RAW BANANA ERISSERY


Erissery is a dish from the Kerala cuisine, and this is my version of the dish.The toughest part is to title a dish

when its your version of the recipe.As I had a dish like this from one of the Kerala restaurants,decided to extract

the title from the same cuisine, after all clouded confusions.

Now…moving to today’s recipe-This is made with only raw bananas, no mixture of any other vegetables as they

usually do in preparing the authentic erisserry.With roasted ground coconut and the mixture of dry mango

powder makes it special when served with seafood meals.Raw banana is widely used in Kerala cuisines.

Chips,fries,sweets and vegetable side dishes like Avial and erissery….are some of the dishes made with this vegetable,

hence this vegetable is unavoidable in Keralite cuisines.

A brief note on health benefits -People with weak digestive system should have this in limited quantities,as it may

cause bloating and indigestion!

Positive fact, is that it is a fibre rich food good for diabetics,and heart patients.Rich in VitaminC and other nutrients

which contains antioxidants,and strengthen the immune system.

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

2-3 raw bananas peeled and cut

1 tsp dry mango powder (amchur powder)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp pepper

few curry leaves

salt to taste

2 tsp coconut oil/ghee

Grind to a coarse paste

3 tbsp slightly roasted coconut

1 tsp roasted raw rice/1 tsp rice flour

1 tsp cummin seed

1/2 tsp mustard

1 green chilli

METHOD

Wash the cut vegetable with salt water ,and then with normal water.

Boil the bananas with amchur powder,turmeric, salt and sufficient water.

Do not cook it dry, let there be little liquid remaining.

Add the oil, and the paste and cook for 3 minutes.

Add pepper and remove from fire.

OKRA-PANEER TANDOORI FRY


This is a stir fry recipe with tandoori masala.It’s a dish to be served when simple vegetarian meals needs adornment.

You could try the same recipe with potatoes opting out the paneer for another variant.

Okra/ladies finger/bhindi/vendakka …many translations to this wonderful brain vegetable.Some have an aversion to

this vegetable because it produces a slimy effect when cooked without any acid.

The positivity of this slime is,that it binds the cholesterol in the body during digestion preventing absorption into the

body and excretes out of the body.

To deslime okra you have to add acids like lime, tomatoes, tamarind.You could cut roundels of this vegetable,fry it till

brown and add to salads.

Apart from the title of ‘brain vegetable’ this vegetable has excellent source of vitamins and nutrients which supports

the immune system.Rich in protein,fibre and low on calories, good for lowering blood sugar and overall health.

Check my previous posts on ladies finger recipes.

Now to today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

200 gm ladies finger(top and tip only cut )

200 gm paneer (cottage cheese)

1 tbsp oil/ghee/butter

For the masala

1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder /chilli powder

1 tsp cumin seed powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp amchur powder(dry mango powder )

2 tbsp curd

juice of 1 lemon

salt to taste

1 tbsp mustard oil /any oil

METHOD

Slit the vegetable in the centre vertically on two sides, taking care not to cut through completely.

Make a paste with the masala ingredients, and apply on the vegetable.Set aside for a few minutes

Heat a non stick pan or a thick bottomed pan, add oil and the marinated vegetable and allow to fry on medium heat .

Add the cut paneer and toss for a few minutes till the masalas are well blended.

Garnish with coriander/methi (dried/fresh fenugreek )leaves and serve.

BROCCOLI-MAYO CUTLETS


Broccoli belonging to the cruciferous family of vegetables has high amounts of fibre,protein,iron,calcium,magnesium and

vitamins like A,C,E,K,B with folic acid.

The negative side of this vegetable is that it causes, gas and bowel irritation.Those using blood thinning medications, should

take care in consuming broccoli, as the efficacy of the medication may be hindered.

I have given the pros and cons of this vegetable briefly, and will be moving to the proceeds of the recipe directly.

This recipe is made with steamed broccoli, mint mayo (homemade)breadcrumbs and a minimal amount of cheese.You could opt out

the mayonnaise and opt in any cheese of your choice if you like.

Instead of mint you could use spinach.Broccoli should be not be overcooked as you may lose the benefits in store.If you are steaming

or boiling 15-20 minutes is sufficient.

These crispy cutlets can be served as starters, or as an accompaniment with any meal.Good to slide in to a burger bun and serve as

snack and a quick lunch.

