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Malabar Chicken Peralan | Kerala Style Kozhi Peralan Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan - Kerala Style Chicken Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan or Kozhi Peralan as is known regionally is a famous dry Chicken Roast from the state of Kerala. It’s very popular in the Malayali Christian Community but like all traditional recipe everyone has their own versions of it.This  recipe is adapted from the famous book Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs K. M Mathew.This book was published almost two decades ago and has since been handed to every new bride in the Malabar community. The first time I made it ,both I and Abhishek were pleasantly surprised with how rounded the flavours were- everything is in a fine balance- the heat from the chillies,the warmth from the spices, the sourness from vinegar.Everything has a role to …

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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala - Versatile Rich Indian Tomato Gravy with Cottage Cheese

Paneer Butter Masala is one dish that I and my brother have obsessed over all our childhoods. Every-time we stepped out for dinner, lunch or even breakfast at times, this is what we ordered along with a standard side of Naans. I can safely say that this is THE dish which is enjoyed along all ages, heck my son of 1.5 years loves it too! The rich,buttery, delicately balanced tomato gravy- with just the right amount of sugar and sour – Sigh! The butter Masala Gravy also known as the Makhani Gravy , at it’s best,should be a medium spicy, slightly sweet,smooth gravy which can go with anything from Peas to Tandoori Chicken to Eggs.It’s worthwhile just to have this …

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Restaurant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala

The best Restuarant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala -Easy recipe

I could write a book on Rajma.If there was one dish that was my ALLLLL time favourite it was the Punjabi Rajma Masala.It’s something I cook almost every week at home. Everyone has a Rajma recipe and a story with it, don’t we? I in fact have a number of stories! There was a time I ate(& relished) undercooked Rajma Masala with rice at my hostel in Vellore for 4 continuous years.It was the one dish that reminded me of home and even though it was badly made, i loved it.Such is the lure of Rajma! Though the best Rajma I have ever eaten is in North Indian State of Jammu when I was probably 10 years old.The taste and …

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Nadan Kozhi Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry

Kerala Chicken Curry - Nadan Kozhi Curry -Made with Coconut Milk & Indian Spices

Let me introduce you to a very special, close to my heart recipe of Nadan Kozhi Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry.There are so many different ways in which Chicken is cooked in Kerala.Frankly it’s overwhelming! There is Chicken Stew, Kerala Chicken Roast, Trivandrum Fried Chicken, Chicken Peralen,i can probably go on and on. Nadan Chicken Curry is the most basic, no frills Kerala Chicken Curry that’s made in most Malabar households. In fact ,Nadan Kozhi Curry translates to Village Chicken Curry- which is made with the most basic ingredients available easily in their own backyard,  including the country chicken , which is said to have a lot more flavour and robustness than the easily available broiler Chicken. No prizes for guessing …

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Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Today’s dish is Homemade Achari Paneer Masala. A spicy piquant curry with Cottage cheese, made with Indian pickling spices, to be eaten with steaming hot Ghee Rotis right off the tawa or white fluffy rice. One of my earliest memories of school are from when I was probably 6 years old, sitting on the steps with my girl friends, swapping homemade Mango pickles and parathas made by our mothers. Have you ever had homemade Mango pickles? It’s usually made with raw small green mangoes-quartered and preserved in a milieu of Mustard oil,Fennel Seeds(saunf),Nigella Seeds(Kalonji),Mustard Seeds(Rai) & Fenugreek Seeds(Methi seeds).When I made this curry the first time I was aiming to harness that taste of my childhood.Though i know nothing can compare …

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Authentic Goan Chicken Vindaloo

Authentic Goan Chicken Vindaloo

I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I fear that’s exactly how I am going to come across here though that’s only cause this Goan Chicken Vindaloo recipe is that good. The issue I have with most recipes online is that they are not real.Some are just fancied versions of a normal chicken curry and if I am putting in so much effort to create something different I want an authentic recipe and this is exactly that.This is The Goan Chicken Vindaloo recipe you were searching for! To start with let me first answer the question on what is Vindaloo and how is it different from other Indian Curries.   What is Vindaloo There are lots of fables surrounding Goan …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Curry-Yeti Gassi

