27 December 2020

Orange cake recipe| Orange cake lollipops| Faux Chocolate - 3-in-1 recipes


Orange cake is a cake that is not orange in color ๐Ÿ˜œ but made with fresh Oranges ๐Ÿ˜Š.Like they say, "Necessity is the mother of all inventions", I also invented this recipe likewise, I mean, out of necessity to feed my cranky little boss who is quite picky when it comes to eating fruits. Now I understand my mother more, why the heck she used to hide those veggies and camouflaged them in different ways to look like a yummy snack. 

Those times I used to roll my eyes at her clockwise. Then she used to curse me in a non-cursing way,"You will only understand what and why I am doing all these for you,when you will become a mother ." And I would be simply mimicking her, trying to lip-sync her and LOL as if she was delivering a famous dialogue from an Indian movie. 


Fast forward now, I am rolling my eyes anti-clockwise and her words came true finally. Well, moms are always right!  I am also following her footsteps now, sneaking veggies and fruits inside the real food and praying that my little boss will munch on it for sure without a miss. I feel victorious when it happens. But it is not an easy feat always !!

Likewise, I came out with this cake recipe as my little one was insisting one day that she wants to eat a cake. Oh ! I was thrilled and my brain hatched a plan - to sneak in those oranges she refuses to eat otherwise. And here I was, baking a yummy orange cake with fresh homemade orange juice with full enthu. But who is the real boss ? ...๐Ÿ˜Ž my daughter's (Read:THE baby boss !)  mood changes like season. The current mood was ,"I don't want a cake anymore.Period.


However, my hubby who is not a fan of sweets loves most of the bakes/cakes I make.So, I was half satisfied, though my real mission was unaccomplished !! The little boss looked at the cake and me and said, "You are fired !" (Like our President Trump !)


Since I have got a "Never give up " attitude, I still didn't lose hope. So, I transformed those cakes into cake lollipops covered in the irresistible melted chocolate. It worked till the chocolate was left. Then as always she carefully handed over the leftover to me so that I can finish it off and end the story ASAP. 


For a happy ending with a heavy heart,I finally made her some faux chocolates and THAT disappeared into her mouth like icecream. #RepurcussionsOfBeingAMother #Hallelujah ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ™†

Third time is indeed a charm !!

No wonder why they say ,"Child is father to a man." Ohooo..why just father ,I would say a parent would rather justify that quote. All parents agree ?? 

Well, the Orange cake came out good, moist and deliciaso and as always I eventually had to complete it. Time to buy new dresses ...my waist feels stuck ...God,my hubby is losing weight and I am gaining..Karma is a b**** !!(Excuse me ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜†)


Before I become sad about how voluptous I am becoming (Thank God I am a south Indian,our men like their women to be just like this ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ž)

Before my mind and writing become very very dirty ,let's talk about oranges,I mean the sweet little things - Orange cake .(Deep breath!) So,this is how I made this delicious Orange cake peeps .



All-Purpose flour , sifted -1 &1/2 cups

Sugar, powdered -1&1/2 cups

Butter, melted - 1/2 cup

Eggs - 4 Nos.

Baking Powder-1 and 1/2 Tsp

Vanilla essence 1 Tsp

Milk -1/4th cup

Orange zest 1 Tsp

Orange juice (Small Mandarins) - 3 Nos.

9 inch cake pan

Preparation method to make Orange cake :

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F .

2.Take a deep bowl and beat the melted butter and sugar until they are creamy and smooth with a hand beater . (Scrape down the sides of the bowl when needed)

3.Add eggs one by one preferably and not all at once .Beat everything until well-combined .

4.Then add baking powder,vanilla essence,orange zest,milk and orange juice and beat until well-combined.

5. Finally,add flour little by little and beat until well-combined into a thick well-mixed batter !

6.Grease a pan with butter.

7.Pour the batter into the cake pan .

8.Tap to release any air trapped.

9.Place the cake pan carefully into the oven .

10.Close it and bake for 30-60 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean .

11.Once,baked,put off the oven and place the cake pan outside to cool off a bit.

12.AND THE WAIT IS OVER.Slice it ,eat it and savor it bit by bit and get lost to heaven ...oops that's what cakes or sweets do to me ...You know what I mean ...enjoy the damn sweet thing peeps!


