Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nadan style Egg roast

As we believe, born in some traditional mallu christian home this dish has traveled around Kerala to be a favorite for most mallus. This egg roast brings out a great balance of flavors in spices when paired with appam or porotta. 

Prep Time:  30 mins
Eggs: 3
Onions (sliced): 2 medium size
Ginger (finely crushed): 1 teaspoon
Garlic (finely crushed): 1 teaspoon
Green chillies: 2-3
Curry leaves: 1 bunch
Tomatoes (pureed): 1 cup
Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
Chilli powder: 2 teaspoons
Coriander powder: 2 teaspoons
Garam Masala: 1 1/2 teaspoons
Salt & pepper to taste

Hard boil the eggs and keep aside. Pull out the shell and make slits all around the egg.In a deep pan, heat some oil.  Add the crushed ginger, garlic, chillies and saute. Add the sliced onions and saute well until the rawness of all the onions have gone.  Add the curry leaves and saute. Add all the spice powders. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now fry for about 5 mins, then add the pureed tomatoes and continue to stir until the tomatoes puree dries up in the mix.

Toss the eggs in another pan with little oil on medium heat until golden brown. Turn off the heat and add these eggs to the above mix.  Serve hot, its an excellent side to appam or roti.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kaya Vattan (Plantain Semi dry)

Plantain has been a staple vegetable due to its abundant growth in Kerala soils. Out of its many creations here is one dish which is very local to Kannur. And if you are wondering whats with the name, it gets the name from the cut of the vegetable Kaya = plantain  and vattan =  round.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Raw Plantain (Cut in rounds):  1
Garlic (crushed): 1 pod
Green Chilli (Slit): 2 
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Grated Coconut: 1/4 cup
Cumin seeds: 1 1/2 teaspoon
Coconut oil: 1 tablespoon
Water: 1/4 cup
Curry Leaves: Handful
Salt to taste

Plantain can leave lots of stain so before you cut put some oil on your hand and knife  and soak the cut plantain in some turmeric and salt water. 

In a deep pan saute the crushed garlic in 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add the cut plantain, slit green chili, turmeric powder and water.  Cover and cook until its soft. Add salt. Meanwhile coarsely grind the coconut and cumin seeds. Add this to the cooked plantain and let it all simmer for other 5-10 mins. Mix well and add the remaining coconut oil and curry leaves. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cranberry Orange Loaf

Inspired by a recent Facebook post of a dear cousin with a picture of some delicious cranberry orange loaf, we decided to give it a try. The results were truly a bakers delight. A slice of this loaf which is fused with the tartness of cranberries paired with citrusy oranges is great for your next tea party.

Prep Time: 40 mins
All purpose flour: 2 cups
Baking powder: 2 1/2 teaspoons
Eggs: 2
Butter: 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons
Sugar: 1 cup
*Orange juice: 1 cup
*Cranberries/Craisins: 3/4 cup
Chopped walnut/pecans: 1/4 cup
Orange zest: 3/4 tablespoon

* Fresh squeezed orange juice tastes better over store bought orange juice.
* You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. But we used the dried cranberries (craisins).

Beat the sugar and butter until smooth. Add eggs and beat until ivory. Meanwhile sieve the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt and keep it aside. Add the orange zest and orange juice to batter.  Slowly fold in the flour and mix well until its all smooth. Coat the nuts and craisins with 2 tablespoons of flour before you add them, else they will completely sink in. Mix thoroughly and note the batter should be a little thick and not very runny.

Grease a loaf pan with butter and pour in the batter.
Preheat the oven to 375 F . Bake for about 30 mins or until the center comes clean when poked. Once done take it out and let it cool.

Optional: Mix 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of orange juice to make a glaze and brush liberally all over the loaf.

Slice and serve warm with tea. Bon Appetite


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