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Hammus is a very popular middle eastern/Mediterranean dip, which is very healthy and super delicious. They are commonly made using cooked chick peas. (Here is a Video recipe to perfectly cook and store Chick pea at home).
I have flavored classic hammus with sun dried tomato.We love tangy and smokey flavor which gives to our hammus. You can simply opt them out if you dont want to use it. I have used Home made tahini which gave my hammus lot more fresh taste and healthier than store bought one.
We love to have hammus with as a dip for our veggies. You could use them as spread on your bread for sandwiches as a healthy and vegan alternative to your mayonnaise.
Grilled chicken salad with tahini dressing – a goodness of a whole meal in a bowl, which is very delicious and healthy too!! Yea this salad is protein packed and fiber rich. You have everything you want for a meal in a bowl. It will really fill you up. They are really nutty and crunchy as well.
Chicken is grilled to perfection, which stand out with its taste and texture. Tahini dressing is the star which add that extra protein and nutty flavor from the sesame seeds. If you are not familiar with tahini, it is just white sesame ground and made into butter with some oil and pinch of salt. You can easily make at home if you can’t find them in your grocery store.
To give more crunch and little more protein boost, I have added some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Raisins added to the salad gives little chewy texture in between.
One of my favorite salad to make a light dinner or to control the portion of other carbs. I love any kind of Salads!! What kind of salad do you love?? Hope you gonna love this version of chicken salad. Lets see the recipe!
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 bread, Rice, malabar kalathappam .kerala paratha, pathiri etc…
This mutton hara masala is our family favorite, hope you gonna love them too.
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.
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.
Hope you will try the recipe and lemme know the feedback.
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.
I have used plain flour here, but you can use combination of both plain flour and whole wheat flour as well.
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 othercurries, 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.
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!
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, Kalathappametc….
Breakfast without egg…..I feel like incomplete!!! And anything with cheese – written my name on it. Further more, make a head breakfast!!! yes please…. nothing makes me happier than that. Easy and super delicious egg and cheese rolls have everything I said above.
Fluffy scrambled egg and melted cheese with delicious french sauce – bechamel sauce (white sauce) is a pure bliss. Rolled them in crepes which is flavored with chopped parsley. All in all, they will simply melt in your mouth. Best part is they freeze really well. Just you need to fry them or pop them into the oven before serving. You can also add bit of chopped ham or sausages if you like. Sun dried tomatoes also would have given a flavor punch, I had no stock so didn’t use them. If you love its taste, go ahead and add some.
Whats say about breakfast for dinner??? This rolls goes well along with your soups as well. No big deal, this can be served at any time of the day. We both loved them to the core, hope your family would enjoy them too. Lets see the recipe….
Soup is there on my menu at least twice or thrice in a week especially during these winter days. We really need a bowl of soup to warm ourselves up.Butternut squash is in season and this soup comes very often now a days on our dinner table.
Even without adding any cream or dairy, this soup is really velvety and creamy, highly satisfying and healthy too. Roasted butternut enhance the flavor for sure, the smell of roasted squash will tempt you to have couple of spoon soon after coming out of the oven. I had few table spoon before adding them to the soup ;-).It taste great if properly seasoned. I really love pumpkin/butternut squash, either its in sweet or savory. You can see some of my favoritepumpkin/butternut squash recipes here. They are really high in fiber and nutritional bomb.
Do you know why I love minced meat?! They are so versatile and gets cooked easily. Throw in some simple ingredients and you are good to go. This easy filling which I made is very delicious and can have by its own, or side to any other bread or even rice.
When I asked hubby to get spring roll sheet,he bought a bunch of lavash. I wanna use up those, hence decided to try this way. It didn’t go wrong. light crispy exterior and flavorful and juicy meat paired very well. You can also use your Home made pastry leaves or Store bought spring roll sheet. Making simple Crepes and fill this minced meat masala would be great idea too. Make a big batch and freeze it…Isn’t that so cool?!
If you are not in a mood to make rolls with minced meat you have in your freezer, why don’t you try Meat balls in white creamy sauceor you want something Indianish?! Here isKheema Dhal recipe which is very delicious!Lahmajoonwould be another best option too!!!
Lets see how this simple, yet delicious Minced meat Lavash roll is prepared.