Radish Kofta

Middle eastern Koftas,Indian Koftas with Radish

Kofta is a Middle eastern and South Asian delicacy using ground meat(also called Meat balls.)
This recipe is Radish Koftas;a vegetarian version of Kofta.
Dry Koftas are served as appetizers ;but you can easily make a delicious curry,with  tomato or cream based gravy  served with koftas.
My suggestion for the gravy which really goes well with kofta is here.
Substitute Paneer in the above recipe with these Koftas and you will get a delicious ,rich party item.
Radish-2 nos
Potato -2 nos
Corn flour-2 tsp
Salt ad pepper-
Oil-2 tbsp for shallow frying
Coriander powder-1 tbsp
Cinnamon Powder-1tsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste-1tsp
Coriander leaves/mint leaves chopped
Method Of Preparation
Grate radish and you will get about 2 cups of the vegetable.
Boil potatoes and remove skin.
Heat a non stick pan and dry fry grated radish to remove excess water from the vegetable;radish contains lot of water in it.

Now add boiled and mashed potatoes and all other ingredients.Mix well and let it cook for a while.

Now if needed ,add the corn flour for easy binding.
Make balls from this and grill until golden brown.

If you are planning for Kofta curry,add Koftas to the gravy only at the time of serving.
ENJOY with Nan/rotis.


How to make coffee

Silly question..right? But to get the real rich aroma from that delicious cup of coffee is a bit difficult to many.
So  all coffee lovers out there,this recipe is for you.This is a method to make Instant Coffee with out using a coffee maker or filter ;You can use any instant coffee powder.
“Come on, don't you ever stop and smell the coffee?” 
Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful
For 1 cup of coffee you need 2 tsp coffee powder or less as per your taste.
A bit of hard work is needed.
First add a spoonful of hot water and the required amount of sugar to the coffee powder and blend well with a spoon for 5-10 minutes or until the coffee turns thick and frothy as in the picture.
perfect cup of coffee
Now it's quite simple.Boil milk and add the required quantity of coffee decoction into the milk.Serve hot.
If you shake/whisk the milk to a really frothy consistency,coffee turns even better.
perfect cup of coffee preparation

ENJOY your free time with a cup of smooth,silky,coffee..  ....
(Recipe courtesy  showmethecurry.com)


Vegetable curry

yam and pumpkin curry,veg side dish for rice

Here'z a vegetable curry using yam and pumpkin. This nutritious,mildly spicy,tangy curry can be served with rice.
Yam- 100 g
Pumpkin-100 g
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Asafoetida -1/2 tsp
salt-to taste
Shallots-6-8 nos
Garlic -2 pods
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Chilly powder-2tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Coconut grated-1/2 cup
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
coriander leaves chopped
Tamarind -soaked 2 tbsp
Method Of Preparation
Add 2 tsp oil to a sauce pan.Splutter mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds and saute shallots.
Add the vegetables after cutting them in to cubes.Add turmeric,chilly ,asafoetida,salt and coriander powder and cook well in tamarind water.
Add the garlic pods .
Coarsely grind coconut and cumin seeds.
Once the veggies  cooked well,add the coconut mixture,coriander leaves and saute well.
Finally add some coconut oil on top and close the lid to lock the flavors.
This is a really yummy side dish for rice.


Beef Fry

Kerala beef fry-beef ularth recipe

This recipe is very Indian,delicious and flavorful.
Lean Beef is said to be very healthy; high in iron,protein and B-complex vitamins.
This recipe uses very less oil.Beef supplies abundant amount of key nutrients needed for us especially children.
Kerala beef ularth  is a must try dish when ever you get a chance.This is the same recipe;I had acquired from an expert cook and family friend.
Well,those who don't eat beef,please ignore this post.
Beef-250 g
Whole Garam masala-powdered
Ginger-garlic paste-1tbsp
Onion-1 no
Shallots -8-10 nos
Curry leaves-
Chilly powder-1-2 tbsp(as per your taste)
Turmeric-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder-2tbsp
Meat Masala powder-1 tbsp
Coconut -grated/pieces if available
Mix all the ingredients with the beef (mixing with the hands is the best for this)
Now in a pressure cooker,pour in 2 tsp oil(preferably coconut oil)and add the mix.
Add 1/4 cup water if needed,but normally water is not needed at all.
Cook until well done.(8-10 whistles)
Now in a frying pan,add 1 tbsp oil,lightly fry the cooked beef until you get the desired color.
If you are frying longer ,it will turn into really yummy dark brownish.
ENJOY...This mouth watering,tasty dry fry with any kind of bread or rice.


Potato salad with pineapple recipe

healthy Salad with pineapple and potatoes,crunchy salad with pea nuts

Potato-1 big boiled and cut into chunks
Fresh Pineapple pieces-4 tbsp
Cucumber-1 cut into small pieces
Salt and pepper-
Mayo-2 tbsp
Milk-2 tsp
Method Of preparation
Mix all the veggies and drizzle some salt and pepper.
Beat Mayonnaise and add in the veggies.
Add some milk to adjust the thickness if needed.
Serve topped with pea nuts ,to add the extra crunchiness.
Very healthy and elegant salad is ready in minutes.
Serve this in parties too .



