Showing posts with label Kerala Dishes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kerala Dishes. Show all posts

Aug 1, 2017

495:Nadan Chembu Astram/ Traditional Kerala style Taro Root Curry

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Nadan Chembu Astram is a traditional dish of Kerala. Astram is a thick preparation with Curd, Chembu and coconut. It goes well with Kanji (Rice Porridge). Let's see how we can prepare this delicious recipe


Preparation Time:      10 Minutes
Cooking Time            25 Minutes
Recipe Category :      Vegetable Gravies, Kuzhambhu
Recipe Cuisine   :      Kerala, South Indian
Serves             :        3-4 People

Ingredients:

Diced Chembu / Taro root      2 cups  
Turmeric Powder                   ½ Teaspoon
Thick beaten   Curd               1 cup
Red Chili Powder                   1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves                        few
Salt                                    To Taste.

To Grind:
Grated Coconut:                 ¾ cup – 1 cup
Turmeric Powder:               1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin Seeds                      1 Teaspoon
Water:                              2 Tablespoon
  
To Season:
Coconut Oil                        2 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds:                  1 Teaspoon.
Whole Kashmiri Chili           3 Nos, broken
Curry leaves                       1 string

Method:

  • Wash the Chembu in running water.      Peel the skin and cut into round shape.
  • Put the Chembu into the big pan. Add water, Red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Boil and cook till done.

  • In the meantime, grind the ingredients listed to a smooth paste with little water.

  • When the Chembu is nicely cooked, put the ground mixture into it. Mix well. stir well and simmer the fire.       
  • Adjust water and let it simmer for 2 - 3 minutes or till everything is nicely combined.

  • Add the beaten curd. Mix well.  Take off from heat and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a seasoning pan , splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies.
  • Add this to the cooked Chembu curry.
  • Serve hot with Kanji and Rice.



Jun 1, 2017

492:Ethakka appam/ banana fritters

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Ethakka appam / Ripe banana fritters is an easy and traditional Kerala style snack made with ripe plantains.
Ethan pazham

Ingredients:

Ripe Bananas                         4 Nos.                 Coconut oil (Or) Cooking oil     For Deep Frying

For Batter

Water                                    ½ cup
All Purpose Flour (Maida)         1 cup
Rice flour                                2 Tablespoon
Sugar                                     2 Tablespoon
Bicarbonate of soda                 a pinch
Turmeric powder                     1/8 Teaspoon
Salt                                       To Taste

Method:

  • Peel the bananas and slice them into 3 pieces, lengthwise.
  • Add above batter items  into the mixing bowl, blend it thoroughly to form a semi thick batter with a dropping consistency and do make sure there no lumps in the batter.
  • Now dip the slices in batter and evenly coat them.
  • Heat the oil in a kadai.
  • Deep fry them until they become golden brown. Flip them in between.
  • Remove from oil and drain the excess oil with paper towel.
  • Serve hot with Masala Chai.




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May 5, 2017

490:Sambaram/Spiced Buttermilk

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Today I am sharing the recipe of Kerala style moru Sambharam. It is a curd based savory drink (flavored with ginger, curry leaves and chilies), it cools down the body the way no soft drink can ever do. It served at Sadya as it help to settle down the heaviness after such a huge spread and also aids digestion. If you haven't tasted this yet, do give this a try soon to feel energetic!!

Ingredients

Plain Yogurt/Curd               1 cup
Water                                2 cups
Ginger                               2’’inch
Green chilies                      2 no.
Curry leaves                      2 spring
Salt                                  To Taste.
Crushed Ice                      as needed

Method:

  • Crush ginger, chilies and using a mortar and pestle. Keep aside
  • Add the yogurt to the blender jar, add water and pulse it 2-3 times to mix well.
  • Add few crushed ice cubes along with salt, and blend all the ingredients together. Puree until smooth.
  • Transfer this mixture in a bowl add crushed ginger , green chilies and curry leaves. Mix well.
  • Transfer to a large pitcher and chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour the chilled butter milk into the glasses .
Notes:



  • Spice level can be adjusted according to your preference.
  • You can  also add Hing powder, a pinch of cumin seed powder and crushed Mint leaves to the butter milk.
  • The yogurt should be slightly sour to get the actual flavors. -






Enjoy!!









