Fish and Mango Curry

Fish and Mango Curry
Fish and Mango Curry
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 3-4
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup sliced shallots
  • ½ teaspoon methi seeds
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • 500 gm Fish Fillets
  • 1 cup sliced sour green mango
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Coconut paste
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 green chilies
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup water

Marinate the fish in turmeric, salt and little bit of tamarind pulp and keep it for 5 to 10 minutes."

For the Coconut Paste: In a blender add 1 cup of grated coconut, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric, ½ teaspoon of chilli powder, 2 green chilies, 1 teaspoon of ginger, 8 cloves of garlic and ½ a cup of shallots. Grind it well with some water to make a smooth paste."

In a pan add a tablespoon of coconut oil, in that add some Methi seeds and Jeera let it crackle add the coconut gravy which we made before and toast it well for some time, then add some water stir it nicely to make a gravy, you can add more water in to it if required. Now it’s time to put the marinated fish and a cup of sliced sour Mangoes. Close the pan with a lid and allow cooking for 5 to 10minutes. Finally put some curry leaves on top of it. The mouth watering Fish and mango curry is ready to eat."

  • Don’t overcook fish ever as it’s very soft and bound to break if you overcook.
  • The taste of any fish curries depend on the masala / tamarind you use. You could use any tamarind or kokum locally available near you.
  • Kerala has a typical tamarind which they use of only fish curries.
 

Avial

Avial
Avial
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 3-4
  • 1 cup Elephant Yam
  • 2 Raw Banana
  • 1 Big Carrot
  • ½ cup snake gourd
  • Drumsticks
  • ½ cup white pumpkin
  • ½ cup cucumber
  • beans
  • full mango
  • Green Chillies
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt (To taste)
  • sprig curry leaves
  • A little water
  • 2 cups Grated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • small onions
  • Green chilly

In a large pot add all the above mentioned vegetables with 2 cups of water, ½ a teaspoon of turmeric powder and salt. Cover it and cook for some times, so that the vegetables become soft. "

By the time we can make the coconut paste. In a blender put 2 cups of grated coconut, a 1/2 teaspoon Jeera, 1 small onion, 3green chili, a pinch of salt and little water. Just a spin don’t make a smooth paste. Now add this paste in to the half cooked vegetables. Nicely mix it and add some curry leaves. Keep it for more 5 minutes. "

Finally, add 2 tablespoon coconut oil on top of it and some more curry leaves. Enjoy the real taste of Kerala Avial."

  • Cut all the vegetable in one size and shapes and also use all coloured vegetables its gives an authentic look and taste to the dish.
  • Don’t over grind the coconut mix.
  • To get a real taste of this dish use only coconut oil.
  • Wash vegetables before peeling or cutting to preserve the water soluble vitamins.

Chemmeen Moilee

Chemmeen Moilee
Chemmeen Moilee
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 300 gms Prawns
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger thin strips
  • 1 large Onion sliced
  • 1 pinch Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lime juice
  • 100 ml Coconut milk
  • 10 ml coconut oil
  • 2 gm mustard seeds
  • salt (to taste)

Marinate the cleaned prawns with turmeric powder, salt and fresh lemon juice and keep it aside for a while. Now for a Curry, Place a pot with 2 tablespoon of coconut oil add a teaspoon mustard seeds, some curry leaves. Let them crackle add sliced onions and keep the pot closed for a while till the onions soften. "

Now it’s time to add ¼ teaspoon of chopped garlic and 1 tablespoon of ginger strips, a little bit of chopped green chillies. Add a pinch of turmeric mix it well and a cup of thick coconut milk. Now add salt, some fresh coriander leaves, a teaspoon of lime juice and some water to make fabulous gravy. Keep the gas simmer for some times. "

Once the masala is ready, add the marinated Prawns in it. Keep the pot closed for 5-10 minutes. So that the prawns cook well and the amazing Chemmeen Moilee is ready to serve."

  • Clean the Prawns very well before marinating it.
  • To get rid of the smell of prawns, apply salt and lemon juice to the prawns before cooking. Leave for 15 – 20 minutes so that it gets marinated and taste well.
 

