03 May 2017

Kerala shrimp curry (Alleppey style)


I love shrimps .One of my favorite shrimp recipe is shrimp curry with coconut and raw mango ,at our place in Kerala,Alleppey, it is called manga konju curry or manga chemmeen curry .My better half is not a shrimp fan but when it comes to this Kerala shrimp recipe,he also simply loves it .So,this shrimp curry Kerala style is my go to curry at home whenever I buy shrimp .


In Kerala cuisine,kodumpulli or gambodge is used for the sourness in any seafood curry but once in a while,a few Kerala seafood curries use raw mango to replace that in a magical way and lo behold ,that takes the curry to the next level totally .


This shrimp curry Kerala style is also exclusively for those people who can't tolerate the usual spicy seafood curries of Kerala and also those people who don't like or get gambodge/kodumpulli as this curry is mild with the creaminess of coconut and the sourness of the raw Mango.


This shrimp curry is also very quick and easy to prepare and hardly anyone ,unless you are a vegetarian ,will literally lick your finger for sure .

 Kerala shrimp curry Alleppey style
Shrimp,deveined and cleaned - 10 Nos.
Coconut,grated - 1 cup
Raw mango,small size ,sliced- 1 No
Shallots/kunj ulli,chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Green chillies,sliced - 1-3 Nos.
Red chili powder - 2 Tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 Tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 Tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Shallots/kunjulli,chopped - 1-2 Nos.
Curry leaves,a few
Coconut oil - 1-2 Tbsp

How to cook shrimp Kerala style ? Please check the video that will show you how I make shrimp Alleppey style .

This shrimp curry goes well with boiled rice,any spicy side dish and any other curries ...a simple Kerala seafood recipe...

26 April 2017

How to cook potato in 3 minutes WITHOUT using any water


I wonder if anyone can hate the humble jumble "Potato". As far as I know,every kid loves one vegetable for sure and that is potato .Don't know if it is because potato can be used to make varieties of delicious curry or snack especially but I have never heard anyone hating potato.

Potato is the world's fourth largest food crop and available all year around,grown all around the world.Potato was first cultivated by the Inca Indian tribe in Peru 7000-10000 years ago.By half of the 16th century,it was introduced to Europe by the Spanish and it spread all around the globe and became an integral part of food supply.

Health benefits of Potato :
  • Just 110 calories.
  • No fat,sodium,cholesterol.
  • Is gluten free.
  • High - fiber ,protein,energy
  • More Potassium than a Banana
  • Provides 9 essential amino acids.
  • Great source of anti-oxidants
  • Full of vitamins -Vitamin C,Vitamin B6,Iron,calcium,folic acid,iodine,thiamine,niacin,copper and Manganese.
  • Prevents kidney stone,liver diseases,stroke,brain diseases,rheumatism
  • Aids digestion ,strengthens immune systems,blood circulation etc
Did you know ?
(Credit:sciencekids.co.nz and medlineplus )
  • Potato name is derived from the Spanish word "Patata".
  • A potato is about 80% water and 20% solid. 
  • Potatoes are pollinated by insects and bugs.
  • In Washington DC there is a potato museum with about 5000 potato artifacts.
  • There are about 5000 varieties of potatoes around the globe.
  • In 1974,an English man named Eric Jenkins grew 370 pounds of potato from a single potato plant.
  • According to the Guinness book of records,the world's largest potato weighed around 18 pound and 4 ounces.
  • In October 1995,potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space by NASA and the University of Wisconsin for the astronauts on a long voyage to space and for future space inhabitants.
  • China is the world's largest producer of potatoes.
  • In green potatoes and new sprouts,a poisonous element called "Solanine" is found, which can cause serious health problems like headaches,diarrhea,cramps and even coma and death.
That's interesting !!!

