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Green/Raw Banana Chips....a healthy Kerala snack.

Green/Raw banana chips (upperi) is a must for Onam. Banana chips is also known as Kerala Chips or Upperi Or Ethakka Chips. Calicut is famous for banana chips, everywhere you can see Chips Center and as onam holidays started I made some for my kids. I wish you all a Happy Onam.

Banana chips is the most common snack you will find in Kerala....and finds its place in all the important occasions...it is easy to make and more healthy than potato chips.....just slit the green skin lengthwise and remove the raw banana from the skin preferably with your hand. Use a slicer to slice the banana.
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Have you tried makingJackfruit Chips/Chakkavaruthathu?? Ingredients:
Raw banana: 2 kg. Coconut oil: ½ litre. Salt: 2 tsp. Water: little. Turmeric: ½ tsp. Chips cutter or slicer. Method:
Wash the bananas and leave it to dry. Cut a slit lengthwise into the banana and remove the skin with your hands and keep it aside. . Mix water, salt, and turmeric and keep aside. Heat oil…

chicken biriyani in pressure cooker | pressure cooker chicken biriyani

chicken biriyani in pressure cooker or pressure cooker chicken biriyani is an easy and quick biriyani and the beauty of this recipe is that you only need the pressure cooker to make this biriyani

Imagine the flavour, aroma, and taste of rice cooked along with meat and that is what makes pressure cooker biriyani so special. I read somewhere that there are more than 56 types of biriyanis wow!! that is quite a number. Making biriyani the traditional way can be time consuming, cooking and straining the rice, making the kuruma, layering them, baking them etc etc. So biriyani was always reserved for The Special Occasion until one of my friends told me how it can be made in a pressure cooker and all it takes is just ½ hour. So today, I thought of sharing this recipe so that all those newly weds, busy moms, not-so-busy moms, dads, or even a teenager with the help of someone can make this chicken biriyani. Cooker biriyani is one of the easiest ways to make a biriyani and less time consuming wh…

CUCUMBER DOSA

I am not a morning person and don’t enjoy cooking an elaborate breakfast because of the tight morning schedule of my kids and hubby dear. So Monday to Friday mornings are………..u can imagine; lunch box, snacks, and breakfast should be ready by 8.00 a.m. and I just can’t make an elaborate breakfast. So I always opt for an easy and quick but healthy breakfast. Cucumber dosa is one such simple, easy, and healthy breakfast. We lived in Mercara, Coorg about 4 years ago and one of my neighbor used to make this and that is how I also started making. The best part is this dosa does not need any fermenting so you can call this an almost instant dosa.

THIS IS HOW I MAKE CUCUMBER DOSA:
For grinding: Soaked raw rice: 2 cups. Cooked rice: 1 cup. Cucumber: 1. Jeera: ½ tsp. Onion: ½. Coconut: 1 handful. White jaggery or sugar: 1 tsp. Salt.
For garnishing: Finely chopped onion: ½. Finely chopped green chilly: 1 or 2. Curry leaves.
Method:
1.Peel cucumber and cut it into small pieces (no need to remove the seeds). 2.In …

Vanpayaru Mezhukupurati:

This post is dedicated to my mom’s younger brother who practically cannot live without “Vanpayaro or red gram mezhukupurati”. The deep red colour and the smell of freshly grounded pepper and garlic make this a mouth watering dish which can be had with rice, kanji, or even roti. In kidangoor (kottayam district) another variety of this which is almost black in colour can be found. It can also be made in the same way. As my uncle is a diehard fan of vanpayaru the best of it came from ammaye’s kitchen handed down from my late ammachi.

MATTRI (Wheat).

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These are not biscuits; this is Mattri a North Indian tea time snack made purely with wheat so I guess u can call it healthy snack!!. All u need is wheat powder (godhampu podi), salt, and dalda or ghee. You can cut it into any shape; diamonds, squares, triangles etc. Here I have cut into squares. Mattri is a good snack for kids or to take for a long journey.

Prawns/Chemeen masala curry

Prawns or chemeen masala curry is a yummy dish which is so easy to prepare. You can serve it with rice chapathi, paratha, bread, appam, rice, puttu, or idiyappam. If kudampuli is not available just add 1more  tomato. Ingredients Prawns: 1/2 kg Onion: 2 sliced Ginger: 1 tbsp chopped Green chillies: 2 slit Curry leaves: 2 sprigs Kudampuli: 1 piece. Chopped tomatoes: 2. Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp. Uluva/ Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp Coriander powder: 2-3 tsp Chilly powder: 3 tsp Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp Thin coconut milk: 1 cup Thick coconut milk: 1/2 cup Salt to taste Coconut oil: 3 tbsp
Method
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.When it splutters, add the onions, ginger, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute till the onions turns light golden brown.Add all the spice powders and fry till the aroma comes out.Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till it is well incorporated.Add the thin coconut milk, kudampuli, and salt.Mix well and add the prawns. Cook covered till done.Open the lid and add th…