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

Florets from a medium sized broccoli (steamed or boiled)

1 cup mayonnaise or cheese

a handful of mint leaves(ground)

1 onion chopped fine/spring onions

2-3 green chillies chopped

3-4 cloves garlic chopped fine

1-2 tsp chilli flakes

a pinch of mace powder

A cube of cheese ( any cheese )

1-2 tsp lime juice

1/2 cup breadcrumbs to bind broccoli

breadcrumbs for coating

1-2 eggs

oil for frying

METHOD

Mash the broccoli coarse and mix in the ingredients except the last 3 in the list.

MINT MAYONNAISE-CAULIFLOWER SALAD (link to homemade mayonnaise)

The consistency of the mixture should enable you to roll into cutlets.

Refrigerate for some time.

Dip in beaten eggs and coat with breadcrumbs and fry .

Deep fry till golden brown.

If you want to shallow fry you could make flattened cutlets.

Variation :Boiled or roasted minced meat could be added.

ACHARI BITTERGOURD’N’POTATO FRY


Bittergourd may not be in the favourite list to many but if you know the benefits, and the reason to include this vegetable in your diet is clear in your mind you will never leave this vegetable.

An excellent source of VitaminC,magnesium,potassium and fibre.It contains twice the amount of spinach, and potassium in a banana.

This plant based insulin in bitter gourd helps diabetics to reduce glucose levels significantly.As it is rich in potassium, it helps to absorb excessive sodium in the body, and keeps your heart healthy.

With this short description of health benefits I will be moving to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

200 bitter gourd sliced

2-3 potatoes cut into strips

2-3 tsp.achari masala

1 big onion chopped

1/2 cup curd

juice of one lime

salt to taste.

2 tbsp jaggery powder

2-3 cloves garlic crushed

2 tbsp oil/ghee

METHOD

After removing bitterness from the vegetable (will leave link below for tips to remove bitterness),heat oil and first sauté the onion till brown.

Next add the potato and saute for 5 minutes.Add the sliced bitter gourd ,Achari masala, garlic and cook till masala is well corporated.

Next add the curd, salt ,and jaggery and cook on a slow flame, till both the vegetables are cooked.

Add lime juice and remove from fire.

BITTER GOURD SALAD (link consists tips to remove bitterness from bitter gourd)

COCONUT -PALAK PANEER


 

This is a green,green creamy dish with a fusion of roasted coconut,cashew……This dish can be served with rotis,

wraps,and even rice .

My menu today was with carrot- omelette cummin seed rice.The creamy,coconutty taste was good to go with this

rice.

The tint of the green was looking lovely and appetising .The greens were freshly plucked from my culinary patch,and

that enhanced the taste.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

200 gm paneer/ cottage cheese cubes

1 cup spinach leaves

Few cut spinach leaves for garnishing

1 green chilli

3-4 cloves garlic

1/4 of a coconut (cut pieces)

A handful of cashewnuts

1 onion ( quartered)

1 onion chopped

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 tomato cut ( seeds removed)

1 tsp chilli flakes

2-3 tbsp oil/ butter/ghee

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat 1 tbsp oil and roast the coconut pieces,quartered onion,till onion turns light brown.

•Add cashew nuts and remove from fire.

•Grind the garlic,cummin seeds,green chilli,spinach leaves to a coarse paste.

•Grind the roasted coconut,cashew,and onion to a paste.

Heat the remaining oil,and add the chopped onions.Sauté till brown .

•Add the cut paneer,cut tomato with salt,and cook for a minute.

Next add ground pastes,rest of the ingredients,and simmer cook for 5-7 minutes.

Note: You could add roasted cashews for a richer taste.

 

 

 

METHI-MASALA PRAWNS


Seafood with methi or fenugreek brings out an

unique and enhanced taste.

Masalas like this, are finger-licking and can be

served with any meal .

When cooking masalas like this you have take

care not to cook the prawns for a long time .

Cooking jumbo prawns will take only 7-8

minutes,so it’s best to make the masala thick or

your required consistency ,and then add the

prawns.

This way the masalas will,blend well and the

prawns will not turn chewy or rubbery.

Now,to the recipe ..

