Desserts, snacks

Sugiyan- sweet dal deep fried dumplings 

Sugiyan is a very popular snack in Kerala. Whenever we visit Kerala, while buying tea or coffee from the roadside stalls, this used to be a great accompaniment. There are variations to making this dish by changing the filling or the outer coating. I have tried using both green gram dal and Channa dal, and my personal favourite is the Channa dal filling. It is protein packed and very nutritious. Hope you enjoy this recipe.
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Ingredients: makes ~ 10 Sugiyans
1. Green gram dal or Channa dal- 3/4 cup

2. Coconut grated- 60 gms

3. Powdered Jaggery- 120 gms

4. Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp

5. Salt- little 

6. Plain flour- 1cup

7. Turmeric powder- a pinch 

8. Water ~1 cup 

9. Oil – for deep frying
Please watch video for the method.

Desserts

Badusha- an amazing Indian sweet for Diwali 

Badusha is a very popular Indian sweet which is very tasty and delicious. Usually it is made during festive seasons especially during Diwali. For the upcoming Diwali festival, I highly recommend you try this out and win hearts.

It is a deep fried dumpling which is sugar coated. It is simple and easy to make. You will get the perfect Badusha if certain key points in the video are followed. Trust me even if you try for the first time, this will be a winner. This recipe will give you perfect layered and also soft and juicy Badushaas which will be hard to stop with just one.
Enjoy the recipe!

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Ingredients:
For the dough:

1. Maida or Palin flour- 1 cup

2. Ghee – 80 ml

3. Water (cold) – 80 ml

4. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

5. Salt- 1/2 tsp
For the Sugar syrup:
1. Sugar- 2 cups

2. Water – 1 cup

3. Cardamom pods broken- 4

4. Orange colour or kesari colour- few drops mixed in little water

5. Lemon juice – few drops

Important tips:

1. Add lemon juice to sugar syrup to avoid sugar crystallisation.

2. Add cold water to the flour.

3. Rest the dough as mentioned 

4. While deep frying, make sure oil is only at low to medium heat. Not medium or high. This will allow even cooking.
Please watch video for recipe.

Mains

Neer Dosa- 2 ingredient recipe 

Neer Dosa is a popular Mangalorean dish which is very simple and easy to make. I first heard of it while watching Samayal Samayal show in Vijay TV. Since then wanted to try it out. This recipe shows the addition of coconut to the rice before grinding which is optional. 

Neer means water. As this dosa is made by adding water to the rice batter it is named so. And also this batter needs no fermentation which makes it even more easy. It is so light and fluffy crepes that it will be very silky.

It is usually had for breakfast or tiffin along with chicken curry or it can also be enjoyed with any tasty chutney like coconut chutney, coriander chutney or kurma.
Ingredients (makes ~15 dosas)

1. Any white rice- 1 cup( preferably raw or Sona Masoori)

2. Grated coconut- 1/2 cup

3. Salt to taste 
Please watch video for method.

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Reviews

Char kway teow – PappaRich, Doncaster

Being a foodie, I love to try new things from different cuisines. Being in Australia, I am absolutely spoilt with choices. I have been wanting to do food reviews for a very long time and here it goes. This review is only from my own experience and expectations. Hope you find it useful or even inspirational to try something different.

My first review is one of my very favourite dish, Char kway teow which means ‘stir-fried rice cake strips’  which I had at PappaRich in Doncaster, Melbourne. It is a popular dish in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. A lip smacking and saucy noodles stir fried which also had the option of vegetarian. The one below is the shrimp version I had along with bean sprouts and egg.

I sometimes confuse Char kway teow with the Thai dish Pad See Ew which is slightly sweeter.

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Coming back to the dish I had at Doncaster PappaRich, I absolutely loved the dish. It comes with a little less spiciness than what I would expect. But I grab the soy chilli sauce alongside. A dash of this sauce elevates the Char kway teow to just the right heat.

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And every time I visit this mall, it is hard not to order this dish again and again. Love it!

My ratings:

  1. Taste: 3.5/5
  2. Value for money: 4/5
  3. Ambience: 3/5
  4. Will I have it again: Yes

 

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Mor Kuzhambu- Iyengar style

Mor Kuzhambu is a delicious yogurt based curry which is very popular in South India in the state of Tamil Nadu. The style shown here is the traditional Iyengar style. The vegetarian dishes made by the Brahmins are quite unique and very tasty. This Mor kozhambu is one of the popular dishes which fall under that category.In this recipe, I have used ladiesfinger (okra) vegetable. We can also use taro(seppankizhangu), pumpkin, chow chow instead of vendakkai (okra). It goes great with steamed rice.
Hope you enjoy the recipe!
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Ingredients: serves 3-4

