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Crispy crunchy Pakwan with Dal !

 

It’s strange how you meet up with new people every day in your life .There are moments when you feel that you are at the verge of existence but its inspiring how a total stranger can create a new character in  your life …Its a similar kind of experience that I had travelling for the research of my new books.Its pretty much amazing to see that there are people in the villages who love what they do in their life despite facing day to day crisis.

Dal pakwan has always been one of the highlight recipes from my recipe diary .Its traditionally a very famous Sindhi breakfast .Recipes have always been a fascination and their collections a hobby .May be I might have got that from my mother .During school days I fancied clipping out all the recipes that had fancy photos.Its crazy how I used to stick them up in a diary and try to try them out on weekends.My kids are the ones who have taken up those crazes now all they would love to do on a holiday is to cook something of their own .I guess I have two budding foodies all set to conquer my kitchen … 

Dal Pakwan
1195 calories
175 g
0 g
41 g
36 g
3 g
441 g
376 g
21 g
0 g
34 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
441g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1195
Calories from Fat 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g
63%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 376mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 175g
58%
Dietary Fiber 24g
98%
Sugars 21g
Protein 36g
Vitamin A
53%
Vitamin C
649%
Calcium
18%
Iron
65%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of chana dal /chick pea lentils soaked for 30 mins
  2. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  3. 1tbsp of oil
  4. 1/2 tsp of dry mango powder
  5. 3-4 green chillies chopped
  6. 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
  7. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  8. 1 tbsp of onion finely chopped
  9. 1 tsp of tamarind extract
  10. coriander leaves
  11. salt to taste
  12. For Pakwan
  13. 1 cup of All purpose flour
  14. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  15. 1tsp of oil
  16. Salt to taste
  17. oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Wash and pressure cook the lentils with turmeric powder, water and salt to taste for about 5-6 whistles.Once cooked slightly mash the lentils with a wooden spoon . Heat oil in a wok , fry cumin seeds and green chillies .Add in chilli powder and dry mango powder .Make sure that you stir and keep it on low flame so that you are not burning the powders. Stir in the cooked lentils and turn off the flame .Garnish with chopped onions and coriander leaves.
  2. For the pakwans, mix salt , flour , cumin seedsin a bowl .Pour in water slowly and knead it into a dough .You can also add a teaspoon of oil to the dough to smoothen out the dough .Let the dough sit for about 10-15 minutes.Divide the dough into balls and roll each ball into discs.Prick with a fork on the rolled out dough . Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the pakwans till they are golden and crisp.
  3. Serve warm with dal .
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41g
protein
36g
carbs
175g
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Broccoli Rotis

The best part of staying in Munnar is to get hold of the local fresh veggies . Broccoli is one such veggie that I love to cook with .Soups and salads were my first preferences when I started to cook with them .But it wasnt a big hit with my kids as they rarely fancied them on their plates . Being a mother my first priority has always been to find out ways to include them in the daily diet .The fun part of cooking is to keep innovating recipes .That’s one way that I came up with the Broccoli Rotis which is now a fave with my young one .”Amma , you know these green rotis are much better if you add extra ghee to them …well thats how I want them !” my younger one chuckles and adds on, “But u dont have to add more ghee to my brothers rotis….” with a naughty smile. Hmm ….that was short ignite to the reason for a  new fight that started off in a matter of minutes..

 

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Broccoli Rotis
1326 calories
221 g
11 g
35 g
33 g
5 g
878 g
362 g
14 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
878g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1326
Calories from Fat 311
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
54%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 362mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 221g
74%
Dietary Fiber 11g
44%
Sugars 14g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
90%
Vitamin C
779%
Calcium
14%
Iron
32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. For the Filling
  2. 2 tbsp of oil
  3. 1 onion finely chopped
  4. 3-4 green chillies chopped
  5. 7-8 Broccoli florets
  6. Salt to taste
  7. 1/2 tsp of dry mango powder
  8. 1 tsp f garam masala
  9. For the dough
  10. 2 cups of wheat flour
  11. 1 tsp of ghee
  12. Salt to taste
  13. water as required to knead
  14. Ghee to panfry the rotis
Instructions
  1. Mince the broccoli in a blender or food processor .
  2. Heat oil in a pan , saute onions and add in green chillies .
  3. Once the onions are translucent add the minced broccoli .Stir add water and salt .Cover & cook till the the water has totally evaporated .Keep aside .
  4. In a bowl mix wheat flour , salt and ghee .Pour in the required amount of water and knead the mix into a dough .Leave it to rest for about 10 minutes . Now pinch and roll balls out of the dough , flatten them , dust them with wheat flour .Dusting with flour stops it from sticking a lot to the rolling pin .
  5. Roll them thin .spoon some of the broccoli mix and fold from all the four sides into a square.Dust again with wheat flour and roll them out thin .
  6. Pan fry the rotis on both sides on a flat pan with ghee.
  7. Serve rotis with pickles, raita or curries.
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35g
protein
33g
carbs
221g
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Festive vibes , Buchmesse & Bread pudding !

