Urulakizhangu Ozhichu Koottaan ~ Potato Coconut Milk Curry

  I guess I have already mentioned on the blog that umma used to never cook with potatoes. Not because she didn’t like them, but since they are starchy and not good for her diabetes, she would hardly make them. Once when I was watching “Love Bytes by Joey” on NDTV Good Times, she was cooking up a Kerala meal and demonstrated this particular curry. As soon as I watched it, I noted down the recipe and had to make it, since it reminded me of a curry that umma used to make long back. This is one of the easiest curries that I have made. It comes together in no time and is so delicious that even when you are done with your chapathis, you would want to lick the curry. No, I am not exaggerating… 😀 The coconut milk gives an amazing flavor and yes, do not miss the… 

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Varutharacha Meen Curry ~ Malabar Fish Curry with Roasted Coconut

  If you are from Malabar, then you definitely need to know your fish curry well. Making the mulakittathu – the red fish curry, which I have already shared two versions here and here, is literally a cake walk but getting the varutharachathu right is a little difficult task. “Varutharachathu” literally means “roasted and ground”. The base of such curries is a roasted-till-brown coconut along with some spices, and ground till smooth. I already have a few varutharacha curries on the blog: Varutharacha Erachi Curry Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry Varutharacha Kozhi Curry   I have always felt that getting the consistency right for the fish curry is important. As for the meat curries, you can add water and dilute it, but for fish, the flavor itself goes off, especially since we add turmeric. The next is the challenge of making limited amount, since I serve folks who have pigeon stomachs. 😕… 

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Chakkakuru Pachamaanga Curry ~ Jackfruit Seeds Raw Mango Curry

  I miss my stock of chakkakuru (jackfruit seeds) this season. 🙁 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!   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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Coorg Beef Curry

  There are days when I feel like leaving all and just running away. Aren’t their days when we all feel like that? At times, the determination is sky high – that I am going to overcome everything, come what may be, while some days are just the opposite – everything feels like a deck of cards! I have this habit of sitting in the dark once the whole house goes to sleep, with the dim light in the passage on and the whole house silent. Somehow, Azza does not like me sitting alone, so she came and disturbed my silence the other night. Irritated, I commented, “I am going to put both of you at a school back home. You people go and stay with uppa and umma (my parents)” Initially, she looked excited and in a matter of seconds, she coiled down onto my lap and stayed silent…. 

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Raarha Ghosht ~ Special Mutton Curry

  Somehow, good days always seem to come to an end much faster than you would like it to. My parents went back after a month’s stay yesterday morning and dreading going back home, I took the kids out to their favorite play area, and then got a few things done for the car plus a little bit of shopping. Nothing really helped me actually – a lot of things are very peripheral, you think they would help you overcome when they really don’t! 🙂 It took me time to go off to sleep but then I told myself that I am not alone as far as not having parents close by is concerned. All those who stay abroad miss their parents irrespective of how your relationship is with them… Also I consider myself unromantic, as seeing a lot of red all around thanks to February 14 being Valentine’s Day… 

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Mangalorean Chicken Sukka

  I truly love it when a recipe is shared with me, I try it and then it appears on the blog. It makes them super special, doesn’t it? 🙂 I have a few of them on the blog which are very dear to my heart, like this green mutton masala and the chilli chicken, just to name a few. This recipe comes from a dear friend. I have already shared one of her recipes before, which was the Bombay Chicken Biriyani. I have written so much about P in that post, so I think I can skip the long introduction and go straight on to the recipe… 🙂     She would always say how her mother in law would cook traditional Mangalorean fare with loads of coconut. Now being a Malayalee, coconut is a natural obsession so I asked her for this recipe to try, since I was sure… 

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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 it 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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Simple Chicken Shorba

I’m seriously excited about so many things happening on blogosphere. I got in with some skepticism but then I am so happy to get a lot of positive feedback and warm welcome from many of them. I really do not know how to jot down my happiness. 🙂 There’s so many events also that are happening, but I feel sad that I am not able to participate. I know that it is through participation that you get your blog to far more people, but then due to my current situation of not getting much time to tinker around the kitchen, I am forced to limit myself to whatever recipes I already have in store with me. But once things will get sorted out (I am sincerely hoping by April!), I should be able to participate in events. Today’s recipe is an easy yet flavor packed curry. I guess shorba is a… 

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