December 26, 2012

Unnakkaya ( Plantain fritters with coconut mixture)

Unnakkaya  is a popular snack in north Kerala. Its main ingredient is Nendran Banana .Only Nendrapazham/Ethapazham ( half ripen) can be used for this snack. The banana should not be ripened or boiled too much. 

Nendran banana
Nendrakkaya - 2 big( Semi ripened)
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Egg - 1 (Optional)
Broken Cashew & Raisins - 1 tablespoon
Ghee - 3 Tablespoon
Cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Sugar - 1-3 table spoons( or As per the taste)
Oil - For deepfrying
Water - To steam or boil Bananas 

Steam the bananas for 4-5 minutes and allow it to cool. Mash it using a food processor or a fork. The consistency of the mashed  banana should resemble like mashes potatoes. Keep it aside

Add sugar into egg and mix it well and keep aside.

Take a pan add some ghee into it, fry cashews and raisind and keep it aside. Now add grated coconut into it and fry till light brown color. Now add the egg sugar mix into it and stirr to get scrambled egg. Add Cardamom powder into it. Check the sweet and add some more sugar if required.

Make lemon sized balls with the mashed bananas. Apply some ghee on your palm and flatten each ball on the palm and fill the coconut -egg mixture and close the edges and shape it like Unnakkaya. Deep fry till golden brown color. Yummy Unnakkaya is ready to serve. Serve hot with Tea or Coffee.

Note: If you don't eat egg you can skip adding eggs. Even without egg it tastes good.

December 23, 2012

Ulli Theeyal (Perl onion in fried coconut gravy)

Theeyal  means burnt curry! This name typically being used in south Kerala for curries made by adding fried coconut in it.

Ulli theeyal is a delicious curry made using Perl Onions which is a very tasty side dish  for rice , which has an authentic kerala taste. Ieven likeit with chappatti, Roti, Dosa , Idli, etc.

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

  1. Perl onions (Peeled and Washed ) - 20- 25 Nos
  2. Oil - 4-5  table spoons(Preferably coconut oil or sunflower oil)
  3. green chilly - 2 nos
  4. Grated coconut or desiccated coconut  - 1 cup
  5. Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
  6. Red chilly powder -  1/2 to 1 teaspoon
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Fenufrek powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  9. Tamarind pulp - 2 teaspoons( or as per the taste)
  10. Salt - To taste
  11. Water  -  200ml
  12. Curry leafs - 1 stem


Cut Perl onions into thin slices lengthwise. Heat oil in a pan add onion slices into it. Fry till golden brown. Don't allow it to burn. Meanwhile heat  another pan and add grated coconut into it and stir continuously  it till light brown color  then add ingredients 5 to 8 into it. stir well for 1 minute, switch off the flame and allow it to cool.  Grind the cooled mixture very well and add it into the fried onions along with tamarind pulp ,salt and water. Boil it for 5 minutes or till the curry comes to the required consistency. Add curry leaf and remove the curry from fire. Now the delicious Ulli theeyal is ready to serve.

A Healthy lentil recipe

Muthira Thoran(Horse gram Stir fry with coconut) 

Muthira (Horse gram) one of the lesser known yet healthy and tasty legume. I have seen this from my childhood . We can prepare many dishes out of these. Muthira curry, Thoran, Rasam etc.

Muthira thoran goes well with Rice, Rice gruel, etc.


  1. Muthira - 200gms
  2. Grated coconut - 1 cup
  3. Turmeric -1/2 teaspoon
  4. Red chilly powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  5. Garlic - 4-5 pieces(If you dont use garlic use perl onion instead)
  6. Jeerakam( Cumin seeds) - 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Oil - 1 -3 teaspoon
  8. Red chilly(Dried)- 2 or 3
  9. Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  10. Curry leef - 1 stem
  11. Salt - for taste

Soak Muthira for 4-5 hours. Cook in Pressure cooker for 10 minutes with sufficient amount of water.
Once the horsce gram become soft to bite, drain out excess water and keep the Muthira aside. Meanwhile Grind ingredients 1  to 6 together for 3-5 seconds  without adding water using a food processor. Take a pan  and pour the oil for tempering. When the oil gets heated add mustard seds into it, when it splutters, add dried red chilly into it and fry it for 2 seconds and add curry leaves. Add boiled Muthira and salt into it and mix it well. Then add Coconut mixture into it and cover it for a minute. Then Mix everything together and stir fru for a while till  water get absorbed if it is moist. If you like add a teaspoon of coconut oil to get a nice aroma. Then remove from fire. Serve hot as a side dish with boiled rice or Kanji(Rice gruel).