Sambharam

Mar 1, 2017

487:Kerala Style Tomato Rasam/ Tomato Sathuamuthu

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Rasam plays a vital role in our south-Indian meal. First part it helps in digesting the food easier and next, the spicy masalas helps to cure sore throat.
Tomato rasam recipe is one of the most popular of the south Indian rasam recipes. This is an easy and tasty way of preparing Rasam. Tomato is a main ingredient in this Rasam.  You don’t need cooked lentils for this rasam.

Preparation Time:      5 Minutes
Cooking Time            10 Minutes
Recipe Category :      Sathuamutu / Rasam
Recipe Cuisine   :      Kerala, South Indian
Serves             :        3-4 People


Ingredients

 Medium size Tomatoes          4 nos.
 Grated Ginger                       1 Tsp.
Green Chilies                         2 no. (Silted)
 Cumin seeds                         ½ Tsp.
Tamarind                              Gooseberry size
Turmeric Powder                     ¼ Tsp.
Black Pepper Powder                ½ Tsp.
Chili Powder                             ½ Tsp.
Asafetida powder                      ¼ Tsp.
Salt                                          to Taste.
Curry Leaves                             few
Coriander leaves                        for decoration.
For Seasoning
 Coconut oil                               1 Tsp.
Mustard seeds                           1 Tsp.

Method:

  • Wash and chop the tomatoes.
  • Soak the tamarind in a cup of water .Extract the juice and discard the pulp of it. Keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in kadai, add mustard seeds and its starts splutter add the chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and sauté it.
  • Add Turmeric powder and chili powder and sauté for a minute.
  • In mean time crush the green chilies, ginger and cumin seeds.
  • Add to the tomato mixture and sauté for a minute. Now add coriander leaves, pepper powder, asafetida powder to the tomato mixture.
  • Now add the tamarind juice to the tomato mixture. Add salt and boil for few more minutes.
  • Remove from the fire, add more coriander leaves, curry leaves and close the vessel.
  • Now tomato rasam is ready to serve
  • Serve with hot white rice and dry fry vegetables…. 


Note:
  •        Don’t let the rasam to boil for long time. Just the frothy texture is good enough for making a perfect rasam.




Sep 13, 2016

476: KADALA PARIPPU PRADHAMAN /Chenna Dhal Payasam

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Onam is a harvest festival and is the biggest celebration of state Kerala.  Kadalaparippu Pradhaman is another classic dessert or traditional Payasam of Kerala. Every Onam I try to make different kinds of Pradhaman or Payasam, Here I’m sharing my recipe for Paruppu Pradhaman. Wishing all Keralites a Happy and Prosperous Onam.

Ingredients:

Kadala Paruppu / Chenna Dhal      1 cup
Water                                          2 cups
Jaggery                                       300 gms
Thick Coconut milk                       1 cup
Thin Coconut milk                        2 cups
Powdered Cardamom                   2 Tsp.
Dry Ginger Powder                       ½ Tsp. 
Coconut slices                             1 Tbsp.
Ghee                                          3 Tbsp.
Cashew nuts                                2 Tbsp. 

Method:

  • Wash the Chenna dhal thoroughly. Pressure cooks it with 2cups of water for 3 whistles on medium high heat.
  • Meantime, boil the jaggery in 1 cup of water so that it melts completely.  Filter it and keep aside.
  • Open the cooker lid, and check the dhal. The dhal should be well cooked but should not become a paste.
  • Mash the chana dal with the back of a wooden spoon. Do not mash it to a very smooth paste.
  • Heats a wide pan add the 2 tbsp. of ghee, cooked dhal and jaggery.
  • Now pour the thin coconut milk, keep stirring, lower the heat to low and cook till the mixture has slightly thickened.
  • Now add cardamom powder and dry ginger powder to the mixture. Combine well.
  • Reduce heat and add the Thick coconut milk. Mix well and remove from the heat after a minute. DO NOT BOIL.
  • Heat 1 tsp of ghee in another pan and roast the Cashew nuts and coconut, add it to the Pradhaman
  • Drizzle 1 tbsp. ghee over the mixture.
  • Serve in a dessert bowl.

