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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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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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Soya Ginger Chicken ..a variant!

Soya Ginger Chicken ..a variant!

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Back after the rice porridge recipe with a new post. Its been quite some time since I posted a non veg recipe. Soya chunks have always had their fav place with my kids and I keep trying out more variations with it .The soya chunks have the best source of fiber and is quite high in protein content.

Its like the magic pill bundled up with all the good things. Last Sunday I was planning on what to cook for dinner and then popped up with this recipe of Soya Ginger Chicken.I have been using both sizes of soya chunks for my cooking..but have always found a soft spot for the mini soya chunks on count of their delicacy.

Soya Ginger Chicken
1542 calories
74 g
453 g
68 g
159 g
13 g
1247 g
764 g
29 g
0 g
49 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1247g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1542
Calories from Fat 611
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g
105%
Saturated Fat 13g
65%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 15g
Monounsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 453mg
151%
Sodium 764mg
32%
Total Carbohydrates 74g
25%
Dietary Fiber 16g
62%
Sugars 29g
Protein 159g
Vitamin A
122%
Vitamin C
898%
Calcium
28%
Iron
76%
* 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. ½ kg of Chicken cut into small pieces
  2. 1 cup of mini soya chunks
  3. 2 tsp of Soya sauce
  4. 2 tbsp of ginger sliced finely
  5. 2 tbsp of garlic sliced
  6. 2 large onions chopped
  7. 1 tbsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  8. 1 tsp of Garam masala powder
  9. 2 tsp of coriander powder
  10. 3 tsp of Chicken masala powder
  11. 1 tsp of black pepper powder
  12. 1 tomato pureed
  13. 3 tsp of oil
  14. Salt to taste
  15. For Tempering
  16. ¼ cup of sliced big onion
  17. 4-5 green chillies slit
  18. Oil
  19. Curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Soak the soya chunks in hot water for about 15minutes.
  2.  Heat oil in wok, sauté ginger and garlic, chopped onion till translucent.
  3.  Pour in the soya sauce and keep stirring, add in the chilli powder, coriander powder,
  4. pepper powder, garam masala powder and chicken masala powder.
  5.  Stir till the raw smell from the powders subside.
  6.  Add in the pureed tomato paste, ½ cup of water and let it simmer.
  7.  Wash the soya chunks in cold water and squeeze them out into the sauce along with
  8. the chicken pieces.
  9.  Add required amount of salt and cover and cook the chicken till tender.
  10.  Thicken the sauce so that the chicken & soya are coated and turn off the flame.
  11.  In a small pan fry out the sliced onions till in caramel color along with the slit green
  12. chillies and curry leaves.
  13.  Temper the dish with the fried items and add 2-3 tsp of chopped coriander leaves
  14. before serving.
  15.  Best served with rotis and fried rice.
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protein
159g
carbs
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Heres the feature that came up in the magazine Mahila Chandrika a Chandrika daily publication..

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Start off Monsoons with… Coconut Rasam!

 

Hah! Laggin on posts ……………………….

I’m not able to update up my news after Beijing….Its been running around most days ………travelling up and down ,classes, school,kids, welcomings, interviews…….Achoo…………… sniff.. …..Achooooo…..yikes its Monsoon back in Munnar and I have been haywire in my schedules…latest update am down with a cold…..Sniff! Sniff! Theres just one more week left for the school to close for monsoon vacations here in Munnar..

Here are a few paper reports that came up in a few regional papers…

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 Season is up for coughs and colds……so how about a special rasam???This Rasam is the best thing to have with rice if you are down terribly with a cold or fever. It’s more like a curry in its looks but is super Yumm soup!

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Coconut Rasam
175 calories
25 g
0 g
9 g
4 g
6 g
402 g
307 g
12 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
402g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
13%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 307mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 7g
29%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
51%
Vitamin C
31%
Calcium
10%
Iron
29%
* 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. ¼ cup of scraped coconut
  2. 2 tsp of cumin seeds
  3. 2 tsp of peppercorns
  4. 1 pod of garlic
  5. A gooseberry sized ball of tamarind
  6. 1 tomato (medium sized)
  7. ½ tsp of turmeric powder
  8. ¼ tsp of asafoetida powder
  9. 1 ½ tsp of Kashmiri chilli powder
  10. 1 cup of water
  11. 8-10 shallots sliced
  12. 1tsp of mustard seeds
  13. Coriander leaves
  14. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1.  Grind scraped coconut, cumin seeds, pepper, garlic and tamarind into and separate
  2. the smooth paste.
  3.  Slice the tomato and grind it into a paste and mix it with the coconut mix.
  4.  Heat oil in a wok, splutter mustard seeds, sauté the shallots, add in the turmeric
  5. powder and chilli powder, fry and pour in the ground mix.
  6.  Keep stirring and when it starts boiling; add in a cup of water and salt to taste.
  7.  When simmering, mix in asafoetida powder and a few chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Serve with rice and enjoy the monsoon.
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175
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9g
protein
4g
carbs
25g
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Tangy twist with Panchmel Dal!

