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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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Butter Chicken Biryani | Singapore Style Easy Biryani Rice

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Butter Chicken Biryani

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Singapore, being such a cultural melting pot, has a lot to offer in the food scene! There are so many local delights as well as cuisine-fusion varieties available. The Chinese, Malay and Indian as well as the Peranakan food stalls are a plenty.  I feel lucky to call this place home. A foodie’s dream land, really.

Today I am sharing, the recipe for a trendy style Biryani Rice that is showing up in many of the Indian Stalls here. Butter Chicken Biryani..  It combines the method of cooking the ‘Nasi Minyak’, or Malaysian Ghee Rice and a diversified and simplified version of the Indian Butter Chicken. Unlike traditional Indian Biryani dishes, here the rice and chicken is cooked separately and simply served together.  The aroma itself is is quite drool worthy. You are going to love how easy and quick this is to make!!! Let me know in the comments section if you try it. ( Scroll down for the video).

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Quick Sambar | Speedy Breakfast Recipe

QUICK BREAKFAST SAMBAR

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quick breakfast sambar youtubeQuick Sambar | Speedy Breakfast Recipe

For those of you who love to have idli or dosa for breakfast, here is a Quick Sambar recipe. Made with just whole, peeled shallots and potato, it is very easy to make. God knows we all need easier dishes for breakfast time, being so hectic – especially if you pack lunches and need it all to be done before 9 am. Use you favorite sambar powder or use the recipe for home made sambar powder given below. A quick and tasty recipe that will come in handy, I am sure.

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Simple Kabsa | Saudi Arabian Fragrant Rice

Simple Kabsa

Simple Kabsa

Simple Kabsa | Saudi Arabian Fragrant Rice

Kabsa, the National dish of Saudi Arabia, is quite the humble dish. Each home making it their own, with various methods.. but the most common, daily dish is a very simple one -pot dish. Check out my other popular Kabsa recipe, which has more steps involved and used for more special occasions. For your daily meal however, I am sharing this favorite family method.

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Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy

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Butter Cake

Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy

Every now and then, something as simple as this Butter Cake makes an otherwise dull day into something to look forward to. It is so easy to make, and you probably already have all the required ingredients in your pantry already! You can dream it up and serve it within an hour. This cake is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. It also makes for a simple base cake to decorate with fondant or buttercream. You can make cupcakes with the batter too. To play around with the recipe  you can add grated orange or lemon zest to the batter.

Butter based cakes become denser upon refrigeration. Although I dont mind this at all, you might want to let it come to room temperature if taken out of the fridge.

I dedicate this recipe to my friend Afrah 🙂

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Hot Garlic Chicken | Indo Chinese Chicken In Hot Garlic Sauce

hot garlic chicken

Hot Garlic Chicken

Hot Garlic Chicken | Indo Chinese Chicken In Hot Garlic Sauce

Hot Garlic Chicken for any day of the week! I do believe with all my heart that Indo-Chinese cuisine is one of the best fusion cuisines ever created!!! My family loves – good Indo Chinese any day of the week! You all have your favorites, When it comes to fried rice or noodles, we all have a particular side dish that we always order along with that, now don’t we? This one is totally like the ones they serve at your favorite restaurant. Try this Hot Garlic Chicken and let me know. It’s hot but not numbingly so. My 9 year old loves it! The chicken is  batter fried and then cooked along with this sauce that mostly tastes of garlic, chilli paste and tomato sauce..spicy, sour, ever so slightly sweet all in perfect balance.

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Malabar Fish Curry with Coconut Tamarind and Tomato

Malabar Fish Curry with Coconut Tamarind and Tomato

Malabar Fish Curry with Coconut Tamarind and Tomato

Malabar Fish Curry with Coconut Tamarind and Tomato

 

Kerala is known for its delicious fish and seafood. There are so many varieties of fish curry that are so very delicious. While in many curries, ‘kudampuli’ or gambooge is used, in the Malabar region, most curries only use tamarind as the souring agent.  Ground coconut, tomato and tamarind flavors this curry, which is so simple to make but so heartwarmingly comforting to eat as well! Served over rice with papad and vegetables or even for breakfast with puttu.  For this curry, I love to use the milk pepper  (thondan mulaku, ney mulaku (ghee pepper) or sambar chilli). It has the loveliest buttery or milky aroma. It can be replaced with any mild green chilli. The curry is also best made with fish like Seer Fish.

