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Ottada is rice parcels with a sweet coconut filling and is very similar to elaada.But what makes ottada special is that it has the smoky charred flavor of plantain leaves and is roasted on a hot griddle or a shallow clay pot. This also makes it a little crispy in the outside.You can make it with rice flour or with wheat flour and the filling can be either coconut and sugar or coconut with jaggery.As a kid the jaggery version was my favorite.
Rice Flour- 2 cups
Water- 1 1/2 cups
salt- 1/3 tsp
Sugar- 1 tsp
Coconut Oil - 2 tsp

For the filling
Grated coconut- 1 cup
Jaggery-  1/2 cup
Cardamon powder  - 1/3 tsp
banana leafs-for wrapping

Grate jaggery or powder it and mix with  coconut and cardamon powder and keep aside.

Boil one and one half cup of water along with salt and sugar. When it comes to a rolling boil add in the coconut oil.

Take the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Gradually mix in the water little by little and mix with a wooden spoon a…

Chicken Onion Pakoda

Chicken Onion Pakoda
Chicken onion pakoda/chicken fitters is spicy and yummy starter and is great for get-together's. It is crispy and deep fried snack with chicken and sliced onions.There are variety of pakoras and you can add any type of vegetables, but the plain onion pakora or onion bajji is my favorite.Adding chicken to usual onion pakoda makes it more delicious.You can also serve it as a tea time snack  with chutney,plain yogurt or ketchep.

Chicken- thinly sliced- 1 cup
Onion thinly sliced-2 cup
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Green chilly finely chopped- 2
Gram Flour- 1 cup
Rice flour- 1/3 cup
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Gram Masala- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Coarsely ground whole coriander- 1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander
Curry leaves - a few
salt to taste
lemon juice- 1 tsp
Oil for deep frying- 1 1/2 cup

Cut chicken into thin long peices. Marinate with turmeric powder, chopped green chilly,ginger garlic paste salt and lemon juice and keep aside for about an hour.

Meringue Cookies

Meringue Cookies
Meringue cookies are crispy, light and is everyone's favorite. Kids will love this melt in mouth cookies.These are small mini versions and is raspberry flavored. There is no flour in this cookies and key ingredient here is egg whites and sugar and it is baked in a very low temperature so that the moisture of the egg whites dry out completely.
Recipe source from here
Egg whites-4
Raspberry essence- 1/2 tsp
Caster sugar-1 cup
Cream of tartar-1/4 tsp
vanilla essence a few drops
Permitted food color - 2 drops (optional)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment paper

In a large bowl beat egg whites till it is frothy. Add cream of tartar and beat till soft peaks are formed. Continue running the mixer and slowly add sugar one tsp at a time
Add food coloring and essence continuing beating until stiff peak form.

Transfer mixture to a pastry bag or large zip-top bag fitted with decorating tip. Pipe shapes on prepared baking sheet or …

Fried Chicken Biryani

Fried Chicken  Biryani
Today's recipe is yet another chicken biryani. I have already posted a Talasherry chicken Biryani and a Trivandrum style chicken you may ask why another? This biryani is slightly different from the usual method,the chicken is first fried and them added to the masala. The first time I ate this biryani was at a function back home, it was a Trivandrum style biryani,but the frying took the  flavor and taste to a new level. I tried to recreate the same recipe here and my family enjoyed. Try will love it.


To marinate the chicken
Chicken- 2 lb
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 3/4 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon

For the rice
Basmathi rice- 3 cups
Cinnamon- 2 -3 pieces


Ghee- 2 tsp
Few strands of saffron
Rose essence- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For the chicken masala

Shallots- 1 cup (slightly crushed)
Onion- 1 medium (chopped)
Ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
Green chilly paste- 1…

Baking Partners challenge #4: Shaped Dinner Rolls- Knot, Clover Leaf and Kaiser Rolls

Shaped Dinner Rolls  : Knot Roll
 Baking Partners fourth challenge post- Shaped Dinner Rolls. Baking partners is the brain child of  Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen.This months theme is very interesting and part of holiday meals. Thanksgiving is approaching and Swathi suggested 7 types of dinner rolls  and sent us recipes with both with eggs and the egg less version. I selected and tried three shapes: Knot Roll, Clover leaf and the Rosette/Kaiser Rolls.

For me this post was challenging as I have never baked dinner rolls and did not have a large mixer to knead the dough. So I tried the traditional kneading with hand method to knead the dough. I am so glad that I tried this recipe and it was real fun trying these different shapes.