Note:

Adjust the jaggery and coconut milk according to your preference.




My Other Pradhaman Recipes  (Click the Link)

Palada Pradhaman Payasam
Chakka Pradhaman Payasam
Ada Pradhaman Payasam

Nov 29, 2015

450: Malabar Style Ghee Rice/ Ney Chooru

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Ghee Rice

Neychoru is a traditional and aromatic Malabar (Northern Kerala) recipe, simple to make, Served alongside a spicy curry.  Kaima rice is short grain rice, which is commonly used in Malabar area for the ghee rice. Here I used Basmati Rice.

Ingredients

Basmati Rice / Kaima Rice          2 cups 
Hot water                                 2 – 2 ½ cups
Salt                                         To Taste
Finely chopped Green chilies      1 Tbsp.
Crushed ginger                         1 tsp
Lime juice                                 1 Tbsp.      
Ghee                                        4 Tbsp.
Dry Masalas
Cloves -                                   3 no.
Cardamom                               3 no.
Cinnamon                                a small piece    
Bay leaf                                   1 no.     
Crushed peppercorns                4 to 5 no.
Fennel Seeds                           ¼ Tsp.
Star Anise                               1 no.
For Seasoning

Ghee                                      2 Tbsp.
Cashew nuts                           3 Tbsp.
Raisins                                   ¼ cup
Desiccated  coconut                 3 Tbsp.

For Garnishing

Chopped coriander leaves        2 Tbsp.

Method:

  • Wash and drain the rice and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee in a kadai.  To this, add cashew nuts and stir, till it becomes brown. Remove the cashew nuts. Repeat the procedure with raisins and desecrated coconut. Keep aside.
  • Crush together all dry masalas.
  • Heat the ghee in a  wide pan, add the crushed spices ,chopped green chilies and crushed ginger and fry for a couple of minutes over low flame.
  • Add the washed and drained rice in it and fry for a minute. Add the boiling water and salt to it and stir well
  • Close the lid and cook in medium flame for 5 to 10 minutes, cook till water is completely absorbed.
  • Remove the lid of the vessel and add some lime juice. Mix well.
  • Garnish with cashew nuts, raisins, fried Coconut and coriander leaves
  • Serve the ghee rice hot.

Note:

  • For Basmati rice   =   1 cup Rice : 2 Cups Water
  • For Kaima Rice     =   1 cup Kaima Rice   :   1 ½ cup Water.

  •  The rice cooking time may vary depending on the variety of rice. Check in between. If water is not enough or rice isn't cooked, add some hot water and cook till it is done.



Sep 1, 2015

442 : UNNIYAPPAM

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Sweet paniyaram aka Neyyappam, a common prasadam in Kerala temples. This sweet is must on Gokulashtami and karthigai deepam.  I already posted unniappam recipe  in my blog. This is slightly different from that. You can make this  even 20 minutesKrishna Jayanthi is very near, try this recipe

INGREDIENTS

 Rice flour                              1 cups

 Wheat Flour                          1/2 cup
 Jaggery                                150 gms
 Ripe banana -                       1 No.
 Coconut bits –                      1/4 cup
 Black sesame seeds              1½ Tbsp.
Green Elachi powder              1 Tbsp.
Baking soda                          1/3 Tsp.
Ghee -                                  1 Tbsp.

