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.

Prawn Head and Pumpkin Soup

Fresh Prawns are always a great sea food. But the prawns head are usually tossed into the waste bin. Here I made a simple soup with Prawns head and Pumpkin along with Broccoli leaves. Added some Turmeric powder to enhance the flavour and taste. Shallots or Onion, Pepper, Garlic, Salt to taste....

Pork Strips in Garlic Tomato Sauce

Pork strips is sauteed in Garlic Tomato Sauce along with Onions and Capsicum. Pork strips are cooked and fried before sauteing. Tomato is also added. Simple and quick to prepare a yummy dish   

Friday, July 29, 2016

Broccoli in Thrissur Kerala India

This is what I got from Broccoli plants in Thrissur, Kerala, India. The plants were planted in November 2015 and it flowered like this once in January and again in July. The climate here is not suitable for Broccoli. It is not so cool and then in summer, the temperatures soar to 40 degrees and then comes the monsoon with pouring rain. But Broccoli is Broccoli and what I have here is 100 % organic. I will make a Salad of broccoli, garlic pickled in apple cider vinegar, olive oil and red chillis and salt.

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.