Of these the clover leaf was the easiest  and even my kid had such fun helping me make balls :)The rosette was slightly confusing roll.  Rosette rolls looked pretty good after they were formed, but I was disappointed in my first attempt. The rose shape an…

Boondi Ladoo and Happy Diwali

Boondi ladoo
Happy Diwali to all my friends and readers!Wish you all a happy and prosperous Diwali....a year filled with prosperity, success and joy!
I know every one are in a festive spirit and to celebrate Diwali I made these ladoos.Boodi ladoo is one of the most popular Indian sweet.It is part of temple poojas, festive occasions and a must for Indian weddings.  Boondi ladoo is one sweet that I never get tired of! Love this since childhood and I still enjoy this divine sweet. This is my first attempt to make them at home. For me the boondi making part was easy, but I guess shaping the ladoos needs more patience and practice. Try this for Diwali,you will surely love it.

Gram flour-1 1/2 cup
Salt -a pinch
Baking soda- a pinch
Water- approximately 3/4 cup

Sugar- 2 1/2 cup
Water- 1 1/3 cup
Food color- a few drops(Optional)
Cardamon- 4-5
Clove crushed-2

Ghee- 3 tbs
Cashew nut and raisins - a few
Kalkandu/rock candy- 2 tbs(optional)

Mix sugar and water and bring …


Kalan is a very popular Kerala dish served with rice. The recipe today is a unique version called Rasa kalan.Rasa means tasty and as the name suggest it is a tasty kalan. Usually kalan is made with raw plantain and yam and is cooked in a spiced yogurt sauce. But in rasakalan it is a medley of different types of vegetables which brings a wonderful blend of flavors. This is a new recipe to me and when I read about this, I,found it very interesting and tried it for Onam sadhya this year. It was truly wonderful and my family enjoyed.The yogurt sauce is spiced with black pepper or dry red chilly and the tangyness is from yogurt and raw mango. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.
Recipe Source from here and here

Pumpkin, Cucumber, yam, Arvi (colacacia) Raw plantain cubed- 3 cup
Drumstick - 8-10 pieces
Green mango small- peeled and sliced- 1
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
green chilly 2
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Jaggery- a small piece
Salt to taste

To grind
Coconut- 1 cup

Beetroot Mushroom Cutlet

Beetroot Mushroom Cutlet
Today's recipe is a quick and delicious snack/appetizer....the good old favorite, vegetable cutlet with a twist. Cutlets are everyone's favorite and you get it everywhere in India.My  family enjoys vegetable cutlet,just as much as the love meat cutlet. Beetroot mushroom cutlet is one of our favorites. It has the beautiful color and the earthy sweetness of beetroot,the mild meaty taste of mushrooms and  aromatic spices. It is delectable and I am sure even non-vegetarians will find this interesting. Serve this with ketchep or with mint chutney and enjoy with a cup of tea.

Beetroot- 2 medium
Mushroom cleaned and chopped- 1 1/2 cup
Potato- 1 large
Onion- 1 meduim
Ginger-garlic paste- 1 1/3 tsp

Turmeric powder-a pinch
Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp
( according to spiciness you like)
Pepper powder-1/3 tsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped-a handful
lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
salt to taste
Egg white-2
Bread crumbs- 1 cup

Cook potato with the ski…

Pineapple Kesari

Pineapple Kesari
Kesari is a very unique and popular sweet of South India with a soft melt in mouth texture.Adding fresh juicy pineapples makes it even more special. If you like the flavor of pineapple this sweet/dessert is irresistible. The chief ingredients are semolina/sooji,sugar and ghee.I first tasted pineapple kesari when I visited Udupi in Karnataka and fell in love with this. There it was served as a sweet for breakfast. Try will surely love it.
Rava or Sooji- 1 cup
Chopped pineapple- 1 cup
Sugar- 2cup
Water- 2 cups
Warm Milk-1 cup
Ghee-4 tbs
few drops of food color
Raisins and cashew nuts- a few

Chop pineapple in small pieces and keep aside. In a pot bring water and milk to a boil.
In a heavy bottom pan heat one tsp of ghee and fry cashews till golden brown and raisins till they puff and keep aside.
In the same pan roast rava till it starts changing color to golden ,you can feel a nice roasted aroma. Remove and spread on a platter and allow…

Bread Upma

Bread Upma
Simple upma to use up all left over bread and  can be made in a jiffy. For me this is a quick snack,but you can serve it as breakfast.You can add any chopped vegetables to make it colorful and healthy. I had some left over minced stir fried chicken so I added that too.So it is that simple,all leftovers tossed together to make a quick delicious snack/brunch.

Bread- 8 slices
Onion- 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts- 6-8
Tomato sauce- 11/2 tsp
Vegetables of your choice- 1/2 cup
(here I used green peas, crumbled potatoes
and left over mined chicken)
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/3 tsp
Chopped coriander- a little
Lemon juice- a few drops
salt to taste

Cut bread into small cubes. Grease a fry pan with little ghee and slightly toast it till golden brown and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and roast cashew nuts. Add chopped onions and saute till golden brown and then ginger garlic and saute till raw flavor disappears. Next…
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