1. The eggs and milk should be kept at room temperature.

2.Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

3.Creaming butter and sugar until it is smooth is must.

4.Add eggs not all at once and flour little by little .

5.Here I prefer using Mandarins,small size oranges than the real oranges .

5.Since the baking system may vary from oven to oven,the time to bake the cake may differ .Keep an eye.Poke here and there on the cake to make sure it is indeed completely well-cooked.

So,this is how I make my orange cake, and now how I turned this into a cake lollipop and my faux chocolates .


Orange Cake Lollipops


Orange cake slices

Round cutter 

Thick Straws or sticks the size of the straw 

Baking chips - 1 cup

Hot water

Two containers 

Preparation method to make cake lollipops

  1. Slice the cake into thick pieces.
  2. Using a round cutter cut out round thick pieces and keep them aside.
  3. Insert the straw into the round cake pieces gently so that it looks like a lollipop .Keep them aside.**
  4. Pour hot water into a container preferably not plastic and place the other container onto the top that should not touch the water . (Double boiler method)
  5. Pour all the baking chips into it and keep on stirring until melted.
  6. Make sure no water gets into it or it will spoil the melted chocolate .
  7. Then remove the container with melted chocolate .
  8. Now immerse the cake lollipops** into the melted chocolates and make sure that they are completely covered .
  9. Gently shake the excess chocolate off .
  10. Place them into a glass and let them dry completely.
  11. Once they dry totally , TADA,choco orange cake lollipops are ready to munch.
  12. Eat and say eeeeehaaa :D
Now, how I made some simple and easy,quickie chocolates ,which is not the original way of making a homemade chocolates but a lazy yet deliciaso ..that's why I named it faux choco:


The leftover melted chocolates 
Choco mould (I used an ice tray/mould)
Preparation method to make simple and easy chocolates :
  1. Pour the leftover chocolates into the mould and let them dry.
  2. That's it my lazy ,quickie ,tasty homemade chocolates are ready to eat.
  3. Eat them and say ๐Ÿ˜Ž....Right .Eeeeeeehaaaaaaaaa.....Dil se๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„
Holy CAKE !! That was 3-in-one cake recipes.I have got the habit of making either best out of the best or the least, the mantra in my life! ๐Ÿ˜

The orange cake video is extra special as I made cake lollipops with my little boss in the video for the first time :)))) ....See how bossy she is !! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’“

Three months away from my blog updates -for my record!

Like Arnold Schwarzenegger  said ,"I AM BACK !!" .It is so good to be back to my blog after a brief hiatus. It's been three months since I am back to my home away from my home, to the United States of America (Hum Pardesi hogaye ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ค)and it's almost time to bid goodbye to the most unforgettable 2020 too. Also wanna bid good bye to little negativity around ...

So, where I had been / what was I up to ...away from my blog?

I am back - juggling and hustling with my quintuplets (God ,I wanted only triplets though ! )- My little boss,Honey D,my big boss,Honey P,my home,my plant kids and my Youtube channels ....had to put my sixth baby, my blog to sleep like Kumbkarana though ...(thought of giving a few readers I've, some much deserving break from my word-ly torture,up until NOW ....Bijli giraney mein hu aayi,kehthey hai mujhko Annabelle ya dehathi nahi, Mulan /Lady Mogambo ,behan aur bhaiii ๐Ÿ˜Ž...๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜ˆ) waahhh..I love myself ๐Ÿ’ž...

You see, Honey P,my hubby had an amazing 8 months of bachelor life here in US ,as myself and little one was stuck in India and how dare he? ๐Ÿ˜Ž ...I am busy watt lagaying (read seva karr rahi hu ) ,bheja fry kar rahi hu ๐Ÿ˜œ...A good husband should be a little bit afraid of his wife, right ladies ??  (I can see married men rolling their eyes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™ˆ )....and my hubby was afraid of Corona, more than me ๐Ÿ˜..now tell me how fair is that !! 

