Kerala style Grilled LeatherJacket in Banana Leaf

Kerala style Grilled LeatherJacket in Banana Leaf

It’s a cold, wet day in Melbourne today and it makes me super lazy. And it’s Thursday already, which makes me even lazier with the comforting thought of the approaching weekend. But there’s a mountain of work that I need to wade through before the end of the day and writing this post is one [...]

Unakka Sravu Chammanthy with Podi Ari Kanji and Mulagitta Pappadom (Dry Shark Chammanthy with Broken Red Rice Gruel and Chilli Pappadom)

Unakka Sravu Chammanthy with Podi Ari Kanji and Mulagitta Pappadom (Dry Shark Chammanthy with Broken Red Rice Gruel and Chilli Pappadom)

A taste of my childhood….. While the title may sound like gibberish to most of you, it is actually Malayalam, my native tongue. And for my international readers, Malayalam is the language of Kerala – the state often referred to as ‘God’s own country’ residing at the southern tip of India. I contemplated, pondered and [...]

Amaranth Lentil Curry + a Spice Hamper Giveaway

Amaranth Lentil Curry + a Spice Hamper Giveaway

If you have read my ‘Burnt Garlic and Ancho Chili Rice’ post, then you would remember Liz of The Spice People. Recently Liz asked me to do a guest post for her blog, and I decided to create a dish using one of her best sellers, the Curry Lentil Dahl; a fragrant, flavourful and aromatic [...]

Dry Shrimp Onion Fry (Onakka Chemeen Fry)

Dry Shrimp Onion Fry (Onakka Chemeen Fry)

Dried, salted fish is an acquired taste. There are plenty of people who would cringe their noses at the smell and make nauseating facial expressions at the sight or mention of dried fish. And on the opposite end are those, like myself, who simply love dried salted fish savouring it as a delicacy each time. [...]

Beetroot Thoran (a Keralan stir fry with beets, greens and coconut) – a guest post for Feeding the Sonis

Beetroot Thoran (a Keralan stir fry with beets, greens and coconut) – a guest post for Feeding the Sonis

Approaching a blogger friend to do a guest post for your blog is one thing but getting invited to do a guest post for another blog is a totally different experience. Suddenly, there is a sense of euphoria intermingled with anxiousness and a thousand different questions buzzing around in your head. What kind of recipe [...]

Potato ishtew (stew)

Another classic, traditional dish that enjoys its quiet spot on the Onam sadhya spread. For decades, like most Mallus, I called this dish potato ishtew (well, that’s how this dish is known everywhere in Kerala!) Finally, it dawned on me that its stew and ‘ishtew’ was just another example of how Mallus would copy something [...]