Thalassery Chemmeen Biriyani ~ Thalassery Style Prawn Biriyani

  The feeling of achievement is immense, isn’t it? I am glad that my little attempt to bring together a small group of bloggers is faring fairly well. We are in the third month of our challenge and I am sincerely hoping that we continue moving forward well, InShaAllah… 🙂   For this month’s Muslim Food Blogger Challenge, the challenge was to make “Biriyani”. Alhamdulillah, after trying so many versions, I can confidently handle a biriyani, though there are times when I conveniently screw it up too. 😀 Those are called “bad biriyani days (BBD)”. 😉 A biriyani is usually a very intimidating dish for many, but let me tell you, once you get a hang of it, it is quite easy to make. One major thing you need to learn is to how much to cook the rice. The rice is never cooked fully in the first stage, it… 

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Meen Choru ~ Malabar Style Fish Rice

  Including more fish into my family’s diet is something that I am struggling with, just like how I struggle to include vegetables! Even though I have a carnivorous bunch, they are more bend towards chicken, and then comes mutton and beef. But fish is not something they like. 🙁 I prefer fish more than the other non-veg but I don’t like to make it alone for me, so find ways to incorporate them somehow and make them eat.   Today’s recipe is the Malabar style fish pilaf – I have already shared two versions of this rice: one with meat and the other with chicken. So this is the last version available, till I hopefully discover more such similar rice recipes. 😀 I have tried this rice with fresh fish and frozen fish fillets for ease, and I must say that fresh fish wins the battle hands down. It… 

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Kozhi Choru ~ Malabar Chicken Rice

  Last week has been difficult. My hands and legs have been constantly stiff and it was really draining off my energy. A drive to the office would leave me with stiff legs and back that I would require at least a couple of minutes to start moving. Waking up in the mornings were becoming a pain since my neck would just have a catch, so on and so forth. Being close to mid 30s cannot be counted as “old”, right? 😉 Blaming it on time and on my hectic schedule, I just left myself like that till I couldn’t take my lack of energy any more and decided to pay a visit to the doctor. He asked me to go on empty stomach yesterday morning. Since the treatment mode is Ayurveda, I have to now go on a full vegan diet – no non-veg, no diary, no eggs – till the… 

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Thakkali Neychoru ~ Tomato Ghee Rice

  After the Dum Choru and the Sambaar Saadam, coming to the third and final of the rice series! And without realizing much, all three varieties shared seem to be vegeterian! 😀   I have already posted the recipe for Neychoru (Malabar Style Ghee Rice) – prepared normally and using a pressure cooker – on the blog. This is a small variation. I had seen the idea during casual browsing and really don’t remember where I picked up the idea from. The addition of tomato gives a nice list to the otherwise mundane neychoru and takes it to a new level. The best part is that you hardly need anything to go with it – just some raita and chammanthi will do. But then, I am sure many of them have the same problem that I do – if there is no side to this (read as non-veg!), then I… 

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Dum Choru/ Rice

  Rice is an Indian staple. I don’t think there is any state in India which don’t have rice in one form or the other. Even if we don’t have rice in its complete form, it is either powdered or ground and used up in some or the other form in our cooking. Somehow, though today’s generation is more health conscious and consider rice as being a culprit for weight gain, I feel that the bias towards rice is totally unjustified. Our forefathers have been eating rice and that too in higher quantities than us, but then MaShaAllah they have been hale and hearty. I normally prepare rice only twice a week – on Fridays in the form of biriyanis or spiced rice and on Saturdays at normal matta (brown) rice with curries, fish fry and a stir fry. Since rice is so predominant in our cooking, I thought of… 

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Malabar Chemmeen (Prawn) Biriyani

It has been more than a week since my vacation ended and still I get questions like, “You must be still in that hangover!” Being a working mother who arrived the previous day before the school opens, I do not have the option to stay in the hangover for too long! The most interesting fact is that kids get adjusted to their life much faster than we adults do. We tend to sulk a lot when our situation changes. Yes, it did take me a couple of days to sink into reality but the four days I had before the start of work helped me a lot to get back to work much faster than I expected, Alhamdulillah. Yes, I still go into the hangover at times, thinking how alone my parents must be feeling and getting that pinch that every grown-up child must be facing thinking of that situation…. 

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Malabar Vegetable Biriyani – My 33rd guest post for Merry Tummy

                                  My interaction with Shweta started with my participation in the Saturday Snapshots. From then on, it has been a very cordial and warm relationship. I have always liked her frank comments for my photographs, whether positive or negative. She always would give ideas to improve on the overall blogging experience. I was very happy when she asked me for a guest post – especially when I love her pictures and I feel inferior as far as mine is concerned! I always feel that my pictures are very normal, especially knowing how lazy I am to improve on them. I know that if I put my heart in, I would be able to improve quite a bit but somehow my laziness and lack of time creeps in. So when she asked me for a guest post, I was determined to try to do the… 

