Friday, July 30, 2010

Kheema fry

Beef Kheema fry
Kheema or Keema or Qeema is minced meat. I have this strange inhibition... I have tried so many times to buy minced meat from a shop... But something stops me... I always end up mincing it myself...

The picture you see on the right is beef keema fry. I have tried the same recipe with fish and fish roe. Fried keema can be used as a dry side. This also happens to be the step one of many other recipes

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mango Banana Cherry

Mango Banana Cherry
Mangoes, bananas and cherries... Oh all so good... :)
Wonder what happens if you blend three awesome fruits!!!

Well I decided to try it out and it turned out soo good...
So dont just wonder... try out the below recipe...

Replacing the cherry with red grapes is also a good option. I liked cherry better cos it gave a red tint :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Vegetable stew

Vegetable stew
This one is my patriotic curry ;) It has the national colors of India :D... okay.. minus the blue

I always wanted to make this look whiter... But carrot gets in the way... Once i tried cooking carrot separately and then added to the stew...but taste suffered... :( Any battle between taste and UI (user interface... or in other words the appearance..) of food is won by taste...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Spicy Shrimp Fry

Last night, we had a sudden craving for shrimp fry and dint want to do any deep frying...
The solution : bring in the onions 
And the result : on your left :) 

Shrimp is something that was consumed very scarcely at home...they are known to boost allergies... Even today we are very mindful of the quantity of shrimp we consume. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mampazha Pulissery - Mangoes in yogurt sauce

Chandrakaran is a variety of mango that used to be available in south India. I have not seen them in years... I dont mean to suggest that they are extinct... hope not... Dont know the scientific name or for that matter any other name of this variety. They were small...smaller than apples...was one of the most aromatic varieties in was thicker than other varieties... but inside was pulpy... This variety was not sliced, but the pulp was sucked out by making a small bite on its skin...much like sipping without a straw... 

Thursday, July 15, 2010


The cute little flower buds with a lot of medicinal powers. An important part of Indian cuisine. 

Also known as:
Grambu, Karayambu in Malayalam

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Green peas pulao

Simply put, pulao is flavoured rice. Depending on what kind of spices are used, it would fall under more specific categories of Mediterranean or Asian cuisine. Does that really matter??? I doubt.

I am tagging this under Indian cuisine as I use garam masala. Of all the pulaos, this one is super simple, has a wonderful flavor,  and takes about 15 mins in all... A wonderful combination that makes me smile :)   

Monday, July 12, 2010

Broken wheat upma

Broken wheat upma
Traditionally, upma falls into the category of  south Indian breakfasts... For me, these fall into light lunch/dinner or a heavy snack... You can spice them up with your favourite pickle, or mix with raitha or have them as is...

Broken wheat

Broken wheatThis is also called cracked wheat and is considered to be much healthier than rava, sooji, semolina etc.
Payasam (a dessert) made of broken wheat is a festival food back home and is one of my favourites...

Also known as:
Gothambu nurukku in Malayalam