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Hope everyone celebrated their New year blast..so whts up with the resolutions…???My first and foremost resolution was to try to blog a bit more frequently 😛 ..the funniest part is how much I will be stickig on to it. One more day to go for the school to reopen and then back to the busy bee schedules…ahhh ..the first days are really goin to be damn lazy.Moreover the temperature over here has dropped down to around -2 ..which makes you longing to cuddle up even more into ur blankets..;)

Heres an interview on me which was printed in the magazine Sthreedhanam (Deepika Newspaper) in this months issue..

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Heres the article that came up in Deshabhimani news paper on Jan 4th 2014

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Now for this times post..thought of giving u all a tangy rajasthani recipe. This curry is a combination of 5 dals.I have earlier put up a recipe on 5 dal curry ..but this one is a tangy & spicy one…

Panchmel Dal

1/3 cup split bengal gram lentil

1/3 cup of yellow split peas

1/3 cup of green gram split lentils

1 tbsp of deskinned split black lentils

1 tbsp of green gram

3 tbsp of ghee

2 cloves

2 bay leaves

1 tsp of umin seeds

2 green chillies slit

a pinch of asafoetida

2 tsp of dry mango powder

2 tsp of tamarind pulp

Salt to taste

For masala paste

3 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp of coriander powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

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 Clean and wash the lentils.Pressure cook them with 4 cups of water till the lentils are cooked.Keep aside.In a bowl combine the ingredients for the masala paste with 3 tbsp of water to mix well to make a paste.Keep aside.Heat ghee in a pan and add cloves , bay leaves , cumin, green chilllies and asafoetida. When the cumin seeds crackle , add the prepared masala paste and saute on medium flame fo rabot 1-2 mins.Add the cooked dal , dry mango powder, tamarind pulp and salt and simmer fo r5- 7 minutes.Add water if required.Serve hot with rotis!

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Creamy Mughalai Chicken!

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There’s loads of pics that I have been clicking around to upload on to my blog..hoping put them up in a few days.Yesterday being Saturday trying to laze around with my other chores was in a mood to pep up a heavy main course for my family.Its been a bit like ages since I cooked Mughalai Chicken.This creamy northie flavored dish was to go in hand with Missi rotis. Here the rains have been pouring quite heavily all of a sudden reminding that the monsoons are coming up….brrr..it is now getting a bit cold too..

Now off to the recipe of Mughalai Chicken..

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Mughalai Chicken

1/2 kg Chicken cut in medium sized pieces

3 big onions sliced

1 tomato chopped

1 tbsp of ginger and garlic paste

1/2 tsp of turmeric powder

1 tsp of chilli powder

1 tsp of coriander powder

1 tsp of garam masala powder

1/2 tsp of cumin powder

1/2 tsp of dry fenugreek leaves

1/2 cup of fresh cream

40 gms of cashews soaked in plain water and ground into a paste

1 egg whisked

Coriander leaves chopped

Salt  to taste

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan saute the onions,tomato and ginger garlic paste till pink and add in the tomatoes.Fry till it is mashed in,ad in turmeric powder,chilli powder , coriander powder,garam masala powder.Fry till the raw smell goes off and let it cool and grind this into a paste .Marinate the chicken pieces with the paste and add 1cup of water ,salt to taste , cover and cook till meat is tenderized.In an other pan heat 2 tsp of butter stir in dry fenugreek leaves and cumin powder.Pour in the cooked chicken with the gravy into the pan and let it simmer.Stir in the cashew paste on medium flame.In a small bowl mix the whisked egg and fresh cream together.Take care not to boil the cream .Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.Best served with naan,rotis and parathas..

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Vendakka(Okra) Curry and a Giveaway!

The best part after two months of heavy rain is when you see the sun smiling down on you.Clear blue skies and everything so green green..Hmm..by the way green reminds me of Okra.Yes today I have got a recipe for an Okra curry.If you are in the look out for a curry with cooked rice,this is a must try.
There’s a  small surprise ..scroll down after the recipe..I  have a free giveaway of my cookbook
 “Lip Smacking dishes of Kerala”!



