Varutharacha Sambar ~ Malabar Style Mixed Vegetable Lentil Stew

ย  I would really call sambar as the ultimate comfort food of a South Indian. Why not? We would have sambar with everything. Recently, I discovered that sambar went amazingly well with porottas too! If you are wondering what a “sambar” is, it is a South Indian stew made with lentils, mixed vegetables and lots of spices. ย  I had mentioned in this post that I am not fond of store bought sambar powders. Each brand tastes different and somehow I don’t seem to like any. I prefer to make my own little batch each time I make my sambar. When I discovered that we had our own version of making sambaar using roasted coconut paste, my joy had no bounds. Umma was never aware of a version like this, so I never grew up with one. I have adapted this recipe from many sources so can’t pinpoint just one…. 

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Fried Chicken Kebabs

ย  It shook me a lot when I thought to myself that we are already on the last month of 2016. I thought that only I was the one who had the thought, but then almost everybody I spoke to felt this year was super fast. I really don’t know what I have achieved this year except for getting a year older and putting on some weight! ๐Ÿ˜• It has been a very frustrating year as far as the latter is concerned but sometimes I feel I have to just take the pressure off myself and try it slowly and steadily. On the other hand, if I don’t keep the pressure on myself, I tend to let myself too loose too. So I am not sure which way I should be moving… hehe… Nonetheless, coming to how fast time is flying, this reminds me of the tiny yet power packed… 

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Uralakizhangu Musakhan ~ Malabar Potato Fry

ย  It’s the last Saturday of the month, and I am here with a book review! InShaAllah, I am trying to make this segment as regular as possible, so that my ever increasing collection of cookbooks are touched and cooked from. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Being from the Malabar side, I have always been intrigued to learn more about the cooking there. As I have always mentioned, the cooking done in my part of Malabar is very limited. When I got married and moved to Payyoli, I was surprised by the different types of food they would cook up in a matter of minutes! I still haven’t posted many of what I have learned from there, but as time goes by I will cook it up and feature them on the blog, InShaAllah. It is a passion of mine to collect as much as sources I can of Malabar cooking as available…. 

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Muringayila Parippu Upperi ~ Drumstick Leaves with Lentils

ย  Allah has His own ways. Each time, my blogging enthusiasm starts taking a downturn, He immediately surprises me with something that helps me take the U-turn, Alhamdulillah. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have had two things happening over the weekend, the smaller one is winning a gift voucher from Siri’s space and the big one was a mighty surprise: a feature on Manorama Online as one of the six Malayalee foodie accounts to follow on Instagram! It was a real surprise, since I feel I pushed behind a lot of well deserving foodie accounts, but it made me a stronger believer on His Will that may have caused me to be in that list in between all top shots! So rest assured, I am not stopping my blogging in the near future, InShaAllah… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  I did a little story on “Muringayila” or drumstick leaves when I had done this post. Drumsticks… 

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Green Apple Raita

ย  There are only three people in the bunch of folks who love green apple – umma, Azza and our parrot Mimmi. OK, I guess, I never spoke about Mimmi. Long back, I had mentioned about getting some finches home. Within a year, all passed away. ๐Ÿ™ They gave so much of joy to the kids and us and were a very chirpy bunch. Alas, they didn’t last for too long with us. The cage was left empty for almost four months till HD decided to get a parrot. First he wanted a cat and I screached – no cat, either it’s me or the cat. I am not good with pets, unfortunately. I love to see them, but apart from that, I am no good. The kids were upset that I vetoed the cat. And without me knowing, the parrot appeared inside the house one night and the kids… 

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Mathan Vellapayar Erisseri

ย  The feel of calm after a storm is different. I really don’t know whether I like it. When life is a bit topsy-turvy, our mind is full on at work – looking for signals of any more trouble coming, being content if there is nothing coming, getting tensed when something comes by, not mentioning the constant pain and heart aches which comes along with it. But once that phase passes by and things come back to normal, there is an eerie emptiness. All of a sudden, you feel that the moment passed by, even though it has taken ages to move on. Fighting that emptiness and filling up your time with worthy hobbies is what is then required. No wonder why He tells us, “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace.” (Surah Ar-Rad:28) Irrespective of whether we are going through turbulent times or peaceful times, keeping… 

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Chakkakuru Pachamaanga Curry ~ Jackfruit Seeds Raw Mango Curry

ย  I miss my stock of chakkakuru (jackfruit seeds) this season. ๐Ÿ™ I had an uncle who flew in last week and I received a parcel from umma, but unfortunately it didn’t have any seeds in it. When I asked her, she said he already had too much weight and she couldn’t send any. Now I guess I need to get some from the supermarket, but the way those seeds look, I wouldn’t even want to buy them! ย  I prepared this curry with the last bit I had of what umma send me last year. The combination of the slightly sweet seeds and the tangy raw mango gives a nice punch while having rice. I am not a fan of raw mango or its tanginess, so normally what I do is to squeeze the mango into the rice and discard the skin. I mix it in and have it… 

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Chakkakuru Muringakaya Parippu Curry ~ Jackfruit Seed Drumstick Lentil Curry