Thalassery Chicken

Thalassery Chicken
Thalassery Chicken
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 10
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 2 kg coconuts
  • 250 gms shallots ((Madras Onion))
  • 100 gms green chilli
  • 50 gms garlic
  • 50 gms ginger
  • 25 gms curry leaves
  • 15 gms red chillies
  • 5 gms mustard seeds
  • 150 gms fennel seeds
  • 50 gms coconut oil
  • salt (to taste)

For the Masala: In a pan add some oil, in that add shallots (no need to make a small pieces), ginger, 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic, a tablespoon of fennel seeds and 2 green chillies. Mix it well and add a cup of grated coconut, a pinch of salt. Fry all for sometimes without changing the colour of coconut. Put it in the blender and make a paste. "

Heat the coconut oil in a pot, put the mustard seeds, few curry leaves and a couple of red dry chilies, once it starts crackling add the chicken with salt. Stir it for some times, then add the masala that we made before, mix it well with chicken, add some water and sliced green chilies. "

Cover the pot and keep it cook for 10 to 15minutes. Now it’ time to plate the yummy Thalassery Chicken curry! "

  • To check if the chicken has been cooked thoroughly, take a piece from the pot and set it on a plate or chopping board. Use a fork and a knife to cut a slit. If the inside is white, it is cooked. If it's not, put the piece back in the pan and cook the mixture for a little longer.
 

Lime Rice

Lime Rice
Lime Rice
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 limes
  • 4 dry red chilies
  • 1/2 Bengal gram dhal
  • big pinch hing ((asafoetida) )
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
Heat 2 tablespoon of Oil in a pan and add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds, curry leaves after crackling the mustard seeds add 4 dry red chilies, ½ tsp of soaked chana dal, hing and turmeric powder. Mix and fry all this for some times till the chana dhal becomes brown in colour, add salt and green chilies (if required more spicy). Now add the main ingredients lime juice and cooked rice. Mix it well. Your favorite Lime Rice is ready to serve.  

Chicken Chettinad

Chicken Chettinad
Chicken Chettinad
  • PREP TIME 20 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 1 kg chicken
  • 4 onions
  • 3 green chilies
  • 2 springs curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp ginger (garlic paste)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • ½ cup oil
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 10 dry red chilies
  • 2 tbsp Khus Khus
  • 2 tbsp Saunf
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cardomom
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 one inch pieces cinnamon sticks
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 4 tbsp Grated coconut
  • Store spices in a cool, dark place, not above your stove. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor.
  • Dry roast spices masala can also use for vegetable dishes. Its gives the special flavor to any dish.
  • When you fry the onions add some salt in to that before adding the oil. It dries the onion and fry faster.
  • When we make the masala for chicken, fry it till oil separates, before adding the water. Its gives a nice flavor and original colour to the dish.
 

Sevai kothamalli balls

Sevai with kothamalli balls
Sevai with kothamalli balls
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 big bunch coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup bengal gram
  • 1/4 cup urad dal
  • 8-10 red chillies
  • 1 pinch hing
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • salt (To taste)
  • 1 cup Sevai
  • 1/2 Kothamalli balls
  • 1 tbsp Peanut
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 tsp oil
  • few curry leaves
  • pinch hing
  • salt (to taste)
  • corainder (for garnishing)
  • Kothamalli can be used in various dishes like Curd Rice, Masala Rice, Fry Idli etc
  • Kothamalli balls can make and store it in the refrigerator for long time; it’s a time saver of variety cooking.
  • Rice Sevai is very good to make noodles. Kids will enjoy with rice noodles.

Meen Kozhambu

Meen Kozhambu
Meen Kozhambu
  • PREP TIME 25 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • fish
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard oil
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 3 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup (soak about 75 (pulp (soak about 75 gm of tamarind))
  • 1/2 cup water
  • curry leaves
  • coriander leaves
  • Always clean the fish with salt and lemon juice, which remove the smell of fish.
  • Try to use the earthen pot for cooking fish. Its gives the traditional taste.
  • Fry the masalas till the oil separates, to get an original colour for the dish.
 

Vegetable Caldin

Vegetable Caldin
Vegetable Caldin
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 400 ml fresh coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 2 medium sized onion (chopped finely)
  • 2 green chilies (chopped finely)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup auliflower florets
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 Drumsticks (cut into batons)
  • 2 carrots (cut into batons)
  • 1 cup French beans (split into 2)
  • 1 medium potato peeled (and baton)
  • Few Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmuric powder
  • 1 tsp dhania powder
  • salt ( to taste)

Take a frying pan and put 1-2 teaspoon of vegetable oil and let it become hot. Once it gets slightly hot, add some curry leaves and some chopped green chilies, chopped onions, 1-2 tsp of ginger garlic paste into it. Stir it proper until it gets slightly brownish color. "

Once it’s slightly colored add the spices like turmeric powder and chopped and cleaned vegetables drumsticks, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and green peas. Mix it well and pour coconut milk. Add salt to taste. Also add just a dash of water. Mix it well and add coriander powder and jeera powder into it and stir it well and let it cook for 5-7 minutes on moderate simmer. Once it’s cooked, add some chopped coriander leaves and ready to be served. Enjoy! "

  • Do not cook over cook vegetable as it may cause loosing nutritional values of the vegetables.
 
