05 January 2020

Happpppppppppy new year to all.....Happy 2020 !



Just wanted to wish all readers a very happy and blessed new year - 2020 ! Did you notice how angelic number it is already "2020 "? This year is gonna be amazing it seems for everyone .New beginnings,new promises,new opportunities,new life....



People are busy making resolutions especially in social media πŸ˜†and all I can think of is enjoying mom-made foods ,quality time with parents ,temples,meeting my fav people..INDIA....only a few days left 2 goπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’ƒ.

Habits die hard - Sorry for all inconveniences,bear me more !;)
But yeah,people in social media did influence me to have some resolutions too .Basically,it's all about improving myself AND loving myself too ,being happy and healthy and may all near,dear and everyone too .First of all I am grateful to God ,everyone ,everything for all good and bad ,both make me stronger.

Like every year,I am placing 2020 also in almighty's hands and may he do the needful --change all the 50 shades of grey in me/life into 100 shades of colors ...fill my mind,body,spirit and life into bRIGHTness..Give me peace of mind with all pieces of my mind functioning well too ..AMEN!..and then there are some very pure,precious and divine dreams too only God knows ..Any chance of magic dear God ?πŸ™

Embedded by default in my DNA!

Also want to take this opportunity to thank all those amaaazing people who were there for me in 2019 and who tried their best to make me better for 2020 and on with their - a genuine smile,a friendly talk/gesture/act, selfless support,their precious time,priceless effort,laughing at my not-so-funny jokes ,understanding my moodiness, believing in me,pushing me to do better,making me lol and happy..Someday I will dedicate a post to these bRIGHT stars when I finally gather the guts to do so...I lub you all so much....May God bless you all always...! πŸ™πŸ™ŒπŸ™‡πŸ’“πŸ˜Š

My Pride!

 
Define Angel !


 So,here's wishing you all for every new year ...
Dil se..

 Achcha toh hum chalthey hain..time to pack up πŸ˜ŠπŸ™‹



Take careπŸ’“




19 December 2019

Pothichoru ~ A nostalgic food parcel from God's own country

pothichoru-recipe


"Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication" ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Hands down ! That's my life's mantra ,though I may be bit complicated 😈 ,only people close to my "soul" can get me others may be racking their brains and put any label of their choice (mein cheez badi hu mast mast 😈😜)...Anyways,it's not about me that I wanna talk about,it's about a very simple,humble,nostalgic,mouth-watering food combo wrapped in an organic plantain leaf we malayalees call it "POTHICHORU"!! 

WHAT IS POTHICHORU ?

Pothichoru is basically a simble food parcel which consists of fluffy boiled rice (especially Kerala rice with brown strips ),thoran/mezhukupuratti (A vegetable stir fry with or without shredded coconut),an omelette and /or a crispy fish fry ,a pickle and chutney/chammanthi (A ball of dry coconut chutney ) packed in a delicately roasted Banana leaf .


Thenga-chamanthi
Thenga Chamanthi
Now,this sounds like way too homely .However ask a typical Mallu a.k.a Malayali,his/her mouth will be so filled with water that a boat can literally sink and nose may swell like a balloon,eyes popping out and mind in a trance --going back to their childhood days ....That's the ultimate beauty of this food parcel ...It say's "I am naadan/ true Keralite !"


ladies-finger-fry-kerala-style
Ladies finger stir fry
Long time ago,in Kerala all school goers,college goers,office goers,travellers used to pack an all-in-one homely meal wrapped in the simple,humble,natural,healthy lightly toasted Banana leaf ,vaazha illa in Malayalam.That waft from the lightly toasted banana leaf was suffice to make it simply lip smacking and the taste out of this world STILL right from your humble home .No steel,silver,bronze,gold or diamond lunck box would replace it by appearance or by taste . Magic!


kerala-rice-matta

I was raised in North India but deep down since I am equally a Mallu ,I have my fair share of memory - I did my graduation/B.Com in Kerala and a few friends especially my best friend used to bring pothichoru as lunch .The moment she used to take her lunch of the day out ,that would be my Tinggg-tong moment.I wonder how she tolerated me as I used to attack on her lunch as if I was starving since years.Then happily-ever-after we shared it with lots of gossips ,her crush (ha haha) etc etc ...#Yaadien/ormagall/memories


Kerala-fish-fry-recipe

Besides,whenever,we used to visit grand-parents in Kerala during vacation,amma would pack the meal of the entire day 1 especially (it took 3 days to reach Kerala by Train for us) just like pothichoru for everyone with different food items.That pothichoru was enough to make the long ride fun and kinda homely ..(Damn,ye meri aankhein bhari bhari /teary eyed !) ...

So,yeah almost every Mallu has a heart-touching story/memory when it comes to Pothichoru .


Kerala-omelette

However,nowadays,I believe it is changing .People have better options that matches our lifestyle  - "Fast foods" ,have no time to cook or it is way too pazhanjan/like an antique /thing from the past or irrelevant and easily available at hotels/restaurants .Yep,nowadays,this simple Kerala thali which is infact the food combos served on a Banana leaf is a rave in small to big restaurants and people would rather go for this meal than any other food like Biryani ,fried rice etc . They are quite affordable and worth every penny spent . Every Mallu's weakness it is !!!

Even I don't make pothichoru but I don't mind making one anytime,my favourite .So,here is my Pothichoru and this is how I make pothichoru at home .


pothichoru


NOW,where do I start from ?

