Friday, April 24, 2015

Arugula and Grapefruit Salad

Winter has been pretty tough and the much awaited Spring  showed up reluctantly just last week. I have been eagerly waiting to break free from soups and  chilies for the time being at least. The Sun has been on peekaboo mode and heavy rain is in the process of washing down all the salt accumulated on the sidewalk. Phew! Gloomy dark days go away... May please come fast...
Well, as they say everything starts in the mind so lets clean up and fill with fresh thoughts and food:)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chakka avial / Tender jackfruit with coconut

Chakka avial is a savory dish made with tender or unripe jackfruit. This preparation is from  Granny's recipes, its usually made often during chakka sesaon esp with the ones that come after rain which won't be sweet when ripe. Chakka aviyal is a slightly tart, coconut flavored dish. Goes well with spicy fish curryrice or rice gruel. My rainy day late brunch :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chakka Pradhaman / Chakka Payasam / Jackfruit Kheer / Kerala sadya payasam recipe

The most flavorful fruit scented payasam served for special occasions and Kerala sadyas/feasts which has the perfect combination of caramelized jackfruit, jaggery and ghee.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Chakka varattiyathu / Jackfruit jam / Jackfruit preserve

Chakka varatti is jackfruit jam,the mother of jams. The  fruit to preserve process becomes  gastronomically satisfying  only when your five senses are awakened and you are actively involved in the experience. It is definitely a test of toil and tolerance to begin with but soon the daunting task is over come by heavenly scent of jaggery, ghee and jackfruit cooking away to glory.The hours of stirring becomes a therapy and turns it into a glazed blob of intensely flavorful mixture. Fruits of labor is received in scoops hot from the stove..

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baingan Bharta / Spicy roasted eggplant mash

        Baingan Bharta / Roasted eggplant mash is a North Indian specialty often served with flat bread or rice.The eggplant is traditionally roasted in the tandoor /clay oven in open fire. The dish may have followed the path of Tandoori Chicken to please the  staunch vegetarians in the India Pak region. It holds much resemblance to baba ghanoush from Arab and Levant regions. 
The eggplant mash has many variations depending on the place. It tastes equally good without any dry spice and just fresh veggies.The mash goes well as  a dip for chips like the guacamole or a spread on sandwich , makes it very versatile.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brownies with Condensed milk

Few days back my daughter had a fundraiser bake sale in her school and she had chosen to bake brownies I usually like to go for sugar cookies or tea cakes but she was strong on her choice. Since she knew her clan better and I was only supposed to assist the baker I agreed wholeheartedly  We baked some brownies and she came home gleaming after the sale saying she was the first to sell out and earn the target. There is no prize to be first but definitely it says brownie still rules the crowd and is here to stay.

I decided to bake another batch this time with my favorite condensed milk  just for us you and me :)  I used to like chocolate flavored cakes earlier but since last couple of years I have stopped buying them one reason being too much salt and bitterness. If the bitterness in cocoa brings lot of benefits then why not have green bitter gourd which is even better for health and unprocessed. My endurance level for salty,pungent hot and even bitterness level in savory dishes may be very high but when it comes to sweet dishes it needs to be just sweet and comforting... nothing else. Hope you agree. :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pineapple pachadi without yogurt / Kerala sadya special madhura pachadi / Vegan spicy pineapple recipe

Anyone who has had a proper Kerala feast knows about the madhura pachadi. Oh my weakness :) 
I used to think yogurt really brings together the taste of dish until I chanced upon the no yogurt recipe. This particular Pineapple Pachadi is not commonly seen for sadyas, it is comparatively a new entrant  but I guess it is here to stay. Thinking why! OMG it is soooo delicious almost like a sweet and spicy halwa with cashew nuts. All the yogurt or diary product haters will love this one I am sure and that makes it naturally vegan too. :))