There are many ways to cook potato and today I am gonna share a unique method to cook potato in just three minutes in microwave without using water .This method I learnt from my roommate when we were working in Microsoft .Those days when we had to rush to office or had a long day at work,my friend /roommate who was a project Manager ,showed us this cooking hack - the quick way to boil potatoes in microwave in a few minutes and I can't thank enough of her smart idea,whenever,I am short in time,this cooking tip to cook potato fast comes quite handy .

So,pls watch my video that will show how to cook potato fast and instantly without using any water .

Hope this cooking tip to cook potato quickly will be helpful to other as well.

20 April 2017

Uzhunnu Vada|Medu Vada Kerala style|Split black lentil fritters


Meet the crispy,crunchy,soft ,savory Indian donut - Medu Vada .Vada is nothing but fritters made with lentils and medu in Kannada language means "Soft" .So,basically this Indian doughnut is not sweet or made with any flour .In fact,medu vada is nothing but fritters made with split black lentils.This lentil fritters is a famous South Indian snack eaten also as a breakfast item or even offered to God during Hindu festivals .Medu Vada also happens to be Hindu God, Lord Hanuman's favorite food item.Usually ,a garland made of strings of medu vada is adorned as a special offering by his devotees in Temples in India.


Medu vada is also loved by North Indians .

Medu vada is known by different names in different states of India especially in South India - Medhu vadai,Ullundu vadai,garelu and Uzhunnu vada  and in North India,they are called dahi bada .


Origin of Medu Vada

According to Wiki,like Dosa,Medu vada is believed to be originated from "Maddur" town of Karnataka.It was the famous Udupi restaurants that made it famous outside the South India like crispy dosa .


 Medu Vada and Twitter-atis :

Recently ,a Mumbai fella,Rameez asked the well-known chef,Gordon Ramsay to rate the medu vada,an image of it he shared in Twitter.To which,Chef Gordon Ramsay,sarcastically replied this (a snapshot from Twitter):

Most probably,I think this renowned chef was either sarcastically joking or never ever tasted Medu Vada before ..or he would be simply speechlessπŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž

Oh my - who can resist the vada sambar/vada coconut chutney combo ? Simply finger dipping and finger licking ! Nothing yuck about it..aahaa..😍

Uzhunnu Vada and my childhood days

My bro and myself,we are two poles apart.He loves Parippu Vada and I love Uzhunnu vada and thank God,that means I can eat a lot 😜😊.I remember how I used to pray that my mom would keep Uzhunnu vada in my tiffin box for school and how I used to desperately wait for the lunch time ,period after period and my mom knew,those days my tiffin box would be spic and span clean .No scolding day for me !πŸ’ƒ


My mom used to be a uzhunnu vada distributor among our neighbors ,meaning whenever she made any vada she would share it with our North Indian neighbors who were quite fond of them.I have seen them literally licking their fingers off, the chutney laden uzhunnu vadas ,making me a tad more hungry indirectly .Damn it!


My better 1/2 also loves Uzhunnu vada and as always, it is a pleasure eating with him (and I realized,ohhh yes,finally,I am grown up to share happily!!)

How is Medu Vada/Urunnu Vada made?

Medu Vada is made by grinding soaked black lentils into a thick paste and flavoring it with onion,ginger,cumin,etc etc which varies from place to place.So, today I am going to share how I make crispy yet soft Medu Vada Kerala style that is Uzhunnu Vada (Uzhunnu means Urad Dal/Black lentils and vada means fritters) at home .This is how actually Medu vada is made at my hometown.


Uzhunnu Vada Kerala style
Split Black lentils/Uzhunnu parippu/Urad Dal - 1 Cup
Onion,chopped - 1 No.
Green chillies,chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Ginger,chopped - 1"
A few curry leaves
Salt to taste
Coconut oil for deep frying

Uzhunnu vada preparation method:Pls watch my video that will show you step by step how to make uzhunnu vada at home .

No one can stop at one ..vada,coconut chutney,vada sambar or simply crispy crunchy vada..Ohh yummm !!