Thursday, 20 June 2013


Recipe is adapted from here

1.      All purpose flour-1 ½ cup
2.      Mango puree-1 1/2 cups                         
3.      Baking powder-2tsp
4.      Sunflower or canola oil-1/3 cup
5.      Sugar-2/3 cup
6.      Vanilla essence-1tsp
7.      Cardamom powder-3/4tsp
8.      Salt-1/2tsp


1.      Sift flour, baking powder,  salt and cardamom powder together . Keep it aside.
2.      Peel off the mango, cut into pieces and grind into smooth paste. Add oil, vanilla essence and sugar into this mango puree .Whisk until sugar dissolves completely.
3.      Add sifted flour into this in three batches. Gently mix all the ingredients. Pour into prepared cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree for 35-40 minutes or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Once it is done, transfer the cake into a cooling rack. Let it cool completely. Cut into desired shapes and serve..This cake taste best on the next day. So be patient till the other day :)

Monday, 17 June 2013


1.      Rice-1 ½ cup
2.      Tomato-1 ,chopped
3.      onion-half of one
4.      Green chilly-2nos,chopped
5.      Carrot-1,cut into small cubes
6.      Beans-8nos,chopped
7.      Green peas-3/4cup
8.      Chillypowder-1/2tsp
9.      Coriander powder-1tsp
10.  Garam masala-1/2tsp
11.  Water-3cups
12.  Oil/ghee-2tbsp
13.  Salt

Method of preparation

1.      Heat oil in a pan. Sauté onion and green chilly until onion turns soft. Add in all powders and salt stir for 2minute.Add tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are cooked and melts completely, add chopped vegetables. Mix well and let it cook for 5 minutes.
2.      Add the mentioned quantity of water. Add salt if requires. Bring the water to boil. Now add the rice .Give a nice mix. Close the pan and cook in medium flame until the water dries up .Switch off the flame and gently stir the pulav with a fork.
Enjoy with raitha and pickle….

Notes: If you want to cook this in a pressure cooker check here.If you are using dried green peas, soak it over night and cook in advance.

Friday, 14 June 2013


Kinnathappam is a traditional Kerala ‘palaharam’ .Kinnam refers to a shallow copper or steel vessel in malayalam.Kinnathappam can be called as a steam cooked rice cake . Kinnathappam are of two types, one made with jaggery and the other with sugar. Here I have made sugar kinnathappm.Dont be confused with Kinnathappam and vattayappam.Unlike kinnathappm the latter is prepared with fermented rice batter. This is a delicious sweet snack  with smooth and soft texture.

Recipe by Lakshmi Nair


1.      Raw rice( pachari)-1 cup
2.      Sugar-1cup
3.      Egg-1no
4.      Thick coconut milk-1cup
5.      Thin milk-2 ½ cup
6.      Cardamom powder-1/2tsp
7.      Jeera (cumin seeds)-1/4tsp
8.      Little oil or ghee for greasing the plate

Method of preparation

1.      Soak rice for 3 or 4 hours. Grind this into smooth paste by adding required amount of thin coconut milk. When the rice is fully grinded, add egg, sugar and cardamom. Grind again till sugar dissolves completely.
2.      Add remaining thin coconut milk and thick coconut milk. Mix well .Sieve this mixture through a fine cloth .This sieved batter will look like frothy milk.(see the pics below)
3.      Grease a shallow steel plate. Pour this batter. Fill only ¾ th of the plate. Steam cook this for 45 minutes .When it is half done, open the steamer ,sprinkle few jeera seeds over the top. Keep the lid on and cook again till it is done. Even after the mentioned time, the appam may look like uncooked and sticky on touch. But it will solidify upon cooling. So try not to cut while it is hot.
 Once it has cooled, cut into desired shapes and serve.

Notes: Kinnathappam is a thin cake .So always use a shallow vessel, preferably a steel thali plate. The batter should not be thick. With the above quantity two Kinnathappams can be made.

Sieved batter

Wednesday, 12 June 2013



1.      Chena (elephant yam)-2cups,peeled off and cut into small cubes
2.      Onion-1no,thinly sliced
3.      Chilly powder-1/2tsp
4.      Coriander powder-1 ½ tsp
5.      Garam masala- 1/2tsp
6.      Pepper powder-3/4 tsp
7.      Soya sauce-1tsp
8.      Salt
9.      Oil-3tbsp
10.  Mustard seeds-less than 1/4tsp
11.  Curry leaves- a few
12.  Water-just enough to cover the vegetable.

Method of preparation

1.      Combine cubed chena,onion,salt  and water. Cook until yam turns soft. Do not overcook it. Drain the excess water after cooking.
2.      Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. Add curry leaves. Now reduce the flame. Add all powders except pepper powder. Stir for a minute. Add the cooked yam. Mix well. Now add the soya sauce. Give a nice stir. Keep in medium flame until it is well roasted .Stir in between. Lastly add pepper powder.
Serve hot with steamed rice…

Notes : While cleaning and cutting the yam, try to wear gloves or  oil your hands since it causes itching.