Simple Tuna Stir Fry

  I have yet not recovered from the overdose of cheesecakes of the Blogging Marathon. 😉 At times, too much sweet can also cause you lethargy and laziness. Even though I am still the “BST”, I am trying to reduce my sugar intake gradually, taking into account my constant weight gain over the past few years. I don’t know if I need to “thank” blogging for that, but to an extend, I must say “yes”. Even though I make very small quantities of dessert, it somehow ends up majorly into my system and considering that I have a super cooperative metabolism system helps in adding up the flab all over. You will still keep seeing a lot of posts, since they are all from my drafts. I am on a mission to go on slow as far as my cooking escapades are concerned till I shed off a little extra… 

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Meen Masala ~ Fish Masala

  I wish I could eat fish whenever I wish for. When umma is around, fish is a part of lunch every weekday but I am normally not present during that time. I can’t say I am crazy about fish but I get bowled over by a good fish fry or a delicious fish curry. I guess it can be the signs of a Keralite. 😉 Here are some of the fish recipes on the blog, if you would like to refer back to… Tomato Fish Curry Meen Thoran ~ Fish Scramble Fish Makkanwala ~ Creamy Fish Curry Kerala Style Fish Masala Meen Arappu Roast ~ Fish Roast in Coconut Milk and Masalas – one of my favorites!   This Fish Masala is cooked in a shallot based gravy and enriched with some tomato paste instead of whole tomatoes, to give it a nice pop of colors. Apart from the peeling… 

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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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Nenthrapazham Pradhaman ~ Plaintain Jaggery Dessert

  It is so rare that two festivals coincide together. Eid and Onam have come one after the other back home. While I was returning back from home, all outlets had boards on “Bakreedashamsakal, Onashamsagal” (Eid Wishes, Onam Wishes). For me, Onam is all about the sadya. I wait for a chance to eat the lavish meal on the leaf, where you get to eat so many varieties of food at the same time. Despite being fully vegetarian, it is a play on your taste buds and will leave you full to the brim and ready to doze off! 😀 Here is a very interesting link I found this time, makes a wonderful read and has some basic knowledge of how to lay the leaf, how to put which dish where, etc…. hopefully something that will help me later when I have the courage to make a whole sadya all… 

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Irachi Varattiyathu ~ Roast Meat with Coconut Peices

  Last Thursday, my parents arrived. Alhamdulillah, the feeling of having them back even though for a little time is priceless. There is a little extra joy coming ahead as my sister and her boy will join us this Thursday evening for a couple of weeks, InShaAllah… Looking forward to a fun filled Eid… 🙂 Ramadan is moving at a dizzying pace and somehow I am not able to keep up the pace. No wonder it is said, that “Ramadan is like a rare flower, that blossoms once a year. Just when you begin to smell its fragrance, it disappears for another year.” Whoever said this, has said it so true… 🙁   As I was going through the posts over the past few weeks, I have not posted any “serious” recipes as such. They have all been quick fixes – like juices, and snacks. I must say that when… 

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Mathan Vellapayar Erisseri

  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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Travancore Style Chicken Biriyani

Following yesterday’s Pineapple Sago Kheer, I have to post a biriyani, right? Eid is never complete without a biriyani. How much ever tired we may be, we still put up a lavish biriyani lunch, which will be finally washed down by cups of paalu pizhinjathu… This time, I am coming with you with a very interesting biriyani, which I had bookmarked ages ago, but once I got the chance to try it, I was wondering why I had not tried it earlier! The ingredient list may look really long – I mean, really really long, but believe me it takes more or less the same time as every other biriyani tastes and I must say that making the garam masala from scratch in this recipe makes it “a-must-try-at-least-once” biriyani!   Travancore or “Thiruvithankoor”, if you want the tongue twister name in Malayalam, is the southern part of Kerala just like how… 

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Parippu Curry ~ Kerala Style Daal (Lentil) Curry

Many of us fasting forget that there is great reward in the duas (prayers) done closer to the time of Iftar. Therefore, sisters are always advised to finish off their kitchen work and close the kitchen at least fifteen minutes before the time of Maghrib. The below Hadith must be motivation enough to do it: “Whatever is prayed for at the time for breaking the fast is granted and never refused.”  (Turmidhi) Think of the matters that are the most important to you – your spouse, your parents, your children, your financial difficulty, anything that will ease your life here as well as your aspirations for the hereafter and ask for it. I already have my little list that I have been asking for during this time and InShaAllah, we have to be sincere and hopeful that He will accept our prayers, provided that our requests are Halaal… 🙂  … 

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Thenga Malli Kozhi Curry ~ Coconut Coriander Chicken Curry

Sometimes I feel my blog is becoming too synonymous to its name! Too many sweet stuff and nothing else! Hmm… in fact, of late, I have decided to stop experimenting much with sweet stuff and baking as well, thanks to a few red signals that have been arising. Sometimes, you just need to put your favorite stuff aside for a while till things begin to look back to normal. I am cooking very normal stuff, nothing extraordinary and somehow, stuff that I cook are not turning out the way I would want to be, so as of now it is more of “again to-do” list, so that I can better it and get it into the blog!   As of now, let me put you through this flavorful chicken curry that I had adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, “The Suriani Kitchen”. I have already tried the Meen Arappu… 

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Meen Arappu Roast – Fish Roast in Coconut Milk and Masalas

Despite being a Keralite, I am ashamed that I have hardly featured any fish recipes on my blog. What a shame, right??? Apart from the Koonthal Roast I posted some time back, I have not posted any fish recipe after then. Why? Umma fries fish every single afternoon, except Fridays and fish curry features on our table at least once a week. The only thing is that I am never there to eat it as I would be in the office!!! We hardly cook fish for dinner, so that leaves no scope of me experimenting on fish. Now this happened, when umma was back home and my D’s customer bought us a huge king-fish, which was his catch of the day, nicely cut into big pieces. I was not really willing to put it into the fridge without making anything fresh out of it. So 6 pieces remained out on… 

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Palakkadan Biriyani

I am actually in no mood for a post. But then I am neither in a mood to leave my blog blank for today. So I thought I would just go straight on to the post without any ramblings for today.I have saved all of you from reading my lecture, haven’t I? 🙂   The list of biriyanis I have featured on my blog is proof enough that I come from a biriyani mad family. Today I am sharing one biriyani that I had tried from a magazine called “Ruchi”, which I wouldn’t call it the best. It was quite a blank biriyani from the many I have tried. So why am I sharing it here? Because, this is actually a super easy biriyani, with very limited ingredients. I served it with just pickle and raita but after having it, I thought I could have had some simple saalan to… 

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Tuna Cutlets

On a cold day, spicy snacks with a cup of hot chai, coffee or even better, hot chocolate is a big yes. However, as I am working, doing this is quite restricted to the weekends. These are very easy to churn out, as what is used does not require much of cooking, except for the potatoes.  This is comfort food at its best, as far as I am concerned… 🙂   Updated on December 1, 2016 with new pictures: I can’t believe that I did a post with just hardly three lines as text during the first month of blogging… 🙂 Tuna cutlets are definitely my favorite anytime, mainly due to the ease of making it, as well as the delicious taste anytime of the day. Glad to revisit back this post after a long time with better pictures…     Old picture below…   Tuna Cutlets   Save Print… 

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