August 18, 2017

Squid / Calamari Masala Fry - Kerala Style !!


Try this delicious kerala style squid (calamari) fry made using coconut oil along with freshly grounded  spice masala.  Taste great with rotis & rice.


Ingredients :
  1. Squid - 
  2. Coconut Oil - 2 tsp
  3. Pepper corns - 1 tsp
  4. Green chillies - 3 nos
  5. Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch stick
  8. Onion - 1 no
  9. Ginger , finely chopped - 1/2 tsp
  10. Garlic,  finely chopped - 1/2 tsp
  11. Curry leaves - 1 tbsp
  12. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  13. Tomato puree - 2 tbsp
  14. Salt to taste

Method :

1.  Heat a tsp of oil in the pan, add peppercorns and green chillies.  

2.  Transfer the roasted pepper corns, green chillies along with the cinnamon stick, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt to the blender and grind them to smooth paste.

3.  Now marinate the cleaned squid in this grounded masala for half an hour.


4.  Heat coconut oil in the pan, add mustard seeds, finely chopped garlic and ginger. 

5.  Add finely sliced onion and curry leaves.  Saute till tender.

6.  Add marinated squid and fry them for few mins.  Add tomato puree and continue cooking.  Add enough salt. ( Don't overcook the squid, as it becomes rubbery.)


Enjoy.

August 15, 2017

Nei Appam | Karthigai Appam | Sweet Appam


Nei appam is a traditional South Indian sweet prepared during the festival season.  We use rice flour, jaggery and banana for preparing this delicious sweet.  


Ingredients :

  1. Raw rice - 1 cup
  2. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  3. Jaggery - 1 cup
  4. 1 ripe medium sized banana
  5. Cardamom powder 
  6. A pinch of baking soda (optional)
  7. Ghee for frying

Method :

1.  Soak the rice for atleast 3 hours.  

2.  Grind the rice along with the coconut and banana to smooth paste. Use 3 tbsp of water for grinding.


3.  In a pan, cook the jaggery along with 2 tbsp of water until they melts.  Filter the jaggery water and add them to the rice mixture.  Add some cardamom powder, baking soda (optional) and mix well.  The batter should resemble like idly / pancake batter.

4.  Heat ghee in the deep frying pan, drop a ladle of batter and fry them over medium heat until cooked on either side.


Serve warm.
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