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Showing posts with label Kerala Dishes. Show all posts

May 1, 2019

Coconut Milk Pulao / Thengai Pal Sadham

HI Friends, this week I bring to your kitchen a very flavorful rice recipe. Coconut milk Pulao is a well-known dish. The coconut aroma and flavor along with the fragrant spices does make this pulao different from the regular. This dish which is very mild with sweetish flavor & is accompanied with a side dish to make it complete. I’ll quickly whip up a mixed veggie Raita and call it day – no other sides needed! Try this for your next dinner party and watch your guests swoon over the aroma and flavor.

How to make Coconut milk pulao
Cuisine     :                   Kerala
Preparation Time           5 Minutes
Soaking Time                20 Minutes
Cooking Time                20 Minutes
Servings                       4 nos


Basmati Rice                 2 Cups
Ghee                            2 Table spoons
Coconut Milk                 2 cups
Water                          ½  cup
Turmeric  Powder          ½ Teaspoon
Salt                              To Taste
To Temper

Ghee                           2 Table spoons
Bay Leaves                  1 no.
Cinnamon sticks           1 nos.
Cardamom                   3 no.
Cloves                         4 nos.
Star  Anise                  1 nos

To Be Grind:

Mint Leaves                 20 nos.
Coriander Leaves         1 bunch
Green Chilies               5 no.
Grated Ginger              1 Tablespoon.

For Garnish
Fried Cashew nuts        2 Tablespoon
Fried Raisins                2 Tablespoon
Few Chopped Mint and Coriander leaves

  •  Wash and Soak Basmati rice for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain the water and keep aside.
  • Grind together Mint leaves, Coriander leaves,  green chillies and grated Ginger. Keep aside.
  • Take a pressure cooker and add Ghee. When ghee is warm, add the spices -  Bay Leaves,Cinnamon, cloves , Green cardamom and star anise.. Fry for 30 seconds.

  • Then add the  rice , saute for 2 minutes . Then add the grinded masala paste and again saute it for 2 minutes, Make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom.
  • Now add the Coconut Milk , water, Turmeric powder  and salt. Mix it well.

  • When the water comes to boil close the pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes on a low flame.
  • Open the lid and  mix it gently, without  breaking the rice  using fork.
  • Garnish with fried cashews, raisins and  Coriander& Mint leaves.
  • Serve hot with Raita.

  • Here I used tinned coconut milk. Instead of tinned coconut milk, you can use freshly ground coconut milk.
  • Use the Branded Basmati Rice. If you use old Basmati rice,  add 1:2 water. If you use new basmati rice add 1: 1 ½ water.

Coconut Milk Rice

Mar 1, 2019

Cheera Thoran/ How to make Kerala Style Amaranth Leaves Stir Fry

Amaranth Leaves (Mulai Keerai) Stir Fry is a healthy iron, vitamins and minerals packed stir fry. Its a simple side dish that can be served with steamed rice. The duo makes a perfect combo and you need no extra curries with it. Do try if you get hold of these leaves and enjoy making it at home!  . Here comes My recipe:

Preparation Time:       15 Minutes
Cooking Time      :      10 Minutes
Recipe Category :        Kerala
Serves              :         4


Amarnath Leaves         
1 Large Bunch
To Taste
Coconut Oil
2 Table Spoon

To Be Grind

Grated Coconut            
¾ Cup
Green Chillies                
2 Nos
Cumin Seeds                     
½ Teaspoon

Red Chili Powder              
¼ Teaspoon

Turmeric Powder             
¼ Teaspoon

For Seasoning:

Coconut Oil           
1 Teaspoon

Mustard Seeds      
½ Teaspoon

Broken Red chillies   
2 Nos

How To Make Cheera Thoran? Here You Go

  • Wash the Amarnath leaves thoroughly, remove the hard stalk, sort the leaves and chop it.

  • In a blender  put the all above Grinding ingredients and Grind Coarsely.
  • Place a nonstick pan on medium heat and add  2 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil , Add the all seasonings and fry for a minute.

  • Now add the ground Coconut Paste and add a pinch of salt. Reduce the stove heat to simmer.

  • Fry the paste till  raw smells goes away.
  • Now add the chopped Green Leaves. Add a salt and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Mix  it well.
  • Cover the Pan and cook it for 3 to 4 minutes ,stir occasionally. Then open and stir well until the water goes .