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THONDAN MULAKU

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Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves

This Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry leaves has a lovely aromatic sauce that can be poured over rice or noodles. The combination of butter, curry leaves, onion and bell peppers flavors the tender beef in such subtle but effective tones. At our place we love this over rice or crispy noodles with a fried and oozy egg on top!

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Kozhi Ada | Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

kozhi ada mini fried chicken dumplings

Kozhi Ada – Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

Kozhi Ada | Mini Fried Chicken Dumplings

 

Hi everyone! Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. Thank you to all my blog readers who sent in comments and wishes.. I have been away for over a month and sadly had no access  ( or time) to post regularly.

I am now back and life has returned to it’s daily routines, but I might be a little slow to pick up on the recipes and videos.. you know one gets lazy after a long vacation. Today, I dusted off my laptop and decided to do a quick post just in case you are wondering where I have gone!

I will try to reply to all the comments asap on here and on my youtube channel asap!

So I was back in India for a very long vacation. We had a road trip through Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty, after which we had a bunch of weddings and lots of ‘busy’ happenings in Kerala. My whole family was there after a very long time. It was great, but now it seems like a dream.

Todays recipe, is a very popular Malabar Snack – KOZHI ADA and it goes great with your afternoon tea! These little bite sized fried dumplings are made with a spiced chicken filling. Quite easy to make, if you fancy something different today 🙂

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A Christmas Cook Book

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Hi everyone! Today I am not sharing a recipe but letting you know of a beautiful project that I am part of.

I am pleased to announce the release of the Foodies+ Christmas Recipes (Cook book) on Amazon.

🎄 🎄 🎄🎄 🎄 🎄🎄 🎄 🎄🎄 🎄 🎄🎄 🎄 🎄

So happy to be a part of this collaborative effort, to bring you a gorgeous recipe book written by some dedicated foodies, myself included.

Recipes from various corners of the world, this book will make an awesome Christmas gift.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the recipes I have contributed to the book.

orange-blossom-bellinis

Orange Blossom Bellini I was introduced to this beautiful drink on my trip to Dubai. It’s been a staple at my dinner parties ever since. The perfect mocktail, if you ask me. The light scent of the Orange Blossom Water along with the addition of nibbles is a combination of flavours to tease the senses. No alcohol required! This recipe replaces the customary peach puree and prosecco with sparkling grape juice, cranberry and sometimes blood orange juice. Here, it is the exotic scent of Orange Blossom that makes it all the more special.

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I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…well, White Christmas Cookies anyway. These White Cookies make the perfect gift for friends, family or teachers, I just love them! Coming from someone who thought she hated white chocolate, that’s a statement! The cookies are tender, with the perfect crunch, yet just chewy enough!

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It’s out!!! 🎄 🎄 🎄  Foodies+ Christmas cookbook !
With all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger , it’s some hard work, geared towards a good cause.
📚 Please share with all your friends. 🎅

I am also hard at work on my first couple of solo ebooks. Curry Recipes, Rice Recipes and   Favorite Regional Recipes.📚

The Foodies+ Christmas Cook Book – features almost 100 recipes from various parts of the world!

It is a privilege to be a co-author along with great contributors such as Azlin BloorLisa WatsonNomad DimitriJoy StewartIndrani Sen , Jasmina  Brozović, and Zvonimir Fras. Some of my favorite foodies 🙂

Available on Kindle on your favourite Amazon siteAmazon UKAmazon USAmazon AUS.

 

This is what you’re getting:

Supporting Cast
Starters, Soups, Sides, Stuffing, Sauces and Gravies

The Main Performance
We’re not just talking turkey, baby!

La Dolce Vita
Because Life should always be sweet!

Time for a Tipple
Always Happy Hour somewhere, right?

Feeding a Crowd
Canapés and other party food for the planned and uninvited guests!

Gifts from the Kitchen
The way to anyone’s culinary heart!

Menu Suggestions

And Basic Recipes, because we pay attention to detail!

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