Mangalorean Prawn Curry

This Mangalorean Prawn Curry is the crown jewel of the Western Indian Coastal cuisine from Mangalore,Karnatake. Before moving to the southern region of India, I really had no idea about the very distinct cuisines of the southern states. Actually,scratch that..not separate southern “states” but “regions”..There are so many cuisines , that I am suddenly grappling with too much information and ideas..For instance-there is the famous Chettinad cuisine, then there is the Tamil Brahmin way of cooking,Malabar Cuisine,Mangalorean Cuisine and I am sure I am missing out on a dozen more here. For me,Mangalorean Prawn Curry was a case of pure sheer infatuation which started when I tasted Fish Gassi at Jai hind lunch house in Mumbai for the first time.To say that we …

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Mom’s Quick Paneer Capsicum

Super Simple,Quick,Vegetarian Paneer Capsicum Family Recipe.

I met a friend today and we were swapping childhood stories about how her mom cooked some super exotic dishes at home and how my mother was the most “Jugadu” cook ever.All most all our birthday parties had channa masala noodles which by the way we all loved!,bread rolls,fryams and a giant giant vat of Rasna but the “fine cutlery” along with my mothers 10 minute Paneer Capsicum recipe was taken out at the more grown up parties. Our Love for Paneer Capsicum I am not lying here but it’s really her goto recipe-it’s served every time important guests come home,it was served when my inlaws came home for the first time, it was served when my brother’s inlaws came …

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Summertime Fresh Mango Cake- Eggless

Summertime Eggless Fresh Mango Cake - Basic Eggless Vegetarian Sponge with chunks of Fresh alphonso Mango pieces in it.

Eggless Fresh Mango Cake is the special dessert I made for baby V’s second monthly birthday though at that time I was more interested in taking the baby’s picture than of the cake.I have since made some adjustments and edits to the previous recipe and this recipe has been taste tested in the kitchen several times. At that time I topped the cake with whipped cream and mango chunks but I think it was an overkill.The cake really doesn’t need any adornment except maybe for a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a spoonful of fresh mangoes. I am not going to say this is celebrating the King of Mangoes because lately I have been celebrating Mangoes a lot!I have recently …

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Easy Creamy Chicken Curry

Easy Indian Chicken Curry

I have been going around meeting people on random pretexts and eliciting their family heirloom chicken recipes..Really I kid you not!This Easy Indian Chicken Curry recipe is from my dear dear friend who live in USA and has put together this recipe so that she doesn’t have to do any chopping, grinding or actually any additional work.I write this not to say she is lazy which she may or may not be but to tell you that it’s a easy recipe which needs less than 10 ingredients and you come away with a fantastic absolutely amazing crowd pleaser. The first time I came across this Creamy ,super ,Easy Indian Chicken Curry recipe, I was slightly bemused which I am sure you are …

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Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast

Authentic Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast made with whole spices,tamrind and jaggery.

The first time I had Chicken Ghee Roast was in 2011,when I was visiting Bangalore to meet my then boyfriend, now husband.We went to this iconic but now slightly shady pub with our friends  and at the end of the night ,in search of some sustenance, ordered Chicken Ghee Roast with Aapams. Since then,I have grown weary of places with dance floors but I still brave this place , just to have the chicken ghee roast. The Chicken Ghee Roast is a Mangalorean speciality, also known as Kundapur Chicken.For those who have never tasted this , let me try and put it in words ,though I am sure I won’t be able to do justice.This is a spicy, slightly tangy,rich chicken …

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Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Today I bring to you the Tamil Style Pepper Chicken Curry from the southern East coast of India. Even though I cook a lot of Indian food I don’t post as many recipes on the blog.It’s probably because most times ,I cook by taste.Add spices,some yogurt, some lentils,some onion..taste here..taste there..adjust..change..it’s mostly recipe less. That’s why it’s always difficult to write about indian cuisine but recently I have come across some amazing bloggers and food writers who have inspired me to embrace my everyday Indian cooking and share it with my readers here.I have also started reading a lot more about Indian cooking and truth be told it’s daunting because of its sheer vastness.There are more cuisines in India than languages …

