 tsp
Shallots sliced- 1/2 cup
Garlic- 3 pods
Green chilly-2
Basil leaves-a hand full
Dark brown sugar/palm sugar- 3 tbs
Fish sauce - 1 tsp
(I used dark soy sauce- 1 tsp)
Black pepper powder- 1 tsp
Red Curry paste- 1 tsp (optional)
Lemon grass powder- 1/4 tsp
Galangal powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil as needed



Cut and clean the fish. Pat dry with a paper towel.Marinate with salt,pepp…

Capsicum Kadumanga

Capsicum Kadumanga
Kadumanga is indispensable in Kerala Sadhya. It is a spicy condiment made with green mangoes. Whenever we get raw mangoes I make a batch of Kadumanga which is a quick and instant mango pickle. Capsicum/bell pepper tastes yummy in pickles and has a unique flavor.This is not excessively spicy and makes a good accompaniment with rice. It can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.Try this you will surely love it.

Ingredients
Raw mango chopped- 3cup
Capsicum chopped- 2 cup
Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Ginger thinly sliced- 1 tsp (optional)
Garlic- 4-5 cloves
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp+ 1/2 tsp
Green chilly chopped- 4
Chilly powder- 2 1/2 tbs
(Or according to your spice tolerance)
Salt to taste
Gingerly oil- 1/3 cup
Curry leaves-2 springs
Hot water- 1/2 cup
Vinegar- 2 tbs (optional)




Wash and wipe the mangoes dry, remove skin and chop into small pieces. Mix in salt and keep aside for 2-3 hours.This will help to shed liquid from the mango. Do not discard th…
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