Baking, Desserts, flour, Sweets | December 29, 2016 | By


    Its been a few months of happenings all through .In October at last I happened to be at Frankfurt World bookfair representing my cookbooks at the Worlds Largest Book Fair representing India.With all the set of mishaps with last year Frankfurt fair  it was quite nerve wracking till I got my visa.To be at the Frankfurt fair was a big moment and meeting up with some of the most wonderful people was even the most memmorable moment.Catching up with most of the cookbook authors after the awards in May was even more exciting .My kiddos were’nt quite happy of me travelling without them …well I truly missed them ..I just couldn’t help myself from from laughing when they used to call me up and complaint about each other ..on Skype! Gosh ! My pranksters !!!

Back from Frankfurt and it was a whirlwind of happenings .. with my fathers accident ..and a few weeks later my uncle passed away ..it was a quite a bit of shock ..my father is still in the process of recovering ..and I really hope to have him all healthy …In the midst of all this I was  featured on the cover of a leading magazine in Kerala , “Karshakasree”

Now on to the recipe of the  Italian Bread Pudding .I just love this super quick pudding …

Italian Bread Pudding
1828 calories
206 g
367 g
109 g
18 g
67 g
921 g
661 g
132 g
0 g
36 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
921g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1828
Calories from Fat 961
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 109g
168%
Saturated Fat 67g
334%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 367mg
122%
Sodium 661mg
28%
Total Carbohydrates 206g
69%
Dietary Fiber 13g
52%
Sugars 132g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
73%
Vitamin C
59%
Calcium
55%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1tbsp of butter
  2. 2 apples , peeled , cored and sliced in to rings
  3. 85g granulated sugar
  4. 2tbsp of apple juice
  5. 4 thick slices of bread with the crusts removed
  6. 300ml of fresh cream
  7. 2eggs beaten
  8. Rind of 1 orange , cut into short thin sticks
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease a 1.2 litre deep casserole with butter .
  2. Arrange the apple rings in the bottom of the dish .Sprinkle half of the sugar over the apples.Pour the juice over the apples.Add the bread slices , pushing them down with your hands to flatten them slightly .
  3. In a bowl mix the left over sugar with the orange rind and cream .Pour the mixture over the bread .Set aside to soak for about 30minutes .Preheat oven at 180degree celsius and bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden and set .Remove from oven , set aside to cool slightly and serve warm .
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1828
fat
109g
protein
18g
carbs
206g
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Spicin up the win of “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala “

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

                                                                                                                       Franklin D. Roosevelt 

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     Indeed the thrill and joy of achievement is just unexplainable. Last year in the month of July when I was at my parents place for the monsoon break from school , I least expected the outcome of my long awaited cookbook  “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala” .I have had the craziest as well as the most unexpected  circumstances when I look back .I lost the data of my book thrice and then send it for print .Things were totally haywire with my harddisk broken , my laptops display dead and so on ….it was just never ending and I had time constraints as I was to exhibit my books at the Frankfurt World Book fair …When the book print was all sorted just two days before my flight I am informed that my visa got rejected ..It was totally devastating  🙁 ..to top all these my son was down with pneumonia .I tried my level best ..but unfortunately I couldnt make it to Frankfurt .The books were exhibited there as my brother was there for the event ..but it took me months to recover from the mishaps .

Whatever happened, happened for good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for good.
Whatever will happen, that will be for good as well. –

                                                                                  Bhagvad Gita 

   Its taken me a very long time to share with all of you the news of my book , but as its told better late than never ..so I am very  happy , excited, thrilled, ..you can take up all the synonyms that can go with it ….to share with you all tht my cookbook , “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala ” which is on the snacks of Kerala cuisine has won “Best Indian cookbook in the world ” for the Gourmand world cookbook awards 2015-16  from 209 countries representing India .I seriously had no words to say on stage… when I was called up I was in all tears ….

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   Its great to win the Gourmand awards the second time and experience the whole event  .Earlier it was for my cookbook “Lip smacking Dishes of Kerala” which won the 3rd Best Local Cuisine book in the world for 2013-14 at the Gourmand World cookbook awards from 187 countries representing India , held at Beijing , China .

