Soft Upma-In a Pressure Cooker

മലയാളത്തിൽ വായിക്കാം Upma!!! oops…perhaps  that one last item that I would ever have ,if there is  no other choice.. 🙂 Yes, its true. I used to hate upma , So is many of you I believe!!  😀  But ,upma was my Amma’s first choice  for breakfast whenever we had to travel somewhere , before we…

Ivy gourd /Kovakka Stir -fry

മലയാളത്തിൽ വായിക്കാം Ivy gourd/Kovakka was one vegetable that I have had  almost all of my school days ! 😀  My school lunch was always simple , rice accompanied by a moru kachiyathu and kovakka mezhukkupuratti/stir fry. And Ivy gourd was the only vegetable that I liked at that point of time.This Stir fry is comparatively…

Easy Vegetable Masala Kurma

മലയാളത്തിൽ വായിക്കാം ,ഇവിടെ ക്ലിക് ചെയ്യുക Every household has its own version of kuruma/Korma. This is version of mine which is easy to make even on those busy mornings to pair with hot Appam/Idiappam/Puri. I have used just 3 vegetables other than onion , you could also add cauliflower, baby corn, beans, mushroom  according to the…

Kerala Puttu-Soft!

WANT TO READ THIS RECIPE IN MALAYALAM ,CLICK HERE!! The question that every Malayali would  get at least once from their non Malayali friend is about “Puttu” 😉  My case was no exemption, Whenever I introduced myself to a non -Malayali, the instant reaction was ,” oh! you are from Kerala! I love Kerala ,especially…

Garam Masala-My version

Garam masala is that versatile ingredient which could easily alter the taste of a dish. Garam masala, is one thing which perhaps has so many different variations too.A slight change in one ingredient in your Garam masala could change the whole taste of the dish. This recipe is the basic , which I add in…

Easiest Vellayappam/Appam Batter ever!

I just love appam 😀  I always prefer Appam to any other breakfast dishes. I think its because  Appam was a rare visitor at my home, Amma being a working woman always made Idli/Puttu for our breakfast. Even I found making Appam batter to be not so easy task , because of the kappi kachal…

Basic Essentials for easy Indian cooking-Part 1

If you are  an expert or experienced  you may find this post lame. 🙂 Because this is about very basic essential one would need to make cooking easier. So, let me put it straight. Cooking is  easy! But, it will never be easy if you don’t have the right essentials  for it.  Resulting extra work, more…

Nellikka/Gooseberry Pachadi

This  so called pachadi is  easiest to make, which involves less( You heard it 😉 )  stove top cooking ! YES!! it literally involves no such cooking  except tempering process. 3:) Since Gooaseberry/Amla/Nellika is considered as body coolant ,its recommended to use during day time. Nellikka/Gooseberry Pachadi Nellikka/Gooseberry/Amala              …

Easy Chicken Curry

What curry would you go for when you less time in hand?? Chicken, is one such ingredient with which you can make easiest dishes.This recipe is yet again one of those easiest which uses less ingredients and takes less time. മലയാളത്തിൽ വായിക്കുവാൻ എവിടെ ക്ലിക്ക് ചെയ്യുക Easy Chicken Curry: Chicken            …

Potato- Carrot Mezhukupuratti/stir fry

Potato is a family favourite 😀  and so is carrot , the favourite of two boys in my family  😉 So this mezhukupuratti/ stir fry is a family favourite too. This an easy mezhukkupuratti for lunch/ dinner. You can either use big onion /savola or shallots for this.Whenever I have time I use shallots as…

An Easy Achinga payar Ularthiyathu.

Achingapayar or Long yard beans in english is mainly used in aviyal. We also make mezhukuppuratti with this along with raw banana. But this Ularth is different from all that.It uses no extra fancy ingredient other than green chillies! 😀 I have used local/nadan variety of long yard beans which is readily  available in every vegetable store in Kerala,…

What’s there in a name?? and a Tea tale!

Of course, what”s there?! 😀  It’s not because I have a universally common name. 😉  During my Under-graduation days  I was quite known  “Tea-kada Nair” .No one has  addressed me by my official name  , back then. I still have no clue why  I was called so! Later, “Tea-kada Nair” was shorten and called  “Nair”.(…

Mixing two unusual veggies… Cauliflower and beans thoran!

I decided to make a thoran for lunch and I chose cauliflower for that.But, as I opened my fridge I was shocked to realise that I was left with only half of it. Of course, half a cauliflower would do nothing for us! 😀 I searched for another vegetable to add along with it to…