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Cabbage Kadala Parippu Curry/ Cabbage Dal Curry

Cabbage Kadala Parippu Curry/ Cabbage Dal Curry
Today's recipe is a healthy and simple dish that goes well with rice and chapati.It is a cabbage and lentil combo.Here I have used chana dal/kadala parippu.

Cabbage- 1/2 small sized cabbage
Kadala Parippu/chana dal- 3/4 cup
Green chilly-3-4
Ginger- thinly sliced- 1 inch thick
Onion- thinly sliced-1/2
Tomato-1 medium
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste

Chilly Powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Crushed garlic- 2 pods
Hing/Asafoetida- a pinch

Soak chana dal/kadala parippu for about one hour and then pressure cook till three whistles. When the pressure is released mash it and make it soft. Into this add sliced and chopped cabbage,turmeric powder,green chilly,tomato,onion and salt  and cook till the cabbage and onions are is soft.(or you can pressure cook it for one more whistle)
Heat two tsp of oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When …

Chemmeen /Prawns Ularthiyathu

Chemmeen Ularthiyathu This recipe is for seafood lovers. It is a no fuss quick recipe for prawns. The recipe will definitely sound simple but there is no compromise to taste. It is spicy and little tart and the flavors are distinctive.The souring agent is kudampuli/gambooge which also imparts a unique flavor to the dish,but if it is not available you can substitute it by adding a teaspoon of vinegar   It is a perfect side dish for rice.


Prawns- 1 lb
Chopped coconut piece- 1/2 cup
Kudampuli/gambooge- 3-4 pieces
Pearl onions chopped- 3/4 cup
Ginger sliced- 1 inch thick
Green chilly-2
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-  3/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Fenugreek powder- a pinch
Coriander powder- 1 1/3 tsp
Mustard seeds- a few
Curry leaves - a few
Coconut oil- 3 tsp
Salt to taste

Cook the cleaned prawns along with coconut pieces, kudampuli, salt and turmeric. Add very little water and cook for two to three minutes. Reduce the flame and allow all the water to evaporate.

Fish Masala

Fish Masala Today I am sharing a spicy fish masala. It is fried fish simmered in a spicy and aromatic onion gravy.It is quick recipe and is a perfect with any meaty fish the best is king fish and cat fish. Here I have used Indian mackerel/Ayala.

1)Ayala/ Fish- 2 whole
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly Powder- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

2)For the Masala
Onion sliced- 3 medium
Ginger- garlic chopped- 3 tbs
Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Fennel powder- 1 tsp
Clove powder- 1/3 tsp
Fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Curry leaves- a few

Clean fish and cut gashes. Mix all ingredients listed under (1) except oil into a smooth paste and marinate the fish and keep aside for ten minutes. Heat two to three tsp of oil and fry the fish till it is cooked. Keep the fried fish aside.
In the same pan saute onions,ginger,garlic and curry leaves. Saute till it is golden brown. Add tomatoes and fry till it becomes soft and mushy and oil separat…

Chocolate Mousse Cake With Ganache Frosting

Chocolate Mousse Cake With Ganache Frosting
Rich and decadent cake for all chocolate lovers. It is a perfect chocolate treat with  chocolate cake, chocolate mousse filling and  ganache frosting. For the chocolate mousse filling I used semi sweet chocolate baking bar and followed the instructions on the cover to make the mousse. For the topping I used ganache frosting ( recipe below) and decorated with chocolate shavings and cherries.

Chocolate cake layer
All Purpose flour- 2 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Coco powder-6 tsp
Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/2tsp
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Buttermilk- 3/4 cup
Butter-1/2 cup

For the Mousse layer
Egg Yolks- 3 
Sugar- 1/4 cup
Whipping cream- 2 1/2 cup
Semi sweet chocolate- 8 oz chopped

For Ganache Frosting
7 ounce chocolate
Whipping Cream- 1 cup
butter- 1tbp

To make the cake
Preheat oven to 350 F. Set rack in he middle of the oven
Grease pan with butter and layer with parchment paper and again grease with butter and dust with flou…

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala
Today's recipe is the popular paneer butter masala..the rich creamy and buttery North Indian delicacy.This rich gravy is a combination of tomatoes, butter, cashew nut paste( I did not add in this recipe) and cream  and added to this is the irresistible delicate milky flavor of Paneer. 
Paneer- 2 cups (cubed)
Tomatoes- 4 medium
Onions- 1/2 chopped
Ginger and garlic paste- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly-3
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Cardamon powder - a pinch
Clove - 3-4
Bay leaf- 1
Kasoori methi powder- 1 tsp
Cream- 1/2 cup
Butter - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Heat one tsp of oil and add onion and ginger garlic paste. Saute till it changes color and add tomatoes and cook till soft and mashed up. Make a fine paste of this and keep aside.

Heat  three tsp of butter in a pan and add bay leaves and clove. When slightly roasted add the ground paste and saute for a minute. Add chilly powder and green chilly and…

Malabar Chicken Fry

This is chicken Fry (version 2). I have already post a southern Kerala style chicken fry. This is a inspired by the Malabar Chicken fry/kozhi varuthathu. I got this recipe from my mother-in -law. We tried at home and loved it. This is usually deep fried in hot oil.But here I cooked the chicken first with the marinade and then shallow fried it. It is crispy in the outside and soft in the inside. The combined flavors of spices and roasted coconut makes it very pleasing to the palette. Try this you will surely love it.


To marinate..

Chicken - 1/2 kg
Ginger- garlic paste- 2 tsp
Green chilly and mint paste- 1/2 tsp(optional)
Kashmiri chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- 1 tsp
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
( or yogurt- 2 tsp)
Salt to taste

Coconut grated- 1/4 cup
Curry leaves- a few
Thinly sliced ginger- 2 tsp

Clean and pat dry the chicken drumsticks( remove the skin) and make two or three gashes. Mix t…

Pepper Mushroom Fry

Pepper Mushroom Fry
Here is a quick  spicy pepper flavored  dish for mushroom lovers. I love mushrooms and this is the quickest recipe with very few ingredients.It is low in calorie and can be made spicy like any non vegetarian dish.You can also add bell peppers to this recipe.This dish can be perfectly paired with fried rice or chapatis.
Button Mushroom- 250 gms
tomato- 1/2 (optional)
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic- 4-5 pods
Green chilly-2
Whole black pepper- 1 1/3 tsp
Soya sauce- 2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp

Slightly roast one tsp of whole black pepper and powder it.
Crush shallots, ginger, garlic and green chilly into a coarse  mixture.
Clean mushroom and wipe the top with wet cloth and dry with paper towel. Cut it into half.In a pan add one tsp of oil and stir fry the mushrooms. Season with salt and half of pepper saute till the juice is reduced and the mushrooms change color to light brown.Remove this from the pan and keep aside.
In the same pan saute the cru…
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