INGREDIENTS

500 gm prawns ( peeled and deveined)

2-3 onions chopped

1 stick cinnamon

1/4 tsp mace powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp.cummin powder

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

3-4 tomatoes puréed or 1 cup tomato purée

1 tsp dry mango powder( amchur powder)

1 tsp sugar

Salt to taste

2 tbsp fenugreek leaves ( methi)

3-4 tbsp sesame oil /coconut oil/ghee

METHOD

•Heat oil,and add the onions,cinnamon and

cook till light brown.

•Next add the tomato purée,ginger garlic paste,

with the rest of the ingredients except methi

leaves,and cook till thick .

•Add the prawns and stir well .

•Cook for 7-8 minutes.

•Crush the methi leaves into the mixture.

•Remove from fire.

•Keep covered for a few minutes and serve.

Tip

•Do not add water,as prawns tend to

release water while cooking.

• If you want the masala thicker,add cashew

paste or 1-2 tsp rice flour if needed.

KOKUM FISH CURRY


This is a tangy black curry and tastes good with

fish fillets,or fish with less bones.

I made this recipe with sting ray cubes.

This recipe is akin to the Srilankan Ambulthiyal

I have posted before .

This is good to serve with rice,rotis,side dish for

stringhoppers or even bread .The same recipe

can be made with meat too.So do try and let me

know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm fish

3 pieces kokum ( soaked in warm water)

10 cloves garlic

2 onions sliced

2-3 green chillies

1 inch ginger chopped

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp cumin seed powder

1/2 coconut grated

1 tbsp rice

2-3 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds ( optional)

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

METHOD

First roast the chilli powder,coriander

powder,coconut and rice,in 1 tbsp oil till the

rice turns brown on medium flame

•Grind to a paste with the soaked kokum and

set aside.

• Heat oil in a clay pot ( love to cook in clay pots

😍)add mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds,curry

leaves.

•Next add onions,garlic,green chillies and sauté

till onion turns pink.

•Add the fish and cook for just 2-3 minutes.

•Add a little water,rest of the spices and the

kokum paste and cook for another 10 minutes

on a slow fire .Remove from fire.

Note :You could fry fish cubes separately

and add to this gravy .

https://calinskitchen.com/2019/10/26/sri-lankan-ambulthiyal/

Link to ‘Srilankan Ambulthiyal’👆🏻

LOTUS STEM SALAD


Lotus stem an aquatic plant,has many essential

vitamins and minerals.

It helps to prevent viral infections,and boosts

the Immunity system .

Considered to be a great source of VitaminC,

aids in the production of red blood cells .

This root vegetable can be made with curries,

mainly fish.Here’s the link to the fish curry.

https://calinskitchen.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/kashmiri-fish-nlotus-stem-curry/?preview=true

Stir fries made with tiny prawns,or maldive

fish is a favourite and a frequent dish in Asian

cuisines .

Today’s recipe is a salad with fried lotus stems .

Now to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3-4 stems lotus stems ( peeled and sliced thin)

2 onions sliced thin

2 green chillies sliced

2 tomatoes sliced thin

Pepper and salt to taste

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

To marinade the stems

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt

Oil for frying

METHOD

First marinade the stems for few minutes.

•Fry till golden brown and set aside .

•Mix the rest of the ingredients in another

bowl,and add the fried lotus stems .

Mix well,serve .

A good side dish with rice!

CHICKEN FALAFEL IN CURD


This is another recipe innovated in my kitchen.

Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish which is mostly

deep fried. I have posted variations of falafel.

Like our ‘thayir vadai ‘I wanted to neutralise

the oil used in the recipe,by shallow frying ,

and allowed to float in yoghurt.

You have to use pre-soaked chick peas ,brown ,

green or white variety.This soaked peas has to

be ground with coriander leaves,or spinach

leaves . It’s a good side dish to be served with

biriyanis,pulao,or rotis .

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup soaked chick peas

1 cup shredded chicken/ boneless chicken

1 cup chopped coriander leaves

1 small piece ginger

1 tsp cumin seeds

2-3 green chillies

1/2 tsp peppercorns

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

Salt to taste

Few onions chopped fine

Oil for frying

METHOD

•Excluding the onions ,grind the rest of the

ingredients to a coarse paste.

•Add onions and shape into flat tikkis.

Shallow fry till golden brown and set aside.

