June 10, 2018

Coconut chicken curry

What u need:

Cornish hen : cut in bite size marinate with salt , black pepper , paprika and turmeric for at least 30 mins
Red onion - 1 cup chopped
Garlic - 1 tablespoon
Ginger-  1 tablespoon
Green chillies - 4-5
Turmeric - 1 teaspoon
Chilli pwd -2 teaspoon (add spice as needed)
Paprika - 2 teaspoon
Black pepper ground- 1 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
Whole spices - cinnamon sticks , cardamon, bay leaves , black pepper , anise ,mace (few each)
Olive oil-2 tablespoon
Coconut grated - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - 5- 6 spring 

  • Heat a pan with the EVOO add the 3/4 of the chopped red onions and sauce for a few minutes , meanwhile grind the remaining red onions, black pepper ,  ginger and garlic into a fine mixture add into the hot oil and cook till the raw taste goes away or till the onion turns a little brown.
  • Grind the coconut , whole spices add some water to make a thick paste 
  • Add turmeric, paprika, pepper, chill pwd, and garam masala and let it cook for a few mins more till the spice blend into the onion paste.
  • Add the cut chicken mix well let it cook for at least 5-10 mins
  • Add the ground coconut paste cook some more and add salt , garam masala and curry leaves to taste let it simmer till the chicken is completely cooked.
  • Serve with soft appams and Njoy !

April 28, 2018

Shrimp Mappas

Once in a while I really crave for the traditional plate with the thick red kerala rice and fish curry . As I had some shrimp in my fridge so decided to make shrimp kappas , this recipe has different variations but coconut milk is a must in this dish . Add some dal fry and veggies fry and you got a complete thali Yummy !

What you need :

Deveined Prawns -  20-30
Red onions - 1 finely chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch chopped
Garlic - 5-6 crushed
Green chilies- 4-5 slit long
Curry leaves- 5-6
EVOO- 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Kodum puli -1-2 soaked in water
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Turmeric pwd- 1 teaspoon
Chilly pwd - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
Smoked paprika - 2 teaspoon ( this gives a very authentic taste to fish curry )
Salt to taste
Coconut oil optional to garnish

  • Heat a thick bottom pan with oil add the mustard seeds let them splutter add onions saute for a few mins till soft then ginger , garlic , green chilies cook for few more mins
  • Add all the dry ingredients turmeric , paprika, chilly pwd,  salt cook till the raw smell goes away then add the Puli let this simmer for a good 5-10 mins 
  • Add the coconut milk make sure the flame is low , then gently add  the cleaned shrimp cook for few mins as shrimp very fast .
  • Last step add the garam masala and curry leaves for authentic taste try a teaspoon of coconut oil and enjoy with red yummy rice ;)

January 2, 2018

Peppermint barks

As we all leave 2017 behind and move ahead into 2018 , let's hope for kindness and compassion for each other . So on that note I decided to start with a dessert bringing in the much needed sweetness for this year :)
This is a very easy recipe the only tricky part is melting the chocolate , using a double boiler is a reliable method just make sure that the chocolate is constantly stirred usually takes a few minutes ,

What u need  :
White cooking chocolate - 12 oz 
Dark cooking chocolate - 12 oz 
Peppermint sticks - crushed 
  1. Line a 9x12 pan with parchment paper.Melt the dark chocolate (use the method you prefer, either double boiler, or microwave - cook 30 seconds in a heat-proof bowl, stir and repeat until you have a smooth consistency.
  2. Pour the melted dark chocolate on the parchment paper, spread the chocolate out until it is about 1/3" thick. You can do this by hitting the pan on the counter top repeatedly, or maybe you could use a spatula to spread the chocolate.
  3. Melt the white chocolate, using the steps above. After the chocolate is smooth, pour it on top of the dark chocolate - trying to make the layers the same thickness.
  4. Unwrap the peppermints of your choice and put them into a zip lock bag, crush the mints then, while the white chocolate is still melted sprinkle on top. 

  5. Let the chocolates harden in the refrigerator for 2 hours, then break the candy into pieces. Njoy !

Coconut chicken curry

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