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Special Ghee Rice

Sometimes, the itch to write just disappears. That is when I really feel some slides come in and just make up for what I am not able to express. A beautiful one for keeps…   I guess neychoru or ghee rice is something that a lot of Malabaris love with their spicy non-veg gravies. Even though I am not a fan of it, I make it on and off as HD loves it. I have already shared the recipe – as prepared normally and pressure cooked, however both the instances I have used basmati rice. As you go towards the northern side of Kerala – Thalassery, Kannur and likes – they use a smaller variety of rice which is called Jeerakashala. The grain is small but it has a special taste and smell, which makes it stand out when made into neychoru or into biriyani. Today’s recipe is just a decked… 

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Chicken Masala Biriyani – My 29th guest post for My Kitchen Odessey

I was having a casual chat with Priya a couple of weeks ago. It just happened all of sudden, I whatsapped her (where is English going to??? Hehe…) and she called me back. We spoke for quite some time. She, along with her co-blogger Tessa, seem to be a big fan of my biriyani collection and she was quick to mention to me that it had been long since I had posted a biriyani on the blog. And she was true! The last biriyani that I posted was this one, which was way back in November. Yes, I have been a bit away from biriyanis, not because I lost my interest in them but because the new kitchen was making me so fidgety that I was taking much longer to finish the whole process. It was really frustrating me to say the least. When we had guest over when my… 

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Malabar Mutton Biriyani

Yikes! Another biriyani??? I sometimes feel I am overdoing the biriyanis on my blog… or is it just a thought? Just to let you know that this was the last biriyani I made in our old home… and I have no more biriyanis pending in my drafts, so maybe you don’t get to see another biriyani recipe at least for another month! Hehe… I have already posted a Malabar Chicken Biriyani on the blog before. This one with mutton is slightly different from the chicken version. At home, umma makes mutton the same way she makes the chicken, with the variation only in the cooking time. When I saw a different version in one of the cookery books, I wanted to try it. This is a very simple biriyani, with ingredients in your pantry and does not take much time. That is what I like about this recipe. So when… 

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Niracha Koonthal Choru – Filled Whole Squid Rice

Sometimes, I feel that life comes to a dead end with no idea of how days are going to progress from now on… Don’t we love to plan out our life, if not the whole life, but at least the coming months so that we feel secured? We do this without realizing that our life is not confirmed, even at the current moment. Though it does make me jittery of the days coming, just this one verse and I feel calm at heart, Alhamdulillah… Since the below recipe is a different way of making what I have already shared previously, I thought I must feature it as soon as possible. This is one rice that Rasha totally loves. Whenever we buy squid, she only wants it this way and considering her love, umma would always make this rice. The recipe I shared previously used cut squid, while this one has… 

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Fried Chicken Biriyani

Ramadan 29… the day when the moon plays peekaboo and the whole Muslim Ummah waits to see it it will be Shawwal 1 tomorrow or the day after, which marks our first Eid, Eid-ul-Fitr. This time, Eid is tinged with some sadness. On a personal level, it’s the last Eid we spend with my parents here… InShaAllah, if they are able to come later on visit is a different case but for now, it is their last… On a global level, the attacks on Gaza this Ramadan has been heart breaking. The number of children being killed is way beyond our normal sense of apprehension – I mean, which man with a normal functioning heart would be able to kill children that are just days, weeks, months old in the name of terrorism? I found this status by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi very apt, so sharing it… The videos circulating around… 

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Mopla Kozhi Biriyani ~ Mappila Chicken Biriyani

Already a look at my recipe index and you will get an idea of how biriyani crazy my family is. It is not that we like our rice – in fact, umma always wonders how we hold ourselves without eating rice in the afternoon. HD has his share of rice everyday, but when it comes to me and my B, we both are not very keen on eating rice in the afternoon. Our main excuse is usually – “it makes us sleepy!”. And actually it does!!! The only days I have rice is on the weekends when I know I can go a bit overboard with my rice eating and sleep peacefully for a couple of hours without any hassles!!! As usual, my quest for trying our different biriyanis made me try this one, which featured in the local Friday magazine as a part of the biriyani series during last… 

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Masala Choru/ Rice

Not being in a mood to write anything… it was then I found this online… thought of sharing it here as a reminder for myself first… After all, “Innamal a’amaalu binniyyath…” (Deeds are all based on intentions. – Bukhari, Muslim) Sharing with all of you today, a very simple one pot meal, which is so similar to biriyani without any non-vegetarian element in it. I stumbled upon this recipe in one of the many cook books that I have and decided to make it, not sure how it would turn out to be. I must say that for people who are fine with having rice with just pickle and raita, this is one of the best ways to make rice. I served with this with a chicken curry, that I will share the recipe soon, but personally I had this rice with just a chicken piece, a liberal dose of… 

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Erachi Choru/ Meat Rice

A beautiful quote that I wish to share, which does not need any elaboration from my side… because that one sentence in there is worth thousands of words… 🙂 Always on the look out for making some easy Friday lunches, this one is a must try… This looks like a Malabar version of the pulao served in North India, but definitely with Malabar spices… I adapted this recipe from the list of recipes that my cousin’s wife had published in Vanitha magazine during the last Ramadan/ Eid issue. He is a distant cousin of mine, whom I see only when I go on vacations and particularly at weddings, as he is one of the best wedding photographer in our town and his wife is somebody I rarely see but interact a lot on FB – thank God for FB for bringing along family whom you never know existed!!! Hehe… When… 

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