For the yoghurt mixture

2 cups curd/ yoghurt

1-2 green chillies chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seed powder

1/4 tsp paprika powder/ Kashmiri chilli powder

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar / honey

•Beat the curd well with salt and sugar till

creamy .

•Add the fried falafel

•Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients and serve.

Note: You can temper this curd mixture if you like and the add the falafel.

PEPPER CHICKEN PALANDY


Chicken palandy recipe is extracted from the

Lankan cuisines.Today’s recipe is my version of

the same .

Check my previous post of another version-https://calinskitchen.com/2020/05/28/chicken-palandy/

This recipe is made with strips of chicken fried/

grilled/baked.

You can transform leftover chicken,to an

amazing dish like this .

This dish can be used for wraps,kothu parota,

or served as a side dish with rotis and rice.

Tip : Whenever you make any stir fry pepper dishes ,always add the coarse pepper powder at the end.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

400-500 gm chicken strips marinaded in 1 tsp chilli powder and salt

2-3 sliced onions

2 green chillies slit

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp cumin seed powder

1 tbsp coarsely ground pepper powder

1 tbsp curd

1 tsp vinegar/ lime

Few curry leaves

1 stick cinnamon

2-3 eggs

Oil for frying

Salt to taste

METHOD

Fry the marinaded chicken till golden brown

and set aside.

Take 2-3 tbsp from the fried oil and heat.

Fry the onions,with cinnamon till light brown .

Add garlic,green chillies,and the rest of the

ingredients except pepper and eggs.

Shove the chicken to a side and add eggs to the

other side.

Now mix all together ,and lastly add the pepper

powder.

Remove from fire .

SWEET POTATO FRIES


Sweet potato has numerous health benefits.

Sweet potatoes help to improve insulin

resistance,and it is found that people who

consume lot of sweet potato have a less risk of

diabetes due to its fibre content.

This is just an outline of the health benefits.

If more healthy tips are preferred,you could

search the Internet.

Now to the recipe today.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet potatoes ( the quantity is your requirement) peeled or unpeeled and cut into strips.

1-2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Cornstarch ( a little to coat lightly)

Oil for frying

METHOD

•Boil the sweet potatoes with vinegar and salt.

•After it reaches a good bubbling boil,strain

and allow to cool lightly.(Spread it on a kitchen

towel )

•Add cornflour to a bowl and mix the sweet

potatoes lightly with your fingers.

•Fry till golden brown and crisp .

Tip : Fry 3/4th,and remove from oil .After

you have fried all the chips,refry to retain

crispness

This tip applies to all fried food .If you need

the crunchiness to last for some time you

could try this method .

FALAFEL STUFFED MUSHROOM


This was a lovely dish ,and everyone loved it .

Those who do not love mushroom will love this

dish .Can be served as a starter.

I had some soaked chickpeas in the fridge for

sprouting ,and used this to make the falafel

mixture .

Grilled this in a clay pot,with care,and as I

wanted the chickpeas filling to be browned too.

I added a little egg on the top , before turning

the mushroom to cook on the other side.

Before adding the stuffed mushrooms,into the

clay pot ,I added a little butter with pepper

powder and curry leaves .That spread a lovely

and appetising aroma .Remember not to slow

cook mushrooms as the mushrooms will

become soggy .Medium heat is good .

So,now let’s get into the recipe .

INGREDIENTS

Button mushrooms washed and stalks removed

1/2 cup chickpeas or channa

2 green chillies

A handful of coriander leaves

1 small onion chopped fine ( optional)

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp cumin seed powder

Salt to taste.

1 egg lightly beaten

Butter

1 tsp pepper powder ( coarse)

Few curry leaves

METHOD

•Cut the removed stalks fine and set aside .

•Grind the chickpeas,green chillies,coriander

leaves,garlic to a paste.

•Mix in with the chopped stalks with salt to

taste .

•Stuff each mushroom with the chickpeas mix.

•Heat a flat bottomed clay pot or a non stick

pan

•Add butter,curry leaves,pepper powder and a

pinch of salt .

•Immediately lay the mushrooms on the hot

butter.

•Cover and cook for about 7 minutes.(medium

flame )

•Pour the beaten egg on the top of each,cover

and cook for a 1 minute.

•Flip over to the other side and cook till golden

brown.

