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Neychoru/Ghee Rice

This rich fragrant ghee rice is a Malabar special. It is very simple yet exotic and perfect for any occasion especially if you have sudden  guests and do not have much time to make an elaborate dinner or lunch.This quick and delicious rice is usually paired with a spicy chicken or mutton curry. It is usually made with a special rice called kaima rice but here I am using basmathi rice.

Ingredients
Basmathi Rice- 2 cups
Water- 2 1/2 cup
Cinnamon stick- 2 piece
Cloves-5
Cardamon- 3
Fennel seeds 1/2 tsp( optional)
Bay leaf-1
Star Aniseed- 2
Ghee- 2 tsp+ 2 tsp oil
Onion -1 medium thinly sliced
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp (optional)

For garnish
Thinly sliced onion- 1 medium
Cashew nuts- 15-18
Raisins -2 tbs
Ghee melted-2 tsp

Wash and soak rice for half an hour,drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a deep quart pan and add ghee and oil. Add the whole spices and saute till there is  a nice aroma. Add ginger garlic paste and saute and after a minute add sliced onions and fry till it turns slight g…

Baking Partners:New Baking Group Announcement

Baking a homemade bread, cake or cookies will give the best outcome. However in order to achieve the best results, a  perfect recipe and  right techniques are required.

We are a small group of home baker friends,who love and want to learn more about the nook and corners of baking.  We are planning to try out recipes from books/magazines and cooking shows.  Every member gets a chance to present their choice of recipe and share important points with the rest of the group.
Main purpose of this group is to learn the techniques, critic the procedure if there are ways to improve, and to eat a delicious food.

Rules are simple, we will choose one recipe  and send it out to the group by 16th of every month and  the reveal date will be 15th of the next month . On that day we will  blog about it. A linky tool will be open during that time and each member can link their post.

First month we are going to do a recipe, 2nd and 3rd month will be a theme and the 4th month we will be back at  a recipe…

Chegodilu/Crispy Savory Snack

Chegodilu/Crispy Savory Snack
Chegodilu is a crunchy and delectable tea time snack. It is ring shaped crispy snack made with rice flour and flavored with cumin and sesame seeds.It is popular Andhra snack.

Ingredients
Rice flour- 1 1/2 cup
Water- 1 1/2 cup
Sesame seeds- 2-3 tbs
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Hing- 1/3 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

 Bring water to a boil. Heat 3 tbs of oil in a pan.

Mix in rice flour,salt,sesame seeds,cumin seeds, chilly powder and hing in a bowl. Pour over the hot oil and using a fork mix well and evenly distribute the oil. It should resemble wet sand.

Now pour over the boiling water and mix till the dough comes together.Close with a tight lid and allow it to cool down a  bit and then knead into a smooth dough. Cover with damp cloth and let it rest for ten minutes.

Take small golf sized balls and roll it into a cylinder and then like a rope. Pinch the two ends together to form a circle and keep aside covered with a damp cloth ( the rings s…

Strawberry Crepes

Strawberry Crepes
Crepes is classic French and can be served as dessert or as a special breakfast. They are easy to make and kids will surely this.Crepes are thin and light  pancakes and there is a variety of filling,either sweet or savory. Here it is whipped cream and fresh strawberries. 
Ingredients
To make batter
All purpose flour- 1 cup
Eggs 2
Milk- 1 cup
Water- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Cooking oil/butter- 1 tbs
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp

For the filling
Sliced Strawberries- 2 cup
Sugar- 4 tbs
Lemon zest- 1/2 tsp
Whipped cream- 1 cup


Beat eggs till it is light and fluffy. Mix all the ingredients listed under 'to make batter ' and using a blender mix  into a thin batter without lumps. Keep this aside for half an hour.
Slice strawberries and mix with sugar and lemon zest and keep it aside.
Heat a frying pan and lightly grease with butter.Keep in medium flame.Pour about 3-4 tbs of batter in  the center and gently swirl around in clockwise direction so that the batter spre…

