Upma

Ingredients Semolina/Rava (2 cups; dry roasted) Carrot (2; diced) Green Beans (6-7; cut into small pieces) Peas (1/2 cup; if using frozen soak it in warm water for 5-10 minutes) Water (4 cups, for every cup of semolina 2 cups of water) Onion (1 medium-sized, finely chopped) Mustard Seeds (1 teaspoon) Green Chilies (2-3, cut…

Kappa Kuzhachathu (Mashed Tapioca)

Ingredients: Tapioca (2-3 pounds; peeled and sliced into small pieces) Coconut (2 cups; shredded) Green Chili (3 chilies) Cumin seeds (2 teaspoons) Garlic cloves (3-4 cloves) Shallots (3; peeled and roughly chopped) Curry leaves (1 spring) Turmeric powder (1-2 tablespoons) Salt (to taste) For tempering: Coconut oil (2 tablespoons) Cumin seeds (1 tablespoon) Dried Red…

Chana Palak Masala

Ingredients: Chickpeas (16 oz, I used canned) Spinach (2 cups) Garlic (6-7, sliced) Black cardamom (1-2) Green cardamom (1-2) Cloves (3-4) Peppercorns (3-4) Bay leaf (2-3) Onion (2 medium finely chopped or you could use onion paste) Tomato paste (2 tablespoons) Green chilies (1-2; sliced into halves) Coriander powder (1 tablespoon) Chili powder (1 tablespoon)…

Pumpkin curry

Ingredients: Pumpkin (2 cups, cut into small cube size pieces) Shallots (10; thinly sliced) Tomato (1 small sized; finely chopped) Green chilies (1-2, slit into halves) Curry Leaves (2 springs) Turmeric Powder (1/2 teaspoon) Chili Powder (1 teaspoon) Nutmeg (grated, a pinch) Tamarind (Lime sized piece) Coriander Powder (2 teaspoons) Asafetida (hing; couple of pinches)…

Bolani Kachalo

Bolani originates from Afghanistan and is often served in special occasions to special guests. Since it takes a while to make each bolani individually, often times families gather in the kitchen to eat it hot straight out of the frying pan. You can make the filling with almost anything from leeks to ground beef to…

Puttu & Kadala Curry

This is one of the most popular breakfast food in Kerala, the soft puttu made from rice flour and the spicy kadala curry is one of the most tasty & healthy breakfast food you could have. You can serve kadala curry with roti or rice but nothing beats the combination with puttu. Ingredients for Puttu:…

Gobi Paratha

Ingredients: Wheat Flour (2 cups) Cauliflower (1 large; grated) Garam Masala (1 teaspoon) Turmeric Powder (1/2 teaspoon) Red chili powder (1/2 tablespoon) Aamchur Masala (1 teaspoon) Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon) Coriander (chopped) Water (as required) Salt (to taste) Oil/Butter (as per preference) Directions: Mix wheat flour, salt and water and knead it to get a…

Vegetable Aush

Ingredients: For the soup: Noodles (Any flat noodles will do. If using long noodles, break them in half before adding them to the dish) Onion (1 medium) Tomatoes (2 or 3 medium; coarsely chopped) Garlic (2-3 cloves; finely chopped) Cilantro (use as per preference) Spinach (2 – 3 cups) Kidney beans (1 can; drained and…

Onion Tarte Tatin

Ingredients: Shallots (8-9 shallots; peeled and cut into halves) [I used a 8-inch skillet] Garlic (1 teaspoon; minced) Rosemary (2 teaspoons; chopped) Sage (2 teaspoons; chopped) Thyme (2 teaspoons plus some for garnish) Balsamic Vinegar (2 tablespoons) Port Wine (1 tablespoon) Salt (1/2 tablespoon) Puff Pastry (1 sheet; rolled out to cover your skillet) Sharp…

Stir-Fried Bitter Gourd

As a kid, my grandmom and mom had a tough time with me because I was a very picky eater. They always had to make some sort of meat or seafood for me to have my dinner and vegetables were a huge no-no for me. They would really struggle to make me feed a meal…