27 November 2015

Nadan Chicken Roast recipe |Chicken Roast Kerala style|Pan fried Chicken roast

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 "There is always,Always,ALWAYS something to be thankful for ." ~ Unknown

That is exactly my life's mantra !! That is exactly my simple prayer to Almighty is !! That is exactly what I remind myself whenever I encounter people or any circumstances that challenge me !! That is exactly no matter where I am in life or what I am,I remind myself of !! That is exactly how I celebrate Thanksgiving silently everyday of my God's gift to me ,this human life !!

And I love it ,when you have a day exclusively dedicated to emphasize it and celebrate it ,"The Thanksgiving !!" .Yep,in US and Canada,it is the pious month of Thanksgiving !  Though it was yesterday,I feel like this whole month is dedicated for the same.

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We are living in such a fast world,super fast life that we often knowingly,unknowingly take it for granted, that ,I believe,it is good to have such a day that reminds us to have an attitude of gratitude ,to count our blessings more,life is not perfect ,it wasn't even to the Gods on Earth,that we are imperfectly perfect ,there is already a super power in "I" and  "YOU" ,that the little things in life or little ways can make a big difference in our's and someone's life , and just to be alive,live well and make the most of it ...just be thankful !

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I am thankful ,to my parents for giving  me this life to experience..

I am thankful to my parents for teaching me to be tolerant of all religion,multi-faceted people
,unfavorable circumstances and giving everything another chance...

I am thankful to my parents to remind me when I forget ,to breathe,to swallow,forgive and forget ..

I am thankful to my parents to keep me grounded,humble,compassionate towards others...

I am thankful to my parents for teaching me to never under estimate myself and others ...

I am thankful to my parents for teaching me ,there is a supreme power watching over us,in front of him you have to kneel down,you are answerable and accountable to your deeds ..

I am thankful to my life partner for his unconditional love ,immense patience and accepting me for the imperfect person I am,for staying by my side through thick and thins...

I am thankful to all those people who directly,indirectly help me,make my life worth(be it a family,friend,a soldier,a scientist,a doctor etc) ,you are my guardian angel from heaven on Earth,also to those who don't ,for proving what kind of person you are and you just made me more stronger ,self-reliable and more wiser ... and my life unpolluted ..without you..

I am thankful for all mistakes and failures,they are my biggest teachers

I am thankful for all good days,reminds me God is kind and for bad days,that reminds me to anticipate,appreciate good days more and keeps my true faith on Lord in check...

I am thankful for each and everyone and everything I have , and trust God blindly for what I need more ..

I am thankful for my life,for every breath I take,for every right decision and action that makes me and others happy..

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However,it may be a thanksgiving for human beings but when it comes to animal kingdom it may not be ...because the main food item that gives a zing to the thanksgiving is nothing but a Turkey .

Did you know ?

45 million turkeys (approx) are killed each year for Thanksgiving alone.:(... It is hard to digest that but may be that's a Turkey's role in the food chain perhaps ...Grateful to them too,I say !!

Anyways, me and my better half are a fan of a living turkey more than a dead one.However,when it comes to chicken ,we are a fan of them irrespectively :P...

So,this Thanksgiving we celebrated it with a spicy yummy chicken roast Kerala style,Naadan chicken roast ..It is a very basic chicken roast recipe yet my best chicken roast recipe ...Very easy to make and very difficult to stop licking fingers and plates ....(That day my stomach growls more and my fingers love getting messy and I don't have to wash my plates :P )

So,this is how I make chicken roast Indian Kerala style in a pan.Pls watch my quick video which has the recipe and shows you the method to do it...


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love ,true family & friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Father in heaven,We thank thee
. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks to all who follow this little blog .....



21 November 2015

4 ways/3 recipes to reduce the bitterness of a Bitter Gourd/Bitter Melon/Pavakka kaippu/Pavakka thorans


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"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau 

If there is any vegetable that really tests any person's (almost) patience from buying it,cooking it ,consuming it ,then that ought to be a Bitter Melon/Bitter Gourd.Pavakka in Malayalam , Karela in Hindi and Momordica charantia ,the botanical name (Man, that's how I cuss a Bitter Gourd !)

