Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cucumber Pickle

Cucumbers in brine ~ 200g
Garlic, minced-1-2 tsp
Ginger, minced-1-2 tsp
Green chilly, sliced-3
Kashmiri red chilly powder-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds, crushed- 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida- a small pinch
Gingelly oil/ any veg. oil-1 tbsp
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Vinegar-1 tbsp

For making cucumber pickle in Kerala style, I used pickled cucumbers (in salt water/brine). Method of preparation is exactly same as my previous post on Olive Pickle.

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Drain cucumbers. You can save the salt water that cucumbers were soaked in.
Heat oil in a cooking pan and splutter mustards. Add curry leaves, green chillies, ginger, and garlic. Saute until they are slightly brown. Reduce heat, add chilly powder, turmeric powder and crushed fenugreek.Stir for a couple of minutes and add vinegar. Bring it to boil and add cucumbers. Adjust the consistency of the pickle by adding more water or the salt water that cucumbers were soaked in. Add salt if needed. Mix well, turn off the flame, cool and keep it in an air-tight jar.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Berry-Banana Smoothie

Blue berry - 1 cup
Strawberry - 8-10 nos
Banana -1/2-1
Milk- 11/2 cup (I used 2% milk)
Sugar - 3 tsp
Vanilla essence -1 tsp
Ice cubes -5-6 nos

Clean fruits and combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
The color of smoothie will change if you leave it for a long time. So consume immediately.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fried Shredded Pork /Pork varuthu idichathu /പന്നി വറുത്ത് ഇടിച്ചത്


Pork -1 lb

Chilly powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder-1tsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

(crushed or onion-1,sliced)
Dry red chilly-4
Curry leaves-a handful
Black pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Lemon juice-1/2 tsp


Clean and cut pork into thin flat pieces. Marinate it with ingredients #1 for one hour. Heat a wide frying pan and fry pork until both sides are brown (no need to add oil since the meat usually has lots of fat, but, if it is required, use oil spray).

Pound the fried pork pieces with a hammer (or something heavy) and pull apart the meat to shred.

Spay oil in a pan and saute dry red chillies for 3 min to make them warm and crispy. Crush roasted red chillies together with garlic and curry leaves. If you are using shallots, you can crush them too.

Heat oil in a pan and add this crushed mix and crushed shallots (or sliced onion). Saute until the onions are slightly brown. Add shredded pork and mix well. Stir fry until they are brown and crispy. Season with black pepper powder and lemon juice. Serve with rice.