The last one, a typo..it should be except your wife ...eeeehaaaa...๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’ช

Being a self-proclaimed annoying wife at his service, I am eating his brain in person after such a long gap ...I missed that taste...After all, his highness under-estimated that ,"True love can't stay far for long ."...True yet jokes apart, it was a mutual decision that we will wait for the vaccine to come out and then travel safe. It is good to be back to my home, hubby, and the most favorite place at my home, my kitchen ....๐Ÿ’๐Ÿด

I am very happy that my little boss had a great time in India. She can speak our mother tongue, Malayalam fluently (almost) . She enjoyed playing with mud, water, in nature in India, just the way I envisioned her childhood days to be, thoroughly. She and my parents were a gang . 

Like "The karate kid" (movie), she learned life lessons in a hard yet humble way - to enjoy the simplicity yet hardships of life. She would help my mother and father whatever they were doing more than I did. She could look at the sky and predict,"Everyone inside, it's gonna rain today !" ...Like Mr.Miyagi,I am proud of my little one ! Yaaaa....hoooo ...

I enjoyed my mom-made foods for a long. Also got a few cooking lessons from the expert.

My hubby terribly missed me. Even though not a super cook or a YouTube star, my hubby feels content only after eating food made by me than any 5-star restaurant foods or his mama's food or my mamma's food for that matter (though I am nowhere near to those experts !!). 

Initially, he was like I am doing awesome here (in the US) , cooking this and that, having a great time (I was glad !๐Ÿ˜) but later confessed that he used to in fact watch my youtube videos to make a few recipes. I thought my videos not being up to mark may cringe him as it does to me.So,never told him to do. However, he said, it was the holy grail for him.๐Ÿ˜Those were videos doing ok though .๐Ÿ˜€Finally, I am glad that I made those videos.๐Ÿ˜Š

He finally came to India, followed the quarantine rules - stayed in a hotel for a week, and once he was tested COVID -ve, he headed to an Ayurvedic resort and took the required natural treatments for all his health issues, did meditation, etc and then by God's grace we all safely traveled back to the US without any problem. Thanking God for watching over us!

Since he was reading my blog (in the US) and I was kinda micromanaging him / situations through my blog from India (Proud to be a blogger !๐Ÿ˜‚). He worked out/gym-med instead of working in his office 24/7, ate well, took care of himself. I am glad that he didn't misunderstand me and he did the right thing after coming to India, which was my intention after all. Looks like my hubby, God, and celebrities listen to me through my blog for sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™Œ

๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’—Thankful for all blessings !!

However, every year I should go to India by myself for months I think ...it's refreshing, kinda a renewal...I feel like a newly married bride. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #AGOG-SunteHo

My blog somehow has the angelic power to solve lots of problems it seems ...I will keep on updating especially if honey P is taking care of his health properly or not. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘.I don't mind being the bad guy/gal for a good cause ...๐Ÿ‘ฟ❤ ...That is an inbuilt trait in me ...

The other reason I took a break from my blog is to stay away from the unnecessary attention that I was getting. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit.So, I hope by now everyone forgot me....

I have got a girl gang in WhatsApp, we named it "Spice girls " which I've lately renamed to "spy girls" because I've stopped paying any attention to any Indian celebrity news or follow them on social media as my girlfriends say, the number of celebrities rooting for me especially from Bollywood were increasing day by day and even though I am thankful to them for their precious time showing their support, it really makes me uncomfortable seeing them doing this and that for me. 

I used to think celebrities are self-absorbed people๐Ÿ˜‹. I have no idea how to stop these elite, genuinely kind people. I value their time and I am grateful beyond words that they are somehow finding time for me when the people I know - friends, relatives, who silently read my blog, watch my videos, and probably hope that one day I will just stop doing all these. You see like it was said in Hindi movie,3 idiots ,"Dost fail ho jaye toh dukh hota hai, lekin dost first aa jaye toh zyada dukh hota hai...

Basically, even though some call themselves friends/relatives, they hardly want to see their friend doing well than them. I remember asking my friends initially to like my FB page of my blog and some liked and then silently disliked. When I used to put a food pic in my personal FB account, they would like it but when I started putting a picture in my FB Page,nada,nil...All disappeared! Well,what are good friends for? And it was free of cost! These were people I thought were good friends. I am not like that,I am a friend in need and I love to see others doing well and happy. Yes,I am great ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ™But I am also changing ...

Being too nice and modest is a sin nowadays !! I've kinda lost trust in people I know and I trust strangers today more. I've reached a stage where even a sincere compliment sounds fake to me. That's why I said,"Mujhey sahaaron se darr lagtha hai / I don't trust anyone pretending to support me knowingly ...