ย  Each time I get my stock of jackfruit seeds or chakkakuru like we call it, I would always convert into this stir-fry, definitely my favorite way of having it any time. I would always wait for the time of the year to arrive so that umma would send down some of the dried seeds that she manages to keep. Nobody seems to like it anytime, it is always me who is finishing it off. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was surprised to see recently that the local supermarket close to my house was selling these seeds in the vegetable section! Even though it is pricey, buying it once in a while wouldn’t hurt, right? At least I don’t have to wait for umma to send some. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  This is another favorite way of having this curry. Umma used to make this often, but as usual I had not noted it down… 

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Beans Paruppu Usili ~ Tamil Style Beans with Lentil Paste

ย  It feels odd that this is the most awaited weekend in quite a long time. Of late, weekends had lost its charm. Being a working mother, I definitely would crave the weekend to come as fast as possible but since we never have any activities planned over weekends, I always feel that excitement is missing! Somehow this week has been very stressful, whether at work and otherwise. I wish I could relax and rejuvenate, but most of the time, it never ends up that way! Let’s see how far it will help me freshen up… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Off to today’s post… Beans is my favorite vegetable – french or string, I don’t mind. I can eat bowls and bowls of it, just cooked this way. And actually speaking that’s the only way I know how to cook this vegetable too, or more specifically saying, I am so happy with… 

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Arachuvitta Vengaya Sambaar ~ South Indian Shallot Lentil Stew

I am a literal sambaar fan. However, this seems to be the first sambaar recipe on this blog. Why is that? Because we always make our sambaar using store bought sambaar powder and believe me, I do not want to post a recipe when you can get itย right at the back of the box! For those who don’t know what is sambaar, then it is a South Indian lentil stew filled with vegetables, that goes so apt with any South Indian fare, like rice, dosas (crepes) and idlis (rice discs!). My favorite vegetarian eatery in this part of the world is Sangeetha’s and I always eat from there at least once a month. Our menu is mostly standard – vadas, ghee roast or the mini thali. It rotates between the three of us – ie. me and the kids. HD is never a part of our eat-out escapades, but when… 

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Pomegranate Raita (Yogurt Dip)

ย  Sometimes, you learn a lot of lessons the hard way. Just sharing one of those lessons… It is a quote that I don’t need to even add any two-cents of mine, it is that crystal-clear… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  ย  I guess for every Indian, any heavy meal, especially something like biriyani, a raita or a yogurt dip is a must. The easiest one that we always make is the cucumber onion one and of late, I have started making beetroot raita, as it just pairs so well with really spicy biriyanis. The kids love it too. Another raita that the kids really adore is this one which has pomegranate seeds in it. It may be cumbersome to pull out the seeds from this lovely fruit, but it is always worth the effort, I feel. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am one lazy head so I try to run away from buying pomegranates, but… 

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Muthira Varuthathu ~ Horsegram Stir Fry

ย  When the climate changes, along with it comes havoc. That is one thing that I hate. During the months of October-November and March-April, in this part of the world, you will see everybody falling sick. I already had my bout of illenss towards the end of last month, and last week, the rest of them fell ill, starting from Rasha, then Azza and then HD. The house felt like a hospital with lots of medicines all around, but Alhamdulillah, they weren’t severe like cases I had seen at the clinic and things settled down in the space of a week. But then you know how it is, the tastebuds are lacking, so whatever I was making was not finishing, that included even kanji (rice porridge/ gruel). It will still take time till everything comes back to 100%. ย  Horsegram, just like it’s name suggests is supposed to be staple… 

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Beetroot/ Chukandar Raita ~ Beetroot Yogurt Side

ย  We all know that October is the month of breast cancer awareness. All over the world, the month is dedicated to raise awareness about this deadly disease which affects a majority of women these days. Every woman needs to be aware of her general health and do the required self tests to ensure that they are free from it. We all are carried away, that includes myself and always think that these kind of diseases would not happen to us, but it is always best to be aware and do what it takes to prevent its advent. May Allah keep us protected from all such kinds of diseases.. Aameen… In the UAE, it is good to see that a lot of corporates and hospitals take this month quite seriously and spend a lot of time and effort to raise awareness in general, mainly encouraging men to push their mothers,… 

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Muttakkoos Upperi ~ Cabbage Stir Fry

Trying to be positive comes with a lot of practice… Sometimes it is pain, sometimes it is shock, or a mixture of everything that can give a hard experience. Having said that, dealing with the negatives is totally on how one takes it. Just like the below slide says, thinking good and beautiful definitely makes a lot of difference on how your life turns out to be, so much so that you will start seeing goodness even in the dark moments… Moving on to today’s recipe, whenever I make rice and curry with fish fry (of course!), I always like to pair it up with a stir fry or upperi as we call it. Usually, it is carrot or my favorite, French beans but this one also happens to be a favorite for me. Apart from the time taken for shredding the cabbage, which I still do it the old… 

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Koosa Pulinkari ~ Marrow Buttermilk Curry

When did Ramadan start andwhen did it end! ๐Ÿ™ At times, it is so difficult for all of it to sink… The month flew off in full speed and Eid also came to an end in an equal speed… We had a relaxed Eid this time with not much travelling, thanks to the horrible weather we had in this part of the world. It was really humid – something which kept itself away during the whole of Ramadan thankfully – and so, it was not the best time to go for long trips. We had more of a relative time on the first day and on the second day, we went for a short drive, not taking much time outside, but still enjoyed ourselves. Now we are in the month of Shawwal, and for my Muslim readers who don’t know, observing six days of fasting during this month, after the… 

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