31 January 2008

RCI - Cuisine of Kerala Round-up

The much-awaited round-up of RCI - Cuisine of Kerala is here. With 91 wonderful entries, it was raining coconuts! Thankyou to each and everyone of you who participated, I was happy to open my email every day and see an entry waiting for me to read. It was a pleasure to see some "first-time-event-participants", some regulars competing for the most number of entries and to gently nudge some dormant bloggers to participate. It also led some new bloggers to discover my blog and me to theirs. Thankyou LakshmiK for giving me the opportunity to host this event, I had great fun hosting it! Those who missed the bus may link their recipes to this post or leave a link in the comments section. My apologies for any missing links, mis-spelt names, mislaid entries or mismatched pictures.
Menu Today and Sia of Monsoon Spice have shared some pretty pictures of Kerala; go over to their space to read more on their experiences in this vibrant state. And then begins the parade of recipes, categorised for easy reference.

Beautiful Kerala - Pic courtesy Menu Today

Unthu vandi - Pic courtesy Sia of Monsoon Spice

Uppu manga - Pic courtesy Sia of Monsoon Spice

Herbal Rememdies :

Chukku Kaapi - Shn of Mishmash

To break-the-fast :

Appam - Asha of Foodie's Hope

Aapams & Vegetable Stew - Namratha of Finger Licking Food

Whole Wheat Appams and Stew - Meera of Enjoy Indian Food

Appams - Srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons

Idiappam - Easy Crafts of Simple Indian Food

Erachi Puttu - Seena of Simple and Delicious

Chemba Kuzha Putta with Kadala Curry - Lavanya of Home Cook's Recipes

Puttu - Kadala Curry - Asha of Foodie's Hope

Upmaavu - Giniann of Salt and Pepper

On the side :

Chutney :

Chuttaracha Chammanthi - Nags of For the cook in me

Ulli Chutney - Jyothsna of Currybazaar

Pearl onion-red chilli chutney - Jayasree of Experiments in Kailas Kitchen

Coconut Chammanthi Podi - Jayasree of Experiments in Kailas Kitchen

Roasted coconut chutney - Asha of Foodie's Hope

Pickle :

Gooseberry Pickle - Jayasree of Experiments in Kailas Kitchen

Injipuli - Maya Shanbhag of All about Konkan

Crunchies :

Ashgourd peel fries - Seena of Simple and Delicious

Tea-time favourites :

Savoury crunchies and munchies:

Tapioca chips: Happy Cook of My Kitchen treasures

Sweet goodies :

Kumbil Appam - Bharathy of Spicy Chilly

Achappam - Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen

Steamed Plantain - Shankari of Stream of Conciousness

Pazhampori - Seena of Simple and Delicious

The big meal :

The vegetarian corner :

Avial - Padma of Padma's kitchen

Avial : Siri of Siri's Corner

Avial - Laavanya of Cookery Corner

Kaalan - Raji of Rak's Kitchen

Kalan - Pravs of Simply Spicy

Kadala Curry - JaiBee of Jugalbandi

Erissery - Menu Today

Nendrapazham Pulissery - Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen

Banana Pulissery - Bharathy of Spicy Chilly

Pineapple Pulissery - TBC of The Budding Cook

Pineapple Pulissery - Deepa of Recipes n More

Thiruvathira Puzhukku - Chithra of Kudampuli

Thiruvathira Puzhukku - JaiBee of Jugalbandi

Kappa Puzhukku - Bharathy of Spicy Chilly

Kappa Curry - Roopa of My Kitchen Treats

Manga Pachadi - Seena of Simple and Delicious

Ulli Theeyal - Nanditha of Satvika

Theeyal - Prema of My Cookbook

Vegetable Kurma - Bhags of Crazy Curry

Vellarikka Parippu curry - Nags of For the cook in me

Idichakka Thoran - Asha of Foodie's Hope

Asparagus Thoran - Shamin of My Comfort Food Network

Cabbage Thoran - Jyothsna of Currybazaar

Papaya Thoran - Bharathy of Spicy Chilly

Beetroot Thoran - Jyothsna of Currybazaar

Pindi Thoran - Nags of For the cook in me

Beans Thoran - Rajitha of Hunger Pangs

Kootucurry - Asha of Foodie's Hope

Vegetable Stew - Raaga of The Singing Chef

Vegetable stew - Sra of When my soup came alive

Vegetable Stew - Nandita of Saffron trail

Mixed Vegetable Stew - Grihini of Grihini

Olan - Kamini of Bubbling Cauldron

Olan - Deepa of Recipes n More

Koorka in Dal - Injipennu of Ginger and Mango

Koorka Mezhukkupuratti - Jayasree of My experiments with food

Vegetable Moilee - Vaishali from Holy Cow!

Non-Vegetarian fare :

Duck Roast - Lissie of Salt and Spice
Parotta and Egg Masala - Superchef of Mirch Masala
Kerala Parotta and Chicken Roast - Remya of Spices 'n Flavours

Kozhi Pidi - Shynee of Indian Potpourri

Kozhi Mappas - Asha of Foodie's Hope

Kappa with fish curry - Mallu recipes of Spice and Rice

Simple Kerala Meal with Fish Curry - Nags of For the cook in me
Moluttathu with kappa - Reshma of Green Chutney

Kerala Fish Curry - SC of So what's new today?

