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Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu




Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu

Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu

Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu

Stuffed Mussels | Kallumakkaya Nirachathu  – Mussels Stuffed with a ground rice and coconut paste, steamed and then fried. This is one very tasty Malabar Snack.   It gives the impression that it is hard to make, when in actuality it is not so difficult at all!  In the Malabar region, these are made on special occasions or for special guests. And being such ardent lovers of hospitality, you can be sure these snacks are made quite frequently

‘Kallumakkaya’ is the native word for Mussels. They are also known as ‘Kadukka’. ‘Nirachathu’ translated, means ‘Stuffed’. The dish is also sometimes called ‘Arikadukka’ – ‘Ari’  refers to the rice used for making the stuffing. Although I love it crisp an fried all on its own, some like to use a dipping sauce of some kind. Thousand Island dressing or Tartar Sauce are good choices

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Dill Pickles | Easy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

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Dill Pickles – Quick and Easy!

Dill Pickles | Easy Homemade Refrigerator Pickles (with slideshow)

 

These dill pickles are my favorite instant pickles..  They may be used just after 24 hours. It’s no doubt that home made products, usually beat the flavor and reliability of store bought.  Pickles are no exception!  And the dill pickles from the store usually contain too much sugar and artificial coloring!  Make your own fresh, crunchy dill pickles, that require no special pickling equipment and temperature control.  You will be surprised how easy they are to make.  First time I made these, I was amazed at how good they were.  Fresh and crunchy, retaining the nutrients of the fresh cucumber.

Obviously, Dill weed is essential in making the pickles.  Fresh is always preferred but the dried herb may be used if you can’t find it!  And when it comes to pickling cucumbers, they say the the kind of cucumber that make you burp, are best for making pickles, due to the higher lever of cucurbitacin.  You can use whole cucumbers, spears or slices.  I tried a few varieties and I found these snacking baby cucumbers to be the best for my pickles.  If I want to use them for burgers, I simply slice them up after pickling.  We use these pickles in salads on a regular basis.

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Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad

 

Slata Mechouia | Tunisian Grilled Pepper Salad is  one of the most popular and traditional foods served in Tunisia.  If you love dips and are always looking for something different, this is excellent. The combination of peppers, once grilled gives a unique and delicious flavor as well as enticing aroma. Slata Mechouia, pronounced ( S-lata Meshweeya) means ‘Grilled Salad’ in Arabic, but it is more of a grilled salsa than a salad.

Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita. According to the variety of peppers used, it can range from mild to spicy, however, the milder ones are more common and preferred.  It is customary to top the salad with flaked tuna, olives and boiled egg.. I was skeptical at the addition of tuna but it actually works with the spicy, grilled sweetness of the peppers. Serve with traditional Arabic, or North African breads or toasted pita.

An extremely popular appetizer in Tunisian homes and restaurants.. this is one of my posts honoring all the people I have met from across the world and their wonderful cuisines. Thanks to my high school friend Nadege, for some lovely Tunisian Recipes.

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Spicy Grilled Baby Corn on a Stick

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Spicy Grilled Baby Corn – QUICK SNACK!

Spicy Grilled Baby Corn

 

My daughter often wanders into the kitchen, proclaiming she is hungry and that I must fix her something yummy to eat. Three meals a day is hard enough, it’s not possible to give the kids cooked, tasty snacks everyday.. usually our tea time, is biscuits and Milo for the kids.  Naureen helped herself to the baby corn I was using for a salad. “Hmm, this is nice – maybe we could make something spicy with these and some lemon!”, she giggled. She didn’t think I would let her take the ingredients, I had intended for our salad. I thought it was actually a pretty good idea , so we ended up making these Quick, Tangy, Spicy Grilled Baby Corn Skewers!

I also skipped the ‘grilling’ part and simply seasoned some of the corn… kids liked that too!