  • Dry out any moisture left and the stir fry is ready to be served with rice.



Apr 1, 2018


Erissery is a traditional dish of Kerala. Erissery is one of my fav dishes in Sadya. Erissery can be prepared with Elephant yam(Chena) and Raw Banana. Fresh Elephant Yam is very hard to get in USA. Most of the time I used Frozen Suran to make Erissery.  Luckily, last week I got the fresh and tender yam from the Indian store. So this recipe I used the Fresh Elephant Foot Yam. Taste of Erissery was amazing. A tasty and healthy  side dish for rice.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time:      25 minutes
Serves:                4No.


Chena /Elephant yam-(cut into small cubes)           1 cup
Raw plantain-( cut into small cubes, skin on           1 cup
Water-                                                                1 cup (or as required)
Turmeric powder                                                  1/4 Teaspoon
Red chili powder                                                - 1/2 Teaspoon
Black pepper powder                                           1/2 Teaspoon
Salt-                                                                  To Taste
Coconut oil                                                         2 Teaspoon

For the coconut paste:
Grated coconut-                                                 3/4 cup
Cumin seeds-                                                    1/2 Teaspoon
Water-                                                              as required

For Tempering

Grated coconut                                                3 Tablespoon
Coconut oil                                                      2 Teaspoons
mustard seeds                                               1/2 Teaspoon
cumin seeds/jeera                                          1/4 Teaspoon
Urdh Dal                                                        1 Tablespoon
Dry red chillies                                              2 no.
1 sprig curry leaves


  • Wash the yam and banana.
  • Take a heavy pan, ,add Yam,, Banana, red chili powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, salt  and water. Mix well.

  • Cook until it is done. Lightly mash it with the back of the ladle.
  • Add a coconut oil and mix it very well.
  • Grind the coconut and jeera to a fine paste by adding water, little at a time.

  • Add the ground coconut-cumin paste. Add more salt ,if required. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes in simmer. Switch off the gas.

  • In a small pan, heat the coconut oil and temper with cumin , mustard seeds ,Urdh dal and red chillies.

  • When the mustard seeds splutter add the grated coconut.

  • Add curry leaves, Hing powder, fry the coconut till they turn crunchy and light brown.

  • Switch off and pour this tempering over the Erissery.
  • Your delicious Kerala Special Nanda Chena and Kaya Erissery is ready !!

  • Make sure you get good quality Chena, sometimes if the water content is high in Chena, the flavor will not be there.
  • Prepare the erissery using coconut oil, if you want the authentic Kerala taste. 
  • The consistency of the dish should be reasonably thick

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Aug 1, 2017

495:Nadan Chembu Astram/ Traditional Kerala style Taro Root Curry

Nadan Chembu Astram is a traditional dish of Kerala. Astram is a thick preparation with Curd, Chembu and coconut. It goes well with Kanji (Rice Porridge). Let's see how we can prepare this delicious recipe

Preparation Time:      10 Minutes
Cooking Time            25 Minutes
Recipe Category :      Vegetable Gravies, Kuzhambhu
Recipe Cuisine   :      Kerala, South Indian
Serves             :        3-4 People


Diced Chembu / Taro root      2 cups  
Turmeric Powder                   ½ Teaspoon
Thick beaten   Curd               1 cup
Red Chili Powder                   1 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves                        few
Salt                                    To Taste.

To Grind:
Grated Coconut:                 ¾ cup – 1 cup
Turmeric Powder:               1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin Seeds                      1 Teaspoon
Water:                              2 Tablespoon
To Season:
Coconut Oil                        2 Tablespoon
Mustard Seeds:                  1 Teaspoon.
Whole Kashmiri Chili           3 Nos, broken
Curry leaves                       1 string


  • Wash the Chembu in running water.      Peel the skin and cut into round shape.
  • Put the Chembu into the big pan. Add water, Red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Boil and cook till done.

  • In the meantime, grind the ingredients listed to a smooth paste with little water.

  • When the Chembu is nicely cooked, put the ground mixture into it. Mix well. stir well and simmer the fire.       
  • Adjust water and let it simmer for 2 - 3 minutes or till everything is nicely combined.

  • Add the beaten curd. Mix well.  Take off from heat and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a seasoning pan , splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chillies.
  • Add this to the cooked Chembu curry.
  • Serve hot with Kanji and Rice.

