Crispy Fish cakes/cutlets

“Cutlets on a plate is – sheer happiness on a plate.” Who doesn’t like cutlets? They are welcome any time of the day. Cutlets can be made with fish, any kind of meat, mixed vegetables and finally mashed potato to bind it all together. If made smaller, cutlets can be a starter too for any…

Prawn Masala – Kerala style

  “If given a choice I can live on a deserted island sit under a coconut tree and eat prawns all day.” Black Phoenix   Prawn masala/roast/ ularthu – Kerala style , a spicy dish, filled with the flavour of cocum, spices added and of course the coconut oil, not to forget the fried, crunchy pieces…

Tandoori bites

“True happiness is whiskey and tandoori chicken.” Tandoori chicken – flavourful, spicy, smoky chicken loved by millions all over the world. It’s the perfect dish to introduce you to the world of Indian spices. When grilled, the chicken is soft, succulent and flavoursome. I make grilled chicken very often as all you need is some…

Paneer and Capsicum masala

Cottage cheese or Paneer as we call it is a mildly flavoured end product that remains after curdling the milk and throwing off most of the whey. Half a cup of paneer is a low calorie high protein snack. Since I have sisters in Delhi and Mumbai, whenever they come down to kochi, accompanying them…

Fried chicken -everybody’s favourite

“Fried chicken tends to make you feel better about life”. Fried chicken- tender juicy chicken covered with a golden crispy crust. Fried chicken is one of the most favourite and popular dishes of America, in fact all over the world – there is not a single person who does not like it . With the…

Frenchtoast with Brioche Bread

French toast – the fine art of making a mess. ‘French Toast’ is a classic breakfast dish and is usually made using a day old bread . Since the texture of the bread is dry to a certain extent, it soaks up the milk mixture easily and hence makes it easier to handle . If…

Fish Biriyani

“The destiny of every Biriyani is to be eaten – eaten without guilt.” Biriyani is a true delicacy in every Indian household. It is a one- dish meal, it’s tasty and everyone loves it. Fish does not require too much of a marination so the whole cooking process could be over in about 45 minutes….

Chilli Cheese Toast

“I’ve never met a problem that cheese couldn’t solve.” – a wise guy. My version of a cheese toast – it’s got chilli powder, flour, egg, milk and oodles of cheese – baked! It’s simple and delicious, the ideal snack you’d like to bite into on a cloudy day. Could be fried too. All of…

Lemon dream

This chilled lemon dream is just out of this world, ultradelicious, simple, lime and lemony and so sublime -it’s your answer to a light dessert after a heavy meal. This is a very loyal dessert that never ever lets me down and it’s the dessert I think of immediately when I have to balance out…

Christmas Cake

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat…….. ‘Tis the season to be jolly…. Christmas -I think it’s the only universal festive season, or rather its the right tonic for all our souls – where families get together, traditions are shared, the joy of just being together and above all -most importantly- where the planning…

Mushroom and Cucumber Pulao

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard. When all you want to do is wind up cooking as fast as possible, the dish I go to and make is a simple pulao or biriyani – it’s quick , easy and tasty. All you need is Basmati rice and a peep into…

Saucy Pork chops

“There is poetry in a pork chop to a hungry man.” – Philip Gibbs After a lot of trial and error, I zeroed in on to this simple yet very effective recipe for pork chops – no dicing of onions etc. etc.in fact the balance of taste in this dish – sweet, tangy and spicy…