Friday, April 29, 2011

Simple Mango Pickle

I dont very much like pickles, except when they are sweet. I like to eat mangoes ripe, as they are. And believe, they taste the best that way. I also believe pickles are very unhealthy, :( , with all the unhealthy salt, oil, chillies, vinegar added to it.
But my family definitely love them. So I have no other go, but to make them.

This is a very simple pickle & one that can be made if you are in a hurry. We got some awesome "Moovandan" mangoes from our mango tree this year. Some were a little ripe and some were more than raw. The little sweetness added to the taste.


Mangoes 15-20
Ginger crushed 3 tbsp
Garlic crushed 3 tbsp
Garlic pods 15
Green chillies 6
Mustard seeds 3/4 tsp
Fenugreek seeds  1/2 tsp
Curry leaves 2 springs
Coconut Oil  -10tbsp (add more if required.)
Vinegar 3tbsp
Pickle Powder 4 tbsp


 Wash mangoes, peel them and cut them into smaller pieces.
In a pan add oil, splutter fenugreek seeds & then mustard seeds.
Saute crushed garlic, ginger, crushed green chillies & curry leaves.
When they are very well sauted (almost brownish), add pickle powder and saute
until raw smell is gone.
Now add vinegar and let it boil for some time. Add salt.
Now add mango pieces & saute.
Saute and let it get cooked in simmer.
Enjoy with plain rice, Kanji, chapatis, Biriyani, whatever you choose..

Since this post is also mango again, shall I send it to the Mango event.

Here you go


Monday, April 25, 2011

Mango Milk Shake

It is summer, it is hot and it is the time of sweet mangoes...
Mango milk shake is very refreshing, nutritious and filling.
It is very simple and can be made instantly.

Here goes the recipe:


1.Fresh ripe mangoes 2
2.Milk 1 cup
3.Condensed milk(optional) 2Tbsp
4.Sugar as needed
5.Ice cubes few


Peel the mangoes and get the pulp
Blend all ingredients together.
Serve chilled as such or with vanilla icecream scoop.

I am sending this to the Healing foods event hosted by Reva of KaraSaaram & Siri of cookingwithsiri

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Eggless Banana Bread - Easter Special

Soft, moist, yummy, simple..cant stop praising this wonderful recipe.
It is the first bread recipe I ever tried. I am not a cake/bread fan because I always have a feeling they are unhealthy. But now that I tried this one, I simply cant stop making  it whenever I can.
It came out very well and I don't even want to try any other bread.



1.All purpose flour/Maida 1 cup
2.Wheat Flour 1/2 cup
3.Bananas 3 Ripe
4.Baking Soda 1 tsp
5.Butter 1/3 cup
6.Cardamom 1/2 tsp
7.Vanilla Essence 1tsp
8.Salt a pinch
9.Milk 2 tsp


Pre heat oven to 175 c. Mash bananas.
Melt butter and mix with the bananas.
Add sugar, vanilla essence, milk, baking soda and mix.
Add flour and mix.
Bake for 40-45 mins or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
Serve hot  with tea and love.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Cabbage thoran


1. Cabbage 1/2kg
2. Coconut 3/4 cup
3. Shallots 5-6
4. Green Chillies 4-5
5. Red Chillies 4
6. Mustard Seeds 1dsp
7. Cumin seeds a pinch
8. Curry leaves 1spring
9. Oil
10. Salt


Grate cabbage using grater or chop it very finely .
Mash shallots, green chillies, curry leaves in an ammi kallu coarsely.
Mix them well with grated cabbage and salt.
In a pan add oil, and splutter mustard seeds. 
Cut red chillies into 2 and add it to the pan.
Add the cabbage mixture to this , mix and cool covered for 5 mins on medium flame.
Check for salt and add if required.
After 5mins add coconut and saute well.
Cook covered for 10 mins on low flame or until cabbage is cooked well.
Server hot with rice.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mathi Ilayil Pollichathu (Sardine Fish in Banana Leaf wraps)


Sardines 10
Shallots crushed 2 cups
Ginger crushed 2 1/4 tbsp
Coconut milk 1/4 cup
Banana Leaves (shown over fire so that it is easier to wrap up,doesnt tear off) 5
Coconut Oil
Curry leaves 3 springs

For Masala

Red Chilly Powder 1 tsp
Coriander Poder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Pepper Powder 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Powder 1 dsp
Ginger garlic Paste 1/2 tsp
Vinegar 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp


Clean Sardines and make slits lengthwise
Make a paste of the masala ingredients and coat 2/3 of marinade thoroughly and keep aside for 15 mints
Fry the sardines slightly on medium heat, till they are half cooked.
After all sardines are done, in the same pan, add some more oil and saute shallots, ginger, and curry leaves.
Once they are sauted well, add the 1/3 of marinade and saute again.
When raw smell gone add thick coconut milk, boil and simmer.

Once the mixture is dry, switch off.
Take a banana leaf, add a small amount of the mixture and put 2 sardines over it.
Pour some more mixture over it and wrap up the banana leaves with the thin strand you get from the banana leaf itself
Repeat the same for the rest of the fish.
Now heat some oil, preferably in a manchatty , and let it cook for some time on both sides.
Serve hot with rice. Or eat it as such..
Sorry it dint last for me to click the final picture..I too was digging myself inside the banana leaf...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Milky Melon - to cool off this summer !!


Water Melon 2 cups
Milk maid 1/4 cup (or more as required)
Water 2 cups
Sugar (add if needed)


Remove the seeds and grind the melon to smaller pieces.Chill in freezer. Blend all ingredients together to make a thick shake.  Put some ground melon pieces on top if you prefer.
It is super simple and kids are going to love this.