Coconut Oil /Cooking oil         For deep frying

Method:

  • Add a cup of water to jaggery and melt it. Strain the jaggery and let it cool.
  • Cut the banana and grind with 1 tbsp. of jaggery, till you get a smooth paste.
  • Fry the black sesame seeds and coconut bits in a ghee till it turns golden brown.
  • Take a big bowl, add the rice flour, wheat flour, banana gravy, baking soda and fried coconut bits ,black sesame seeds and melted jaggery. Mix well. Keep aside the batter for 30-45 mins
  • If the batter turns too thick after resting, add extra water to loosen it and stir well.
  • Heat the Unniappam mould, fill it ¾ of oil, pour the batter into mould.
  • When one side is cooked, using sharp ladle flip it.
  • Once appam is cooked, drain the oil and set aside.
  • Sometimes sugar is sprinkled on top to give that awesome black/brown and white contrast and add sweetness. Also it tastes far better if you take it after couple of days, instead of fresh.other 
Try my other Unniappam Recipe Here





Aug 1, 2015

439 : Naranga Curry / Sweet and Tangy Lemon Curry

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Naranga Curry

  
A sweet and tart lemon curry, usually served for traditional feast in Kerala. In Kerala, normally they use Vadugapuli Naranga (Citron Lemon) (Large Lemon with slightly thick peel). But here I substituted them with Fresh Large Lemons to prepare this yummy and spicy curry.

Ingredients

Citron Lemon (OR) Big Lemons    4 Nos
Finely chopped Ginger                 3 Tbsp.
Green Chilies (Chopped)              2 Tbsp.
Tamarind                                    Lemon Size
Jaggery                                      3 Tbsp.
Red Chili powder                           2 Teaspoons
Turmeric powder                           1 Teaspoon
Salt                                              To Taste      

For Seasoning
Coconut Oil                                  2 Tbsp.                                                                    
Mustard seeds                              1 Teaspoon
Dry red chili                                  3 Nos
Asafetida:                                    1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves                                Handful


Method:

  • Cut the lemon into small pieces. Remove the seeds.
  • Soak the tamarind in hot water for ½ an hour. Extract the juice.
  • Heat oil and add finely chopped green chili and chopped ginger. Stir for 5 minutes in medium flame. Add chopped lemon and cook till lemon pieces get soft.
  • Boil the tamarind water with jaggery. When jaggery and tamarind starts to come together and get little thick add chili powder, turmeric powder, fenugreek powder, and   asafetida into it and mix well.
  • And the tamarind mixture into lemon till gravy thickens.
  • Let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes till gravy thickens. Turn off the heat.
  • Now splutter mustard seeds, dry red chili and curry leaves and add this to the curry. Mix well and close the kadai for few minutes …
  • Now Naranga curry is ready …
  • Try to make curry Naranga curry 1 or 2 days before Sadya.






Nov 1, 2014

413: Palada Pradhaman/Milk Ada Pradhaman

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Palada pradhaman is very popular dessert in Kerala .It is made on occasions like Vishu, Onam & marriage feasts.  This a rich and delicious dessert and it is a fitting finale to the sadhya(feast), leaving your guest with unforgettable memories of the delicious Onam sadhya.

Ingredients:
Instant ada                              1 cup
Whole milk                              2 ½  cups
Evaporated milk                       1 tin
Water                                      1 cup  
Sugar                                      1 ½ cup
Green Cardmons                       6no. (crushed)
Saffron                                     a pinch
 Ghee                                       2 tbsp.
Cashews & almonds                   a handful

Method:
                           
  • Soak the adas in water for 30 minutes  Wash & drain in cold water 2-3 times until water is clean.
  • Place a heavy bottom vessel and add in one cup of water and allow it to boil. Add ada into it. When its almost cooked drain the water and keep aside.
  • Pour the milk , evaporated milk and saffron into the thick bottom non stick vessel, heat it.when it boils, add the sugar and continue boiling until it thickens.
  • When it is well reduced or thickened, add the cooked ada pieces into it.  Cook it in very low flame.
  • Finally add the crushed cardamom powder to  the milk  and  mix well. switch off the flame.
  • Blend the well boiled milk and the ada together and remove from the flame only when it reaches the consistency that makes it ready to serve
  •  Heat ghee and roast the cashew nuts and raisins and garnish on top.

Note:
You can make ada at home. Here is the recipe.

For making fresh ada:

Unnakkal ari (Raw rice)  - 1 cup.  Sugar   - 3 tsp. Coconut  - 1 tbsp.

