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Masala Dosa

Today’s breakfast…No stories to write about this…When you always have idly or dosa, this comes as a welcome change…No doubt Idly is comforting…Once in a while we add a little more calorie by eating these delicacies…Anything stuffed, whether it is roties or dosas, the taste is enhanced..

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Mango Panna Cotta

An easy to make Italian dessert…Very soft creamy pudding made with milk, sugar, cream and gelatin…Effortless pudding to make in a jiffy in any occasion…We usually think of a payasam or custard pudding as a dessert…being a Malabari..Now we have started thinking laterally thinking that the horizon is endless..

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Shrimp fritters (a tasty delicacy of shrimp)

Shrimp is a shellfish only found in sea…They belong to the crustacean family…a very delicious shellfish..its taste is otherworldly…You do not have to be an expert to make a tasty dish out of shrimps…Today I wanted to make fritters of shrimps…these can be eaten as a starter or as a teatime snack…It is best to have it when it is warm..do not wait for it to become cold to have it. Here I marinated the shrimps to infuse the masala flavour, then deep fried.

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Sun-dried Bitter gourd fry

As the name suggests the bittterest vegetable possible…Most people have an aversion to this vegetable mainly bcz of its bitter taste…Its nutritional value is enormous…Mainly it is the main source of plant insulin and reduces the ill effects of diabetes if you consume raw as juice…But when you dry it in the sun, then fry, the bitterness practically nullifies and becomes very tasty…In fact you start loving this vegetable…A good combination with rice.

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Potato wedge fry

Who don’t like potatoes…It is one vegetable you do not get bored with,,,and is available in your kitchen even when the fridge is empty…The most nutritious and delicious tuber…only difference is the way you cook it…It is all up to you…If you want a low cal dish can mash the potatoes and have it with salt and pepper,…But once in a while we feel like indulging…What is the point in being strict with food??So here I have made potato wedges…the beautifully fried side or can be eaten as a starter…

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Aloo mushroom stir fry

Potato, you get throughout the year and is a good source of dietary fibre and reduces cholesterol. When eaten baked or boiled and mashed the benefits are high…This is one vegetable that can be substituted for meat…Combined with mushrooms the nutritional value increases. Mushrooms are rich in vitamins and iron. Taste wise also both of these compliment each other and gives a rich meaty flavour …a boon to vegetarians.. This combination we had with chapathi and we did not miss the meat..the taste was really too good to resist..

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Mango bread pudding

Mango bread pudding…this is an awesome combination…I had lots of mangoes with me and was searching for a unique dish to do with that with no proper recipe available..all are used up by people..Like jack fruit, mangoes can’t be preserved that well..so you have to finish then and there without waiting for it to rot..Juice we always make and nothing new about it..then I thought “why not combine with bread and make pudding??!!!…That is how I ended up making this sweet dish.. You can add more condensed milk if the sweetness is less. It is your personal preference. Add nuts…

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Bread Pudding (double ka meetha)

This dish is a Hyderabadi sweet..I remember having this dish when we were stationed in Vizag,,,an important port city in South India..The biggest city in Andhra Pradesh..The easieast dish possible…all you need is some bread , milk and sugar. This sweet tastes good when eaten warm..not necessary to wait for cooling. An easy dessert that can be prepared in a jiffy.

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Aloo Paratha

The foolproof dish..Any stuffing with paratha is too good to resist…Whether veg or nonveg the filling takes it to a different level…and even who hates parathas ( like my husband) loves it when it is stuffed with something edible..When it is nonveg all the more reason to crave it..Aloo is one vegetable when there you don’t miss the meat…A cholesterol lowering vegetable..has high fiber content. Here we had it with prawns pickle, an awesome combination..

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Sunday lunch with rice and dry nethili( anchovies) and baby potatoes and the usual dal with cucumber ( we call it mulagushyam) altogether a nostalgic combination..

Dry fish we all love ( fish lovers)..can’t explain the taste..even if it is a bit on the higher side on salt we all love it in Malabar…anywhere for that matter…Only not liking part is the pungent smell it gives out when frying…In fact the smell lingers for a whole day..But when you think of the end result you look forward to only that,,not the in between awkwardness..During rainy season we use dry fish in plenty,,those time fresh fish will not be available in plenty..mainly fisherman will not go to sea fishing…

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