Thursday, 18 December 2014

Baked Whole Fish Masala in Banana Leaf - Indian Style

Baked Whole Fish Masala in Banana Leaf - Indian Style
Baked Whole Fish Masala in Banana Leaf - Indian Style

Baked Whole Fish Masala / Meen Pollichattu, a healthy indian style fish masala preparation which can be enjoyed with rice.
This method can be tried with any fish like Pearl Spot / Karimeen, Red Snapper / Sankara and Ayala. I have always tried fish masala recipe on stove top or steamer method. Those who doesn't have oven or otg, can try this recipe using steamer or cook in pan. We can either use fried fish or raw fish to prepare this masala. Either way gives good results.
I have used coconut oil here to bring out the flavors of coconut in masala, but you can also use any other vegetable oil or olive oil.
You can use coconut milk to prepare thick masala, which will give a different flavor. But using coconut flakes gives crunchy taste and that's what my husband also likes. The crunchy taste reminds us of Pallipalayam Chicken Masala. Try this delicious preparation for Christmas / New Year menu and enjoy with your family.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa Recipe - Kerala Special

 
Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa Recipe - Kerala Special
Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa Recipe - Kerala Special

Rice & Coconut Milk Halwa, a Kerala special halwa made with rice flour, coconut milk and jaggery. This process takes about 30-40 mins, but its all worth. These halwa will melt in mouth as they are very soft and flavored with ghee, which makes it more rich.
One of my malayali friend mom would serve this halwa on the day of Christmas and I was looking for this recipe for past 2 years. I have referred "Kerala Essential Cookbook". The original recipe calls for 1 kg rice flour, but I have reduced the quantities according to our requirement. With the below mentioned quantity, you would get around 20-25 halwa squares. 
I have reduced jaggery quantity to 1 and 1/2 cup. The color of halwa depends upon the type of jaggery used. It is similar to Black Halwa / Karutha Halva. You can replace jaggery with sugar.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Prawn Pepper Celery Masala - South Indian Style


Prawn Pepper Celery Masala - South Indian Style
Prawn Pepper Celery Masala - South Indian Style

Prawn Pepper Celery Masala Recipe, a very spicy and delicious prawn celery masala flavored with pepper, cumin and coriander powder. This is a dry preparation which can be enjoyed with roti or rice. You can use this masala for roti wraps. 
This recipe has got an unique flavor due to the usage of celery. Whenever we visit Canton Restaurant, we never forget to order their special recipe Prawn Pepper Celery. I wanted to try the same at home but with an Indian twist of Masala
As this is dry preparation, we are not adding water while cooking. The prawns gets cooked in its own moisture. If you want it watery, then add 1 cup water and cook till the raw smell of masala goes off.  Celery helps to lower cholesterol level and also known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. To know more about the health benefits of celery, do check this space.