  • Wash the unakkalari well and either powder it or grind it.
  • To this, add the sugar and the coconut oil, and mix it till it is slightly thinner than dosa batter consistency, but thick enough to be spread on a leaf. 
  • Tear the banana leaf into five portions, remove the fibre, and spread the batter on each leaf by hand. Flatten and smoothen it out.
  • Place a vessel of water on the flame, and when it boils well, add the flattened ada into it.
  • When the ada is cooked well, switch off the flame.
  • Drain the water and when it cools, gently separate each ada from the leaf.
  • Cut the ada into very small pieces.
  • Now ada is ready for Pradhaman. 


Note: see my other  Ada Pradhaman recipe

Jun 18, 2014

Uppumanga (Raw mangoes in brine)

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Last week, I had been to Indian store, when I saw the medium sized kaddu mangas (Baby raw mangoes), I could not believe my eyes. But it was very expensive, so I bought  only 2 pounds ,which was  only 14 mangoes.  

Manga uppilittathu with chilies is a delicious accompaniment with Kuthari Kanji.( I will post the recipe later).  This is oil free pickle.


Ingredients

Baby Raw Mangoes                        14 No.
Crushed Red chili Flakes                1 Tbsp.
Turmeric powder                           1/8 Tsp.
Green chilies                                 6 No.  (silted)
Raw Salt                                     1/8 cup-  ¼ cup
Boiled and cooled water                as required

Method:

  • Wash and wipe the mangoes with paper towel and allow the mangoes to air dry.
  • Heat water in a pan, add salt and turmeric powder. When the water boils rapidly switch off the stove and Allow to cool.
  • Arrange the mangoes in the glass bottle or in brine.
  • Add the mango into it . Then add the chopped green chilies and Red chili flakes.
  • Now add the cooled salt water in it.  When you are pouring them into the jars, push the mangoes inside such that they get submerged in the water.   There should be a layer of liquid on top.
  • Do not refrigerate now. 
  • Depending on where you live, the mangoes take their time to soak up.
  • I refrigerate it after the third day and it stays good for at least few months.
  • It’s ready to eat with curd rice. 
My Other Vadu Manga Recipe :    Kannimanga/ Vadu Manga








May 30, 2014

Sāmbhar

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Each state in the South prepares sambar with a typical variation, adapted to its taste and environment. Kerala Sambar is different from the typical Sambar made in the other South Indian states.  I made this sambhar without coconut. This is a simple recipe from my ‘Madappalli”. Enjoy

Ingredients
Tovar dhal                                      ½ - 3/4 cup
Tamarind                                        a small size
Turmeric powder                          ¼ Tsp.
Sambhar Powder                           2 Tbsp.
Red chili powder                           ¼ Tsp.
Asafetida powder                        ¼ Tsp. 
Salt                                               to Taste.   
Water                                          As required
Vegetables
 Chopped Okra                             4 No.
Carrot                                            1 No.(Cubed)
Tomatoes                                      2 No. (Chopped)
Silted Green Chilies                      3 No.
 Chopped Bell Pepper (Capsicum)  ¼ cup
Grated Ginger                                1 Tbsp.
Curry leaves                                  few

For Seasoning
Coconut Oil                                    2 Tbtsp.
Mustard seeds                              1    Tsp.
Broken Red chillies                        2 No.
Curry leaves                                   few

For Decoration
Coriander leaves                          few.

Method: 
  • Pressure cooks the dal with water & turmeric powder on high flame for 4 whistles. After that takeout from the cooker and mashed well and add enough water and blend it well.
  • Now add the all vegetables and salt and let it cook for few more minutes.
  • When the vegetables are half cooked add the tamarind water and let it cook till all vegetables are well cooked.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in another pan and add the sambar powder and Asafetida powder. Fry it for a minute; make sure that it doesn't get burnt. Add some water to the powder and make a thick paste,
  • Add this to the veggies and let it boil for 10 minutes in medium heat.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a pan, crackle the mustard seed, after that add all seasonings fry it.
  • Add this fried tempering into the cooking sambar. Remove from the fire.Decorate with coriander leaves.
  • Now Sāmbhar is ready to serve.
  • Serve hot with steamy rice, idlis and dosas.

  See my  other Sambhar Recipes :




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