29 January 2017

Kerala Puttu recipe


Puttu is one of the favorite breakfast item in God's own Country,Kerala .Puttu is a staple food in every Mallu's home around the world (mostly). Perhaps ,it represents Kerala in it's edible way as Kerala is known for its rice paddy fields (they are also getting extinct lately) and lush coconut trees and that is simBly and basically ,Puttu is made up of .

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Moreover,Ari puttu or puttu made with rice powder is quite simple to make . All you need are rice flour and coconut,the main ingredients for making puttu traditionally Kerala way,rest there are many varieties these days.


Not only that ,this puttu is quite flexible and adjusting.It can go well with any curry or even side dish.Every Keralite's favorite breakfast combo is puttu and kadala curry or simply puttu and plain sugar or Puttu and Banana or pappadum or cherupayar thorans/mung beans stir fry .Some even enjoy puttu with non-vegetarian curry .I have a childhood friend whom I fondly remember eating puttu with milk and sugar.

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Oh well ,one of the famous actor of Mollywood (Malayalam cinema),Dileep ,even has a famous restaurant ,"Dhey Puttu ( meaning Look Puttu!) " ,as the name says for itself ,is dedicated exclusively to the wide variety of puttus from sweet to sour ,spicy to exotic,veg to non-veg etc etc..Is sky the limit,I wonder ! ...Well,our simple humble Puttu is getting ultimate makeovers there !


I suppose, the main reason why puttu is one of the traditional food of Kerala is that it is quite filling and keeps hunger at bay .During olden days ,puttu were prepared in Bamboo stalks or in chirattas,broken Coconut shell with rice and coconut .Rice being a carb and coconut being a good fat was a good combo especially for farmers toiling hard in padams/agricultural farms ,I believe.

By the way,I always thought Puttu is eaten by Mallus/Malayalees only.However,Wiki told me that,my G.K. succcks ,Puttu is also prepared in some parts of Tamil Nadu,Karnataka , Srilanka,Assam (Sungo Pitha),Indonesia,Mauritius,Philippines,Malaysia etc as well.As a matter of fact,Puttu is known as pittu in Tamil which means "Portioned",which is self-explanatory ,one word that justifies the true meaning of puttu .


Traditionally,puttu is made in puttu kutti meaning puttu vessel which is mostly cylindrical in shape ,the top part and the bottom part is like a pot with hot water that can hold this cylindrical vessel into it  and both are fixed together and kept on flame to cook puttu .During olden days,Bamboo stalks or perforated coconut shells were used over pots .Nowadays,even bamboos are becoming extinct and much more advanced techniques or containers called puttu makers or puttu cookers are available in metal especially.

Nowadays, there are many varieties of puttu available with varieties of fillings .

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However,for now,I am gonna to stick to the basic or the nadan puttu ,the traditional Kerala style puttu and this is going to be an instant version using ready-made rice powder .Traditionally,raw rice is cleaned,dried and ground to powder and steamed to make a puttu .

However,puttu made using ready made rice powder tastes good as well.

So,this is how I make Kerala style puttu at home with rice powder .

Kerala Style Puttu


Rice Flour - 1 cup
Warm water with little salt - As needed to sprinkle
Coconut,grated - 1 cup (Approx)
Puttu maker

Preparation method to prepare soft puttu : Pls watch the video below that will show tips and tricks how to make the homemade puttu podi /puttu powder and tips and tricks to make soft puttu.

So,do put this put-tu in your breakfast menu .Serve this puttu with banana or kadala curry .Enjoy!

22 January 2017

Light and fluffy Pancake from scratch


"Happiness is Pancakes" !
I love Pancakes .Pancakes are easy to make and hard to resist .I don't make pancake that often as my hubby is a pizza,pasta guy than a pancake lover and I am just the opposite .I can eat pancake all day,everyday BUT with butter,syrup and whipping cream .That's mandatory !πŸ˜πŸ’“ Since it doesn't sound that healthy,I may throw in some fruits ,nuts or use low fat whipping cream ,butter to confuse my health.πŸ˜‹πŸ˜†

 I first tasted pancake in America and first ate Pancake in the famous pancake restaurant here,IHOP and I was sold .Pancakes are just my type - round like me,petite like me,little sweet like me,little brown like me ,little fluffy and very light ..add any extra flavor ,we gladly embrace it and become more flavorful and tasty . Oh yeah !!πŸ˜‚

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Whenever my better half is on office tour,if I am not accompanying him,I celebrate being alone by making pancakes and all sweet things of this world .Those days are my pancake days .


I tried different versions to make pancake from scratch at home .Initially,it looked like an alien pancake ,I wanted to name it "Mancake" to reassure that it is indeed man-made and made by man-jusha ..so..

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Anyways,as they ,"Practice makes a man perfect ",after a few trials and errors - sometimes flat,sometimes hard,it became light and fluffy pancake eventually .


And I can't wait to share how I make light and fluffy pancake from scratch and without any buttermilk.Most of the time,I may not have buttermilk (American buttermilk not Indian buttermilk which is totally different) and I may not feel like making buttermilk ,which is in fact quite easy to make.


If you don't know,Pancakes are one of the famous favourite breakfast item in US and other western countries ,though they may look,taste and made differently . They are also known as "Flapjacks".

American or Canadian  pancakes are thin,light,fluffy ,little sweet cakes made with an instant batter and fried on a griddle/skillet/hot pan till golden brown in color and usually served with butter,jams,fruits,syrups,whipping cream etc.


Pancakes have a rich long history since Ancient Roman times.

DID YOU KNOW ? (I didn't !) Some interesting facts about pancake are:
(Credit : Telegraph.co.uk and MTV.com )
  1. During ancient times,first three pancakes prepared were considered sacred and sprinkled with salt and used to ward off evil .
  2. In commonwealth countries,Pancake day , the day to feast on pancakes exclusively is celebrated which is popularly know as "Shrove Tuesday"/"Shrove day",the first day of lent (Lent,I think is kind of religious fasting in Christianity (I may be wrong! ) 
  3. In England,there is a tradition of a public pancake race with flipping it on Shrove day/Pancake day .
  4. In France,while making and flipping a pancake and holding a coin in another hand ,wish are made and believed to be granted.
  5. In Britain,objects with symbolic value are mixed with the batter to make pancakes,which acts like a fortune teller .
  6. Biggest Pancake breakfast was held in Springfield America .
  7. Largest Pancake weighing 6614 lb was made in Rochdale,England !
  8. World's most expensive pancake costs $200.00 at Opus in the Printworks in England made with 23 carat Gold leaf and Madagascan Vanilla pod.
  9. In Sweden,pancakes made with pork blood called "Blodplattar" is sold.
  10. By eating the topmost number of pancakes,you can't get into Guinness Book of records.There is no such category for that . πŸ˜’

Ok,over to the pancake recipe - this is how I make quick and easy pancake at home from scratch ..

Fluffy pancake recipe 


All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Egg,large - 1 no.
 Melted butter - 1/4 cup
Milk - 3/4th cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 4 Tbsp
Baking powder - 2 Tsp

Preparation method to make homemade pancake :

Now,all you need is just a cup of Jo(y) and this cake made on pan instantly and ENJOY!!

18 January 2017

Kerala style Upma - Nadan Kerala breakfast


Upma is a traditional South Indian Breakfast dish which is like a staple food in most of the South Indians' home.Almost every Indian prepare Upma at home at least once in a while.There are various ways to prepare Upma which differs from place to place ,they are as different as their respective names ,like in Telugu it is known by Uppindi/Upma,in Tamil -Uppumaavu/Uppuma/Upma,in Kannada - Upiitu/KharaBhath, in Marathi - Uppeet/Upma,in Konkani - Rulanv ,in Hindi just Upma aaand in Malayalam,Uppumavu . (Credit:Wiki Guru !)

Traditionally ,to make Upma,semolina or rava is used, which is common, but what really makes it different from place to place is the seasoning used.

In most of the languages (South Indian) Uppu means salt and mavu means flour .

Because of the light,there is a color difference

By the way,there is this famous Malayalam movie, "Doore Doore Oru Koodu Koottam" starring the worshiped superstar of Malayalam film industry ,Mohanlal ,with a famous ,favorite dialogue of every Mallus out there - where Uppumavu = Uppu (Salt)+ Maavu (MangoTree) and hence we Mallus gave a cutie nickname for Upma,"The Salt Mango tree" lol 😁(You can see my dubmash in the upma video below πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹)


In Kerala,we make a very basic Upma and unlike other Upmas ,they are usually flaky and not soft Upma like the consistency of rava kesari .Kerala Upma is quite simple to make yet tricky ,it is the correct combination of semolina and water especially and for more tips and tricks to make a perfect Kerala Upma with a flaky texture, do watch my video below that will demo the same step by step .

I am not a huge fan of Upma per se,however,when I eat ,I love to eat my Kerala Upma simply with banana or just plain sugar .

So,here is how I make the basic Upma recipe- Kerala upma ,the simple Upma .

Upma Kerala style 


Semolina/Rava/Suji - 1 Cup
Onions chopped -1/4 cup
or Shallots,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Green Chillies,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Ginger,chopped - 1-2 inch
Curry leaves,a few
Mustard seeds  - 1 Tsp
Urad dal/Urunnu paripuu - 1 Tsp
Dry red chilli,broken - 1-2 Nos.(Optional)
Salt to taste
Coconut oil - 1-2 Tbsp
Water - 1 cup + 1-2 Tbsp


Pls watch my video that will show you step by step how to make this Upma Kerala style,the nadan food of Kerala....

Yep,in Kerala we do eat the "Salt Mango Tree " πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹πŸ˜πŸ’.Why don't you give it a try ?😎

15 January 2017

Aloo Bhujia/Bhunjia Sabzi recipe - A Bihari potato stir fry

Aloo bhujia sabzi or Aloo bhunjia means Potato stir fry in Bihari style .This potato stir fry is a popular North Indian dish from the state of Bihar,India.

Every time I make or eat Aloo bhujia,it reminds me of the lunch box,back in India, we call it tiffin box .Most of my North Indian class mates and a few Southies,lunch box special (most of the time) would be simply roti or chapathi with this ordinary Aloo bhunjia. And it smelled..YUMmyyyy..

When my friends were excited to go to school and busy with getting ready for the first class or period of the day,I was excited thinking what would be the special lunch of the day of my classmates and my nose was really bright, enjoying the aroma emitting from their lunch boxes and could easily figure out if they have brought aloo bhunjia today ...My nose has 6th sense like that !πŸ‘ƒ

When everyone at school admired Swapna a.k.a Vidya for her amazing dimples,I admired her for her mom's amazing Aloo bhujia and since we all shared and ate lunch most of the time ,I remember eating a major portion of her aloo bhujia with ease as if her mother prepared that lunch exclusively for me and me only and she being cute,pretty and very sweet didn't care at all .(I don't even remember if she ate mine ) .Good days !😜😍

At home ,whenever my mom made this potato stir fry ,my bro was a serious contender ,he would eat the major portion by hook or by crook . Wish I had a sister,a small one..whom I could control πŸ‘§πŸ˜ˆ..Brothers can be sometimes annoying!..huhh

If that wasn't enough,even my better half loves anything made with potato .I wonder if potato is every guy's weakness 😏..Why God whyyyyyyyyπŸ™†

So,Aloo and aloo bhujia plays a vital role in my life .I make this easy-peasy potato recipe for chapathi/roti or poori .

So,this is how I make Bihari Aloo Bhujia :

 Aloo Bhujia Sabzi


Potato/Aloo ,large - 1 no.
1/4th of Onion,sliced
2-3 Green chillies,slit
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
Red chili powder - 1 Tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 Tsp
Mustard oil - 1-2 Tbsp
Dry red chillies - 2 Nos.
Water - 1 Tbsp
Salt to taste


Please watch the video that will show step by step how to make this potato stir fry:

Aloo bhujia,I love you too..

08 January 2017

Instant Almond Ladoo (3 min)|Gluten free treat|Healthy sweets


How much I love sweets ?

How much I love Indian sweets ?

How I wish ,I was healthy and slim and trim ?

How I wish I can make an easy-peasy,instant-vinstant,quicky-quicky sweets ?

How I wish the sweet it self is damn healthy ?

Well,that's my sweet background with a bitter truth !

That's why I don't have a virtual array of all Indian sweets laid down in my blog ..but hopefully ,gradually,I may..

Till then ,I am on the look out for guilt free sweets that any one can eat without any regrets and the recent one I made is a Gluten free treat ,Instant Almond laddu/ladoo in just 3 minutes .😍


This quick and easy sweet is very healthy and good for diabetic and gluten intolerant people as well .

This instant sweet recipe comes quite handy if I have any sudden-surprise guests at home and also during festival fasting or as a pre or post workout food and especially when I crave for sweets (which is like always πŸ˜€) and I don't want to spend a lot of time in kitchen making a sweet (which is also like alwaysπŸ˜‹) ,in short ,when ever I feel lazy .

 Thanks to microwave too for helping me to reduce my workload and for making a yummy jiffy jhatpat healthy laddu in just 3 minutes.


So,I can't wait to show you, how I make instant gluten free Almond laddu in 3 minutes :

Almond Laddu

Almond flour (Gluten free) - 1/2 cup
Milk powder - 2 Tbsp
Sugar to taste - 1 Tbsp
Milk - 2 Tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/4 Tsp
Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Raisins,a few

A microwave safe bowl

Method: Pls watch my video that will guide you step by step how to make these healthy gluten free recipe- instant ladoo in microwave :-

The thing about instant ladoos or instant sweets are they will also finish instantly .My better 1/2 is not a huge fan of sweets like ME but he loved this ladoo a lot and he was the one who finished it πŸ˜’ and since it is a microwave sweet that I can prepare anytime I wish,I didn't mind either πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž..As they say,"Better luck next time !" 😜

For now,I am too sweet and have no mind to never mind 😎😝

03 January 2017

(Nadan)Pakkavada Kerala style|Ribbon Pakoda|Ola Pakoda|Traditional Kerala snack


Pakkavada is a very popular snack from Kerala .Even though it has a suffix as "vada",it has got no resemblance by looks or taste of a vada which is nothing but usually lentil fritters/fritters ..However,they are also known as ribbon pakoda , ola pakkavada or lace pakoda as they do look like ribbon or lace or ola in Malayalam which means "palm leaf" .

For me it resembles ,another edible saree ...πŸ‘€πŸ˜


Anyways,they taste really good and is therefore one of the famous tea time snack in Kerala .Pakkavadas are sold in most of the bakery stores in Kerala and also made at home .I remember how guests or relatives would some time bring Pakkavada, when they visited my grandma/ammama's home and I would be wondering like,"Whaaat,are you crazy visitors,why can't you bring some other tasty bakery products, pakkavada even my mom makes."πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜›

I must say Pakkavada is not one of my favorite snack though as I lean more towards sweet snacks πŸ‘…


Pakkavada is quite simple to make but then you need the seva nazhi/pakkavada maker to make them .It is an art in itself !

Nothing beats and taste like a homemade fresh ,spicy,crunchy,warm nadan pakkavada !

So,today,I am going to share how pakkavada is made at my home .This is a Kerala style Pakkavada ,anyone can make easily and enjoy .

Kerala Pakkavada Recipe


Gram Flour/Besan - 2 cups
Rice powder - 1/2 cup
Water to knead
Chili powder  - 2 Tsp
Asafoetida powder - 1/2 Tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 Tsp
Garlic,pods - 2 nos.
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
Coconut oil for deep frying 

Method:Pls see the video that will demo how to make nadan pakkavada properly ,I am sure it will be quite helpful for beginners .

Pakkavada is a traditional delicacy of Kerala .If you haven't tried it yet,you must !Fun to make and fun to eat with just a cuppa of tea/coffee .Enjoyyy!