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.

Hot Rajashtani snacks in Thrissur

Thanks to Narayan sweets on Koppan Lane, behind New Church, you can now eat Rajasthani dishes in Thrissur, Kerala. Run by Narayan and family, the tiny shop sells Sweets, Pakoras, Samosa, Pani poori, delicious Chaaz, Masala Chai and other savories. I like their Samosa, Pakora, Mirch and Aloo balls. Seen here are some Pakora balls which I took home and garnished with onion, chilli and lemon. Very good for the evenings.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Grape leaves Chutney home made at Ollur Thrissur Kerala

Grapes are rare in Thrissur,  Kerala. I made this Grape Leaves Chutney inspired by the Mediterranean dish Dolma. Blanched grape leaves are made into a puree along with garlic and red chilli (the skin only...or else it will be fire inside your belly) Add some E. V. Olive Oil and 1 tea spoon of Lemon juice and salt to taste.

Broccoli growing in 40 degrees in Ollur Thrissur Kerala

Amazing that this winter vegetable is growing at 40 degrees heat in Ollur, Kerala, S. India. Although the flowers bolted and is dry now, I use the leaves and stem for soups. A very nutritious plant and Broccoli costs Rs. 300 per Kg. here.

Cardamom Plant growing at Ollur Thrissur Kerala

Although the most valuable crop of the high ranges of Kerala, Cardamom is generally found growing in cool places and hill slopes. But it was happy to flourish in Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala with an average temperature of 38-40 degrees right now in March. Excellent Spice with various applications in curries, sweets and desserts.