What to do with excess fruits!

JUST SOMETHING WITH EXTRA FRUITS
Shelf life of fruits is short and throwing them off is not in my grain.
How to preserve them, the healthy way is a challenge. Preservatives are best avoided.
Here’s what I have done with Pappaya. The red one was yesterday and yellow from a ‘pink lady’ papaya, sometime back.
Mash the fruit and steam/ cook to jam consistency with some cardamom, cloves, cinnamon powder and ginger powder. Another key ingredient is lime juice.
No preservatives, no added sugar.
It stays good in refrigerator. I find it too good with Puttu. Also as jam with butter on toast.

What to do with excess fruits!

A Rare Bird

A EUREKA MOMENT
Did I just click a new bird! I saw this white beauty flying around a few days back and was waiting for a camera moment. And here it is.
I think, I have just discovered a new bird.
A KJ patent.
Isn’t she a beauty!

A Rare Bird

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh.

Lamb Rogan Josh
Slow cooker makes the most succulent Lamb Rogan Josh. I followed a recipe, the link of which is given here which has the Rogan Josh recipe also.
The 8 hours slow cooking made it very tender and nicely tasty.
I am happy I got my slow cooker.

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Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh.

Quinoa for Rice

A HEALTHIER KERALA LUNCH
A typical Kerala lunch is healthy. With the highest per capita consumption of fish, predominant use of meat, variety of vegetable dishes and par boiled rice; it’s already a healthy lunch.
Here it is made even healthier with replacement of the rice with quinoa.
Accompanying are fish curry, beef fry with coconut slices, cabbage thoran, Avial, vazhakka Mezhukkuvaratty with coconut slices and home made curd.

Quinoa for Rice

Mangosteen, a Much Loved Fruit. Tropical And Very Rare

MANGOSTEEN, QUEEN OF TROPICAL FRUITS.
I was thrilled to get this loving delivery from a cousin of a box full of mangosteens.
Most exotic and considered a luxury, these are highly seasonal and geographic, but ardently grown in Kerala, of late.
My father was one of the pioneers in bringing this to our place and the ones planted by him are still bearing lovely fruits, after nearly 50 years, I suppose.
Lockdowns and my current circumstances has been preventing a trip to the hometown, but this is a very very welcome gesture.

Mangosteen, a Much Loved Fruit. Tropical And Very Rare

Yogurt in Crockpot.

NATURAL YOGURT. CROCKPOT WAY
We get our yogurt from the stores, thick and pure white. As for all store bought packaged foods, I am not very sure if preservatives, thickeners and sweeteners are used.
That’s when I see one of the twelve options of my Crockpot as Yogurt.
Bought a litre of packaged full fat milk from the store and did the crockpot process as per the cookbook.
It should have been thick well fermented Greek yogurt copy, but I find lots of water, even though it tasted good.
That’s when I remembered my classmate, who’s in US trying to make coconut oil using packaged, tinned thick coconut milk. She found no oil after boiling it to the end.
If we can do the full process ourselves with natural ingredients, it’s the best way!

Yogurt in Crockpot.

Let Me Do It Before The Season Is Gone!

COCONUT MILK, CHIA SEED, PUDDING
Mango season is going away! And I haven’t made the chia seed inspired, falooda like, healthy, display friendly, dessert.
And here it is.
Soaked in thick coconut milk and refrigerated, chia seeds form layers, in between mango, pineapple, papaya, musli and pumpkin seeds fillings, in glasses. Honey is poured in to the attractive layers.
Thank you @neethu.nambiar1 for the inspiring idea, two years back.

Let Me Do It Before The Season Is Gone!

ഏണ്ണി ഏണ്ണി ചക്കക്കുരു ചുട്ടു ചുട്ടു തിന്നണം അമ്മ അറിയാതെ തേങ്ങാ പൂളി പൂളി തിന്നണം

(Counting counting jackfruits seeds charcoal roasted and eaten and without mother knowing the coconut scooped and eaten)
A childhood mumble is relevant even now as far as coconut goes, just that mother is replaced with wife.
But jackfruit seeds are rare and counting and tossing in charcoal fire is difficult.
The barbecue grill in the balcony thus comes handy for the barbecued seeds. And I have to get new coconuts to scoop and eat without anybody seeing as what’s in the house has assigned jobs.

ഏണ്ണി ഏണ്ണി ചക്കക്കുരു ചുട്ടു ചുട്ടു തിന്നണം അമ്മ അറിയാതെ തേങ്ങാ പൂളി പൂളി തിന്നണം

Bone Broth.

BONE BROTH
Finally, the slow cooked (24 hours) Lamb Bone Broth is done. Thanks to the multifunction Crock.Pot.
I always wanted to have it during my intermittent fasting limited eating window. Now there’s an additional valuable use while nursing my wife in her recovery process.
She had the first cup and she loved it.
The lamb bone broth is flavoured with organic herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley and I added some Kerala spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper.
Added in were carrots, mint leaves, garlic, ginger and onion.
Of course Apple Cider Vinegar is added as an essential.
As for all organic preparations, treated filter water is used.
Sea salt will be added only at the time of consumption.
The excess broth will go into the freezer for use on a daily basis.
I love my Crock.Pot.

Bone Broth.

Mangoes On The Balcony Tree.

How about plucking mangoes from your balcony! That too all season.
Well, if the claims are true, that’s what I may have in our balcony.
These bonsai, cloned, budded trees are on sale.
I once had a dream of high High density mango plantation. Perhaps, this could be an alternative.
At least, I love the idea.

Mangoes On The Balcony Tree.