Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ulli Thiyal (Shallots with Tamarind & roasted coconut)

I know this is a very common dish is Kerala with different variations in recipe. I love this tangy spicy thiyal. Love it more if is prawns thiyal.

So here we go, I have my mom's yummy thiyal recipe out here, let me know what are the types and variation you all do with the thiyal.

1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
12 red chillies
8 black pepper cones
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
One and half cup of water
2 tsp oil
2 cups peeled whole shallots
10 curry leaves
1/4 Cup tamarind pulp
1 tsp salt

1. Dry roast the grated coconut around 10 mts or till dark brown
2. Now add the crushed ginger and garlic, saute for another 4 mts
3. Add 10 pieces of dry chillies and peppercones to it and saute for some more time, make sure it does not burn.
4. Now add the turmeric powder and remove from the stove, leave it to cool and then grind it to a fine paste by adding little water.
5.Heat the same pan and add oil to it, add the shallots and saute till transparent.
6. Now add the rest of the red chillies and curry leave and the coconut paste.
7. Saute for few minutes and add 1/2 cup of water and boil well.
8. Now add the tamarind pulp and the remaining 1 cup water and cook for 2 mts or till the gravy thickens.
Serve hot with rice and fish curry.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Vegetable Carving Classes

Learn the basic of Vegetable Carving on 22nd April 2015 3:00pm at Poonthi Road, Kumarapuram, Trivandrum.
Contact Marina at 08861389165 or 09379398865 to register for the classes at Trivandrum.
Limited Seats

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Summer Strawberry Cake

Strawberries cherries and an angel's kiss in spring
My summer wine is really made from all these things
Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time
And I will give to you summer wine...

Lines from the fantastic song, Summer Wine by 
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood. Somehow  I keep humming this tune every time I have strawberry.

Summer Strawberry Cake

Cool Treat for the Summer
This Easter in Bangalore my house hosted a group of gregarious boys from my brother's office. While we had an elaborate menu, barbecue ( veg and chicken), honey glazed chicken wings, hariyali chicken, rice, chicken grill, pork vindaloo, and finally a dessert " Summer Strawberry cake".

For the first time I made this cake, I never expected it to turn this soft and tender. Yes, every guest on this day loved every bit of the cake.

Next, it's your turn to bake summer strawberry cake. Just follow this recipe, word by word and you'll soon join the exclusive club of bakers who have claimed this summit. Keep baking, keep discovering. :)

  • 1-1/2 cups Maida
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry essence
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup strawberries halved

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C and butter a 9-inch  cake pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl  using beater, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Now add the egg and strawberry and beat on low speed until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, and beat on low speed until smooth.
  6. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula
  7. Arrange the strawberries on top, cut side down, so that they completely cover the batter
  8. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the strawberries.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes in 180 degree or until the cake is lightly golden and a tester comes out clean.
  10.  Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack. Serve with sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.
  11. Ready to savor 

Recipe Courtesy : Martha Stewart

Honey Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

Honey Glazed Grilled Chicken Wings

Ingredients to make chicken wings starter:

12 chicken wings with skin, rinsed and patted dry

Items required to Marinade

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
For the Sauce

  • 1 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tablespoons molasses (Dark Caramalised sugar can be used)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade. 

Line baking tray with foil for easy cleanup. On above the tray keep your rack and lightly grease it, you will have to place your wings on the rack.

In a medium bowl, mix together marinade Ingredients along with the chicken wings, 
Zip lock and keep it in the freezer overnight.

Line wings on prepared baking rack so they are not touching each other.

Bake on upper middle rack for 45-50 minutes for 200 degrees centigrade. Bake till the desired crispiness, 

watching closely so they don't burn. Flip chicken wings over and grill the other side until crispy.While wings are cooling, 

Melt butter over medium heat. Add remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer until slightly thickened, approximately 3-5 minutes.

Taste and add additional hot sauce for spicier sauces/more honey for sweeter.

When chicken is done, add to a large bowl and pour over sauce. Gently toss wings with a spatula until evenly coated.

Serve with desired dip.


  1. Don't make the sauce in advance or it will become too thick.
  2. If you are not finding paprika substitute with chili powder

Recipe Courtesy : Carlsbad Cravings

Thursday, April 2, 2015

French Dessert - Macaron

How does one describe a macaron? Here's the Wikipedia answer...
A macaron is a type of small circular cake, typically made from ground almonds or coconut (and/or other nuts, with sugar and egg white.

The name of the cake comes from the Italian maccarone  meaning "paste", and referring to the almond paste ingredient.

How does a macaron taste? 
It's crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle. When I tasted the first macaroon, I

Macaron Class in Trivandrum 
The three-hour French Macaron Class focuses on the creation - start to finish of these elegant, sophisticated, and colorful pasteries.
During the class, students are divided into groups and work through the steps from dry ingredients, to creating the batter, to piping, and then finish with a box of beautiful macarons for you to take home with you!

4 Different types of macaroon filling taught in the class

  • Orange Ganache
  • Pumpkin spice buttercream
  • Lemon Curd

Date - 20th April 2015,10:00 am ( Monday)
Location :- Poonthi Road, Kumarapuram, Trivandrum

Come and learn one of the French desserts which is fast becoming one of the current 'sweet' crazes across India. 
Perfect Dessert after Dinner

Gift Macarons to Your Friend
Ingredients to make Macroon in Bangalore

Key ingredients are almond meal,