Friday 30 September 2011

Indus Ladies recipe E-book

Indus Ladies is the largest online community for Indian Women. Indian Women from around the world visit Indusladies to ask questions, get help, read and write blogs, engage in a dialogue and along the way build authentic and enduring friendships. Now they are compiling a Diwali E-book featuring 100 lip-smacking desserts by bloggers. I have contributed my Rasmalai recipe for the E-book. If you have a great dessert recipe and would like it to be part of the E-book please send in your entry to IndusLadies asap.  

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Tuesday 27 September 2011

Kuzhalappam Vilayichathu~ A traditional deep fried snack of Kerala

Kuzhalappam, another famous Kerala delicacy my aunt made for me when I was in Kerala. It is a traditional snack of Kerala which can be made in bulk and can be stored for a couple of months. Nowadays it’s common to get Kuzhalappam in bakeries and my home town Kottayam is very famous for Mammi Cheduthi’s Kuzhalappam and Churuttu (another Kerala snack). Usually the store bought ones are made of maida / all purpose flour and are whiter in colour and homemade ones are made of rice flour and are of brown in colour. The kuzhalappams can also be coated with a light sugar or jaggery syrup.
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Saturday 24 September 2011

Setting Sun!

An unusually colorful sunset in Kuwait…..

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Wednesday 21 September 2011

Chakkakuru Manga Curry / Jackfruit Seed and Mango Curry

I brought a big packet of chakkakuru from Kerala this year. Side dishes with chakkakuru are my favorite and I have already made Chakkakuru Manga Curry and Chakkakuru Mezhukkupuratti out of it….. This Chakkakuru manga curry is a traditional vegetarian side dish of Kerala….. A plate of boiled rice with this charu curry, a piece of fish fry and some mezhukkupuratti / stir fried vegetable or thoran is a bliss for lunch!
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Monday 19 September 2011

Rasmalai ~ A sweet treat to celebrate a new beginning :)

Hope all of you have noticed the new address of Swapna’s Cuisine J…. Yes we have moved to our own domain and I am thankful to all my readers, friends and family for the love and support you gave me all this time and I hope to get the same in future too…. This Rasmalai recipe I had posted during my early days of blogging and last week when I made it, I thought of taking a decent picture and reposting it… I also wanted the first post on my own domain to be a sweet dish……… It’s one of the easiest Rasmalai recipes to make….
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Tuesday 13 September 2011

Chakka Upperi / Jackfruit Chips

Either my grandmother or my mom’s sister would keep a packet of chakka upperi for me whenever they make it at home. This time also I got a big zip-lock packet of upperi when I went to Kerala…. So the credit to the hard work behind this upperi goes to my aunt and not me ;)… only credit that comes to me is munching it while typing and clicking photos… here is how she makes this Chakka Upperi/ Jackfruit chips…
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Friday 9 September 2011

Gothambu Payasam / Broken Wheat Payasam

Wishing all my readers a Very Happy Onam!

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Tuesday 6 September 2011

I am back after my summer holidays…..

Hi everybody…. I am back home after a hectic three weeks in Kerala. After our Europe trip we went to Kerala and it’s been almost 2months since I am away from my blog. Even though I had scheduled some posts, I was not able to respond to your comments or queries on time or to visit your blogs ... School re- opened for my son yesterday and I am trying to settle down slowly…. Since I have not really started cooking new recipe posts have to wait for a little while… I have collected some traditional recipes while I was in Kerala… will make all of them as soon as I settle here…. mean while I will post some pictures from our trip…

While I was in Kerala our little Aaryan celebrated his 7th birthday and as usual I made a cake for him and this time he wanted a Mickey Mouse birthday cake… He loved the cake even though I am not too happy with the look of the final product…. It could have made much better if I had some more time and icing tools with me :( … By the time I finished icing the cake it was already evening and no natural light was available to take a decent photo…. Anyways better luck next time right? ;)

On another note after waiting for a couple of months I finally got the "The Big Book of Baking” that I won on Divya’s blog… thank you Divya for sending such a lovely book! It was lovely to talk to some of my close blogger friends like Ria, Maria, Bindu, Mini and of course my college friend cum blogger Bharathy! Even though we couldn’t meet each other it was lovely talking to you all girls :)
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