Friday, January 20, 2017

Lebanese White Chana Dish Hummus


Last week Malayala Manorama Metro had published 2 Lebanese dishes, Felafel and Hummus. I tried Hummus at home. I have eaten it several times when I was in Saudi Arabia. I used to visit the Lebanese, Turkish restaurants for these type of food.
Hummus can be easily made with White Chana or Kabuli Chana, White Sesame, Olive Oil, Garlic and Lime juice plus salt. It is a good side dish for Chappathi, Roti etc. You can garnish it with red chilli powder and some mint/parsley leaves while eating. Can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GIFT Tilapia in Ollur Thrissur Kerala




This is our second season of growing GIFT Tilapia at home in Ollur, Thrissur. The fish although assured of not reproducing, gave us a bonus of 2 more batches of Tilapia. This Sunday morning catch was immediately processed for lunch. The fish is tasty and with raw mango and Kudampuli is so tasty the next day and afterwards......

Sambhar Oats Vs Masala Oats

A lot of Keralites are now having Oats as their breakfast cereal. More than a dozen brands including the Multinational giants like Quaker are cracking the huge Malayali market. Mallus eat Oats just to beat or control lifestyle diseases and not for health or fondness of the foreign grain. They eat it somehow and mostly with some type of sweetners or make Dosa, Idli etc. But the Market researchers found out that generally people like spicy and salty taste for the porridge. Thus the Masala Oats was introduced. But somehow it did not stick well with the plate. Price was high and it was suspected to have more additives for taste than the regular Oats.
Here I made Oats (Quaker) by adding some Sambhar powder (Kitchen Treasures) chopped Onion, Tomato, Green Chillies and salt to taste. It was just tasty enough to make it palatable from the regular stuff. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Drumstick or Moringa leaves Beef Soup




Drumstick or Muringa as known in Kerala is a wonderful vegetable. The leaves are also highly nutritional and is good to control Blood Pressure and is good for eye sight as well. The humble muringa is exported to western countries in powder form in the name of Moringa extract. The foreigners found out the unbelievable medicinal powers of this super food and is taking as food supplement. Poor Malayalees discard the powers of Muringakka and its leaves. They use it occasionally in Sambhar and make leaves thoran. Muringa seeds are well known for its aphrodisiac qualities also and will boost sexual powers.
Here I made a simple soup of Muringa leaves for dinner. I have 3 Muringa plants at home. They are 3-4 years old but never bore drumsticks. I use the leaves though. 10 pcs of beef plain cooked is minced in a grinder. Take half a steel tumbler water. Add the minced beef, muringa leaves, half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, sliced churakka or bottle gourd and salt to taste. Add pepper powder to the hot soup bowl.
You get the magical medicinal powers of Muringa, turmeric, bottle gourd and ofcourse beef gives you instant energy and make the soup more tasty. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Israel Lemon in Ollur Thrissur Kerala

My Blog although has the name Blogsownkitchen has photos of many plants. It looks awkward for the visitor but the fact is to run a kitchen, one needs vegetables and fruits apart from other food items. My aim is to grow organic vegetables, fruits, fish, cereals like corn etc. and use it in my kitchen experiments. I love Western food, Mediterranean, Middle East, Asian and Fusion food. I mix and match the recipes of various cultures. I chop some fresh veggies from my backyard, add a dash of chilli, Olive oil and Turmeric powder and little salt to make some salad or soup. There is no fixed quantity, measurement or routine chef job. I post it on the web so that people get inspired by my simple recipes and organic farming methods. Please call George 9895039531 for any assistance.
Seen here is Israel Lemon which produced one Lemon which was originally on the plant when I bought it. It never flowered after that for the last 2-3 years. I am pruning it and giving enough organic manure. I bought it for Rs. 350. I have other Fruit trees like Pommegranate, Grape, African Cola Nut and Rambutan as well which had some flowers and produced zero or some poor quality fruits and less yield. The people selling these plants in Kerala are either greedy and selling sub standard plants with a huge price tag. I have seen fruit plants with price of Rs. 3500 per plant which they say is imported from Thailand and Australia etc. Who knows. I feel it is logical to grow local fruits. 

Kili Njaval for the Birds and for Jamun Lovers

Kili Njaval is a miniature from of Njaval Pazham or Jamun. It also resembles Grumichama of the South American continent. It looks and tastes exactly like Njaval. But the flesh is very little. It is recommended for diabetics to control the sugar level. As the name suggests, a lot of birds flock on the tree once the fruit ripens. This is my share of food to the birds and giving back to nature.

Organic Ginger farming in Ollur Kerala

Ginger one of the most essential spice in Kerala cuisine is grown in my backyard completely organic. I water it with the nitrogen rich water from the fish pond. Cow dug of grass fed cows. Ginger borders my pathway and also is handy when I make Beef Kaya or Beef Kolli.