Vendakka(Okra) curry

1/4 kg okra cut into medium sized pieces
1cup shallots sliced
2 tomatoes cut into small cubes
1tsp Sambar powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
3tsp Kashmiri Red chilly powder
1/4 tsp Yellow turmeric powder
tamarind(gooseberry sized)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4tsp  fenugreek seeds
oil for frying
curry leaves
salt to taste
For grinding
1 cup grated coconut

Heat a oil in a kadai  ,deep fry and separate the okra.Grind the grated coconut into a fine paste.
Heat 3tbsp of oil.Add in the mustard seeds and let it splutter.Then in goes the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.Add in the sliced shallots and saute till translucent and spoon in the yellow turmeric powder, chilli powder, sambar powder and fry.Now fry in the tomatoes till cooked and add the coconut paste with 2 cups of water and stir.When the curry starts to simmer add in the fried okra pieces and the curry is ready to served with steaming rice.:)

“Lip Smacking dishes of Kerala” my venture in ink on the mesmerizing and aromatic Kerala cuisine.Indulge into the flavours of my land through the recipes…and make your kitchen smell..Yumm!I’ll be giving away signe d copies of my book .The giveaway is global. 🙂

To be eligible for the Giveaway you have to do three things:
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Mutton Roast..with Easter Wishes!

Happy Easter to everyone of u!

I hope u all must be enjoyin urselves..

Well my news  here is that it was our wedding anniversary yesterday..hmm..its been 8 years nw..For a change my hus was ready to help me out in the kitchen with the menu ..mutton cutlets as appetizers  and for lunch it was finalized  with Vegetable Pulao and Mutton roast.For a touch of sweetness I made a Strawberry cake.The Mutton Roast is something that I love making  coz its quite easy peasy  and quite tasty too..

Heres the recipe..

1kg mutton(cut into pieces)
1 cup small onions crushed
2 green chillies julian cut
3/4 cup coconut pieces sliced
1tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1tsp garam masala powder

For Marination


1 tbsp Coconut oil
2tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp Coriander powder
1tsp Black pepper powder
1tsp garam masala powder
1tsp vinegar
curry leaves
2 large onions sliced
2 tsp of Ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste

Marinate the mutton pieces well and pressure cook the mutton with 2 cup of water till cooked.
In a kadai on medium flame, pour 2 tbsp of coconut oil .Add in the coconut pieces,1/4 tsp turmeric and a pinch of salt and fry them till golden brown.Now add in the crushed small onions with the slit green chillies and saute till the onions turn translucent.Lower the flame and add in the chilli powder and garam masala.Stir till an aroma comes.Add in the cooked mutton with the stock water in to the sauted masala and let it simmer.Simmer till the gravy becomes very thick.It goes well with Rotis and rice!

Aloo Mutter an impeccable delight!

Aloo Mutter is a dish that my hus always craves for rotis/chapathis..This lovely combi of potatoes and peas really kicks up your taste buds..
Heres the recipe

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3 large potatoes (cut into quarters)
1 1/2 cup green peas
2 large onions chopped
1 and 1/2 tsp of Ginger garlic paste
a pinch of turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1 large tomato
1/4 cup curd
1/4 tsp garam masala

Fry and seperate the potatoes and peas in oil.In a heavy bottomed pan  fry the onions and saute in the ginger garlic paste and all the spice powders (chilli ,coriander,cumin and turmeric except garam masala).Add  blanched tomatoes and simmer till the spices are cooked.Add in the potatoes and peas let it cook covered.Pour in about 1/2 cup of water if the gravy is very thick,When the potatoes and peas are well cooked,add in the well beaten curd and simmer till the gravy becomes thick.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Paneer Butter Masala..to butter your senses!

Paneer curries are quite a fav with my kids.Last day when I made Paneer Butter masala for them,Surjeeth was planning a photo shoot with the curry..while my little one was all tears thinkin that my camera was going to  gobble up the curry 😀
Well here’s the recipe

2oog of Paneer
4 big tomatoes
3 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 large onions chopped
25gms of cashewnut paste
3 green chillies (julian cut)
2tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1tsp garam masala
4tbsp butter
1/2 tsp of Kasuri methi powder/dry fenugreek powdered
1/2 cup cream
2 tbsp curd
Salt as needed

  • Boil the tomatoes with water and on cooling peel the skin of the tomatoes.
  • In a mixer grind the tomatoes into fine paste.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan pour butter and slightly fry and seperate  the paneer cubes till golden.
  • In the remaining butter saute the onions till brown.Now add in the ginger garlic paste and cashewnut paste and saute for a minute.
  • When well sauted add in the tomato paste.When it starts simmering add in the chilli powder,garam masala and kasuri methi powder.
  • When the flavour comes out and simmers well  , add in the fresh cream.
  • Switch off the flame and granish with freshly cut coriander leaves and butter.