Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kuzhalappam

Making of Kuzhalappam has some fond memories from childhood. During X'mas, we used to host X'mas party for our family friends at our house. Mummy would make variety of Palaharam/snacks to be served. Kuzhalappam would be one among the snacks.


Making of it would be a combined effort of all at home. Mummy would make the dough. Then the rolling and shaping would be done by Papa, chetan (brother) and me, while Mummy would fry these. I used to love that team work.






Kuzhalappam can be had coated with sugar. I like the way they are and so never sugar coat it. Here is the recipe to the Kuzhalappam that I made. I hope you enjoy it.










Ingredients

  1. 2 cup of finely ground and roasted rice flour
  2. 1 tsp of black sesame seeds
  3. 1/3 cup of freshly grated coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  5. 1/2 tsp of garlic paste
  6. 3-4 shallots finely sliced
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Boiling water as required
  9. Oil for frying

Method
  • In a blender, add ingredients 3-6 and 2-3 tbsp of water. Grind it to a paste. Remove it into a bowl and keep it aside.
  • In a heavy bottom skillet, drop in the rice flour and the ground mixture. Mix it well , so that it gets distributed evenly. Now on medium heat, roast the rice flour mixture. Keep stirring continuously and adjusting the heat so that the rice flour does not burn. Once it is roasted, remove it from the heat and keep stirring it at intervals untill it cools down a little. This mixture would be fine but with little crumbs in it due to the coconut that do not ground into a paste. 
  • Add the sesame seeds and salt as required. Give it a mix.
  • Now add boiling water little by little while you stir it with a spoon untill you get a dough consistency. Let it cool down a little. Then knead it with your hands to form a soft but non sticky dough. 
  • Take a plate and cover it with a damp kitchen towel. 
  • Apply oil on your palms and roll out small balls of dough (3/4" in diameter). Place it on the plate, under the damp cloth. 
  • Once you have done making the balls out of the dough, its time to roll it out into thin discs. Take two banana leaves of about 20" X 20". Wash it and pat it dry. Place a leaf on the kitchen top and apply oil in its center. Now keep a ball of dough on it. Apply oil on the center of the other banana leaf and place it on top of the ball of dough. Now that you have a ball of dough in between two greased banana leaves, take a flat bottom plate or bowl and keep it on top of the banana leaf and press it with just enough pressure to form thin disc of dough. Gently peel off the disc of dough from the banana leaf and roll it into a kuzhalappam (refer tips).
  • Place it onto a tray. Once you have done working on a batch of kuzhalappams, heat up the oil for frying in a pan. Once hot, turn the heat to medium high heat and fry the kuzhalappams in it, tossing it in the oil to fry them evenly. Do not over fry it. They would be done once they stop bubbling and attain a golden brown colour.
  • Drain off excess oil and remove it on to a plate lined with paper towel. 
  • Let them cool down completely before you store it in an air tight container. 

Tips
  1. You have to be really generous with oil while making kuzhalappam. Applying oil while rolling out the dough helps them to prevent drying out as well as to help them roll out smoothly. Applying the oil on the banana leaves helps to peel them off with much ease.
  2. If you are making a big batch of kuzhalappams, I would recommend working in batches (batches of rolling out the dough into kuzhalappam) to prevent them from drying out.
  3. At home, my mom uses papaya stems to help get the kuzhalappams in shape. I used a thin straight plastic pipe to form the kuzhalappams. Do not forget to oil the pipe/papaya stem while you roll the disc of dough on it to give them the shape. It would help the kuzhalappam to slide out with ease rather than stick on to it.
  4. It is easier to make these if you have some one to help you out with. So that while a batch of it is being fried and new batch of kuzhalappams are being shaped into.
  5. Some people like the kuzhalappam sweet and go for sugar coating it. However, I just love it this way. If you wish, you could sugar coat it to make it a sweet treat.





Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls

I am back after a long break. I would keep on disappearing here and there, depending upon how my little man behaves and cooperates. Well, this time my absence had little to do with him. This time it was the virus attack. Yes the viral fever took each of us down one by one. Ufff, I don't even wanna think about those days and I wish it does not repeat here nor to anyone out there.


The last time I logged into blogger was about a month ago, to write this post and then we fell ill and by the time we got better, it was time for my parents to leave. No doubt, I miss them. At the same time, Jordan also is missing them. Because he gets to see only two people always welcoming him after he gets up from sleep or may be to play with him. Well, we have to live with it now. We are trying our best to get back to a normal schedule now.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fruit tart

The only good thing about summer is you get to have mangoes and variety of berries. We love having mangoes the way they are or may be in the form of Mango Shake. When it comes to berries, we usually have it during breakfast, by adding into oatmeal or may be to bite into it while having Pancakes, French Toast etc.




Another way of having berries (if you don't want them to be eaten alone) is to go for this colourful tart. Don't they look so lovely? They taste good too. Every bite of it is so refreshing with so many variety of fruits in it that anyone is gonna love having it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Broccoli soup

Broccoli has never been my cup of tea. We had bought it just once and never again after that. Even at the restaurants, if it is served as a side , I would just leave it untouched.



Whenever I used to see recipes related with Broccoli in it, I would wonder what makes people to love it. And then one day, I saw Broccoli soup being posted by Meena and Divya. Those soups seemed to be attractive because they didn't have broccoli visible in them(they had added them having pureed). I thought may be if I try something similar, it could drive off the dislike towards Broccoli and it worked. We loved it. It served as a warm appetizer for our dinner.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A beautiful evening in Phoenix !

Just when we thought of going out to wipe out boredom, nature made our surroundings even more interesting.





Friday, July 4, 2014

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake

A visit to the IHOP is always meant either for pancakes or omelets. I just can't have enough of those. While I was pregnant with Jordan, I used to feel sick in the initial months. During those days the only things I could have was dosas or pancakes. I have had plenty of servings of them and I am so much grateful to all those restaurants who served me with those and made me feel good.



I have always made these pancakes in the past. But to make the pancakes fluffy was always challenging for me. Finally I learnt the trick of making them fluffier.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Arabian grape juice

Arabian grape juice reminds me of Oasis, a hotel that had opened up just next to our college. We used to looove the Arabian grape juice served there. We being a huge gang of friends, every month there would be one or two birthdays that we would celebrate. With Oasis having come up so close, we changed the birthday cake cuttings from cafeteria's or parks to Oasis. We(the noisy bunch of college students) could cut the cake as well as get a glass of this juice (which was super filling) so the restaurant guys also could not say no to us. Later we overheard a server nicknaming us as 'The juice gang'. So we had to put a full stop to our birthdays celebrations to be held there but used to still go there in small bunch to drink this juice.

I have no idea if the same restaurant does exist there but I would so love to go back and enjoy that chilled glass of juice to refresh old memories. But for now, as an alternative I am just going to drink this homemade juice sitting at home and pretend I am with that same noisy gang back there in Oasis :). Even though you may not have nostalgic moments attached to this grape juice, you should try it. It is so good and filling that you are sure to make this quite often.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Homemade Pizza

Who does not love Pizza? Well there may be few people who may not love it, but we definitely do, except for the guilt of stuffing ourselves with that amount of cheese, we are all in for it, anytime. 


Pizza making is not as big a deal as I had thought of. One day when I finally thought of trying it , it came out so good that it just vanished.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Torcettini

Its almost a year now that I made these. Last year this time is when I made it, to pack as snacks for a road trip. I thought, now that I would want to spend more time with my baby and at the same time keep my passion towards blogging intact, I could look back on all those drafts that have been lying behind untouched. So here it is.



