Sunday, December 28, 2014

Crispy Zucchini Bites


My first adventure with Zucchini!  I never thought this would come out so tasty.. I have never had this appetizer before and it was totally a new experience with ..

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Mutton Curry / Spicy Mutton Curry


I am so excited to post my first Mutton curry in my blog today.

I love this wonderful mutton curry so much, and one reason being the aroma we get while cooking it! This curry is full of spices and I love its richness. I love the taste of the..

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Chicken Biriyani

Just 2 more days to go for Christmas! I am sure that you all are planning menu for Christmas and days around it.. I too have planned and at the same time I was thinking of some recipes to be posted on my blog. Chicken Biriyani of course has a vital role to play in the Christmas lunch and dinner. It is featured in wedding feasts in Kerala.

Biriyany, a word I started to hear from.. See more at: http://www.seenasfoodbasket.com/Chicken_Biriyani

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nadan Beef Ularthiyathu / Slow Roasted Beef Fry


Beef Ularthiyathu must be one of the all-time favourites for many just like me. It goes well with Kachiya Moru (Spiced Butter Milk) along with Kuthari choru (Double Boiled Rice) - a match made in heaven!! A lot is there to say about this dish.. First of all, 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Kerala Palappam / Laced Rice and Coconut Pancake


Hi all, coming two weeks is going to be very busy one since in our school  First Terminal exams are going to start and so you can imagine how busy and tight we would be as teachers; the busy bees,  finishing up portions, doing revisions, setting question papers, valuation.. Phew!


Christmas is only two weeks away and I was thinking of adding some Christmas recipes and of course this Appam or Palappam is ..



Get the recipe at:
http://www.seenasfoodbasket.com/Kerala_Palappam__Laced_Rice_and_Coconut_Pancake

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Kerala Vegetable Stew and Appam

Nothing hits a day’s dinner than a rich and steaming bowl of Stew and Appam!! Appam and Stew is a traditional breakfast dish of Keralites. Stew can be prepared only of potatoes, or mixed vegetables, or even chicken or mutton. Today I made stew with mixed vegetables. This Vegetable Stew is a quick recipe you can make at any time, wonderfully flavoured and 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Avocado, Cucumber & Tomato Salad


Looking for a great summer dish with a difference? Here the summer season started and I thought of making one salad to ease the scorching heat and something which suits the humid weather. We have used this as main course for dinner.

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – zero minutes
Servings – 4

Recipe Ingredients:

(1) Avocado, cubed – 2 cups
(2) Cucumber, cubed – 3 cups
(3) Tomato, cubed – 2 cups
(4) Red Onion, mediu

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Kappa Vevichathu / Mashed Tapioca /Yuca / Cassava with Spices and Coconut

Today I am sharing with you Kappa Vevichathu / boiled and mashed Yucca root seasoned with ground coconut and spice mixture and is usually served with hot Red Meen Curry, a match made in heaven, isn’t it?
I remember when I was hospitalised in 8th grade with 105 degree fever; my grand mom came to visit me and whispered in my years, “Shall I bring.." 


Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes
Servings – depends on how much one consumes

Ingredients:

To cook Tapioca:

1. Tapioca, washed, peeled and chopped in to small pieces - 1 kg

2. Salt – to taste

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Semiya Payasam-Vermicelli Kheer-Vermicelli Pudding

This dessert recipe is so familiar and a very common, popular sweet accompaniment of India with lunch or dinner. Almost all Indians acknowledge it and all would have tasted it at some point of time. 


I love the aroma that you get while roasting the semiya in ghee. It takes me to nostalgic memories. My mom sometimes add fried coconut pieces too along with cashews and raisins. 

Ingredients:
1. Broken Roasted Vermicelli - 2 cups
2. Ghee – 2 tbsp
3. Skimmed Milk - 4 cups (1 cup = 250 ml)

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Chana Dal Masala / Spicy Split Chick Pea Lentil /


Lentils always have been and always will be the comfort food, which provides you load of proteins. It is a staple food of India. Each parts of India has its own version of cooking each kind of dal. The recipe calls for all those basic ingredients and probably you may have these in your pantry.

It can be served with Chappathi / Roti or steamed rice.

Preparation Time – 30 minutes
Cooking Time – 30 minutes
Servings – 4 as a side

Ingredients:

For Cooking Chana Dal:

1) Chana Dal / Bengal Gram / Chick Pea lentil– 1 cup
2) Water – 3 cups
3) Salt – to taste
4) Turmeric Powder – ¼

For cooking Chana Dal Gravy:


5) Ginger and Garlic Paste – 2 tsp

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Classic Plain Home Made Bread / Basic Bread


Here goes the recipe of Plain Bread which is deliciously crusty on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside which tastes best just by themselves.. I recommend it to all of you. I hope you would try this and pls. don’t let yeast scare you.. ;-)

Preparation Time: 3 hrs (total)
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Servings: many
Yield: one loaf (9 × 12 ")

Ingredients:
(1) All Purpose Flour / Plain Flour – 3 ½ cups

(2) Active dried Yeast – 1 ¼ tsp

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Milk Pedas / Dhoodh Pedas

I am not a big fan of Sweets and Desserts.. Because of that reason itself, my kitchen and sweets are just strangers.. J But now I am forced to make these sweets, otherwise I will be left alone in the field of food blogging..  My favourite is Caramel Custard; I love it very much without getting bored of that dessert; and that’s the reason I had made it as the first Recipe post in my blog..



Ingredients for the Milk Peda:

Milk Powder - 2 cups
Condensed Milk - 1 cup
Cardamom - 2

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nadan Egg Roast / Mutta Roast Kerala

Egg Roast is a dish that we can find in most of the menu card of Kerala Restaurants..  The preferred combination is with Appam, Chappathi, Porotta, Idiyappam etc.. 

Prep Time - 10 minutes
Cook Time - 20 minutes
Serves - 4

Ingredients:

Eggs: 4
Onion  - 3 large
Tomatoes- 2 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chicken Noodles



I made this delicious Chicken Noodles yesterday. I fell in love with this recipe on so many levels. My husband could eat it every day if I make it!!  I am sure that children will adore this dish.

Ingredients:

(1) Egg Noodles – 1 packet
(2) Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless, cut into thin strips) – 2 cups
(3) Egg (beaten) - 2 numbers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fish Molee

Fish Molee, as everybody knows is a very popular side dish of kerala. Molee is a name given to girls in kerala homes!! That’s the funny part of this word when it relates to the fish. Molee means, stew where fish is stewed in Coconut milk and hence its name Fish Molee.


We make this specially on festive days and on special occasions like Christmas and Easter..

Ingredients:

For Marination:

(1) Fish Fillets – ½ kg
(2) Pepper Powder – 1 ½ tsp
(3) Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
(4) Salt – to taste
(5) Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tsp

For the gravy:

(6) Onion big - 3 medium sized (julienned)
(7) Tomato - 2 medium sized (chopped)

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tiny Kozhukattas / Tiny Rice Flour Kozhukattas


I used to see my mom making it for breakfast. When we were small kids we used to pester mom for making something for evening snacks. My mom makes its bigger version..




Ingredients:

1.Rice Powder (roasted) - 2 cups
2. Coconut grated – 1 ½  cup
3. Sugar powder – ½  to ¾ cups 

4. Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chana Dal Dum Biriyani / Hyderabadi Chana Dal Biriyani / Lentil Biriyani

Most of us have the experience of cooking and eating many kinds of Biriyanies like Chicken, Fish, Egg, Mutton, Vegetable Biriyanies? The list is endless!! But, ...

Ingredients:
For cooking Dal:
(1) Chana Dal / Split Black Gram – ¾ cup
(2) Water – 1 ½ cup

See more at : 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nadan Moru Kachiyathu / Seasoned Buttermilk

This is Kerala’s essential and unavoidable dish / ozhichu koottan in almost every family, especially in every Christian home of Kerala.. It goes well with rice.

 Personally speaking I have very fond memories with regard to this curry. My dad is from Kuttanadu, Changanacherry of Kottayam district of Kerala, the southernmost state of India. Kuttanadans have the habit of eating every meal with at least one ozhichukootan and they use this basically towards..
 


Ingredients:

Yogurt – 2 cups
Water – 1 cup
Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp


Friday, September 19, 2014

Chicken Fajitas

Fajita is a traditional Mexican Dish which is a very common in Mexican restaurants. The term refers to any grilled meat served wrapped in a tortilla. Fajitas are available in different types / many kinds including chicken, beef or shrimp fillings or only with vegetable fillings..

When I made this it was totally a different experience and I was so happy for the original and colourful look of Chicken Fajitas that I made. Doesn’t it it look like Chicken Shavarma? We both enjoyed it like anything and it was of course better than Chicken Shavarma  so you can also definitely make this restaurant quality Fajitas!!

Here is how to make a typical Chicken Fajita. 

Ingredients:

(1)Tortillas – 4 
(2)Cheddar cheese (grated) – ½ cup (optional)
(3)Sour cream – 3 tbsp (optional)
(4)Tomato ketchup – to taste
(5)Cooking spray


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

French Beans Thoran with Split Bengal Gram

The word Thoran is often associated with South India. It’s a very common side dish during lunch and dinner along with rice in South Indian states. The very famous thorans from Kerala are Cabbage thoran, Carrot thoran and Beans thoran.. The list goes endless. This is the recipe of easy and filling Beans and split Bengal gram thoran. Have you heard about ‘Poor Man’s Meat? It is Beans, because it has a great source of Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium. Potassium, Magnesium and iron.


Try this thoran. I am sure that you will love it. I should say that the end product would be superb.

 Ingredients:
(1)Beans (chopped to small round pieces) – 250 grams
(2)Split Gram Peas – ¾ th cup
(3)Coconut (grated) – ½ cup
(4)Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Coriander Chutney

Coriander leaves, also known as cilantro or dhania is a rich source of minerals and vitamins, has many medicinal properties. It acts as an anti-inflammatory. It helps in lowering the blood sugar level and helps in digestion.


We use coriander leaves for garnishing in Indian cuisine. Its dark green colour makes it more attractive and has its unique taste. 

Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Total Tome – 10 minutes
Cuisine – Indian
Recipe type – Chutney (side dish)
Serves – 2 or 3
Ingredients:
(1) Coriander leaves – one bunch
(2) Green chilly (chopped)– 2

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baby Potato Stir Fry

Happy Thursday guys..

Potatoes are the most loved vegetable of almost all cuisines of the world. If that is the case with big potatoes, then who can ignore its baby ones? Potatoes are the favourite vegetable of our homes and I cook at least once in two weeks and sometimes once in a week.. J

Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrate content. 


Baby Potatoes look so attractive. They are so sweet looking for our eyes. .. Isn’t it?  There is very little chance to go wrong with potato dishes. Baby potatoes transform to a delicious and irresistible one if we cook it either with other vegetables or with any other ingredients and spices. 

Ingredients

Baby Potatoes – ½ kg
Oil – 2 tbsp
Mustard – ¼ tsp
Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
Ginger – 1 “piece


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rice Noodles in Indian Style

Rice Noodles in Indian Style
Everybody loves Noodles. I love it in any form. We can have Noodles as a side dish or main meal. Noodles are very easy to prepare, but its cooking methods and time vary depending on its variety.

A close up view
Preparation time- 10 minutes
Cooking time – 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients:

(1)Rice Noodles – 200 gms packet
(2)Oil – 3 tbsp
(3)Mustard seed – 1 tsp
(4)Cumin seeds- 1 tbsp
(5)Garlic (finely chopped) – 1 tsp
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fresh Spices & Herbs

Fresh Spices & Herbs
 Using fresh spices and herbs are the essence of cooking healthy and tasty food. Here are some tips to keep them lasting fresh for long while retaining their potency.
  1. Store them in tightly sealed.. See more at: http://seenasfoodbasket.com/Fresh_Spices_and_Herb

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chocolate Banana Cake

Hello my blogging readers, here’s a very easy to prepare and super simple Chocolate Banana Cake with Chocolate ganache that glazed this cake.. This cake recalls my mom’s best baking cup cakes and round cakes.. It’s the best recipe for any celebration!! I must confess here, I baked it on Sunday with the very intention of posting it on my blog. Just have a look at this cake and friends, I am being honest again here. It is so tempting that I am very sure that it won’t stay on your kitchen rack or in your fridge for long!! You can’t go wrong here.
Chocolate Banana Cake
Ingredients:

For Chocolate Banana Cake:

1.All Purpose Flour – 1 ¾ cup
2.Cocoa Powder (unsweetened) – ¾ cup
3.Sugar (granulated white sugar) – 2 cups
4.Eggs – 2 medium sized
5.Milk – ½ cup

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Banana Nutella Milk Shake

We can go for this Banana Milk shake or Banana Nutella Milk shake or any kind of milk shakes on days when we don’t feel like having lunch or on lazy weekends.. It’s really filling and .. View more at- http://www.seenasfoodbasket.com/Banana_Nutella_Milk_Shake
Banana Nutella Milk Shake

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Avocado Dressed up in Mixed Herbs!!

OMG, Avocado, I love it.. And my husband hates it.. ;-). He is not that fan of avocado!!  I have always been fond of Avocados; I love its.. View more at:http://www.seenasfoodbasket.com/Avocado_Dressed_up_in_Mixed_Herbs

Avocado Dressed up in Mixed Herbs.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kerala Kadala Curry

Kerala Kadala Curry
Kadala Curry; Something is missing with it for breakfast, isn’t it? Yes, that is our favourite Puttu, Kerala’s traditional and very popular dish prepared with Rice flour and Coconut and steamed in a metal Puttu Maker or Puttu Kutti. This combination is every Malayalees’s dream item for.. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Ela Ada Recipe

Ela Ada
Brain Food for Breakfast!! Ela Ada or what we call back home as Elayappam, is a traditional Kerala delicacy and a very favourite dish among Malayalees. It is definitely one my favourite dishes. It is usually served as an evening snack or as breakfast. Its dough is made of ....

A Close Up View
Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Black Pepper Chicken Roast Recipe

Black Pepper Chicken Roast
Happy Sunday guys.. I was thinking of posting a dish as a part of my coming back to the  blog after quite some time and decided to make an appealing dish and this Black Pepper Chicken Roast was my option for that.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Caramel Custard Recipe




A close up view

Caramel Custard, the best childhood treat ever!! Everybody would love its glassy shiny look, its silky texture. This European dessert is a popular and ..

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Vegetable Pulao Recipe

This vegetable pulao, a simple, one dish yet satisfying meal is an easy to make dish on a day you are lazy. If you want to cook a.. View More at: http://www.seenasfoodbasket.com/Vegetable_Pulao

Chettinad Chicken Curry Recipe

Being a Keralite, I get inclined towards pungent, spicy Chettinad dishes in a menu card especially for Non Vegetarian items. I am sure most Non Veg lovers in India would agree with me on this.

Spicy Aromatic Delicacies from Chettinad, the land on Chettiars which is ..


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Beetroot Pachadi Recipe

Beetroot Pachadi is very easy to cook and it’s a traditional Kerala side-dish served in sadyas on banana leaves. The color of this dish makes the whole meal look attractive. Pachadi is also made with Mango, Pineapple, Bitter guard, Cucumber etc. This pachadi goes well with rice.
Take all your ingredients
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Yummy Potato Treat - see the recipe..


A close up view
Whenever I go for shopping, Potato is one of the most important items which always intrude in my shopping list. Yesterday I found some fresh potatoes and .. View more at: 
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