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Nellikka (Amla) Achar/Gooseberry Pickle.....step by step.

An update:
My friend Jay of Tasty Appetite has prepared this pickle and posted on her blog.

Summer is the best season for making pickles; Kerala Lemon Pickle is easy to make and my favorite, my other personal favorites are fish pickle, irrumban puli pickle,ginger pickle, carrot and bittergourd pickle, green chilly pickle.

Amla (nellikka) has so many health benefits and is also used in Ayurveda medicines and tonics. It is supposed to have the highest concentration of vitamin C, improves eyesight etc. Though it is slightly sour at first when you have it raw.....slowly the sweetness of the gooseberry tingles your taste buds. During my childhood, my cousins, my brothers, and myself used to put it in salt water for a day or two....and used to have it in between our out door games.

This nellikka achar is very simple and easy to make.....there is no garlic or ginger in it....if you like you can add....but I like it plain....the story behind this pickle is that, my amma came to Trivandrum as a y…

Homemade Mayonnaise with Egg Whites....step by step

Homemade mayonnaise or mayo can  be made at home in a very simple and quick way with a food processor. Why go for store-brought ones which is loaded with high amounts of preservatives, acids, modified starch and sugars. I use only egg whites while making mayo, totally omit the yolks. My daughter, Nidhi loves mayo so I always stock it up. This sauce can be used as an accompaniment, served on the sides of salads, spread on sandwiches,  or used as dips.

Preparing mayo at home does not involve any cooking, just the careful blending of the various liquids. This can be done by using a balloon whisk, an electric hand whisk, or for less hassle, a blender, mixer or food processor.

Mayonnaise is an emulsion and that is the reason why it can be difficult to make. Mayo is made with egg yolks but since I have this egg yolk fear I make with egg whites. The whites are beaten together and whilst continuously whisking, tiny drops of oil, one at a time are added to the egg whites until the mixture beg…

Eggless Chocolate-Coconut Fudge Cake...step by step.

I know I have not been posting any baking stuffs here, its not because I was NOT baking anything...its because I bake only my favorites which I have already posted here; like Hershey's best brownies, cappuccino muffins, chocolate chip cookie bar, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip shortbread, coconut cake etc.

Noodles Dosa....step by step.

Pin It I have been making a lot of dosa varieties of late......credit goes to dosa corner, a shop in Focus Mall here in Calicut....and my kids kinda liked the varieties of dosas from that shop...once I started chatting with the man behind the counter while waiting to get our dosa.....and got some of their secret recipes....really?? now why would a guy disclose their trade secrets....huh! that's for you to guess

I made egg on dosa and a few more will be coming soon to tickle your taste buds....innovation is the new invention in everyday cooking....atleast in my kitchen to satisfy my ever hungry kids.
Noodles dosa is nothing but filling up left over noodles inside dosa (chicken noodles,egg noodles, beef noodles, vegetable noodles, schezwan noodles...whatever!) ....just like you fill potatoes in masala dosa...but here it is noodles.

I made this quite a few times and only when I made this for breakfast today I could get a click. Kids and hubbies are gonna love this...so try it...I su…

Sweet Corn Chicken Soup.....My Way!!!

This is my kids favorite soup and the ONLY soup I make. I had posted this soup earlier but without sweet corn and that was posted when I started blogging......today, when my kids had a small cough and a teeny weeny sore throat (because of all the ice-cream they ate yesterday...sort of enjoying the Sunday with summer).
I did not take any step by step pictures because I least expected to post this.....I mean this is one of the every day stuff and I made this in a hurry; but when I saw this sitting pretty I could not help not clicking and sharing with you.
Amma used to make this since I was a kid and I sort of carried it on....whenever we have guests over I serve this soup and always it become a hero.

This soup was made with 250 gm of chicken, make sure you have some bones like the legs and ribs along with some fleshy part, it makes the soup more tasty. You can add sweet corn or make it just plain. Today I did not have any tinned sweet corn, but thankfully I had some fresh sweet corn ke…

Kerala Fish Pickle/Meen Achar....step by step

Fish pickle recipe, how to make Kerala fish pickle with step by step pictures.

We abstain from fish and meat during lent......until Easter. I made this fish pickle a few days ago and could not post it right away. Fish pickle is something which amma used to make right from as long as I can remember. She used to send it to my hostel, and I remember my friends used to devour it right from the old Horlicks bottle and they used to spread it on bread slices.....one bottle will be over by 10 min...

Fish pickle can be made with sardine, butter fish (moda), seer fish, prawns, anchovies, promphret....except mackerel. Fish has to be marinated with red chilly powder, salt, and pepper powder; then deep fried preferably in gingelly oil; why the frying???..well it is to remove any moisture in the fish....so we need to fry the fish till it is very crispy....I love adding lots of garlic in my pickle, someone once told me that garlic is good for cholesterol so I add a bit too much, if you are not that …