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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 


     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  🙁 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 I am very  happy , excited, thrilled, 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 ….


   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…


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
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Calories from Fat 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 441mg
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 16g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  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
  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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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 🙂

Watch how Nimi Sunilkumar's Cooking School used Facebook to spread awareness of her cooking classes and grow her business.

Posted by Facebook on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Greg Grano and Sarah Sellman two wonderful filmmakers from SanFrancisco did a portfolio on me for the website Hooplaha-Only good news 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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Celebrating with Badam Halwa!



How should I start off? I am head over heels in happiness that my hard work is paying out as fruits..Ok so I am back in Munnar after a week’s spree tour and happenings in Beijing. The best news that I have to share is that my book has bagged the third place as for the “Best Local Cuisine book in the world.”Gourmand World Cookbook Awards also known as the Oscars of Gastronomy was founded by Edouard Cointreau .To be a part of it was really an awesome experience. Getting to meet the top personalities in person, learning and sharing insights on each other’s books….. It was an experience that I could have not even dreamt of.


I had travelled with my family to Shanghai on the 16th of May and then on the 19th of May to Beijing and our stay was at the Daxing Hotel where the Beijing International Cookbook fair was held. I was very much impressed by the hospitality of the Gourmand staff and the hard work that they had put into the arrangements. As it calls for celebration I thought of sharing a sweet recipe to with my sweet heres the recipe for Badam Halwa…ba3

Badam Halwa
2554 calories
235 g
272 g
176 g
33 g
71 g
681 g
70 g
213 g
0 g
97 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2554
Calories from Fat 1519
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 176g
Saturated Fat 71g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 75g
Cholesterol 272mg
Sodium 70mg
Total Carbohydrates 235g
Dietary Fiber 15g
Sugars 213g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1cup of Almonds (soaked in water and blanched)
  2. ½ cup of milk
  3. 1cup of sugar
  4. ½ cup of ghee
  5. 1/2 cup of water
  6. 8-10 strands of saffron soaked in 1 tsp of milk
  1. Grind the almonds with milk to a smooth paste.
  2.  In a saucepan boil water and mix in the sugar till it dissolves and keep aside.
  3.  Heat ghee till it melts and add in the sugar syrup on low flame and mix in the almond
  4. paste without any lumps.
  5.  Add in the saffron and keep stirring on low flame till the almond paste becomes thick
  6. and flaky.
  7.  Turn off the flame and mix in a teaspoon of ghee.
  8.  Devour on your badam halwa!
Adapted from Nimi's Culinar Ventures
Adapted from Nimi's Culinar Ventures
Nimi's Culinary Ventures