•Add butter to the sides of the mushroom only

if needed.

•Remove from fire and allow the mushrooms to

be in the clay pot ( if using)for 5 minutes .

•Then remove from the pot carefully and

serve .

TAMARIND,GINGER CAPSICUM CHUTNEY


When you see the South Indian breakfast

platter,you will see many colourful chutneys

served in a row .This is one recipe like that ,but

my innovated recipe.I love the red capsicum

and when I get it ,I use it for chutneys like this

too .Considering many health benefits in this

vegetable it’s best to use your culinary skills to

entice your family to consume this often.

So here’s to a chutney recipe with red capsicum

ginger and tamarind.

INGREDIENTS

1 big red capsicum cut ( seeds removed)

3 tbsp chopped ginger

Gooseberry sized tamarind soaked in hot water

3-4 dates or raisins

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp jaggery powder

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp sesame oil

Pinch of asafoetida

Curry leaves

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil add ginger and sauté till brown.

Remove from pan and set aside

Now grind all the ingredients together (except

the mustard seeds,curry leaves,asafoetida

and jaggery ) with the tamarind .

Now add the mustard and curry leaves into the

same pan you fried the ginger.

Add the paste and asafoetida and cook for few

minutes .You can add water depending on the

required consistency .

PRAWN ‘N’PANEER STUFFED PEPPERS


Stuffed capsicum or peppers is a wonderful

and colourful starter to be served .

There are countless recipes to these categories

of stuffed vegetables.

Today I tried my version of prawn and paneer.

Simple and elegant !

Do try this recipe and post in your comments!

INGREDIENTS

4-5 capsicum cut into half ( horizontal or vertical)

1 onion chopped

100-200 gm prawns cut into small pieces

1 big garlic clove chopped fine

1 green chilli chopped ( optional)

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp chilli powder / pepper powder

Salt to taste

1 -2 eggs beaten lightly

Paneer pieces

A little butter to smear the inside of the

capsicum

METHOD

•Scoop out the inside of the capsicum(not

seeds).

•Smear the inside of the capsicum with butter

and salt.

•Heat butter in a pan,and add flour and spice to

it and cook till light brown.

•Add the prawns,garlic,and onions and mix

well .

•Add a little water enough for a sauce,and

remove from fire.

•Stuff each capsicum with filling .

•Add beaten eggs ( just pour a little below the

level)

•Place a cube of paneer on each. ( you could use

grated cheese too)

•Bake in a preheated oven (200C for 10-15

minutes)

•For variations ,you could try any minced meat

or roasted meat or seafood .

LADIES FINGER CRISPIES


These are amazing to be served hot,as a side

dish with rice, especially with a vegan meal .

Ladies finger has to be cut into strips dipped in

batter and fried crisp.

If you are in a hurried mode , you could add

the ingredients listed for batter directly into the

cut vegetable and sprinkle a little water,and fry

I did the same hurried mode method 😀.

Those who do not like this vegetable will love it

this way,so do try this and post your comments.

INGREDIENTS

200 gm ladies finger cut into strips

1/2 cup gram flour

1 tbsp rice flour

1 tsp flour

1 tsp amchur powder

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1 tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste

METHOD

Wash and cut the vegetable into strips.

Mix the ingredients in a bowl with salt .

Mix into the cut vegetable till well coated .

Sprinkle a little water if needed .

Fry in oil (shallow / deep ) till crisp.

GREEN GRILLED GHEE CHICKEN


This is a grilled chicken with ground greens

and a dollop of cheese !

Marinated and grilled in the oven .Addition

of ghee gave an awesome outcome of crunch

and taste .

Enjoyed every bit of it!

Now to share the recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm chicken

For the marinade

1 inch piece ginger

6-7 garlic cloves

4 green chillies

A handful of coriander leaves

A handful of mint leaves

1/2 cup cheese ( creamy )

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Salt to taste

1 tsp olive oil/ ghee

2 tbsp of ghee to pour over before grilling

METHOD

Grind the greens,green chillies,ginger,garlic to

a paste ( not very fine ).

Add in the rest of the ingredients, and set aside

for minimum 30 minutes.

Arrange chicken pieces on a grill tray,pour ghee

on top and grill for 40 minute in an oven .

Flip over and grill for another 10 -15 minutes

Serve !