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.

Mutta (Egg) Appam! Best of the Best.

A mention that original sin occurred in paradise could raise eyebrows. That’s what I would do when I hear someone say that appam came from Dutch (they said Puttu came from Portugal).
Jealous people also say that Jewish people in Kochi invented appam.
Make no mistake, it’s invented in Kerala (if you don’t want to accept that my mother made it first, at least that’s what I thought). And the mutton stew too.
And believe me, I first saw the mutta appam in our kitchen. And it’s the very special.

Mutta (Egg) Appam! Best of the Best.

Laddu and Jilebi of Paradise!

‘Thou shan’t eat these’, shouts the mind in wellness paradise.
The only way is not to go near the forbidden tree. The serpent is not just showing them, but hisses ‘remember Best and Rosarios’
The laddu and jilebi from these two bakeries in Kottayam (now closed down) of my childhood were just divine. Worth losing paradise!
Temptation revived when a bakery in Tripunithara near Kochi come out with these rare beauties.
The laddu is brittle with rock sugar and comes with raisins. The jilebi, well folklore has it that heavenly juice is injected with a large syringe after making usual jilebi.
Paradise is not lost fully. I managed to stop with half a laddu (well, maybe two third) on the first go.
But, the serpent says that the paradise keeper is jealous. ‘Come, have it all, and make paradise a heaven’.

Laddu and Jilebi of Paradise!

CHAKKA BIRIYANI. JACKFRUIT DUM BIRIYANI.

I remember the official menu when British Prime Minister, Theresa May visited India. Jackfruit Biriyani was one of the dishes.

It’s now popular across the world, that jackfruit is officially a health food.

Apparently, raw jackfruit is a taste substitute for meat and thus ideal for a vegetarian or vegan alternative for biriyani, cutlets, burgers etc.

I did the Dum process also with saffron, Rose water and milk. It came out well.

The recipe I used is here.

https://www.archanaskitchen.com/kathal-biryani-recipe-raw-jackfruit-pilaf/amp

CHAKKA BIRIYANI. JACKFRUIT DUM BIRIYANI.