Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding

Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding, a savory pudding or strata that could be made for Easter or brunch party.
This is the second recipe I tried from the book Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, other one is Fennel and Garlic Shrimp . This just proved to me that bread ,egg and dairy in any combination cannot go wrong. I tried this recipe a couple of times now making a few changes here and there and omitted pancetta . Instead of mushroom I added slightly sauteed eggplant, was equally good. 
Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding has a very a subtle flavor, a welcome change for our masala beaten taste buds and to my surprise my family loved it. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Vellarikka Pachadi / Kerala sadya cucumber pachadi

Vellarikka Pachadi is a dish made for Kerala sadya (feast).Whenever I make spicy Kerala dishes with rice I try to mellow down the heat with such yogurt based side dishes.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Fennel and Garlic Shrimp

Fennel and Garlic Shrimp a very flavorful dish which can be served as first course.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nurukku Gothambu Kanji / Broken Wheat Porridge

Nurukku gothambu / Sooji gothambu kanji.
Let us begin the year with the most delicious, Kerala style, pure vegetarian, comfort food spread. Broken wheat porridge is made at home during  Thiruvathira (an important festival in Kerala celebrated only by women mostly by Nair and Namboodiri women in those days) A complete abstinence from rice based food is observed.  More about Thiruvathira here also check out my family recipes for Thiruvathira puzhukku and Koova veragiyathu/ Koova kali.

A nourishing meal to have on a cold winter day that is not too spicy, eat moderately and it is soothing for the stomach above all staying true to your Kerala roots too.

Bottom to top: Gothambu kanji with aged naranga achar (lemon pickle), mooru kachiyathu (thickened yogurt), Papaya stir-fry, Thiruvathira puzhukku (click for recipe)
Naligera chammanthi (Coconut chutney)
Just like rice broken wheat would double in size once cooked. So I usually take half cup or slightly less per head as tubular mash /puzhukku is also consumed along with porridge which makes it a heavy meal.

I use Nirapara brand broken wheat I find it having more brown husk than other polished ones like dalia,cracked wheat etc available in Indian stores.

Broken wheat /sooji gothambu - 1 cup
Water as required to cook (depending on consistency)
Grated coconut -1 or 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Seasoning: (optional) (I usually have it plain)
Ghee to taste  or
1/3 cup thick coconut milk to add in the end.

Wash the the broken wheat many times. Soak it in lots of water for an hour before you begin cooking. (This reduces cooking time considerably and makes the wheat very soft to eat)
Drain off excess water before cooking.
Add 3- 4 cups of water (reduce depending on the consistency required) into the pressure cooker when it boils add the soaked wheat and cook for two whistles max.
I like it a little watery gruel consistency than thick porridge. If you want it a complete mash go for one more whistle and drizzle a tsp of ghee or coconut milk  (both are optional)

Add salt to taste and serve the hot broken wheat porridge along with other accompaniments.

If you think the porridge is too starchy then dilute with little boiled water and make it into gruel consistency.

Hope you like it

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are the easiest to bake and you don't need any cookie cutter just a knife would do. 😅

Monday, December 12, 2016

Radish leaves Sitr fry with Potatoes | Mooli ke patte ki sabzi

It is all about the leaves . . . bright red leaves seen in the background when Autumn was in its prime and green fresh radish leaves for your winter meal. Does it not look Christmasy! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Whole Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

Whole Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary is one of the most flavorful, fool-proof recipes you can pull off  easily.

Whole chicken roasts are my favorite part of Holiday meal
Other flavors that were hits are posted here with entire menu list: