Sweet Kalathappam/Kalthappam Recipe (Jaggery sweetened Rice cake)

Sweet Kalathappam/Kalthappam Recipe (Jaggery sweetened Rice cake)

Sweet Kalathappam – A traditional rice cake, all the way from North Malabar. I have already shared Unsweetened version of Kalathappam. This dish always make me feel so homely. They are perfect with your evening cup of Coffee/Tea. And if you are a sweet person for breakfast like me, they can make a perfect breakfast too.

You can prepare this exotic rice cake with very minimal ingredients and very easily. Rice and jaggery is the main ingredient of this recipe. Did you notice most of the Kerala special snacks and desserts are sweetened with jaggery?? That caramely flavor enhance the taste of our sweet dishes. Addition of shallots/pearl onion and chopped coconuts are the highlight of this cake. They give exotic flavor to our kalathappam. I love when we get coconut bites in between soft Kalathappam. Don’t avoid coconut and onion while you make this sweet kalathappam. Sweet Kalathappam/Kalthappam Recipe (Jaggery sweetened Rice cake)

This is a no fail recipe, you can always  get perfect kalathappam with those beautiful lines if you follow measurement and instruction correctly. We always used to prepare them in Pressure cooker without pressure button.

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Kannur Style Vanpayar Payasam (Red Cow Peas Payasam Recipe)

Kannur Style Vanpayar Payasam (Red Cow Peas Payasam Recipe)

This is a very traditional payasam which my grandam and mom used to make. Sooo rich and delicious Vanpayar payasam always reminds me of my childhood. On off days mom used to make this as a breakfast item. It will fill you up really well. They taste so great the next day after refrigerating.

Unlike the other normal kerala payasam, we are adding ground white rice to this payasam, which make payasam little more thicker and creamier. You could call them as a pudding payasam as well. They have more like pudding like consistency.

They are soo rich with coconut milk, sweetened with jaggery, loaded with cooked Vanpayar (Red cow peas) which makes this delicious payasam soo healthy too. I have added extra grated coconut to get the biting in between the creamy paysam. Kannur Style Vanpayar Payasam (Red Cow Peas Payasam Recipe)

This recipe is my contribution to this months’s MFB challenge, “Cook from your mom’s recipe”. You cant go wrong with your grandma’s and mom’s recipe isn’t??! and those dishes are sooo close to our heart too! I am so happily sharing my mom’s recipe here.

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Mutton Hara masala (Mutton in green gravy)

Mutton Hara masala (Mutton in green gravy)

Slowly cooked mutton in mint and coriander masala is really lip smacking curry, which is prepared little different way unlike normal Indian curries. Cooking them in green masala obviously making them different, other than that I have used green chilli and black pepper for hot kick instead of red chilli powder which we normally do. Not used tomatoes at all for tanginess, instead used lemon juice for tanginess as well as to retain the green color.

Coconut milk powder is used to make the curry extra rich and marinating the mutton makes the meat little more tastier. They can be served with any type of breadRicemalabar kalathappam .kerala paratha, pathiri etc…

Mutton Hara masala (Mutton in green gravy)

This mutton hara masala is our family favorite, hope you gonna love them too.

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Indian style Kheema Masala Recipe (Minced Meat Masala)

Indian style Kheema Masala Recipe (Minced Meat Masala)

My favorite thing about minced meat is it gets cooked soo easily. Very simple and most aromatic Kheema Masala is a best pair with any bread/Rice and one of the winter favorite here. Very simple preparation require to make this kheema masala. I used to add this recipe in my menu plan very often since they can be put together very easily and they are sooo delicious too.

I have used beef kheema here, you could use mutton/chicken kheema instead. Rest of the ingredients are very basic Indian masalas. It goes very well with bread like Bhatura, Steamed bun, Lacha paratha, etc or your choice of Rice.

Indian style Kheema Masala Recipe (Minced Meat Masala)

I used to buy meat chunk with less fat and ask the butcher to mince for me. Because, if you are buying already minced one, they will add more fat to it. Or else you can mince yourself if you own a meat mincer.

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Bhatura Recipe (Deep Fried Leavened Indian Bread)

Bhatura Recipe (Deep Fried Leavened Indian Bread) Malabar Bhatoora recipe

Bhatoora is puffed Indian bread which is leavened and deep fried. They are very commonly served with Chole (Chick  pea curry) in northern part of India. But when it comes to Malabar, we need something non-veg side.  Butter Chicken is the best buddy to pair with Bhatoora. Mutton Kurma and Bhatoora is another family favorite combo, as I prepared today! Chicken Korma will pair them well too.

For preparing Bhatura, I have used Yeast to proof the bread. Curd and baking soda can also be used as leavening agent if you are not fan of yeast. Our house help – very own Pathootha, used to make best bhatoora, and we can even have her Bhatoora without curry. They are so soft, fluffy and flavorful. She used to add both the combination of coconut milk and regular milk and everyone at home follow her recipe now a days. Bhatura Recipe (Deep Fried Leavened Indian Bread) Malabar Bhatoora recipe

I have used plain flour here, but you can use combination of both plain flour and whole wheat flour as well.

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Kerala style Mutton Kurma (Mutton in coconut and cashew gravy)

Kerala style Mutton Kurma (Mutton in coconut and cashew gravy)

Mutton/lamb Korma is one of the most popular side dish in India, but the method and style of preparation varies from home to home. Coconut and cashew gravy makes this dish so rich and aromatic spices gives so much flavor at the same time.