Fish Vevichathu - Rachel of Tangerine's Kitchen

Fish Gravy - Kerala Style - Rina of Rina's Kitchen

Fish Molee - Kitchen Fairy of Secret of Taste

Fish Molee - Maya Shanbhag of All about Konkan

Spicy Fish Curry in Coconut Milk - Vrinda of Spice Coast Kitchen

Kozhuva Meen Tilapichathu - Devi of Tamil Spice

Fish Fry - Sumitha of Kitchen Wonders

Fish Fry - Kavita of Kichdi

Fish Varathathu - Bharathy of Spicy Chilly

Pan Fried Fish with Roasted Onion marinade - Mandira of Ahaar

Chemeen Biryani - RP of My Workshop

Njandu varatharachathu - Shn of Mishmash

Turkey Wings Curry - Kerala Style - Rina of Rina's Kitchen

Panni Ularthiyathu - Sig of Live to Eat

Oh-so-sweet desserts :

Coconut barfi - Susan of The Well-seasoned cook

Parippu Pradhaman - Shn of Mishmash
Godambu Payasam - Mallugirl of Malabar Spices

Idichu Pizhinja Payasam - Mythreyee of Paajaka

Pal Payasam - Anjali of Anna Parabrahma

24 January 2008

Beetroot Thoran

A gentle reminder to all of you to send in your entries to RCI - Cuisine of Kerala by January 25th. Please remember to send the link to the entry you are sending in and a picture of the dish. Late entries shall not be entertained, but you can link your post to the round-up which will happen by the month end.

My final entry to RCI - Cuisine of Kerala is a beetroot thoran. I was hoping to post more interesting recipes for the event but got too busy then. This recipe is here simply for the lovely colour beetroot imparts - wild and pink!

You need:
1 large beetroot boiled and grated
3 tbsp coconut grated
1 onion minced
2 green chillies minced
1 tsp mustard seeds
a sprig of curry leaves
juice of half a lime

Heat a tbsp of oil in pan. Add the mustard seeds and let it crackle. Add the onion, green chillies and curry leaves and sautee till the onion is translucent. Then add the beetroot and coconut, mix well and allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the lime juice and stir. That's all. Can it get quicker than this?

17 January 2008

Onion Chutney

The prayers for rains have been answered. The last ten days have been overcast, the sun hasn't peeked out and yes, it rained! After the typical winter delicacies like carrot halva and pinnies, the rains called for piping hot, spicy pakodas, vada-pavs and ginger tea or simple, comfort foods with a spicy chutney or dip on the side. One such chutney is ulli chutney or onion chutney, simple and spicy and goes with idlies, dosas, adais, vadas etc.

You'll need:
1 large onion
4 red chillies (more if you want it spicier)
1 small cup grated coconut
a sprig of curry leaves
salt to taste

Slice the onions and grind it along with the rest of the ingredients with a little water. Adjust to the consistency you prefer. Add a tsp of coconut oil on top. That's it, a simple, spicy chutney is ready!

You can make variations by adding tamarind to it for a bit of sourness or roasting the onions and chillies before grinding them.

This is my entry to RCI – Cuisine of Kerala, event conceived by LakshmiK of Veggie Cuisine as well as JFI-Onions, hosted at Radhi's Kitchen, event created by Indira of Mahanandi.

8 January 2008

Cabbage Thoran

New Year Greetings to all of you!

The new year arrived and so did some entries for RCI - Cuisine of Kerala. Whether I was busy or lazy, uninspired or upbeat, hosting this event did make me sit up and take pictures and write about a cuisine that I've come to appreciate only since I've been away from home. There are times when there's a plate of spicy pavbhaji before me and I'm craving for idlis! Such is the bond created by simple home food that the most attractive, aromatic and appetising dish cannot take away! And that is the magic of coconut, cumin, curry leaves and chillies, essential in almost every Malayalee dish.

Thoran refers to finely chopped vegetable cooked with crushed coconut. It is served as a dry side dish with rice and curry. Southern Keralites add onion/shallots and garlic to thoran, which is a strict no-no for the Northern Keralites. Either ways, thoran tastes great and is quick to make. Cabbage thoran is one of my favourites, perfect to go with steamed rice and sambhar. Read more about the benefits of cabbage here.

You'll need:
Half a large cabbage
1 cup grated coconut
1 tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp urad dal
¼ tsp of channa dal
2 dry red chillies broken
a sprig of curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
2-3 green chillies

Chop the cabbage finely or cut up the cabbage into large chunks and run it in the chopper for a few seconds. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add urad dal, channa dal, red chillies and curry leaves. When the dals turn red, add the chopped cabbage, salt and turmeric and turn down the flame. Cover and let it cook for about 2 – 3 minutes. There is no need to add water to the cabbage as it will cook in its own moisture. Put the coconut, green chillies, cumin seeds and a few curry leaves in the chopper and run till they are just crushed. Add this now to the cabbage, stir through and let it cook till done. This is my entry to RCI – Cuisine of Kerala, event conceived by LakshmiK of Veggie Cuisine.