Thursday, September 8, 2011

Aug 2011 Event Round-up

The wonderful host for Aug was Vidhya of Sugar N Spice

Head on over to her blog to read the round up and see the winners. Also the current month's Host is Divya of Easycooking. Do send your Onam special dishes and other Kerala inspired food to her here

Here is a list of the dishes that were sent in: 

Ramya of Ramya's Recipe sent in this Mathanga Vanpayar Erisseri
 Ramya of Ramya's Recipe sent in this 
Yam Fries

Shoba Shyam of Good Food sent in this Coconut rice

Ramya of Ramya's Recipe sent in this Koottu Curry


Ramya of Ramya's Recipe sent in Egg Kothu Porotta

Ramya of Ramya's Recipe sent in Fish Biriyani

Umm Mymoonah ofTaste of Pearl City sent in Neythili Meen Aviyal

Rinku Naveen of Rinku's Kitchen Treat sent in Kallumakkaya Upperi

Reshmi Mahesh of Easy Cook sent in this Collard Green Stir fry

Reshmi Mahesh of Easy Cook also sent in this Kerala Puttu

Kaveri of Palakkad Chamayal sent in this Chammanthi Podi

Karishma J Anand of Effortless cooking, Easy baking sent in thisMultigrain power-packed dosa

Nashira of Plateful sent in these Chicken puffs

Najla of Foodie Corner sent in this Layered Moss Pudding

Kaveri of palakkad Chamayal sent in this Mangai Kootan

Indu of Indugetscooking sent in this Kottayam Style Red Fish Curry

Najla of Foodie Corner sent in this Spring Roll

Sobha Shyam of Good Food sent in this Savoury Kozhukattai

Sobha Shyam of Good Food sent in this Vegetable Kurma

Jehanne of The Cooking Doctor sent in this Stir-Fry Tapioca with saffron

Roshan of Roshan's Cucina sent in Pazham-Puttu

Divya of Easycooking sent in this Neichoru ~ Ghee Rice

Smitha Mohanan of Food my companion sent in this Fried dried fish

Lastly Vidya's dish Kaya Bhaji

Onamashamsagal! Happy Onam :)

Dear Kerala Kitchen Team,

Hridayam Niranja Onamashamsagal you all and to your families!

Thank you all soo much for being part of this community and helping to celebrate, preserve and share our wonderful heritage and our cuisine.
I hope you all have wonderful (and delicious) Onam celebration and a lifetime of blessings!

I am wishing you all on behalf of Ria as well as she is traveling between Kannur to Kashmir having a great time with her family and friends and in the meantime conducting cooking classes, winning all Kerala cooking competitions and making thousands of chocolates for a cousin's wedding favours!

I am enjoying having my mother visit me ( she is making not one, but two types of  payasam as I type :)  and delayed posting the July round up for which I apologize.
Also want to thank those who signed up to host, especially last month's host Vidhya who posted the August round up on her blog here and the current host this month Divya of Easy cooking who is waiting for all your Onam goodies!

Here finally, is the wonderful dishes you all sent in for July 2011 Kerala Kitchen


Vidhya of Kurry leaves sent in cherupayar dosa a breakfast crepe made with lentils

Ramya of Ramya's Recipe sent in Idli Upma a breakfast dish made with steamed rice idlis and spices

Swapna of Swapna's Cuisine sent in Dates Pickle which goes especially well with biriyani and aloo paranthas

Vidya of Kurry Leaves sent in Kadachakka Theeyal 

Ramya Ramya's Recipe sent in  Broccoli Thoran  /Broccoli stir fried

Ramya of Ramya's Recipe sent in Mushroom thoran / stir fried Mushrooms Kerala style

Ramya o Ramya's recipes sent in Kalan a spicy and tangy buttermilk dish

Vidhya of Kurry Leaves sent in Kumblanga Puliserry / a spiced yogurt or buttermilk based curry

Vidhya of Kurry Leaves also sent in Avial a medley of vegetables in coconut

Zareena My experiments with food Mampazha pulisseri  mangoes in coconut and yogurt


Sarah of Spooful of delight sent in some delicious Pepper roasted chicken 

Najila of Foodie corner sent in some Chicken Cutlets perfect for appetizers or as a side.

Ramya of Ramya's recipes sent in some Chicken Stew 

Akshaya of Akshaya's Recipes sent in some Kerala chicken curry

Ramya of Ramya's Recipe Mutton Biriyani

Vidya of Kurry leaves sent in some Mutton Biriyani 

Lena Rashmin Raj  of Lemon & spice sent in Kerala Mutton Roast


Lena Rashmin Raj of Lemon & spice sent in  Mathi Mulaku Curry Sardine in spicy red gravy

Ramya Ramya's Recipe Mussels thoran

Ramya of  Ramya's Recipe sent in some Mathi or Sardine curry

Ramya of Ramya's Recipes sent in some Dried Prawns Chutney 

Nashira of Plateful sent in some Chemmeen muringakka curry /Prawns and drumstick curry


Vidhya of Sugar N Spice sent in Unniappam

Najila o Foodie corner sent in Mango Layer Pudding 

Najila also sent in Banana Fritters 

Vidhya of Kurry Leaves sent in some delicious Mango Ice cream with carmelized mango 

Vidhya of A portion to Share sent in Banana Fritters

Sudha of Sabda's kitchen sent in Jackruit Halwa

Sarah of Spoonful of Delight sent in Banana Mango tango 

Jehanne of The Cooking Doctor sent in Neyappam

Swapna of Swapna's Cuisine sent in Passion fruit wine

Here are the winners!