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Tempura Prawns | Crispy Japanese Battered Prawns | Ebi Tempura

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Tempura Prawns | Crispy Japanese Battered Prawns

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Tempura Prawns | Crispy Japanese Battered Prawns | Ebi Tempura |

 

Tempura is the ever popular Japanese Batter Fried Seafood or Vegetable dish that can be served as starters. Tempura Prawns | Crispy Japanese Battered Prawns is without doubt the most popular. So easy to make. The batter is very light and yet so crisp. Tempura must be served immediately.  I sometimes marinate the prawns in a little soy sauce and sesame oil first, which I think is not traditional. Key to making a good batter is that It must be very cold (add ice cubes) and it must have some lumps (not super smooth). Consistency, may be adjusted to personal taste though, I like my batter a little thinner. I added more liquid.

 

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Keema Samosa | Mince Meat Sambousek | Recipes ‘R’ Simple

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Keema Samosa | Mince Meat Sambousek

 

This a my favorite Keema Samosa Recipe! Quite easy to make, just takes some time, peeling the samosa pastry and filling them. I like to toss the wok and get some flaming action in there to get a deliciously smoky flavor! Trust me you will love these. I will post my home made samosa wrapper recipe soon, but samosa pastry is available in most good supermarkets.

keema samosa recipe

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Galouti Kebab – The Royal Melting Kebabs

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galouti kebab recipe

Galouti Kebab – The Royal Melting Kebabs

 

The Galouti Kebab (Galawati Kebab)  is quite different as far as Kebabs go.. It truly melts in your mouth! I bet the phrase ‘melt in mouth’ was coined after having these kebabs! There is an interesting story behind the melting kebabs… The Rulers / Nawabs of Lucknow (formerly known as Awadh) were notorious for their exuberant lifestyles filled with vast luxury. But on the bright side (for us), many a regal dish was created on demand and till today remain prized recipes. Their fanciful palettes demanded and their Bawarchis (head chefs) delivered exciting food fit for a King!  Galouti Kebab, legend has it is the product delivered to the aging Nawab of Kakori (Wajid Ali Shah) , Kakori is Famous for the Kakori Kebabs. The nawab had lost his teeth, and demanded for a kebab which would not require the use of his teeth! Hence was born the softest, most delicate kebabs in the world!  The Royal Melting Kebabs.

Try to stick to this recipe, to get the authentic taste. Check out the video.

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Kadai Chana Masala

Kadai Chana Masala

Kadai Chana Masala – Wok Cooked Chickpeas and Potato Appetizer

Kadai Chana Masala

This version of Kadai Chana Masala is variation on the tradional recipe. Very tasty and very simple to make. It has a rustic flavor that is so popular in the Indian  fixed menu items. It may be served as an appetizer with Aloo Tikki or Samosas. It can also be served along with Puri.

Kadai Chana Masala ecipe

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Khandvi | Gujrati Besan Roll Snack Recipe

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Khandvi Recipe

KHANDVI RECIPE STEP BY STEP

Khandvi | Gujrati Besan Roll Snack

 

Khandvi is a a Gujarati Snack Roll made of Chickpea Flour (Besan) and Buttermilk. It is really easy to make,  The super smooth rolls are filled with savory or sweet coconut filling and seasoned lightly. I love how smooth and soft the rolls are. They just ‘dissolve’ in your mouth! And the best thing is this recipe requires very little oil.. so you can add it to your list  of Healthy Snacks!

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Uzhunnu Vada | Ulundu Vadai | Medu Vada | Urad Dal Fritters

Uzhunnu Vada

Uzhunnu Vada

Uzhunnu Vada | Ulundu Vadai | Medu Vada | Urad Dal Fritters (with slideshow)

Uzhunnu Vada  is my husbands favorite Indian Snack. Made of ground black gram dal (urad), it is very tasty. Crisp on the outside, soft and hot centre. So delicious served with chutney or sambar!

uzhunnu vada recipe

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