Self-motivation and self-love Jai ho !๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป

Like a lioness, I walk alone (with maa Shakthi beside me...) and roar at times ๐Ÿ˜บ.....Whoever tries to put me down are my best motivators! What doesn't kill me, just makes me stronger !!๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™

There are people I know who use fake IDs and comment harshly on my videos that are doing well, hoping that I will react badly there and may therefore put a bad impression on any future visitors to my YouTube channel and thereby lose subscribers. I know by the tone of writing plus I have got an app to decode who is doing that...The atrocities people do silently...

There are many famous YouTubers who talk behind my back with a long note or a quote and or copy my content and become more famous, that hurts though. Then I wish if only I was also very successful like them!! ..Anyways, that pushes me more, not to stop ever,no matter the consequences! ...Unlike them, it is not a full-time gig for me or a source of living ...All I can do is try my best with the little time I get ...Like Lord Krishna said in our Holy scripture, Gita,"Karam mein dhyan do,phal mein nahi." / Pay attention to your work not the outcome . So, whatever God decides for me,I will be content !!...Well,thoda hai bass thodi ki zaroorat hai...

SO,I will always be grateful to all those celebrities who were kinda cheering me up , who made me smile and giggle, who made me seen and special especially our girl gang wanna thanks (Ranveer sir,Arjun K Sir,Varun sir,Shahid sir specially for doing silly things to make ME smile (with due respect to their partners) ).There are many big personalities I feel -Shahrukh sir,Hrithik sir,Salman sir ,Karthik sir,Vicky sir and many...How did this miracle happen I wonder? I know very well who has got the best intention for me and I am just thankful to all my angels in disguise.Dear God,tussi great ho ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™Œ

As I was figuring out how to deal with Mollywood, came Bollywood and I also noticed but pretended I didn't see just so that they don't continue doing so,like Tollywood ..Our Arjun Reddy ,the talented hunk,Vijay Devarakonda garu ."Illu chaala baoondi sirrr."๐Ÿ˜Š, chaala chaala thanks sir for everything and also Mahesh Babu garu and Namrata Ma'am,Chala thanks .๐Ÿ˜Š

Having said that ,I am not looking for anyone's favor ,sympathy ,likewise though..#NotAtAllPridefulOrThrowingAttitude

Even though grateful beyond words,I felt like a Nemo surrounded by Whales and sharks (harmless and kind). Me, being a backbencher since school days (so that I can do all my mischiefs without anyone noticing), I guess, almighty is trying hard to make me a front seater. But,too much attention makes me very uncomfortable.

When I write anything on this blog or post any video, I pretend no one is reading/watching because that is the only way I can be raw and unfiltered with my own colors and style ...Which may offend many which are not at all my intention and I've no intention to impress anyone too...Simply being me!...

Maybe I should put a disclaimer : "I have a heart of a child and the right part of my brain is that of an old lady and the left part of my brain is that of a child." With that weird feature in me,I work....I am a little embarrassed that now the whole world (sorta) probably knows what a notorious beast I am ...๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜

So,I no longer check any social media or read celebrity news, simply minding my own things. However, my girl gang does! They also keep track of people we mutually know or hardly know who are like my backstabbers, insecure, jealous people, and then we have something called "Roast of the day ", where we pick someone who has no good intention towards me and they roast them so badly. 

These girls are very brutal. They only use cuss words and are totally out of control. I simply ROFL.Baap re baap BUT they are my rock, my moral support forever. I've asked even them to just be moral supporters only. By the way, they are very gorgeous, single, smarta** and professionals like Teacher, Nurse, Lawyer, NGO,IT professionals...๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ‘ญ

There are many well-known and unknown people especially females who seem to be offended by me in some way. Like someone said,"I never gave you a reason to hate me. You’re just creating your own little drama of pure insecurity."

My girls can't stand the fact and they forced me to mention for sure in my blog that some people are themselves chupa rustams , don (meow meow,ola :)..decode ) ,Baby doll Panda and some got their eyes also bleached, some are nartakis/dancers who non-stop dance to other's tunes and things they say and do to malign me. (Yes,keep on dancing for us !๐Ÿ˜‚) .My friend says,a serial (killer) yekshi is also there...I only watch Netflix..