Jun 1, 2017

492:Ethakka appam/ banana fritters

Ethakka appam / Ripe banana fritters is an easy and traditional Kerala style snack made with ripe plantains.
Ethan pazham


Ripe Bananas                         4 Nos.                 Coconut oil (Or) Cooking oil     For Deep Frying

For Batter

Water                                    ½ cup
All Purpose Flour (Maida)         1 cup
Rice flour                                2 Tablespoon
Sugar                                     2 Tablespoon
Bicarbonate of soda                 a pinch
Turmeric powder                     1/8 Teaspoon
Salt                                       To Taste


  • Peel the bananas and slice them into 3 pieces, lengthwise.
  • Add above batter items  into the mixing bowl, blend it thoroughly to form a semi thick batter with a dropping consistency and do make sure there no lumps in the batter.
  • Now dip the slices in batter and evenly coat them.
  • Heat the oil in a kadai.
  • Deep fry them until they become golden brown. Flip them in between.
  • Remove from oil and drain the excess oil with paper towel.
  • Serve hot with Masala Chai.


May 5, 2017

490:Sambaram/Spiced Buttermilk

Today I am sharing the recipe of Kerala style moru Sambharam. It is a curd based savory drink (flavored with ginger, curry leaves and chilies), it cools down the body the way no soft drink can ever do. It served at Sadya as it help to settle down the heaviness after such a huge spread and also aids digestion. If you haven't tasted this yet, do give this a try soon to feel energetic!!


Plain Yogurt/Curd               1 cup
Water                                2 cups
Ginger                               2’’inch
Green chilies                      2 no.
Curry leaves                      2 spring
Salt                                  To Taste.
Crushed Ice                      as needed


  • Crush ginger, chilies and using a mortar and pestle. Keep aside
  • Add the yogurt to the blender jar, add water and pulse it 2-3 times to mix well.
  • Add few crushed ice cubes along with salt, and blend all the ingredients together. Puree until smooth.
  • Transfer this mixture in a bowl add crushed ginger , green chilies and curry leaves. Mix well.
  • Transfer to a large pitcher and chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour the chilled butter milk into the glasses .

  • Spice level can be adjusted according to your preference.
  • You can  also add Hing powder, a pinch of cumin seed powder and crushed Mint leaves to the butter milk.
  • The yogurt should be slightly sour to get the actual flavors. -



Mar 1, 2017

487:Kerala Style Tomato Rasam/ Tomato Sathuamuthu

Rasam plays a vital role in our south-Indian meal. First part it helps in digesting the food easier and next, the spicy masalas helps to cure sore throat.
Tomato rasam recipe is one of the most popular of the south Indian rasam recipes. This is an easy and tasty way of preparing Rasam. Tomato is a main ingredient in this Rasam.  You don’t need cooked lentils for this rasam.

Preparation Time:      5 Minutes
Cooking Time            10 Minutes
Recipe Category :      Sathuamutu / Rasam
Recipe Cuisine   :      Kerala, South Indian
Serves             :        3-4 People


 Medium size Tomatoes          4 nos.
 Grated Ginger                       1 Tsp.
Green Chilies                         2 no. (Silted)
 Cumin seeds                         ½ Tsp.
Tamarind                              Gooseberry size
Turmeric Powder                     ¼ Tsp.
Black Pepper Powder                ½ Tsp.
Chili Powder                             ½ Tsp.
Asafetida powder                      ¼ Tsp.
Salt                                          to Taste.
Curry Leaves                             few
Coriander leaves                        for decoration.
For Seasoning
 Coconut oil                               1 Tsp.
Mustard seeds                           1 Tsp.


  • Wash and chop the tomatoes.
  • Soak the tamarind in a cup of water .Extract the juice and discard the pulp of it. Keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in kadai, add mustard seeds and its starts splutter add the chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and sauté it.
  • Add Turmeric powder and chili powder and sauté for a minute.
  • In mean time crush the green chilies, ginger and cumin seeds.
  • Add to the tomato mixture and sauté for a minute. Now add coriander leaves, pepper powder, asafetida powder to the tomato mixture.
  • Now add the tamarind juice to the tomato mixture. Add salt and boil for few more minutes.
  • Remove from the fire, add more coriander leaves, curry leaves and close the vessel.
  • Now tomato rasam is ready to serve
  • Serve with hot white rice and dry fry vegetables…. 

  •        Don’t let the rasam to boil for long time. Just the frothy texture is good enough for making a perfect rasam.

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