Prawns and mango curry recipe

prawns and mango curry recipe,kerala special recipes
Prawns are the tastiest sea food according to me.Easy to cook,hardly needs 3-4 minutes cooking time.Though toasted prawns are really divine,today,sharing a yummy curry with Prawns which can be served with chapati/rice.
For a simple prawns Manchurian recipe check out here.
Garlic paste-1/2tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1tsp
Raw Mango-1 no
Shallots-8-10 nos
Coriander leaves-
Curry leaves-
Garlic -1 clove
Salt and pepper
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Dry red Chilly-4 nos
Coconut oil-2tsp
Grated coconut-1 cup
salt-to taste
Kokum-2 nos soaked in water-(discard the water after soaking)-OPTIONAL
Method of preparation
1.Marinate Prawns with salt,pepper and garlic paste.
2.In a sauce pan ,heat 1 tsp oil and add mustard and fenugreek seeds.When it starts to splutter,add dry red chilies,shallots,1 garlic clove,salt,pepper,curry leaves and turmeric powder.
After 2 minutes add in the coconut and fry it for a while.
Now grind it to a fine paste and this is the masala paste for this tangy, mouth watering curry.
3.Add enough water to the masala paste,salt and mango pieces along with prawns and simmer.
(add kokum at this stage)
4.Curry will start boiling and in 3-4 minutes prawns will get cooked.
5.Drizzle 1 tsp coconut oil on top and garnish with coriander leaves.


One pot meal recipe

vegetable Pulao with soya chunks,Indian pulao

This is an Indian Pulao with soya chunks.Really easy to make and with less oil too.For those who crave for biriyani,this one is for you: You can have this less oil pulao with out guilt.Replace rice with Pearl Barley for a healthier treat.
Mixing shallow fried soya chunks make this rich in protein. Soya chunks are so yummy,so,I prefer it as a side dish along with this the pulao rather than mixing it into the rice..

Here are the stuffs you need for making this wonderful dish.
1.Basmati rice/Pearl Barley-1cup
2.Mixed vegetables of your choice-(Potato,carrot,Beet root,beans,cauliflower,peas)-1cup
6.Coriander leaves,Mint leaves-
7.Fried Onion-(Optional.But it adds the flavor)-2 tbsp
(Croutons- 1/2 cups-optional)
8.Sugar-a pinch
9.Onion-1small chopped
10.Ginger garlic and green chillly paste-1-2 tsp
11.Salt ,pepper-
12.Soya chunks-1/2 cup
(Chilli garlic sause-1tbsp)
13.Biriyani Masala/Garam masala
14.Fried raisins and cashew nuts
Method of preparation
Soak rice for 10 minutes,wash and drain.
In a big non stick pot,add 1 tsp oil and saute ginger garlic and green chilly paste.Now add the rice and fry it for a minute.Add all the cut vegetables,salt and biriyani masala/garam masala.
Now add the leaves ,yoghurt,salt,pepper powder and sugar.Add 31/2 cups of water .Add some fried onion and croutons into this ,close the lid and cook the rice until done.
When  the rice along with all the vegetables is cooked together,add the 1 tsp ghee and some more fried onion along with leaves.

Soak soy chunks in water. Squeeze off the absorbed water and repeat the soaking process 2-3 times.
This is to remove the unpleasant smell from the soy chunks.
Now marinate dry (water should be squeezed off well from the chunks)soy with salt,pepper and chilly garlic sauce.
high fiber and protein soya chunks
Now in another pan ,shallow fry this using very little oil.
Shallow Fried soya
Mix this along with the rice or serve as a side dish.
Garnish with croutons,raisins and cashew nuts.
ENJOY with Raita/Yoghurt salad.


Spicy Sausage Spaghetti

Italian,Spicy dinner with spaghetti

This Italian recipe demands sweet Italian sausage.But I have used chicken franks that is widely available.
Again,this is my personal recipe and I must confess,a personal favorite too.
A secret ingredient that I have added to bring THE REAL taste is hmm...Is the Bolognese spice mix.....did I really say that...!
Serve this spicy spaghetti with Garlic bread.
Italian Spaghetti-100g
Olive oil-
Dry Red chilly flakes-2 tsp
Garlic chopped-2cloves
Onion-1 medium,chopped
Chicken/beef sausage-100g
Bolognese spice mix-1tbsp
Tomato Puree-1/4 cup
Salt and pepper-
Parsely chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese-1tsp
Cooking Method
Cook spaghetti in salt water along with a pinch of Oregano.It should be done al dente.
Drain and keep aside.
Marinate sausages with salt,pepper and a pinch of oregano.Saute this in olive oil until crispy.

spicy sausages and spaghetti

Now in a sauce pan,pour in olive oil,add crushed dry red chilies and garlic.After a minute saute in onion  and add the cooked pasta.
Mix well.Now add the tomato puree and some more oregano.When it is almost dry,add the sausages and bolognese spice mix.Add salt and pepper as needed.
Lastly add some grated Parmesan cheese(very little to get everything blended).
Serve hot.
Buon Appetito!


Garlic cheese bread

delicious baguette garlic cheese bread recipe
Garlic bread is a favorite to almost all of us.Serve this along with Italian pasta/spaghetti and a healthy dinner is ready in minutes.
You can serve this with Spaghetti Bolognese.
Here I have made cheese garlic bread.Avoid cheese and it is still very tasty.Since we are using Olive oil,we can cut some calories there too.
Baguette (long thin Bread loaf )-1 no
Olive oil-tbsp
Garlic-2-3 cloves
Parsley-chopped 2 tbsp
Salt and pepper-to taste
 Mozzarella cheese-
Method of preparation
1.Cut Baguette  into 2 halves.Now slit each half longitudinally.
2.Make a Garlic Paste
Blend garlic cloves,a pinch of salt and parsley with 1 tbsp olive oil.
Make a fine paste.You can store this paste refrigerated  and can be used in many other recipes.
3.Apply this paste on the bread and toast it in an oven at maximum temperature.You can toast  on stove top too.
When it turns light brown ,add plenty of cheese(salt and pepper if you prefer) and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve hot with Spaghetti or Lasagna.

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