Chemmeen Achar/Prawns Pickle

Chemmeen Achar/Prawns Pickle
Today's recipe is a spicy and tongue tickling pickle made with prawns. Everyone has their own version of this delicious pickle. This is my mother's recipe and she has been pampering me with bottles of delicious home made prawns pickle.But when I run out of my stock of pickles I have no other option but to make it myself. I assure you it is a simple and quick recipe and can be preserved for months. It goes well with rice. Small varieties of fresh prawns is best for this  recipe. Try this,you will surely love it.
Ingredients
To marinate the prawns

Small or medium sized prawns- 1 1/2 lb
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp

For the masala
Ginger- 3 inch thick peice
Garlic- 2 whole
Green Chilly-6-8
Curry leaves- a few
( make all the above into a course mixture)
Garlic thinly sliced-5- 6 cloves
Mustard powder- 1 tsp
( slightly dry roast mustard and then powder it)
Chilly powder- 2 Tbs
Fenugreek powder- 1/2 tsp
Clove- 2-3
Hing- 1/…

Diamond Cuts ( Sweet Version)

Sweet Diamond Cuts 
Diamond cuts is a crispy deep fried tea time snack. It is cut into diamond shapes and is made with maida and eggs  and so is also called maida chips or as maida biscuts.There is both spicy and sweet version.This was one of my favorite snack when I was a kid have nostalgic memories of my grandmother and mom making this as onam palaharam.  My personal favorite is this the egg less sweet version but if you like the egg version beat in two egg while mixing the dough.It is a quick and yummy snack.

Ingredients
Maida/All purpose flour- 2 cups
Butter- 2 tbs
Baking powder- a pinch
Salt- 1/3 tsp
Sugar- 3 tsp

For the syrup
Sugar- 1 cup
Cardamon- 5-6
Lemon juice-  a few drops.


Mix maida,sugar,baking powder and salt. Add room temperature butter and rub the flour with your hand so that mixture looks crumbly. Sprinkle water little by little and mix to make a smooth and soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth and allow this to rest for 15-20 minutes.

To make the syrup mix sugar and 1…

Fruit Custard

Fruit custard
Fruit custard is the quickest and delectable dessert that you can ever imagine and is a perfect summer treat.It is chilled light creamy custard sauce and with combination of fruits that you like.You can also add nuts to give an extra crunch.
Ingredients Milk-3 cup Custard powder ( vanilla flavored)- 2 1/2 tbs Sugar- 1/2 cup Mixed chopped fruits- Around 3 cups (Apple, Mango,Pineapple,Green Grapes, Red grapes,Strawberry,Blueberry)

Add 1/3 cup of warm milk and make a smooth paste of custard powder and keep aside. In a sauce pan bring milk to a boil and add sugar. When it dissolves slowly stir in the custard paste and continuously stir till the mixture thickens. Take off from heat and allow it to cool. Chill the custard for about two hours or till it is ready to be served. To serve add the chopped fruits in a serving dish and pour over the custard and slightly mix. Enjoy!
Try this Hope you will all enjoy.

Mutton Ularthiyathu

Mutton Ularthiyathu
Mutton ularthiyathu/olathiyathu is a Kerala style mutton dry fry is a favorite non-vegetarian dish in central Kerala,especially among the Christians.It is cooked meat that  stir fried with aromatic spices and seasoned with roasted coconut which gives an additional crunch. It goes well with rice or pathiri

Ingredients
To pressure cook

Mutton- 1/2 kg
Ginger- 1 inch thick
Garlic pods- 6-8
Green chilly-2
Onion- 1medium
Chilly powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
salt to taste

To saute
Pearl onions/shallots- 1 cup
Sliced coconut- 1/2 cup
Finely minced ginger- 1 1/2  tbs
Finely minced garlic - 1 1/2 tbs
Pepper powder- 3/4 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp of fennel seeds/perumjeerakum
3-4 cloves, cinnamon stick- 1 inch piece
Curry leaves- a few
Oil - 2 tbs




Clean and cut mutton into cubes. Mince ginger,garlic,green chilly and onion using a mixer and keep aside.
Heat pressure cooker and add one tsp of oil , add the minced onion and garlic mixture and saute ti…
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