Now to spice up all this news I have a recipe for a pickle that I made from the garden fresh cherry tomatoes…

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Cherry tomato pickle
480 calories
34 g
0 g
39 g
8 g
3 g
437 g
441 g
16 g
0 g
34 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
437g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Calories from Fat 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g
60%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 441mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 11g
46%
Sugars 16g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
163%
Vitamin C
513%
Calcium
11%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4kg cherry tomatoes
  2. 2tbsp of kashmiri chilli powder
  3. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  4. 2-3 green chillies chopped
  5. 1 small piece of ginger finely chopped
  6. 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  7. 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds
  8. 1/4 tsp of asafoetida powder
  9. 2-3 tbsp of oil
  10. 1/2 tsp of sugar
  11. 1 tbsp of vinegar
  12. salt to taste
  13. 2-3 sprigs of curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan , add oil and fry the tomatoes till they shrink in size and seperate.In the remaining oil , pop mustard seeds, add fenugreek , ginger, green chillies and stir fry them for a minute or two on med flame .Lower the flame and stir in the turmeric and kashmiri chilli powder .Once the oil starts seperating add in the vinegar .I added a little extra vinegar so that i can cook the the sauce a bit more .You can also add water but that at times accelarates mould growth in the pickle .
  2. Now mix in the fried tomatoes , add sugar , asafoetida , salt and curry leaves .Turn off the flame and let it cool before you bottle them .
  3. Enjoy these pickles with rice or rotis ...
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39g
protein
8g
carbs
34g
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A few months back when Facebook team contacted me to do a video on my journey from a homemaker to an entrepreneur I had no clue of what to expect .My latest cookbook “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala ” won the “Best Indian cuisine book in the world” for the Gourmand world cookbook awards 2015-16.A few weeks back I received  an email from Facebook India with the statistics of the reach…”The video had reached 600,000 people across India! The video itself has been viewed 300,000 times ”
I whole heartedly thank all the wonderful people who had viewed,supported,encouraged ,shared and liked the video .Kudos to YourStory for the wonderful video 🙂

Greg Grano and Sarah Sellman two wonderful filmmakers from SanFrancisco did a portfolio on me for the website Hooplaha-Only good news  ..it was just magic as the video is very close to my heart ..

Its crazy when I look back and see how my passion for food has created magic …the magic of following my heart!!!

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The Impeccable crave for Caramel Custard :)

Baking, Desserts, Sweets | March 27, 2016 | By

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A spin of the time wheel and back to being a child …..gosh wish that happened !!!When you are a child all you wish is to be a grown up and you get to do things that you want to do and when you are grown up you are more bounded with all the worldly expectations that you least expected …well that’s life !!!

The school has closed down for a ten day break and I am at my home (hehe..of course my parents’ home ).For the past few months it’s been a suffocating schedule that I have been hooked up to with my younger one being a bit sick .There’s loads of news that has yet to be shared..a few are waiting to be yet unfolded.

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Today’s post is one that I have always longed to post …Baked Caramel custard!

Caramel Custard
3924 calories
377 g
1737 g
239 g
81 g
142 g
1505 g
1156 g
363 g
0 g
84 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1505g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3924
Calories from Fat 2110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 239g
368%
Saturated Fat 142g
711%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 71g
Cholesterol 1737mg
579%
Sodium 1156mg
48%
Total Carbohydrates 377g
126%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 363g
Protein 81g
Vitamin A
197%
Vitamin C
23%
Calcium
187%
Iron
30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1 can condensed milk
  3. 2 cups of heavy cream
  4. 2 tsps of cornflour
  5. 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  6. 5 eggs
  7. 1 cup of milk
Instructions
  1. In a bowl using blender mix all the ingredients except sugar till creamy. Heat a non-stick pan and melt the sugar without stirring till the sugar is wholly caramelized. Pour the caramelized sugar on to the base of the baking dish to coat the base evenly. Pour the creamy mix over it .Preheat oven at 180 degree and bake the custard for about 60 minutes or longer till the custard is set in a water bath in the oven. Once baked remove it from the water bath and let it cool down .Run a knife on the edges of the pan and invert it on to a plate. Cut in desired shapes and serve .
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3924
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239g
protein
81g
carbs
377g
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Coffee apple shots to sweeten the pristine year !

Desserts, icecreams, Sweets | January 25, 2016 | By

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Its surprising how 2015 is over and 2016 has started ..an year with quite a bit of happenings..moments of bitterness, humour , love and friendship an other year winds up and the upcoming days are awaiting to be unfolded ..

