Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nadan chena sambar / Yam sambar /Suran sambar

Chena sambar is a very easy to make curry as there is no fine cutting and chopping involved .The yam is cut into big pieces and so is the ginger and green chili.




This age old recipe comes to you from Ammumma (granny).Let me quote what she says"Nallavannam  vevunna chena ayirikanam." She has a unique recipe for making this sambar which I am sure you will find nowhere else.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bok choy and cabbage clear soup / Soup for the sick / Low cal winter soup

Cabbage clear soup is ideal to have after days of heavy feast holidays .Cabbage boiled is great tasting i know you must be thinking ,"Whattt is wrong with her?"Honestly it tastes really good if u are courageous enough to try it.This one with the bok choy /Chinese cabbage brings an interesting twist and mellows the cabbage's taste.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey(For a small family) -Kerala style recipe /Turkey recipe

Thanksgiving is a celebration time and it is the turkey that gets to regally occupy the center of the dinner table all glistened up .Everyone is sure to give it at least one good look before the carving takes place .



Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a must have for traditional Thanksgiving .It is served along with roasted turkey.Pretty simple to make well ahead of time say two to three days and put in the fridge with a tight lid.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Homemade red grape wine / Kerala sweet wine / Easy wine making

Be it Thanksgiving,Christmas or a fall party, homemade wine always gets all the attention it deserves.It is definitely a matter of pride for me to make a batch of  wine successfully without any ceramic jar,gadget or wine making kit  .Grapes ,sugar and yeast are the only ingredients that go into this wine.



           This red wine has beautiful floral notes and I can say a sweet wine you are sure to fall in love.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Inji puli / Sweet and sour ginger pickle

Inji puli is ginger pickled in tamarind and jaggery .This is super sweet version of  inji puli Palakkad special,yet another ancestral home recipe.Dark, aged tamarind is only used to make it .A big difference here is ginger is not fried.

Inji puli balances the heat of all the fiery hot mango or lemon pickles that are served on the side of the banana leaf in a traditional feast(sadhya).


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chili garlic fish -the easy way / Fish glazed in chili garlic sauce

Tilapia or Swai fillets are excellent for making this easy version of chili garlic fish.If u want to whip up something fast some sauces really come in handy to make the twist like the chili garlic sauce.I skip coating fish in the batter and deep frying instead I shallow fry the fish with two or three teaspoons of oil,carefully in a non stick pan without crumbling it.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chicken pot pie

Chicken pot pie-An American comfort food.As I started making this often I understood why it is called so.It is almost a one pot  wonder  and a complete meal with vegetables, meat and bread. Ideal for serving on cold nights without too much slogging in the kitchen.