Well,the reason is simple, majority of people may ignore it because of its bitterness except my better 1/2 (the only person I know) ,who can gulp down the entire raw juice as if it is the elixir of life ...(Good for you Honey P !) .In fact,I don't argue with that, as the health benefits of the Bitter Gourd indeed makes it a BETTER Gourd and ultimately, our health - SWEET and nourishing !!

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DID YOU KNOW?
  1. According to the nutrition-and-you.com,Bitter Gourd is a member of the same family as Squash,Watermelon,Cantaloupes,Cucumber etc. (Now,don't make me hate those other veges!). 
  2. Bitter Melon is a natural insulin that helps in preventing Diabetes.(Bitterness to combat over-sweetness..hmm..Interesting!!).
  3. It is also a good Liver detoxifier and helps in keeping the digestive system intact,keeps the skin problems at bay,makes the skin glow(Read:Ditch those fairness creams-Fair & Lovely creams -Go go !) and helps in weight loss (Now we are talking !).
  4. They are an excellent source of Folate/Folic Acid which is really good for pregnant ladies and the baby.(Will it make the baby bitter??:0)) .
  5. It also has a moderate dose of Vitamin B complex such as Niacin(Vitamin B-3,Panthothenic acid (Vitamin B-5),Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6 and minerals such as Iron,Zinc,Potassium,Manganese and Magnesium.(Awesome I say !!)
  6. It also has Vitamin C and Falvanoids which keeps the radicals in the body in check .(Good good !!).
  7. The research suggests that the Phyto-chemicals compounds in Bitter Gourd might be effective in the treatment of HIV infection.(That sounds promising - poor BG,I totally misunderstood you !!).
  8. However,too much is not recommended as it may be intolerant for some people .(Like me??)
 NOW,it sounds less bitter..A'int it ?? In addition to that,here are my ways ,tips and tricks to reduce the bitterness of a Bitter Gourd and make it quite tasty and tolerable to eat without missing those loaded health benefits for sure.

1.Pls watch my quick video that shows how to reduce the bitterness of a bitter melon :


Now comes the Bitter Melon recipes that enhances the tastes of the Bitter Gourd by reducing the bitterness.

2. Carrot Pavakka thoran Kerala style,a Bitter Melon stir fry recipe with Carrots and Coconut ...
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Recipe and Method : Pls watch my quick video .


3.Beetroot Pavakkai thoran Kerala style,a Bitter Gourd/Karela recipe with Beetroot and Coconuts................
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Recipe and method : Pls watch the video for the same.


4.Carrot-Beetroot-Pavakka Thoran Kerala Style,a Bitter Melon Kerala special recipe with Beetroot,Carrot and Coconut....
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Ingredients - (Carrot,grated - 1-2 nos,Beetroots,grated-1-2 nos,Pavakka/Bitter Gourd ,grated - 1 no,Coconut ,grated - 1 cup,Onion,chopped - 1/2 cup,Curry leaves,a few,Coconut oil - 1 tbsp,mustard seeds - 1 tsp)
Method: Heat oil in a pan,splutter mustard seeds,add chopped onions,let it become soft then add the grated bitter Gourd,carrot and beetroot,cover until cooked,remove the lid,add the coconut and curry leaves)

So,basically the sweetness of Carrots and or Beetroots,Onions and Coconut helps in mellow down the bitterness of the Bitter Gourd to a large extent and their addition makes it more healthier too.I believe these recipes will be helpful especially to make kids eat those vege alligators without a miss...well,this is what I do to reduce the bitterness of karela/Bitter Gourd and make them bitter-less and tasteful .

Life is like a Bitter gourd,at times it may not look good,taste good but it does have a better/brighter side to it- we have to taste the bitterness first ,to know that.Isn't it ??

With bitter errr better regards,


17 November 2015

Vazha koombu thoran |Banana Blossom thoran|Banana Flower stir fry recipe Kerala style|Vazhaipoo poriyal|Mocha recipe

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Did you know that a Banana tree is not a tree technically ????...A banana tree is actually a perennial herb and what appears to be the trunk is actually a ,"False stem"- they are nothing but leaves twisting and turning around each other to form a stem that can be approx 12 inches thick and can grow up to 40 feet tall.


Whoaa!..Then that should be one heck of a herb !! Anyways,thanks Wiki for enriching my G.K. !!

In my native place,Kerala, which is a hub of coconut trees swaying in every nook and corner ,if there is any other tree that can be deemed as the tough competitor to those coconut trees,then I believe it should be the "Banana trees...errr...Banana herb/plant".

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Almost every household in Kerala has a Banana plant in their backyard ...Even in North India,we use to have one ...In North India,a Banana plant is worshipped as it is believed that Lord Vishnu resides in this plant ..In South India,it is more like an anna daaneshwari meaning "A provider of food" ! ...Each and every part of this plant is used in various ways especially in culinary area .

The leaves are used as a wrapper to make many one-of-a-kind dishes ; During olden days people used to even wrap their entire food in those leaves instead of a tiffin box and it just made the food taste more flavorful....The stems were used in making many recipes as well,the fruits -Green or Yellow Banana were used to eat simply or as any other recipes ,similarly ,the heart of Banana,the Banana flowers are also used for making many homely yet tasty dishes...

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Not only that,just like any other herbs or vegetables they are loaded with many vitamins ,minerals,fibers and protein and render lots of health benefits :

DID YOU KNOW ?
(Credit :Livingstrong.com and Stylecraze.com)
  1. Banana Flowers can lower especially -Diabetes,Cholesterol,Blood Pressure,Infections,Anemia.
  2. Banana Blossoms are anti-inflammatory,anti-depressants,anti-aging and anti-cancer .
  3. Banana Blossoms are a superfood for women especially - it helps in keeping the uterus healthy,managing the PCOS(Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome) ,irregular menses and according to HimalayanHomeRemedies.com,one cooked banana flower + 1 cup yogurt/curd can reduce the heavy menstruation by increasing the level of progesterone hormone .They also increase the milk production in lactating mothers.
WOW!! ...This was one vegetable I dared to cook for a long time .Why ? Well..because I was not sure of how to peel/cut a Banana Blossom properly .If not done properly,there is no doubt that the recipe will be horrible to taste and apt for feeding the cattle only.It is little tricky like the plant's identity itself I believe, but not anymore,now I know how to cut a Banana flower and I've also recorded it so that it will be helpful to any newly weds /very novice cooks especially.SO,please watch my quick video that will demo how to peel a Vaazha Koombu (in Malayalam) a.k.a Banana Flower properly in Kerala style ...This is how, it is done at my place.


Now ,once you know how to cut the Banana Blossom,it is very easy to make any recipe .So,I am gonna share how to make a Vazha Koombu thoran/Banana Blossom recipe ,a stir fry with coconut lentil and mild spices .It is very easy ,tasty and more healthy.

So,please watch the video below which has the recipe in it,so lazy me is not gonna write it again here .So,this is how I make a Vazha koombu thoran /Vazhachundu thoran/ Naadan Kudappan thoran Kerala style recipe at home...


Undoubtedly,a Banana plant deserves to be worshipped ,an unconditional provider for overall consumption and a treasure house of health benefits it is ...

Banana Plant ki Jai hoooo...








P.S.: Two ways to make Banana stem/Vazha pindi thoran

10 November 2015

Quick sugarfree low calorie Aata sheera|Wheat dessert|Edible Diwali diyas/lamps


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 "Patakka" (In Hindi) or "A Bomb" (in English) ! are the slang, people or guys and even hatti-katti ladki/fatabulous girls like me use, when we see a lean girl walking beside us in a cute little flirty dress or ripped shorts that gives her an extra oomph .Well,good for her but we do secretly envy her and then there are those who are like that but they eat like a horse and me ,don't eat for a week and I'll be 1 kilo more ...envious-wise too....(There is also a similar word in Malayalam starts with "V",which I don't want to use as I feel it is so disrespectful and tasteless compared to the Hindi and English versions ..)

Shubh Deepawali !!
When it is festival and you are away from your motherland,festival seems to be less in air and more at home . So,to celebrate the festival,you end up giving your home a spic and span makeover - decorate it with lights,arts and crafts,shop without any excuse,make sweets and desserts a lot emphasizing it is festival after all and enjoy it with family and friends together ...

And people cursed with sweet tooth like me will be like ,"OH YESssss !" ..."How can I be behind ?"...Then my mirror reminds me,"Remember the outcome of the last festival sweet - cheeks as chubby as those rasogullas and overall,a ladoo appearance ?" ..Now I am intimidated but my never-give-up attitude starts itching too and then I torture my brain to wake up and come up with something sweet but somehow healthy....

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This is what is happening to me right now .As it is Diwali - the festival of lights in India -where all kinds of light from electricity to earthen lamps to candles are used exceedingly to signify ,"Light over darkness - good over evil " and to enhance the celebration  - pattakas/bombs a.k.a. firecrackers are used all night non-stop by all as if to to let the whole world know it is Diwaliiiii .

This is the day when India is glorified to its best, which is visible even from the space -all glittering as if stars have shifted down to the Earth....and what more, it is celebrated by all religions equally and lots of other festivals fall on that day or a day more or less .So,it is like in Hindi we say,a double dhamaka - More the merrier ! Diwali is celebrated the best in states away from South India....

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However,though it is fun ,it can come with a price - Air and sound pollution which can badly impact our already struggling Planet Earth and I believe,it is our dire responsibility to do anything to protect our Mother nature and our beautiful green Planet Earth...We don't have to undermine our tradition but I believe we can strive to make it eco-friendly somehow like -
  • Use less electricity /electric lights or decorations and replacing with our simple yet traditional earthen lamps,it will save money as well.
  • Reuse the oil we used for deep frying or cooking in the earthen lamps...
  • I don't believe in a cracker-less Diwali ,if there are no crackers ,then what is the whole point of Diwali,it will be like just another festival or like I feel here --"Is it really Diwali?",as we can't use any firecrackers or hardly anyone would go to that extent ..BUT then we can use eco-friendly crackers and use a few comparatively and be careful not to harm us or others in the process/fun...
  • Use healthy sweets and snacks mostly so that everyone including old,ill,obese enjoys equally...
So,this Diwali,I made these low calorie,sugar free sweet/dessert "Aata ka sheera/a.k.a Multigrain flour dessert " in Microwave in just 4 minutes and moreover I turned them into my kind of an eco- friendly edible diyas /lamps like two-in-one :D...like eat it and "Light from inside is more important from light on outside .":P..

So,pls watch my video that will demo how to make a low calorie and sugarfree quick Aata ka sheera in microwave in just 4 minutes and edible Diwali special diyas within 10-30 minutes .(Your cooking time may vary as per your microwave)


Have a SAFE and sound Diwali...Enjoy but don't end joy ...

Take care,



05 November 2015

How well do you know your Pressure Cooker ?

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A confused girl (like me) calling a Pressure Cooker manufacturer-"Hello ! The thing that whistles is missing.I want a spare !" ..Wrong guy & confused picks up- "Hello Ma'am.I'm already,will I be ok ?"

As I said in my previous post,if there is any cookware that is abUSED in my lab of edible experiments ,the kitchen,then that ought to be my mighty "Pressure Cooker !" . That was one of the cookware I brought with me for sure when I first came to US,the one I ,most of the time, buy whenever I visit India,the one if someone visits India from US,my parents would ask me if I want one,the one that scares my hubby whenever I am scanning the cookware section of any supermarket,the one which eventually becomes handicapped/with missing parts within a short period of time -the ONE and only my mighty "Pressure Cooker".

A handful of P.C. and its weights I own-between me and U....
I love my pressure cooker a lot because it just decreases the pressure of cooking for me meaning helps me in reducing the cooking time yet makes healthy (because of its steaming properties,it retains the minerals and vitamins of any vegetables cooked so) and tasty dishes fast for my family .So,I use them a lot ,abuse them a lot,eventually it becomes partially or completely useless and if it is completely useless, I end up buying another one but if a part is not working and can be replaced then I go for that option better ,but then the real problem arises ; Well,when a part of my pressure cooker is missing or should be replaced , I would be left wondering ,"What the heck is it called ?"

Then I ask my mom as usual ,confuse her too but later on somehow we would figure it out that we both are talking about the same part ,but then with a lapse of time, my memory also lapses and I would often ,either totally forget the name or get confuse with the name like the "weight" and the "Valve" for example.Then I would thank God that I've internet and my darlo Google ,that would later clarify my doubts and ease the pressure cooking in my brain...

So,I realized it's high time and since I've a blog I must store the details of this cookware and soothe the pressure not only in cooking but also in my mind and even for blogging purpose .So that ,next time ,I must not torture my mother or a friend or even Google ..Peace to all !!

So,here are the all abouts' of a pressure cooker- the vital knicks and knacks of a pressure cooker - or say,an Anatomy of a humble pressure cooker :

An Indian Pressure Cooker ! Image credit :Hawkins

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An American Pressure cooker -Image :Presto's

Obviously,I owned both of them .Very soon I will be opening an antique showroom displaying the pressure cookers I owned till date .But I am learning to be more careful now -the optimum utilization of available resources in a cost efficient way....

So,here are the other important points to remember :
  •  Before using it for the first time or after every use,always wash the lid ,the gasket,the weight and the body in little soapy warm water.The safety valve should be clean and shouldn't be obstructed with any left over food particles.
  • Any label can be removed from the cooker like the price tag etc using a vegetable oil on it or using warm water over it.
  • Always cook with water,cut the vegetables or any meats in uniform sizes and never cook food beyond the 2/3rd level of the pressure cooker's capacity.
  • Never throw the instruction booklet that came with it (if you do,ask me,I've a set of them now piling up)and always refer for the optimum use of the cooker otherwise you will keep on buying like me :D .
Now,I can stop playing Pictionary and start referring this Pressure Cooker Dictionary forever stored in my virtual space !

With pressure whoops pleasure ,



01 November 2015

How to cook lentil/dal/parippu without a pressure cooker in less time(10-15 min)|Kerala Parippu curry recipe

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In my kitchen,a pressure cooker's name is truly justified as it is always under pressure to cook something or the other fast and healthy.Because of constant pressures of cooking this or thats',I have lost count of the pressure cooker I've owned so far or should I say I've sacrificed so far.Yepp...I challenge this cooker or cookware to it's maximum extent and I've spoiled a lot of them in the process.SO,obviously many times,I am out of a functional pressure cooker .

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And a lentil being a staple at most of the Indian homes,I also make them quite often as they are laden with proteins,fibers and other vital nutrients and is quite simple to make, if you cook them in a pressure cooker but what to do when you don't have a pressure cooker at home or you do own like me but now they have become a once-upon-a-time-I-was-a-pressure-cooker-then-I-fell-in-wrong-hands .So,during such scenarios how to cook dals or lentils soft and edible without a pressure cooker and just in equal or less time than cooking in a pressure cooker.Moreover, when you cook lentils without a pressure cooker like this,you can clearly keep an eye over how soft the lentils should become without getting overly mashed up.

Image credit-Malayalamcrap.com

So,this video will show how to cook dals/lentils without a pressure cooker in just 10-15 minutes.Moreover,there is also a recipe to make a lentil curry or say parippu curry Kerala style using tur dal/Split pigeon peas/Tuvar parippu .Usually in Kerala parippu curry ,"Mung dal/cherupayar" is used to make a lentil curry especially for the Kerala's grand feast,Sadya .However,here is a tweak with equally tasty parippu curry a.k.a lentil curry a.k.a dal curry using the Tur dal .I dedicate this curry on the eve of "Kerala Piravi" meaning "Birthday of Kerala",which falls today.

SO the recipe for a Kerala parippu curry with the ingredients needed are included in the video :


Hope it'll be helpful to someone without a pressure cooker  or someone who would like to cook lentils without a pressure cooker.Do you know any other way to cook lentils without a pressure cooker fast ?If so, do share your tips and tricks below.

A very happy birthday to my native place ,Kerala  ,you keep my tropical and homely side always alive ! Missing Kerala,my home,my parents,all kith and kins....

Kerala Piravi Ashamsakal,







P.S. Sadya cherupayar Parippu curry recipe here