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.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Soya chunks in Chinese Chilli sauce

Soya chunks can be much more tastier with this preparation.  First Soya chunks are immersed in water for 1 hr. Then squeezed and dried. It is then marinated with Red Chilli powder,  salt, and corn flour. After half an hour,  it is fried in oil. A sachetsachet of Knorr Chinese Chilli sauce powder is boiled in 2 cups of water. Chopped Capsicum,  Green Chilli,  Garlic  are sautéed and added to the pot. Just after boiling,  the fried Soya chunks are also added. Slow Simmer for 5 min. Yummy dish with Chinese flavours is ready

Monday, May 30, 2016

Cabbage and Cauliflower Soup in the Monsoon

Home grown Cabbages and Cauliflower Soup. Also added a handful of Drumstick (Moringa) leaves and Chilli with salt to taste. The Cabbages planted in November still now fully grown. So are the Cauliflowers and Broccoli. The Climate here in Kerala is not suitable especially the past March-April when the temperatures hit 40 degrees C. Now with the arrival of Monsoon, the plants will decay and I started to cut them and make Soups.
You can see a small ball of Cabbage which I will make a Green Salad this evening. All grown organically and it is very healthy in that way.