For the best dish, I had to choose Swapna's Passion fruit wine!

For the best pic, I chose Vidya's mango Ice cream!

The Top contributor is Ramya of Ramya's recipes with 8 delicious entries!Congrats winners and thank you all for your amazing dishes! Here is your Kerala Kitchen member badges, do display them proudly on your blogs, we are so proud to have you on our team!

-Best wishes to you all!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Kerala Kitchen June 2011 Round up

This month's round up has my mouth watering. I am happy that since Ria will be making a trip home, I get to host again this month :) To participate, click here to go to my announcement post. 
However, I too intend to be travelling soon ( trip to India- home! eating! shopping! lots of family recipe learning from my grandmas, moms and aunts! can't wait) so if you are interested in hosting The Kerala Kitchen in the coming months Aug-Dec 2011 do drop me a mail to magpiemails ATgmail DOT com or leave a comment here with your email id so I can get in touch with  you and send you the details. There are still a few slots left  to be filled for this year so do hurry and let me know! Really appreciate all your interest and willingness to host this event :) Seriously am so happy to have made so many wonderful and talented friends through this event! ( a little panjaram so you will forgive my lateness in posting the roundup :P) 

Here are the awesome dishes we received:

Vegetarian Side Dishes:
  • Nashi of Plateful  with Rasam  I love Rasam and can happily drink it like a soup, although it is heavenly poured over mounds of soft rice! 
  • Anisha of Anisha the Foodie  with Chembu Fry  If you are in the US you can ask for Taro root if you are looking for Chembu, and make this now for a taste of home! 
  • Ann of Anzzcafe  sent in Beetroot Pachadi don''t you think that is just the prettiest pink ever? this dish will be a hit for all of you with pink and purple crazy little girls or nieces

  • Julie of Tasty Treat sent in Sweet Pachadi, the traditional buttermilk based side dish enlivened with fruits- sure to be a hit with the kiddies! 

Non Veg Dishes

    • Ann of Anzzcafe  with Kappa biriyani/ Tapioca and beef this is a a very popular street food, starchy,  filling and deliciously comforting for many after a hard day's work, though it is not at all like the traditional rice based biriyani! 

    • Anisha of Anisha the Foodie  with Pomfret Fry Oh Anisha, you have no idea how much I am craving Karimeen! Thanks for sending it to me, albeit virtually :) 
    • Ramya of Ramya's recipes with Malabar Prawn Biriyani Biriyani is just the perfect one dish meal don't you think? sea food biriyani is a little more interesting than the usual chicken biriyani for sure! One of my favourite party foods :) 
    Sweets and Snacks
    • Rinku of Kitchen treats with Malabar style Kinnathappam Yet another malabar dish that I have never tasted :( Rinku wish you could send me a slice :) 

    Sweets inspired by the flavours of Kerala:

    • Nashi of Plateful   with Fruit salad  with oodles of exotic fruit! Perfect for the fruit filled summer days! 

    • Julie of Tasty Treat sent in Plantain Pancakes Pancakes may not be traditional Kerala fare, but these with the addition of our favourite Kerala fruit ripe sunny yellow bananas is just a perfect breakfast sweet treat! 

    • Divya of Easycooking sent in this almost miraculous invigorating drink which is a favourite when one is ill from a cold or fever as it clears the nasal passages and contains the healing properties of ginger: Chukkum Kaapi ( Ginger Coffee)  

    For the best dish, I had to choose Sangeetha's unique Pappadam thoran though with so many great dishes, it was a really tough decision.

    For the best pic, I chose Sunitha's Mango Prawns curry where I  loved how she used the frayed gunny sack to make a wonderful rustic background for this bright orange curry.

    The Top contributor is Julie of Tasty Treat  with 5 truly tasty treats this month :)

    Congrats winners and thank you all for another delicious month! Here is your Kerala Kitchn member badges, do display them proudly on your blogs, we are so proud to have you on our team!

    Update: Here are the wonderful members who will be hosting the Kerala Kitchen in the coming months:

    July- Me, Magpie of Magpie's Recipes Announcement post click here
    August- Vidhya of Sugar'N Spice
    September- Divya of Easy cooking
    October- Khushi of A Girl's Diary 
    November- Fajeeda of Faji's Hot Pot 
    December- is still available ( email me at magpiemails AT gmail DOT com if you would like to host)