Amen! Dear God get them ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™‡

Avarkokkey kaanennu annangaloddu onscreen romance cheyyam ,paavam avarudey bharthav maar idokkey support cheyanney vellya karyam thanney ,pinney partyil okkey poyi anangalokkey keti pidichu nilkkum,ithonnum preshnam illa,nammaley avrudey colleague support cheythaal pidikyulla,enthokey kaananam/kelkannam...ellam ariyanney daivam,....Nammal okkey avardey koot onnum famous allannu vicharichu ,ithokkey mindathey ethra kelkkaandey....Then we sing in chorus...#TereKoMirchiLagiTohMeinKyaKaroon

I am indeed a child at heart but not really a kid #GrownUpKid.I know what I am doing and why I am doing .I am not here to convince others of my purpose, impress or depress (made it rhyme) anyone or have to prove anything to anyone. 

For me, there is no one as powerful as God! God is enough!

My blog and my YouTube channels are like "Me time things ". I feel lucky whenever I am able to write a blog post or make a video. That itself is a big thing for me. With the limited time I get every day, I am chasing my passions - to cook,to write,to click, and the latest addiction, to make a video without compromising my family and MYSELF.Name,fame,success,money etc are secondary or just bonus. Time is money for me ! 

 So, basically what I am trying to say is that it has been a lonely journey for a long and I am by my God's grace thriving against all odds with breaks every now and then and just going on. So,I will be fine on my own. 

With all due respect, admiration, gratitude, I would hereby request all celebrities who spare their precious time for me, to not do so. I've always been a warrior in my life,I will survive whatsoever. I just hope I will be able to do things that make me happy ...and those are very simple things ...

Also ,I didn't ask anyone to read my blog or watch my video,if it makes you feel good /useful,I will be so happy but if it makes you uncomfortable,then stop doing so.But if you are gonna do backstabbing ,I take it as if you are feeling some kind of insecurity.My self-esteem is very high ! 

Question and Answer sections :

Got a few emails which I would like to reply here :

Some people were concerned about my emotionally weak phase in the past...Well, who said life is a bed of roses ? Ups and downs are part and parcel of life ...Being a warrior -spirited,I got this! "Challenges in life are what makes life interesting and not an easy life ." It happens and it's ok. I brood,regroup,rest,recover and bounce back. Thx for your concern ! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

(Nisa ma'am ,at your age,pls relax and take a break from YouTube .TC :) )

Some people were concerned that why do I have to work like a maid at my home. That's a very stupid, shallow way of perception.Are you even educated ?? Simple because I don't have a maid here (Most of the women don't have one here ) and my mother taught me, "Self-reliance starts right from the humble kitchen ".Don't wait for any pandemic to teach you that.There is a difference between when a mother cooks for the family and when a maid does. That secret ingredient is love! Well, that's how I see it .Whatever I do for my family is my duty, priority, and happiness! 

Besides,Household chores are like mini exercises for me! :))

Well, even when I was working in IT,I did all these by myself and even though I loved my IT work ,I was happiest the day I got a hefty salary only. There was no internal satisfaction.We used to eat out more, travel more, etc but I was not able to take care of my hubby the way I wished to and myself. The health was being compromised! 

Basically, I am a very simple homely person and I want to take care of my family and myself at all cost - my top most priority, rest all are not that vital. Problems in life are inevitable regardless !! With a middle-class upbringing, I know very well how to be happy with anything less. Health is wealth ! And I am very thankful to God for all his blessings ...

Then there are a few silly things I wanna do in my life, my passion for cooking, writing, and making videos which I wanna pursue side by side too, that makes me feel like I did something for myself too...

Some hard-hearted men and women were concerned that I am an extremely notorious wife ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†...YES,I AM!!๐Ÿ˜ˆ Well,my hubby knows very well that I am nice AND naughty which according to him is SEXY and interesting = "WORTHY !"๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’‹

Some wondered why I've so many YouTube channels : It just happened.One thing led to another .But I wish I had it all under one channel name though...Nothing was planned, didn't even expect,I will be able to continue at least one channel.

That's it for now , I feel emotionally exhausted to reply all ๐Ÿ˜. The smallest post I've ever written๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‹ .Well,the bottomline is ,"If dear zindagi/life gives you Oranges, make everything with it as much as you can ,to your heart content and ENJOY "!!

Last but not least :

GOOD-BYE 2020 !!

Be the light!

Love and light,

16 September 2020

Thenga Chammanthi Podi |Roasted Coconut Chutney Powder Kerala style|เดšเดฎ്เดฎเดจ്เดคി เดชൊเดŸി


If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes, only then would you realize how special you are to me.” Frida Kahlo

Chammanthi podi is a dry chutney powder/condiment made with shredded coconut, spices, curry leaves and tamarind. The idea behind this simple yet nostalgic edible delicacy/creation is to make a dry chutney powder that has a longer shelf life and can go well with any kind of meal deliciously. 

Well, whoever came up with this amazing podi idea... Hats off !!...This chammanthi podi is my heart stealer, my most favorite edible food I can't have enough of . Who needs rice, idli,dosa,I would simply eat it by itself ๐Ÿ˜œ .It is spicy,tangy,simply tasty ! I can't stop licking my fingers and sometimes I wonder if I may eat my fingers as well... That much I love them....๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ˜


1. Since we used to be in North India for long, and we didn't get free or enough coconut like we are so blessed enough to get in Kerala,Amma hardly prepared them.Chammanthi podi which is a staple in most of the Kerala homes, was prepared once in a blue moon at my home(Govt. quarters) in North India .
Mostly,while travelling from Bokaro to Kerala during summer vacation,it used to take almost three days and if there was one food item that would stay fresh for more than three days ,it used to be this chammanthi podi . Though it has a long shelf life,it would never dare to stay that long in my presence as I would complete it before we reached Kerala..I could hear my amma shouting in the background ,"Don't eat too much at a stretch or you will have stomach ache or loose motion." ...but to no avail...Chammanthi podi was like a powdery snack to me...my edible weakness ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ™Œ

Pic credit:Quora Uruli and Ullaka
While going back to Bokaro from Kerala after vacation,I remember my ammama/maternal grandma and/or aunts preparing this chammanth podi traditionally in a special huge mortar and pestle with a tough wooden stick called urali and ullakka.
It used to be an unforgettable lovely sight to watch them pounding this chutney powder traditionally as it looked like an art,a dance of hands ,creating some edible magic tirelessly and all of them happily gossiping simultaneously. Such a humble atmosphere and what a dang whole body workout it was! No gym or personal trainer can dare to compete I feel... Gone are those days ...

 3. During my college days especially when I was doing my Masters in Coimbatore,amma used to pack bottles of chammanthi podi for happily surviving hostel stay - a dash/touch of her food with every boring, tasteless meals served everyday in hostel.It not only used to make my day but my friend's day as well.
One of my close friend ,who used to call me her soulmate/sister,my roommate, one of the loveliest and wisest girl I have ever met in my life ,she used to wait for me in hostel when I used to return from Bokaro after any vacation with open arms and all eyes on my backpack as she knew my amma would have for sure packed packets of chammanthi podi and we used to enjoy it together with lots of gossips and stories.#MissYouSwapu

4.After my marriage, whenever we travel back to US from India,I don't mind forgetting to bring anything else but chammanthi podi.Chammanthi podi is inevitable just like passport ๐Ÿ˜. Not only me,my hubby is also a huge fan of chammanthi podi, so there is a clash of the Titans between us...ath shree Mahabharat katha ....and no one wins..it's always a tie... So,it finishes up as fast as a melting ice cream... 



If my hubby is crazy about pickle,then I am crazy about this chammanthi podi ๐Ÿ˜Ž.I can finish a small jar/bottle of my mommade chammanthi podi in a day for sure ๐Ÿ˜‹ ...So,if there is a pickle eating competition,do let my hubby know and if there is a chammanthi podi eating competition,do let ME know...No one can beat us respectively...

Chammanthi podi recipe varies from region to region in Kerala. Since it has a long shelf life,is travel friendly,almost every home in Kerala have a story to tell.I've tried many versions of Chammandi podi but it's my mother's that's the bestest for me.


So,let me share with you all our family secret chammandi podi recipe in our own nadan way ...

Chammanthi podi recipe|Roasted Coconut Chutney Powder Kerala style


Coconut large  5 nos.
Red chilies,stem removed 80 Nos

Shallots/kunj ulli 20 Nos.
Curry leaves 10 Nos.
Coriander powder 4 Tbsp

Salt to taste
Tamarind ,lemon ,medium size (Seedless) 1 No.  

Preparation method to make chamandi podi:


  1. Grate the coconut and keep them aside.
  2. Heat a WIDE pan ,add the grated coconut,red chilies and shallots and keep on sauteing on high flame till the moisture evaporates.
  3. Add curry leaves,then keep on sauteing on medium to low flame.
  4. Add coriander powder and keep on sauteing until everything is well roasted and turns brown in color and coconut has a crispy texture to it.
  5. Put the flame off and let it cool down.
  6. Then remove all red chilies and grind it with salt and tamarind and keep them aside.
  7. Then take little portion of the ground powder ,the above (Number six) chili mix and little portion of dry roasted coconut and keep on grinding it batch by batch so that we can get a well combined chammanthi podi.Don't run the jar for tooo long or it may produce oil .It doesn't have to be super fine powdery consistency.
  8. That's it nadan style chammanthi podi is ready !!
  9. Store it in an airtight container.


  • The continuous sautรฉing / dry roasting coconut until they turn brown and crisp is the key step in preparing this Chammanthi podi. 
  • Whil grinding don't run the mixer jar too long or it may turn oily.

OR,watch this step by step chammanthi podi video.Hope it helps.

If there is one recipe I wanted to learn how to make by all means,then it was my amma's style of Chammandi podi . My love for chammanthi podi is something that is beyond words ....#MyLoveAtFirstTaste #MyForeverEdibleLove ..Do you have any idea how much I love you Chammandi podi ??? You are my Yin to my edible Yang....

I am soo glad I finally learned how to make chammandi podi nadan style .Coincidently,Amma made this chammandi podi for me to take with me to US and this is, for now, my last cooking lesson/session with her in India (looking forward to more ..touchwood!!)...sighhh...and my last blogpost in India...

Every year ,whenever I used to visit India,my acha/father would tell me to learn all cooking recipes from my mother as much as possible but due to lack of time,I would never be able to do so.Anyways,this long vacation I could fulfill my father's wish to an extent.:)


Now,it's TIME...It's time to pack ..it's time to fly ...it's time to say goodbye (India)....with loads of memories and a few lessons... Thanking almighty (and his notorious muse ,Corona) for granting me such a long stay with my parents in my motherland...though had to stay away from my hubby for long too which I believe is God's way of saying," Let the absence make the hearts grow fonder forever." AMEN!!

Also, thanking my hubby for adjusting with my long stay away from him ,tolerating me regardless and putting his health at risk and finally coming to India for us (though in quarantine)..Can't wait to see him....Time to go back to our God gifted, hard-earned nest ...May God bless us always! Amen !!๐Ÿ’•

Accha chalti hoon,Duaaon mein yaad rakhna

Mere zikr ka zubaan pe swaad rakhna


Dil ke sandookon mein,Mere acche kaam rakhna

Chitthi taaron mein bhi,Mera salaam rakhna................๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—

Please take good care of yourself,


15 September 2020

Padavalanga theeyal recipe Kerala recipe | Snake Gourd Theeyal recipe |เดชเดŸเดตเดฒเด™്เด™ เดคീเดฏเดฒ്‍|Padavalanga Varutharacha Curry


 Theeyal is a vegetable curry made with roasted coconuts ,a few spices and vegetables like Eggplant/Snake gourd/Bitter gourd/Potato/Drumstick/Onion/Prawns/Okra/Ladies finger popularly .If you ask me what does theeyal mean,then I would say , "When coconut was getting roasted on thee/fire/flame,it started yelling ,hence it is called "Thee+Yell/Yal in a sober way ".๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‹.Jokes apart, according to Mr.Wiki ,Theeyal means "burnt dish"as the coconut is roasted with spices till it turns tad brownish and the final curry is also dark brown in color.

My entire family loves theeyal, even my munchkin a.k.a D.K.P a.k.a honey D loves it. Whenever I leave India and go back to pardes/US,my mother would pack me a huge cover full of homemade, ready to cook, theeyal podi that is theeyal powder . This theeyal podi is such a lifesaver/time saver especially when I am sick,or feel lazy to cook or running short of time , it is a super quick way to whip up a lip smacking ,healthy curry in no time loved by all.#Happiness 


The best thing about this theeyal curry is that it is quite versatile ,we can use varieties of vegetables and even non veg like egg or prawns mainly.So, this theeyal powder is quite handy and useful beyond words.

It needs to be refrigerated though.I treasure it as very precious, so, sparingly I use it for making curry .Amma is always surprised that the theeyal podi is always in stock even after a year or two ,which Amma is not at all happy about as she thinks it may not be that healthy after such a long period of time .Guess what I still have the theeyal podi that Amma gave me last year....Shhhh..๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‘

However, this time, as I am packing up to go back to US, I told my mother not to bother because it is indeed a Herculean task especially to dry roast the coconut in large quantity and so,I don't want to disturb her more. So,I decided to learn how to make theeyal curry Amma style so that I can myself prepare it when needed later.


This is a Padavalanga Theeyal recipe ,เดชเดŸเดตเดฒเด™്เด™ เดคീเดฏเดฒ്‍,snakegourd curry recipe ...I only knew to use snake gourd in Avial and sambar ,now good to learn a snake gourd theeyal curry recipe...

Let's head to the theeyal recipe then..what say ?

Padavalanga Theeyal Curry|SnakeGourd theeyal curry


Snake Gourd,chopped  1 Cup

Onion,large 1 No.,chopped

or Shallots/Kunj Ulli,chopped 1 cup 

Potato,medium size,chopped 1 No.

Drumstick,sliced 3 inch long

Tomato,medium size ,chopped 1 No. 

Green chillies,chopped 2 to 3 Nos.

Coconut,grated 1 Cup

Red chili powder 1 Tbsp

Coriander powder 1 Tbsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 Tsp

Fennel powder 3/4th Tsp

Fenugreek powder 1/4th Tsp

Coconut oil 2 to 4 Tbsp

Mustard seeds 1 Tsp

Dry red chillies,broken 2 Nos.(Optional)

Curry leaves,a few

Water as needed

salt to taste

 Preparation method to make theeyal :

  1. Wash all the vegetables well and keep them aside.
  2. Scrape the skin of the Snake gourd and cut them into pieces ,remove the seeds and then chop them into more pieces,1 inch long approx.
  3. Peel the skin of the drumstick and cut them into 3 inch long and keep them aside.
  4. Heat a pan and dry roast the coconut till they turn golden brown on high flame first to just dry out the grated coconut ,keep on sautรฉing continuously. Then on medium to low flame dry roast until the coconut turns brown .
  5. Then add all the spices and saute on low flame . Make sure not to burn the coconut by all means ,otherwise it may change the actual taste of the curry making it bitter.
  6. Then put the flame off and let it cool off.
  7. Meanwhile, heat oil on a pan ,splutter mustard seeds,add broken red chilies ,add all the chopped vegetables and saute until they turn soft and onion turns transparent.
  8. Finally, add the chopped tomato and saute until they become soft.
  9. Then grind the roasted coconut and all spice powders with little water until it becomes a not so thick not so thin smooth coconut paste.
  10. Add the coconut paste to the cooked vegetables above and mix well
  11. Add enough water.
  12. Let it come to full boil.
  13. Then reduce the flame and let it simmer until the curry thickens up a bit.
  14. Then throw a sprig of curry leaves and slat to taste.
  15. Put the flame off.
  16. That's it theeyal curry is ready.


  • Shallots/Kunj Ulli makes this curry more flavorful than onion.
  • You may omit potato, drumstick.
  • Fennel is the main spice in this theeyal recipe.
  • We don't use tamarind .Tomato's sourness is enough for the curry. However, for bitter gourd theeyal, we use tamarind only.
  • The key thing in the recipe is the nicely dry roasted coconut without getting burnt.
  • Instead of snake gourd ,we can also use onion, eggplant or bitter gourd or okra or eggs or prawns  for making different curries with same spice mix and roasted coconut.

 Theeyal is also one of the main curry of Kerala's grand feast,Sadya.This curry is so coconut-ty that it goes amazing with boiled rice and any side dish.This curry tastes more flavorful next day.And I am a huuge fan of theeyal curry,finally learned it.A happy camper here!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ

That's it for now.

Take care of yourself.

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