Archive | 2013

Squid in a curry

I feel a sense of accomplishment when my squid gets cooked to perfection. This traditional way of cooking any seafood is quite common in North Kerala and this is my Mom’s recipe. As you will see, this recipe requires one to knead the masala with their hand. So the reverberance of your heart, positive aura […]

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Stuffed chicken ballotine

Stuffed chicken ballotine is my favorite when I think of being healthy. It also gives one a zillion ideas of what to stuff it with. This time I wanted a combination of spinach, strawberries (since its in the season) and feta! You think this combination can go wrong,? Try this and trust me, you will […]

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Chicken Kebab with Chilli Hummus

Chillies when used right can accentuate flavors to a different level. If it takes two to Tango, then this kebab and the chilli hummus combination will are in perfect harmony ☺ . The recipe was inspired from my last trip to Dubai while flipping through the Wafi Gourmet Menu. Though it has always been on my mind […]

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Braised Pork Belly

Lately, I have been thinking of coming up with “Progressive Recipes”. My definition of Progressive Recipes is, the recipes which can appeal to a wider audience, where you try to take them through steps in respect to appearance, texture, flavor and create a common baseline of taste notes. While I was savoring my last bite […]

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Saffron Upma (Semolina) with Spanish Salsa

“Saffron Upma” occurred to me while I was having Polenta in Cape Town last week. Historically polenta has been a peasant food and I draw a lot of parallel to our desi Upma. When something unusual like this starts to brew in my mind, I try to find a global and comfort fit by re […]

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Mussels

Mussels are considered exotic across the world, and for good ones, restaurants charge an arm and a leg, but not in North Kerala, where I spent half of my school days. The coastal belt spanning from Kozhikode to Kannur district (Mahe, where I hail from, is 60 kms from Kozhikode and 24 kms from Kannur) […]

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To my dad….

To my dad…. There was a time, this man whom I watched cook There was a time that I wondered if I was ever able to make anything There came a time I did what I wanted The man himself said you could do better The man himself said, plate me the sardines Man of […]

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Casserole

Here are the tips to make a healthy bake (Casserole)!  – Don’t count calories and make huge sacrifices on flavors, but use the ingredients smartly and be happy about it.  – Try different herbs and spices than just the cream and cheese dominate your palette  – Use as much drier ingredients as possible, for ex […]

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“Meen Koottaan” or “Masa Saar” or “Ghassi”

This recipe was brewing in my mind while I was in my room in San Francisco craving for fish curry rice. It covers 3 coastal states, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra, all my favorites when it comes to their traditional curry whether you call it “Meen Koottaan”, “Masa Saar” or “Ghassi”. I am quite happy how […]

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French mussels

These french mussels just need 1 min steaming to get cooked !. You can make some spaghetti, pour over the sauce and the mussels and enjoy .. 500 grams mussels washed 150 ml chardonay 200ml cream (use a lighter one) 2 cloves of garlic chopped fine 2 tablespoon finely chopped chives 1 tablespoon parsley Lemon […]

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