Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Brinjal or Egg Plant Masala

Brinjal also called as Egg Plant or Aubergine and is a versatile vegetable. In India it is known as Baingan in Hindi. This vegetable is consumed all over the world but I like the Middle East and Mediterranean style in which the egg plant is grilled over charcoal and the skin removed, the pulp is mashed in a blender and then Olive oil, Garlic, Chilli or Cayenne pepper, Salt etc. are added to it.
Here in Kerala, though Malayalees use it in Sambhar and make a Thoran type curry only. So Egg Plant is not very popular here. But it can be an excellent curry or Subji for Chappathi/Roti anytime.
Fry some Brinjal cut in either thin round slices or strips/fingers in oil with a pinch of salt. If you marinate it with Cornflour, Chicken Masala or Chana Masala etc. it will be more tastier. Saute chopped onions, tomato, green chillis etc. for 15 minutes. Add some salt and a pinch of sugar. Mix the Brinjal and sautee for another 15 minutes. A mouth watering Baingan Masala is ready.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Colacassia or Chembu Curry Kerala Style

Colacassia or Chembu in Malayalam is a real tasty and highly nutritious vegetable cultivated in Kerala. But sad to say, it is not in the main course of Malayalees. It is a very good combination with any type of red meat especially beef, pork or even mutton. Shown here is Chembu with beef. Chembu can also be taken like Kappa "Puzhungiyathu" with Green Chilli, Onion, Coconut Oil Chammanthy. It is a great snack in the evenings especially in the rainy season. Steamed Colaccasia is a good source of energy and nutrition for the children as well. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Broccoli and Moringa Leaves Soup

The late Broccoli plants are good for only now. I planted them in October-November and still not flowering properly. They withstood the high heat of the summer and now into the Monsoon. So before they perish, I am making soup with them. A bunch of drumstick leaves will add tonnes of vitamins and into it I added some onion, garlic, turmeric powder, 1 green chili and some salt. A good hot soup for the cool monsoon evening dinner.

Musk Melon or Shammam in Ollur Thrissur Kerala

Musk melon is the distant cousin of Water Melon. Not so much consumed as much as Water Melon. But it is rich in several nutrients and vitamins. I sowed some seeds from a M. Melon which I bought from the fruit stall in Thrissur. Several plants sprung up and I planted half a dozen of it. Now 4-5 plants are bearing fruit. Although small, it is sweet and soft inside. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fresh Chembu – Colocasia / Taro / Arbi with Pork

I pulled out fresh Chembu from my backyard last weekend. I got the plant seeds from the BIOFACH Expo in Karukutty, Kerala and is of a superior grade. I had it with Pork, Kerala style. Small pieces of Chembu and slices of  Pork just like Kolli/Kappa Pork or Kaya Pork curry. Very yummy and we all loved it. The Chembu tasted like Potato and was soft and tender. Delicious and remember, it has good nutrition value like Yam and other tubers.

Amazing Find of Pappaya plant growing inside a Pappaya

I was taken aback to see two plants of Pappaya growing inside a ripe Pappaya I plucked from my backyard some days ago. There were several seeds germinating and I replanted them in a soil bed at my home in Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala.
The Pappaya was sweet and delicious and is a local variety.

GIFT Thilapia farming at Hotel Merlin International Thrissur

Inspired by my Paduthakulam at Ollur, the GM of Hotel Merlin International decided to grow GIFT Thilapia in a pool in their Hotel at Thrissur, Kerala. As the name suggests, there is a statue of Merlion with a large pool surrounding it. The GM and AGM decided to grow fish organically and then serve it their customers fresh from the pool. Brilliant idea.