I had made these the day prior to our trip and it tasted great. What I liked the most about it was the ease of making it while I was busy packing stuff for our travel. They are just so simple to make.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dhokla

I had not been a fan of dhokla untill 31st December, 2008. Ya, I am pretty sure about the date because that day I paid an unplanned visit to my mom's cousin in Bhopal. All thanks to Indian Railways to have messed with my ticket that made me jump of the moving train. Well the train had just left the platform and wasn't in full speed, else I wouldn't be writing this post right? Oh no, this is not what you think, not a suicidal attempt. Trust me, the very thought of it, still leaves my knees fellowshipping. But in a way it was good to have spent a new year and bond with relatives, who otherwise would have most probably been more familiar to me just by their names.



Anyways, getting back to dhokla - Alphonse aunty, who came to my rescue, made these at home and I must say that the taste of dhokla is still hanging around on my tastebuds.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps are a must to order when we are at P F Chang's. We love it. Every bite is so refreshing with the crunchy lettuce and made yummy with the filling in it. 



I just wanted to recreate something similar at home. Couple of times that we made earlier were not that great. Finally this version seemed to be getting much more closer to the ones that we usually have.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Semiya Upma / Vermicelli upma

Yup, I am back as I had told in the earlier posts that I would be. For the time being I have some drafts which I had been delaying in posting for a while now. Those drafts are gonna feed my blog untill my baby gets settled down in our crazy world. He still has got his nights and days mixed up. So while he is sleeping through the day, I thought I could do something else other than starring at him :). Anyways, this time it is Semiya Upma. Lazy morning breakfast option is what I would describe these to be.



During college days, when we used to attend camps, Rava Upma used to be served quite often. No complaints from my end, because I love Upma. But Upma is not very well accepted by all. Atleast that is what I have seen while I was in hostel or while attending camps. Even my man does not like it. But this semiya upma is well appreciated by him. So this is like a life saving breakfast option for me when we would get up late and have to quickly make something up for breakfast while I would be juggling with the options for lunch, to pack for him. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Birth Announcement ~ A very special post on Mother' day !

Happy Mother's day !

It's been almost a month since I had my last post published. I thought I owe an explanation to all my readers of the reason for me being absent from this virtual space of mine. Well, the reason being a very special and close to our heart, I am glad that I could publish this post on Mother's day. Nothing more apt than that.



God assigned me a full time job of being a mother and handed over a baby boy to us on April 21st, 2014. We chose to name him Jordan Jacob. He missed it by a day of becoming an Easter baby, may be because he wanted his foodie mother's wish of having Appam and Chicken curry made by his grandmother for Easter breakfast (an indirect way of him enjoying it too while he still remains in my tummy). 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kozhukatta

Have you heard of Kozhukatta perunnal ? I am sure most of you have not. Because it is a catholic tradition followed only in certain parts of Kerala. My mom had never heard about it untill she got married. At my father's home this is a great tradition, where every one joins in to make it the day before Palm sunday and its called Kozhukatta sheniyazhcha. So we too used to follow the same tradition.



Its celebrated in memory of Jesus Christ being stoned. Its in memory of that, that we make these round stone shaped sweet dish. It has always seemed a strange thing to me to eat something sweet in memory of someone who was hurt that day. That is just one version of the history behind it. There are so many other versions. Hmm...anyways, I love having it and it gets all nostalgic when I start making it. It reminds me of those days as kids when we would sit down to give a hand in making these and my father would pour out so many memories from his childhood. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mango Shake

Summer is almost here. Do you have any plans for this summer? Well, with the past year's experience I think we would keep ourselves locked inside rather than going out. Last year, we kept running away from sun. It was pretty hot. Atleast, we felt so. Five minutes in the sun was like sedative for me. I would fall off to sleep as soon as we would be back home, all tanned and burnt. I wonder how harsh it would be this time. If at all there was a weather moderate enough and remained the same all through out the year. Ahh, but then again, we would complain...human nature.



Now that mangoes are in season, I thought I should do this post. I must admit, I really miss the taste and smell of mangoes back home. The mangoes that we get here are no way close to comparison what we get there.

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