Kerala Matta Rice

Ingredients

Kerala Matta rice - 1 cup

Water - 3 cups

Pressure cooker



Method :
1.Rinse the raw rice 2 -3 times.
2.Add the rice and water in a pressure cooker ,give a stir.
3.Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles (high-low flame) or until rice is well cooked.
4.Put off the cooker.
5.Let the cooker cool down a bit and all pressure gone.
6.Open the cooker carefully and the rice should look fluffy and cooked.
7.Ready 😊

Vendakka mezhukupuratti/Ladies finger stir fry

Ingredients
Vendakka/Ladies finger ,chopped - 2 cups
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
Red chili powder - 1 Tsp
Coconut oil - 1-4 Tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Curry leaves,a few
Salt to taste

Method :
1.Wash the ladies fingers properly under water.
2.Pat them dry with a clean cloth or tissue paper to prevent them from sticking later while frying.
3.Chop the ladies fingers .
4.Heat a pan with oil.
5.Splutter a few mustard seeds .
6. Add the chopped ladies finger .
7.Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder and curry leaves .
8.Keep on sautΓ©ing until the ladies finger gets almost crispy .
9. Serve hot.
10.Ready 😊

Thenga chammanthi

Ingredients
Coconut,grated - 1-2 cups
Shallots,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Red chili - 2-3 Nos.
Curry leaves - 1-2 Nos.(optional for taste)
Red chili powder - 1 Tsp (optional for color and flavor)
Tamarind - A small gooseberry shape 
Salt as needed
Little water as needed

Method:
1. For authentic naadan taste,use ammikallu :D/grindstone in Malayalam and grind everything into a smooth paste .
2.Otherwise ,put everything into a mixer jar and grind everything into a smooth paste.


Fish fry

Ingredients
Any fish,I used Pomfret ,cleaned and cut into fillets - 4-5 Nos.
Red chili powder - 1 Tsp
Coriander powder - 1 Tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4th Tsp
Fennel Powder - 1/2 Tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 Tsp
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 Tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaf,as needed
Little water ,as needed
Coconut oil - to fry



Method:
1.Take a bowl and add all the spices and water .
2.Make a thick paste.
3.Smear this paste on all fish pieces.
4.Keep them aside for 10-30 minutes so that all flavor sets into the fish pieces.
5.Heat a pan with oil and fry the fish pieces until both sides are well-fried.
6.Serve hot.😊

Egg Omelette recipe here

Any pickle of your choice

Fresh Banana leaf cut into arm-length and lightly toasted over low flame .

FINALLY,take the banana leaf ,put cooked rice at the center .

 * Either cut small banana leaf and lightly toast them over fire and wrap all the food above
individually and keep them all-around the rice.
* Or,simply place each food mentioned above all around the rice .
*Then wrap the banana leaf and place it on a newspaper and tie it with a thread .
* Pothichoru is ready !!
* Enjoy (the Banana leaf induced flavor into ) the food after a few hours .

Watch this pothichoru video :

 

It's that SIMPLE!!

It's not the food that makes this pothichoru yummy,it's that simple toasted Banana leaf that takes this food items to next level and that only a malayalee will understand ....(Alleyyy ?)






15 December 2019

Kerala style Omelette| Mutta Porichathu recipe |Naadan Omelette

Kerala-style-omelette

 " Good things come in small packages." ~ Aesop

So true! For example meee 😎😜(You see,I'll be forever my biggest cheerleader !πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„)

Jokes apart,that's exactly what I think about eggs .I just love eggs so much that I resemble an egg 😁.

Eggs are extremely healthy for our body , great source of protein,one of the rare food with Vitamin D and nutrient rich especially if it's an organic one or natural eggs unaffected by any hormonal or chemical treatment in anyway.


how-to-make-omelette

Egg is my go-to breakfast food ,my all time favourite .I can eat it anytime though.Since it is easy to make like - boiled egg,scrambled egg,egg sandwich or an omelette.

And today's recipe is "Kerala style Omelette". What sets apart the Kerala omelette from the ordinary omelette is the addition of coconut ,curry leaf,ginger mainly.


omelette-recipe


And this is exactly how I make Kerala style Omelette at home :


Kerala Style Omelette
Ingredients
Egg - 2 Nos.
Shallots/Kunj ulli,chopped - 1-2 Nos.
Green chillies,chopped - 1 Tsp
Ginger,chopped - 1 Tsp
Coconut,grated - 1-2 Tbsp
Curry leaves,broken - A few
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Coconut oil - 1 Tbsp

Method:

  1. Break eggs in a bowl.
  2. Beat it well with a spoon/fork/whisker .
  3. Add rest of the ingredients well.
  4. Heat a pan with coconut oil.
  5. Heat it on medium flame but NOT on high flame ( this will make the omelette fluffy).
  6. Then pour the whipped egg mixture .
  7. Lower the flame.
  8. Spread it and once the bottom gets cooked ,flip it to cook the other side .
  9.  Once the other side gets cooked as well,the omelette is READY to eaaaat…
  10.  Serve the Kerala omelette HOT.
NOTE: Some also add chopped tomato .

egg-omelette-recipe

It's all  about Kerala today as I AM GOING TO KERALA NEXT MONTH .😊Finally, got permission to GO....And my friend is also going ,so myself and my girl will be tagging along with them.Thank God ! I am kinda happy but lately I've become tad superstitious.So,afraid to be really happy ...it is just that ,God is quite over-confident about my happiness,he thinks if life is a circus ,then I am the ultimate joker .If life throws lemon,I will ultimately make a kicka** lemonade for sure .hmmm...So,controlling my happiness and EGG-citement . Dear God,pls make me very very happy without your tricks and pricks (AMEN!)


Anyways,do try this Kerala style omelette recipe for sure .You will love it !

And me,Sunday ho ya Monday mein roz khaoon anday is my funda .😎😍

Achcha toh hum chalthey hai...