1.Ladies finger or Okra- 250 gms 
2. For grinding :

1) Toor dal- 2 tbsp

2) Coriander seeds- 2 tsp

3) Raw Rice- 1 tsp

4) Green Chilli- 3

5) Grated coconut- 3-4 tbsp

6) Cumin seeds- 2 tsp

7) curry leaves- few

8) Ginger- a small piece 
3. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

4. Coconut oil- 2 tbsp

5. Curry leaves- few

6. Yogurt – 3/4 cup mixed with water

7. Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Please watch video for the recipe

Desserts, snacks

Rava laddu 

Rava laddu is a very simple and easy to make laddu at home using Rava or semolina. This laddu will just burst into powder in your mouth at every bite. This sweet explosion will steal your hearts. Again there are variations to this by adding coconut or milk. Enjoy the recipe!

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Ingredients:

1. Rava or semolina – 1 cup

2. Granuated sugar – 1 cup

3. Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)

4. Ghee – 4-5 tbsp (including the ghee used to roll the balls)

5. Nuts- almonds and cashews chopped – few
Please watch video for recipe 

Mains

Chettinad Mutton curry

Chettinad Mutton curry is a very popular dish from one of my favourite cuisine, Chettinad cusine, from the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is packed with flavours from the freshly ground spices which gives its unique taste.This dish can also be replaced with lamb instead of mutton. This curry can be served with rice, dosa, idli, roti or any Indian bread.
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INGREDIENTS (serves 3)
1. Mutton or Lamb- 500 gms

2. Onion- 2

3. Tomato- 1

4. Ginger garlic paste- 1 tbsp

5. Curry leaves- few

6. Oil as required 

7. Bay leaf- 1

8. Coriander leaves- to garnish 

9. Turmeric powder- 1/ 2 tsp
To grind to powder: 

1. Dry red chilli- 3

2. Coriander seeds- 2 tbsp

3. Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

4. Pepper corns- 1 tsp

5. Fennel seeds- 1 tsp

6. Cinnamon stick- 1 small 

7. Whole Cardamom- 2

8. Grated coconut- 3 tbsp
Please watch video for recipe.

Mains

Adai- South Indian breakfast 

Adai is a very popular South Indian breakfast dish made using a batter of rice and various dals. This is a wholesome nutritious dish and can be had for breakfast, tiffin or even dinner. It is protien packed and can add grated carrot or drumstick leaves to the batter before making the Adai to bring in variety.

Enjoy along with Avial or coconut chutney!

INGREDIENTS (makes ~13 adai)
1. Raw rice- 1 cup

2. Idly rice- 1 cup

3. Channa dal- 1/2 cup

4. Toor dal – 1/4 cup

5. Urid dal- 3 tbsp

6. Moong dal – 3 tbsp (optional)

7. Dry red chilli – 10 nos ( also can add chilli powder)

8. Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp

9. Onions 1-2

10. Curry leaves- few

11. Coriander leaves- few

12. Gingelly oil preferred – 2-3 tbsp for each adai

13. Salt as required
Please watch video for method.

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Avial- mixed vegetables in coconut chilli base

Avial is an assortment of vegetables cooked in a coconut base. It is very simple and easy to cook. This is a very popular dish originating from Kerala in India.Festivals like Onam and Vishu are generally celebrated with a sadhya or feast in which Avial takes a prominent part of the menu. 

Hope you enjoy making this recipe. It goes great with steamed rice. 

Ingredients:

1. Assorted vegetables: used carrot,beans,drumstick, pumpkin. Usually yam and snake gourd are also added. ~ 1/4 cup each

2. Coconut – 1/4 cup

3. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

4. Salt as needed

5. Green chilli – 3 or 4

6. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

7. Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp

8. Curry leaves – few

9. Coconut oil (preferred) – 1 tbsp

10. Yogurt/curd- 1/4 cup
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snacks, Starters

Healthy Chicken Nuggets- crispy oven baked

Chicken nuggets are a huge favourite to everyone. Why not turn it into a healthy snack through baking it in the oven instead of deep frying. This recipe shows just that and it is so good that you would want more and more. Adjust the spiciness and add any extra flavours to your liking. Very easy and simple to make. This has been inspired from one of Jamie Oliver’s recipes. Hope you like it.

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INGREDIENTS (serves ~4)
1. Chicken breast- 350 gms 

2. Paprika or chilli powder- 1 tsp

3. Salt as required 

4. Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp

5. Lemon juice- few drops 

6. Pepper- 1/2 tsp

7. Wholemeal bread- 3 slices 

8. Cheddar or Parmesan cheese shredded- handful 

9. Olive oil- 1 tsp

10. Egg – 1/2

Please watch video for method: