09 October 2016

Kerala Snack - Thattukada Parippu Vada |Kerala style Lentil Fritters

Parippu Vada a.k.a Lentil fritters are one of the famous snack in Kerala . When I think of or look at or eat a Parippu Vada ,what really gives me a nostalgic kick are the Kerala train stations ...During my childhood days ,whenever we visited our grandparents in Kerala during summer vacation,the sign that we reached Kerala or our destination was the mere sight of vendors rushing to every windows of the train compartments with a box of Parippu vadas or Pazham puris/Banana fritters and mere sound of them yelling "Vadai vadai Parippu vaddai " and me staring at those munchies with drooling mouth - in vain....Maa,paa didn't care to buy one :|


Second kick,I mean nostalgic kick I get are those Thattukadas/Chayakadas,you know small food joints in every nook and corner ,wherever you go in Kerala ,always have certain edible snacks in common,one among them are Nadan Parippu Vada ...I remember my grand paa would bring some hot crunchy parippu vadas covered in newspaper smeared with shadow of oil here and there and smelling snacks-from-heaven ,from the near by small shop sometimes during evening time or some guests would be nice enough to bring some....I loved them - both the guest and the Parippu Vadas of course :D

My hubby's fav-The Parippu Vada kodiyan hahah...Thx Hon for being the model of the day !;)
Third nostalgic not kick but hit I remember is that during college days,I was ragged by my seniors to say like those Parippu vada vendors in railway stations ,"Vadai Vadai Parippu Vadaiii" ...Oh well,I without any hesitation happily did what they asked for ;D....I was like (back of my mind ),Anything else -"Want me to make you a vada eh?" :D ..Poor chaps weren't that lucky !!:P

Anyways,today I am excited to share how to make an authentic Kerala special Thattukada Parippu Vada at home .

Thattukada Parippu Vada Recipe

Toor Dal/Split Pigeon Peas - 1 cup
Shallots,chopped - 10 Nos
Ginger,chopped - 2 inch piece
Green Chillies ,chopped- 1-2 Nos.(optional)
Broken Red chillies - 1-2 Nos.
Fennel Seeds - 1 Tsp
Curry Leaves,broken - A sprig
Turmeric Powder - 1 Tsp
Salt to taste 
Coconut Oil - 1-2 Cups

Method: Pls watch my video that will clearly demo how to make this nadan Parippu vada Thattukada style :

Note :
  1. You can also use Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram instead of toor dal or even use half toor dal and half chana dal. Toor Dal will be easy to grind comparatively .
  2. Instead of shallots , you can use 1 chopped onion.
  3. What makes a Thattukada Parippu vada different and taste at par from the ordinary Parippu vada are the addition of red chillies and fennel seeds !

This Lentil fritters don't need any chutney or ketchup by their side .The best companion and accompaniment to these Kerala special lentil fritters are just a piping cup of Indian Tea/Chaaya ...Oh..and a cold day or winter season or a rainy day would totally take it to next level -simply Earthly,homely yet heavenly....

07 October 2016

Kerala Tomato curry|Nadan Thakkali curry recipe


 This Kerala special tomato curry tastes creamy with a dash of tanginess of tomato and smoothness of coconut paste .Usually Kerala recipes are very spicy but there are a few curries that scream it is from Kerala yet can be not at all spicy but full of flavor .This easy-peasy tomato curry or traditionally called ,"Nadan thakkali curry" falls into the before-said category. This curry is also very easy to make and goes well with another spicy dishes like fish fry ,chicken fry or any spicy vegetarian dishes too.

My better 1/2 is not a big fan of Tomato but this thakkali curry even he loves it and me too especially because it is quite easy to make and yummy to eat .


So,this is how I make Kerala style Tomato curry :

Kerala style Tomato curry|Nadan Thakkali curry


Tomato,large - 1no.
Green chillies - 2 nos.
Shallots - 2 nos.
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
Yogurt/Curd - 1 cup
Coconut,grated - 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Coconut oil - 1 Tbsp
Curry leaves,a few
Salt to taste

Method :Please watch the video that will show you how to make this simple easy Tomato curry :

Take a break from fish curries and chicken or Beef curries .Go Tomatoes I say !!

05 October 2016

Alleppey fish curry recipe |#Kerala seafood recipe


A fish can certainly live without a Mallu a.k.a Malayalee but a Mallu cannot live without a fish !! This my dear friend is called ,"A typical Malayalee syndrome!". As I might have told you zillions of times before,we mallus LOVE fish and a daily menu without fish is nothing less than a curse or a sin!

Guess what even a recent infographic prepared by Funalytics   shows that Kerlaites are the hardcore non-vegetarians all over India . Praise the lord ..then the Mallus !:D

When all over India,every woman in the neighborhood are either gossiping openly or envying silently about the next door lady's brand new Rs.20,000 embroidered saree or the pearl-y white-y shining necklace or golden jhumka/dangling earring ,a typical Kerala woman is more interested and curious to know which type of fish and for how much her neighbor got the fish for and ending up either praising or cursing the fish monger of that day...


It is also not an unusual sight to see a male fish monger ,(like Shri Krishna) surrounded by women from all over the community ....or a lady fish monger delivering the hot catch of the day with spicy secret news about the ladies from neighborhood as a bonus....You see,it's a big thing ...Fish and everything related to them are part and parcel of a Keralite ...

So,we have varieties of fish recipes ..from dry fish recipes to fresh fish recipes ---smeared in coconut paste and spices or spicy and tangy curry ..Simply finger-licking fish recipes! ...So far these fish recipes have made it to my blog - Fish Mappas curry, Netholi meen pattichathu/Dry Anchovy recipe Kerala style , Kerala fish cutlet ,Apollo fish fry recipe Andhra style ,Pan fried salmon on a bed of lettuce , Karimeen porichathu/Pearl spot fish fry , Karimeen pollichathu  ..

Today,I am gonna share the ultimate spicy fish curry from "The Venice of the East - Alleppey !" ~ my hometown . This fish curry is very spicy and goes awesome with boiled rice , any side dish ,Kappa/Kerala Tapioca .


Alleppey Fish curry recipe (without a coconut)


Fish Steaks (medium-large size,I used King fish) - 3 nos.
Red chilli powder - 2 Tbsp
Coriander Powder - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 th Tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4th Tsp
Fenugreek Powder - 1/4th Tsp
Fennel Powder - 1/4th Tsp
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1/4th Tsp
Shallot/Small onion ,chopped - 1 Tbsp
Kudampulli/Gambodge - 2-3 nos.
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/8th Tsp
Coconut Oil - 3 Tbsp
Water - 2 Cups
Salt to taste

Method: Please watch the video that will guide you properly how to make this Kerala special Alappuzha fish curry .


1. For making it less spicy , just add 1/2 cup of thick coconut milk at the end .
2. For different variations (in taste yet tasty) ,add chopped tomatoes (1/4 th cup) at the end and once the tomatoes are soft ,put off the flame .

So,if you are a spice lover,do try this fiery hot Alleppey fish curry for sure . And if you have not tasted any Kerala seafood yet,why don't give this curry a shot.