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Indian Chicken Keema Curry

Chicken Keema

Introducing my most versatile Chicken recipe today- Chicken Keema Writing about Indian Food is difficult for me because more often than not I am just throwing stuff in my pot, adjusting as I go..I do start out with a rough idea in my mind..decide on the big things first..like will I be using vegetables or meat or chicken but from then on it’s more of an auto pilot. In my opinion, curries and stews are made more as per taste and preference rather than a set in stone recipe.It’s easier to do this while baking which is a precise chemical reaction ,when done right, it will give you precise results.I add, adjust and measure things by hand or by the eye …

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Coconut Cake with Banana Curd

Coconut Jaggery Cake with Banana Curd

I have been getting a lot of pats on my back along with some oh my god she is so jobless to and astonished and awestruck comments from people on the monthly cakes I have been making for baby Vansh’s milestones. A fair disclaimer here-These cakes are more for me than him cause he can’t really eat them.(Hence the extra 10 pounds that I have gained over and above my pregnancy weight! )He is more of a smoke screen here..giving me a reason to bake so many cakes cause otherwise it’s just me and my husband and our birthdays come only once a year.:D So coming to what I made this month for Vansh’s 7 month milestone.Firstly,I can’t believe he …

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Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

There is nothing more nostalgic than the smell of parathas for me.I don’t need anything fancy but just my mothers plain parathas with some potato capsicum curry.This is my most favorite combination in the world.Am slightly embarrassed to say that my brother and I have had many a fight culminating with hair pulling for the last paratha. When on the Whole 30 program I don’t miss bread or rice as much as I miss the parathas.I tried making them with grated cauliflower and egg.It turned out to be pretty awful and eggy.Grilled eggplants come as close to paleo parathas for me till date. Here in india you get all shapes and sizes of eggplant.We call them baigan in hindi.Some of …

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Spicy Indian Roast Chicken

Spicy Whole Chicken Roast

I have wanted to roast a whole chicken since starting the whole30 journey.I have made it a few times in the past with a melange of random sauces,spices and filling but never an Indian chicken roast .My first try at roasting a chicken was 2 years ago which turned out to be extremely comical cause the poor bird was lacking a few limbs.I had asked my husband to get me a whole chicken and what I got was a skin less and leg less chicken. It also took us a while to figure out was how to carve the bird and the extra extra large long knife which my well meaning doctor friend bought to help us carve didn’t really help as …

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Butternut Pumpkin Chicken Roulade

As a child I ate the indian version of pumpkin curry with pooris all the time but I never imagined I could make a pie or a cookie with it back then.I remember eating a pumpkin chocolate kisses which was very weird! My recent tryst with pumpkin was a massive disaster.I made sautéed mushroom stuffed pumpkin and every single element of the dish was a big disappointment. Either the pumpkin was not ripe enough or I didn’t cook it for long enough.Even the mushroom filling was over salted and how can you go wrong with mushrooms! Overall it was a pretty bleh dish and I wasn’t very keen on trying anything pumpkin again. But amazing looking produce has irresistibly strong gravitational force which …

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Kerala Prawn Curry – Malabar Chemmeen Curry

Easy to make Kerala Prawn curry with Coconut Milk and Kokum.

Kerala Prawn Curry has got to be my most often made curry at home.If there is prawn then more often than not we will end up making this. It’s simply the most fuss free, easy to make preparation of prawn ever. My friends in college were the ones who literally threw me blind into the world of non vegetarian food! Every time we ate out, they would order these yummy looking exotic dishes and I had to eat my cauliflower in silence!!! Back then I never envisioned myself eating prawn ,leave alone cook it. But I love prawns now and I want to thank these 6 girls for it. I still remember the first time I ate tiger prawns back in 2003, …

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