Like other curries , we don’t use red chili powder in the kurma. Green chili and black pepper gives the hot kick and you can adjust them as you prefer.This recipe is from my sister and taste of  – Kerala porota and mutton kurma combo she used to make still there in my mouth. They very well go with ghee rice, batoora, Parathas  , vellayappam and chapathis too.

This recipe was there in the draft for very long time. I was busy with shifting to new house and some back-end work is going on to make my precious space better for both my readers and myself. Hope I can finish them at earliest.

Do try this recipe and lemme know your feedback. Hope you will love it as much as we do.

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Thenga aracha chemmeen curry (Malabar style Prawn curry)

Thenga aracha chemmeen curry (Malabar style Prawn curry)

Prawn curry made with thick and yellow coconut sauce – a perfect Kerala delicacy, with Kannur’s own pathil (rice pancake) is all we want to feel homely. That creaminess of coconut, aromatic spices and kick of red & green chilies at the same time – do I need to say more???Its finger licking good and it can’t be easier than this. Ehh the next day, the earthen pot in which prepared this chemmeen curry I licked as washed  😉 Yea it enhances the taste as it sits. So be sure to make extra quantity.

Prawns/shrimp is both of us favorite, in fact all seafood are our favorite ;-)..), unfortunately we won’t get anything from sea as fresh as we get back home!! Here we are getting satisfied with all those cold water fish, those fish are nowhere near to what we get in Kerala and UAE.We get all types of frozen fish, but rarely I put my hands on them!!

You wondering from where I got these prawns?? I packed some when I came from home😉!! Not soo much…..less than a kg after cleaning! I packed these kind of items in frozen bag. I would not have brought all these items if hubby accompanied me. He used to ask What you will do if they ask you to open and show?! I used to be like what is the big deal, I am carrying some eatables – not a bomb or something!!! Whatever I argue, he wont allow. But now guess what, he was like ha now you go home every 2 to 3 months and bring all these goodies 😁haha!   Thenga aracha chemmeen curry (Malabar style Prawn curry)

Coming back to the chemmeen curry, they can’t be easier than this guys and taste is something which you must try and see. It’s that good, and I am sure you will end up licking your fingers. Goes very well with anything like rice, pathiri, chapathi, Kalathappam etc….

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Sweet chatti pathiri with Apple and cheese filling (Atti pathil/Atti pathiri)

Sweet chatti pathiri with apple and cheese (Attipathil/ chatti pathil)

This is my first ever post for MFB monthly challenge and the theme is “Ramadan memories”. Thank you so much Rafeeda letting me know about this group and events!! I would have chosen something with plantain as ramadan’s most memorable snack, but unfortunately I can only dream of preparing plantain snacks here 🙁 , plantain not available here.Then came to my mind was famous and very own Malabar snack – Chatti pathiri. We make it both sweet and Savory versions. For sometimes I was thinking to make sweet chatti pathiri with a twist to usual egg filling. And finally here it is – Layered with apple and recotta/farmers cheese.

In malabar which Iftar table will pass without chatti pathiri atleast once?!They can be prepared easily and very filling too. And this version of mine was absolutely delicious. Apple and recotta with hint of cinnamon really paired well! And those ghee fried cashew gave our kerala touch. You just need to prepare the filing and crepe, then layer and cook in very low flame!! Sweet chatti pathiri with apple and cheese (Attipathil/ chatti pathil)

Here is my Savory Chatti Pathiri if you have not tried yet!  

Lets see the recipe of sweet version. Dont worry by seeing the lengthy process, it’s very simple to prepare 🙂

 

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Rajma Masala (Kidney bean in coconut cream)

Kidney beans in aromatic indian spices and coconut cream is one of our way to enjoy vegetarian dish which appear on our dinner table at least once in a week. I make sure those beans/lentils are included in the menu while I am planning for the week. This creamy kidney bean curry we loves to enjoy with white rice, putt (Kerala steamed rice cake) or any Indian bread

Being a non veg fan, vegetarian dishes are accepted rarely by my man here. But this rajma masala is both of us favorite.If I am making this curry for the dinner with putt, that day is a peaceful day for me….once I soaked this in the morning, curry will be ready in no time and there is no such effort for making Putt as well. We ladies always look for easy and delicious way to cook right??? Here is one among them!!!

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Chicken Korma/Kurma with Almonds & Sesame

Chicken Kurma Korma with almonds and sesame

Chicken Kurma/korma is one of the famous and widely prepared Indian side dish, thick gravy based curry…..loaded with aromatic Indian spices. Style of preparation varies from region to region. Which is usually served with any Indian Bread or white rice. Whenever we prepare kurma, we will end up by licking fingers. They are soo delicious.

This version of Kurma is super easy and made of yogurt based gravy, Almonds and sesame gave thickness and nuttiness to the Korma. Lots of green chilli used to give that hot kick to the Kurma. Garam masala and powdered cumin gave fantastic Indianish aroma. There is no usual sauteing kind of stuff in this kurma except for the onion frying. Just take all the ingredients together and slowly cook to the perfection without adding any water!!!Moisture from chicken and yogurt helps to tenderise the chicken.

Ever since I got this recipe from Fox life TV show “Food Safari”,  I added this to our weekdays dinner menu with little changes. They are soo easy and delicious.Anyways, lets see the recipe…. enjoy cooking!!

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