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Pavakka Theeyal (Karela/Bitter Gourd/ Bitter Melon cooked with roasted coconut)
dairy free, easy, gluten free, Main Course, ovo vegetarian, vegan, vegetarian

Pavakka Theeyal (Karela/Bitter Gourd/ Bitter Melon cooked with roasted coconut)

Theeyal is a traditional Kerala delicacy made with roasted coconut, spices and tamarind. When made with bitter gourd, this becomes a treat for your taste buds. The mellow, yet distinct bitterness adds depth to the tangy spice flavours. Let me share an easy-to-make take on the traditional Pavakka Theeyal recipe that’ll help you cook a healthy, yet tasty dish with bitter gourd (Karela).

Creamy Ginger Prawns (Shrimp) served with garden salad
easy, gluten free, Main Course, non vegetarian, seafood, Starters

Creamy Ginger Prawns (Shrimp)

Tasty prawns (shrimps) with warm aroma of ginger, with mellow richness of silky cream, mild fieriness from chilies and black pepper, all topped up with fresh coriander leaves – pure bliss!

What memories does a tasty plate of seafood evoke? Is it about seashores, or great beaches were you have been to, or fun times at some fantastic vacations, or a great restaurant you have visited?

Caramel Custard
Desserts, easy, ovo vegetarian

Caramel Custard

If you want to make a beautiful, elegant dessert without having to worry about spending a lot of time executing it, look no further! Caramel Custard is that ultimate delight!! Made with ingredients that you’ll always have handy at home, this classic pudding is a visual treat and offers a wonderful note to end your dinners.

Homemade Fish Cutlet/Croquette
dairy free, easy, non vegetarian, seafood, Snacks, Starters

Homemade Fish Cutlet/Croquette

While we were growing up (and even now), my parents were always against junk (fast) food. They firmly believed, rightfully so, in the importance of having tasty, healthy, home-cooked food. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and she used to cook all these great snacks that we gorged on after coming back from school in the evening. These fish cutlets were one such home-made snack that we looked forward to. Made fresh with fish, potatoes, spices, and filling up the kitchen with the delicious smell of fried breadcrumbs, this is definitely one of the chart toppers if I have to pick my favourites.

Mushroom and Spinach with Burnt Garlic
easy, Main Course, ovo vegetarian, Starters, vegetarian

Mushroom and Spinach with Burnt Garlic

I have been asked why my posts are always about chicken, meat, fish or seafood. They ask “Do you not eat (or cook) any vegetables?”. The answer is “yes, I do.” In fact, while growing up, for every meal, my mom used to serve two vegetable based curries. Even now, we have at least one vegetable dish included in our lunch and dinner meals. But, for me, the “hero” in all those meals has been the protein, which is the aforesaid chicken, meat or fish. That’s why I almost, always, post these “hero” recipes.

Coriander Fried Chicken
dairy free, easy, non vegetarian, Starters

Coriander Fried Chicken

This is not a typical batter fried chicken. This is not a typical Indian chicken fry either! Enough of all the negativity. It takes less than 45 minutes from reading this recipe to serving some great food – try this recipe, and cook some amazing fried chicken. Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy inside – this fried chicken ticks all the boxes! By the way, the name comes from the coriander powder used in the marinade.