  • Since cutting of vegetables is time consuming, you could cut it on a day when you are relatively free and refrigerate it in tight containers.  It’s even advisable to do the chopping of vegetables on a weekend and preserve it for the week ahead.
 
  • Vegetables that have been stored in the refrigerator tend to look dull and lifeless. If you want to make a salad, and need your veggies to look fresh, soak them in cold water with a few drops of lime for about 15 minutes and they will look bright and delicious.

Kadhi Gujrati

Kadhi Gujrati
Kadhi Gujrati
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 500 ml Butter milk
  • ½ tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp ginger chili paste
  • Pinch hing
  • Pinch Garam masala
  • ½ tbsp coriander leaves ((fine chopped))

Take 2-3 cups of buttermilk and beat it very well. Add 1 tbsp of chickpea flour (basen) into it and blend it."

Take a pan and add 1-2 tbsp of ghee to the pan. Give the pan a little swirl until the ghee start melting. While the ghee is melting in the pan add some curry leaves, a pinch jeera seeds, 1 tbsp of ginger, 1 tbsp green chilly paste, a pinch of Asafoteda (hing), 1 tbsp garam masala."

Once the basic tempering is ready add the premixed buttermilk into the pan and whisk it very well. Give it a nice gentle stir until it becomes smooth. Add salt to taste and some chopped coriander. Keep the kadhi in low simmer for 2-3 mins. Please do not boil it. The Gujarati Kadhi is ready to be served."

 
  • Do not boil the kadhi.  If you boil the kadhi it will start splitting.  So please heat up the kadhi for a maximum of 2-3 minutes.
 
  • Stir the kadhi very well after adding to the masala to avoid getting stuck at the bottom of the pan.
 

Mutton Pepper Fry

A simple delicious fry recipe with mutton that goes beautifully with rotis, rice and dal or even dosas.

Mutton Pepper Fry
Mutton Pepper Fry
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 25 MINS
  • SERVES
  • 500 grams boneless mutton (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste
  • to taste salt
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 Onion (sliced)
  • to taste Crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp scraped fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 8-10 black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • ½ inch Cinnamon
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1½ tbsp scraped fresh coconut
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder

1. Heat some water in a deep non-stick pan. Add mutton pieces, turmeric powder and ginger-garlic paste and mix. Add salt, mix, cover and cook till mutton is done. Drain in a bowl and reserve the stock."

2. To prepare paste, heat oil in a non-stick pan. Addcurry leaves, let it crackle and drain in a bowl. Switch off heat. "

3. To prepare the paste, slice garlic cloves and ginger."

4. Place the oil pan back on heat, add caraway seeds, peppercorns, star anise, green cardamoms, black cardamom, broken cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, remaining curry leaves, sliced ginger and garlic to hot oil and sauté for 1 minute."

5. Add onion and coconut and sauté for onion and coconut turns golden brown. Add turmeric powder and chilli powder and mix well. Transfer on a plate and cool. "

6. Heat oil in another non-stick pan. Add onion and sauté. Add dried red chillies and sauté till onion turns golden brown. "

7. Grind the sautéed spice mixture alongwithsomewater into fine paste. "

8. Add ground paste to the sautéed onion, mix and cook till the mixture slightly dries. Add cooked mutton pieces, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes."

9. Add salt and mix. Add crushed peppercorns, tamarind pulp, sugar and coriander leaves and mix. Add 1 cup reserved stock, mix and cook till the mixture boils. "

10. Add fried curry leaves and coconut, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. "

11. Serve hot. "

Cooking Tips
  • Rinse the muttons pieces with salt and turmeric before cooking so that it becomes soft and tender.
  • Leave the meat in curd or papaya paste to tenderize the meat for at least 2-3 hours, and if you have enough time, leave it for about 6-7 hours. For making the prefect Mutton Pepper Fry, meat is left to marinade overnight. You could also use acidic fruits like lemon or kiwi with salt and pepper, which help in breaking down the solid fibers of meat. Once these fibers break down, that's when the meat becomes tender and ready to devour. Marinating not only makes the meat tender, but also adds moisture to it, further making it juicy.