Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fresh Tilapia in my backyard Padutha Pond in Thrissur Kerala

Catching fresh fish from your back yard pond is great fun. It is not a natural pond though. An 18 x 8 ft. Padutha or Silpaulin tank where I grow my GIFT Thilapia....100 of them. I made a fishing rod and line in 5 minutes of Aluminum rod and hooks. With a bait of small Atta( Wheat flour) balls, the Thilpia was pulled out in 15 secs flat. 5 fish was enough for a good Fish Curry. Plus I had Irumban Puli waiting... fresh green chilli, ginger, curry leaves etc. from my backyard itself. It is that simple.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mashithandu or Pepper Elder Salad

Mashithandu as commonly known in Kerala is a nutritious herb with anti inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can be included as a regular salad in the diet.Used in treatment of fatigue, renal disorders, joint pain, internal bleeding etc.
Here I chopped the fresh cut leaves and stem and added some sliced tomatoes, Onion, salt, Lemon juice and EV Olive Oil.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shallots or Chuvanna Ulli Soup

Shallots or Chuvannu Ulli usually comes from other states to Kerala. But now it grows very well here also. Seen here is Chuvanna Ulli grown on my terrace in Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala. I trim the leaves and use it in Salads.
Boil water, add chopped Shallot leaves, little salt, any other handy vegetables like Tomato, Pumpkin, Garlic etc. Add a spoon of Sambhar powder or Chana Masala Powder. I added some mixture as well that you can see. It adds the taste of the soup. Simmer for 10 minutes and serve hot soup. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Egg Plant Turkish and Indian Style Fusion Dish

Egg Plant or Brinjal is a versatile veggie loved by foodies. Here I used a fusion method combining the Turkish and Indian Style. Sauteed the sliced Brinjal in Sunflower Oil. Chopped fresh Tomato, Green Chilli and a slice of lemon. A Tomato Garlic sauce plus a bit of salt will complete the recipe. 

Home Made Honey Chilli Potato

Honey Chilli Potato is a nice dish. The Sweet and Spicy taste make it one of my favourite as well for the kids. Here I made it at home.
Chopped the Potatoes. Washed it 2-3 times and then left it in the fridge for 1 hour in a bowl of water. Pat dried the slices (with tissue paper) and left it for drying in the sun. After 1 hour, half fried the potatoes in Sunflower oil. After cooling down, again put it in the refrigerator for another hour. Then fried it again in the same oil till it turns golden brown. The trick I used was to sprinkle some Maggi Noodles Masala left over from the Jumbo pack I bought. Also some Red Chilli powder, Salt to taste, Finely chopped Green Chillies and finally some Honey. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Soya Chunk or Nutrela Chilli Fried Masala

Soya Chunks or Nutrela is a very good food with the goodness of Soya. It is not that popular in Kerala. The caterers sometimes use it in pure vegeterian 'Sadhya' to mimic as Beef. But Soya Chunks can be prepared Chinese style or crispy fried.
Soya Chunks are washed very well and squeezed to dry. Marinate with corn flour, red chilli powder, garam masala, salt and teaspoon of lemon juice. Keep for 1/2 an hour. Fry the Soya chunks in oil. This can be mixed with sauteed Onions, Tomatoes and Green Chilli. Add some Tomato Sauce to make it a Chinese dish. You can garnish it with Coriander leaves etc. My kids love it. Their friends and Teachers at school are fighting for it. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Dry Prawns Onion Masala

Dry Prawns (Baby) are available sometimes in the shop. They are so tiny but delicious. The prawns are first washed thoroughly and then dried. It is sauteed along with Onion, Green Chillies, Red Chilli Powder, Salt on frying pan. Good accompaniment for Rice.