My long awaited cookbook on the snacks of Kerala at last came to life in October 2015 and was first exhibited at the Frankfurt world bookfair 2015…the worst part was that I couldn’t make it for the most unexpected reasons and my younger one was very sick for a few months.I guess ups and downs are after all a part and parcel of life .I was blessed to have some of my first and best experiences in life all topped with the love for food. That would have been the first and foremost experiences to treasure.

“Its strange how we find the best of friends in the most unexpected people.” This is one quote that I would totally agree with .. that I would say have brought me quite a number of friends in my life in the most unexpected situations of life ..for me life has always been a bag of surprises .The best part is to hitch in the surprises be it the bitter or best moments. This year here’s my profile teaser that was released ..

 

Starting off this years post on sweet note there’s one recipe from Lal Majid’s chocolate & dessert book ,”Deliciously Yours !”…that I have been longing to post ..”Coffee apple Bavarois” 

 

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Coffee Apple Bavarois
534 calories
59 g
279 g
31 g
10 g
18 g
429 g
98 g
51 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
429g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534
Calories from Fat 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g
47%
Saturated Fat 18g
90%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 279mg
93%
Sodium 98mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 59g
20%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 51g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
27%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
24%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg yolk
  2. 25g sugar
  3. 125ml milk
  4. 1 tsp of gelatin
  5. 75ml chilled cream
  6. 1 apple peeled and pureed
  7. 2 tsps of coffee
Instructions
  1. Boil milk on low heatwith the pureed apple .Beat chilled cream with an electric beater and set aside.Add egg yolk sugar gelatin into milk and mix well.Add coffee into the mixture and incorporate well.Let the mix cool.Fold in the whipped cream until smooth.Pour into glasses or bowls of desired shape and chill for 10 hrs before serving.
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31g
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10g
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Tahini cookies to spring up the festive spirits !!!

Baking, cookies, Snacks | December 25, 2015 | By

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   With the start of the festive break at school have been planning to put better use of the time that I save on from my busy bee schedule.I had met Orly Ziv author of “The Israeli cookbook”-a charming woman with a captivating smile during my visit to Beijing for the Gourmand World cookbook awards. Little did I know that our friendship would help us meet each other again in Munnar.It was the biggest surprise for me when Orly wrote to me that she had plans to come to Kerala and would love to meet up .We met up in May and had the best moments together..one of her gifts was the special tahini paste from Israel .It’s Christmas and heres a recipe for Tahini Almond cookiesfrom her cookbook that kept me craving for more..

 

 

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Tahini Almond cookies
3564 calories
461 g
0 g
170 g
76 g
23 g
801 g
429 g
152 g
0 g
138 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
801g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3564
Calories from Fat 1421
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 170g
261%
Saturated Fat 23g
117%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 65g
Monounsaturated Fat 73g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 429mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 461g
154%
Dietary Fiber 29g
117%
Sugars 152g
Protein 76g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
112%
Iron
145%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 cup wheat flour
  3. 1 cup almond flour
  4. 150g unsalted butte
  5. 3/4 cup sugar
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. pinch of salt
  8. 2 tbsp of water
  9. 1 cup of tahini
  10. almond silvers optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degree celsius
  2. In food processor blend all the flours, butter sugar , vanilla and salt till the mix becomes like coarse crumbs.Add water and tahini and process until smooth dough begins to form. Remove the dough from the food processor bowl and knead it a few times on the counter until smooth.Create small balls of the dough, place them on the baking sheet, then flatten each one slightly with your fingers.Press an almond silver on to the top of each cookie.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or untilgolden brown.Cool and serve.
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fat
170g
protein
76g
carbs
461g
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Heres the interview that was aired on the Timesgroup channel “Magic bricks now” in the show  Great Getaways

So heres wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas !!!!

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A revive ..with the delectable crab curry !

Curries, Non-veg, seafood | December 6, 2015 | By

cr3It’s after a gap of about 6 months that I am posting today….I had been head over heels on a few commitments that were lagging on .There were bubbles of happiness and a few perks of disappointments in this time span ..and after all thats all about life .The photos were always all set for my posts..but scheduling out my time to post was the hardest part …with my classes and working on my biggest project which was my new cookbook…”4 ‘o’clock temptations of Kerala”. This year I was invited over to the world’s largest book fair “The Frankfurt Book fair 2015” to represent my cookbooks. I was one among the 5 Indians to be a part of the Gourmet Gallery at the fair. Although I couldn’t make it at the last minute to the fair my new cookbook on the snacks of Kerala were exhibited at the fair….Thanks to my brother and the Frankfurt fair team .My new cookbook is an insight to the authentic snack recipes of Kerala.

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The new cookbook would be soon out for sale on my blog and other sites for sale within a month…

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So with all this hotchpotch at the background my recipe for today’s palette is a Srilankan Crab curry .This recipe was adapted from the cookbook “Saraogini’s  Srilanka food” by Sarogini Kamalanathan. A very composed and loving lady whom I had met during my visit to Beijing for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards last year in May 2014…she was Sarojini ..We had exchanged our cookbooks and I have been cooking many wonderful recipes from her collections….

Srilankan Crab curry
1097 calories
47 g
0 g
104 g
15 g
67 g
873 g
84 g
13 g
0 g
31 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
873g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1097
Calories from Fat 883
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 104g
160%
Saturated Fat 67g
333%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 84mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 47g
16%
Dietary Fiber 12g
47%
Sugars 13g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
158%
Vitamin C
390%
Calcium
18%
Iron
108%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium sized crabs, cleaned & prepared
  2. 2tbsp of oil
  3. 1 large onion sliced
  4. 1tbsp fenugreek seeds
  5. 1tsp mustard seeds
  6. 1 sprig of curry leaves
  7. 2 green chillies slit
  8. 2 tbsp of paprika powder
  9. 1 cup of water
  10. 1 ½ cup of coconut milk
  11. Sprig of drumstick leaves(muringa leaves)/ coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in an earthen pot or a heavy bottomed vessel , add fenugreek , splutter mustard seeds and sauté the onions till they caramelise, add green chillies, chilli powder , salt and stir. Add in the prepared crabs, pour in the water, give a good stir cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes. When the crabs have turned a nice orange colour ,add the coconut milk and slightly simmer for another 10 minutes, turn off the heat and garnish with fresh muringa leaves or coriander leaves and serve ..
Notes
  1. Its best to cook the crab curry at the least an hour before you serve ..
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104g
protein
15g
carbs
47g
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Dash of red ..a dash of cherry tomatoes!!!

pasta, veg | May 16, 2015 | By

Its been for long that I have been trying to get my cherry tomato plant healthy and bloomin..but every year theres something or the other that pours water on my intentions.This year too something similar happened.The first saplings were accidentally pulled out by our gardener who was busy levelling out the grass.The second sapling pulled out by rodents and phew.. the third set planted ..washed out by untimely rains this year.So this year I have decided to be more contented on using the cherry tomatoes that my friend was kind enough to share with me …

The cherry tomatoes are very small varieties of tomatoes. These beauties are so pretty in sight and they are thought to have originated in Peru and Northern Chile. These variety of tomatoes are used more in salads , with pasta, the dried versions in breads..

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Pasta with cherry tomatoes
895 calories
77 g
44 g
57 g
25 g
12 g
570 g
619 g
17 g
0 g
42 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
570g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 895
Calories from Fat 499
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g
87%
Saturated Fat 12g
58%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 44mg
15%
Sodium 619mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 77g
26%
Dietary Fiber 11g
45%
Sugars 17g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
86%
Vitamin C
76%
Calcium
46%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of bow pasta/ any other type of pasta
  2. 1 cup of cherry tomatoes chopped in half
  3. 1 tbsp of olive oil
  4. 2 tbsp of oil
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 2 tsp of chilli flakes
  7. ½ cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  8. 1 tsp of basil seasoning
  9. 1 tsp of thyme seasoning
  10. 2 onions finely chopped
  11. Crushed pepper to taste
  12. 3 cloves of garlic chopped
Instructions
  1.  Cook the pasta in boiling water with salt to taste and strain in a colander.
  2.  Heat oil in a pan saute the chopped onions with garlic till transparent.
  3.  Add in the cherry tomatoes and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  4.  Add in the chilli flakes and mix in the pasta.
  5.  Add basil, thyme and crushed pepper and mix.
  6.  Mix in the grated cheese and season with olive oil and turn off the flame.
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
895
fat
57g
protein
25g
carbs
77g
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Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
Nimi's Culinary Ventures http://nimisrecipes.com/
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Happy Vishu !!!

Uncategorized | April 15, 2015 | By

 

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Vishu is the start of the new year in Kerala..the festival of lights and fireworks. Vishu always strikes pictures of the vibrant yellow  Konna flowers (Cassia fistula) , the “Vishu kani ”  , Vishu kodi , the feast , the Vishu kaineettam …all floods in memories of childhood days..

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Wishing  all a happy and prosperous year with love, peace, hope and joy for the year ahead.

                                                                   Happy Vishu !!!!