October 01, 2012

A Weekend trip to Coorg

Finally it happened. The most awaited trip with my hubby...May be we can call it a 'honeymoon 'trip. It has been 4 years since we got married. But this is the first time we planned for such a trip, that too a long drive,from Bangalore to Coorg, "the Scotland of India".(The first trip from the list he has promised me..The other places in the list are ...Shhhhh let it be secret till the plan gets implemented... :-) 

One day all of a sudden we decided to plan the trip. The tasks allotted to me were to find out the route and select a decent place to stay. I started to search Google, the one who is believed to know everything under sun. I collected details about Coorg, Places to visit, route map etc. It was difficult to choose a place from the huge list in the Internet to stay. Finally we decided to choose "Honey pot Homes" which is 7 kms before Madikeri.

Since we have only two days for sightseeing we decided to omit many places and visit to the omitted place has been postponed for out next trip hopefully... :-)

This was our plan 

Start by Friday afternoon from Bangalore - reach Coorg- spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday  -Return trip by Sunday afternoon- Reach home before 8pm.

21st September 2012

My hubby headed to office with our luggage for the trip an hour early keeping the half day leave in his mind. Since we were not sure about the route and the condition of the road he decided to finish a meeting in the morning and start from his office by around 11 am.

By that time I purchased some fruits and snacks for the trip, started by 10.45 from home and reached his office by an auto at around 11. We started from there by 11.30. After fueled our car with full tank, some minor work like pressure check, belt change etc, was done at a service station.  By 12 noon we headed to Coorg in our Wagon R.

The drive from Bangalore to Coorg has actually three stretches. 

1) Bangalore-Mysore highway (Which covers Bidadi,    Ramanagaram,Chennapatna,Muddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna)
2) Ring road 
3) Mysore- Madikeri road (covers Hunsur,Kempalapura,Periyapatna,Santikoppa and Madikeri)

(If you get these three stretches properly, there is nothing to worry. When we got some confusion we asked some autorikshaw drivers, which made our route very clear.)

Bangalore Mysore highway is very beautiful; the condition of the road was also very good. There were many food joints like Kamath, Mc Donalds,KFC,Coffee day, Empire, etc. We had our lunch from a vegetarian placeby 2pm, since we know very well that an empty stomach can very much spoil our trip.

After srirangapatna, there is a tall railway line crosses the road. Soon after that there is a junction from there left is towards Mysoore, We need to take right, which leads to the Ring road. (We got slightly confused here, but got it cleared from an autorikshaw driver.) 

The Ring road is not in very good condition eventhough it much wide. There is still some work in progress. 

From ring road Again we need to take a right onto Madikeri road. If we closely watch the traffic green boards, we won’t miss this road.  

The drive through Mysoore-Madikeri road is very scenic and beautiful. This state highway is in very good condition sided by farm lands. We will get such a nice feel when drive in this road. I even wished to enjoy a nice downpour, which did not happen. Better luck next time :-)

This road leads us to KushalNagar. From Kushalnagar the road started to become thinner but in very good condition. This stretch is very beautiful, with all curvy roads, just like a snake..The speed limit on this road is 35 km, due to the unexpected curves on the roads. Both of us enjoyed this. There was a huge name board of our cottage. "Honey pot Homes".

The way to the cottage was lovely. Narrow roads amidst greenery of Coffee and Pepper plantation on both the sides was narrow. We switched off the AC and opened our window. The cottage was inside the plantation estate. We reached there by 6pm. 

When we step out of the car it was awsome to feel the cool breeze inside the plantation with the smell of soil.There was no walls to separate the estates, all sprawling like a green ocean. Green! Green!and again Green everywhere!

There were 4 cottages named after their estate products, "Orange", "Coffee", “Pepper" and "Cardamom". Ours was "Orange". It was a tiny beautiful cottage. Since it is 6 pm we decided not to go for sightseeing on that day. After getting refreshed we had our dinner served in our room. Even though the food was not that tasty, the samiya payasam(desert) was great which was enriched with pure vanilla flavour. After dinner we went for a walk. Very calm place to walk. The estate owner's bungalow and a well maintained garden was also there. 

22nd September 2012

Next day morning got up to hear the beautiful tweets of birds. There was no other noise other that the birds tweets. It was such a lovely experience to start our day to be in a scenic green atmosphere. Nice cups of cofee were served at the breakfast table arranged at the sit-out of our cottage. From the sitout we could see a tree house in the plantation. Both of us were excited like kids to climb on that with our camera. We took some snaps from there, came out and went for a morning walk. Our breakfast was served along with hot cups of cofee. Out Cottage owner had arranged a guide for sight seeing. 

Without wasting time we got ready for our sightseeing.Since my hubby doesnt like somebody else to drive his car we decided to take their vehicle   Since we have no idea about the places We just agreed with what our guide said. We headed to Talacauvery,which is a holy place where the river cauvery originates. The ride was not so smooth because of the elevated terrain and the road was very curvy with unexpected turns. Since our guide was an expert he could manage the drive very well.   There was a beautiful temple and a pond on top. We stepped into the pond, which was chill like ice water. There was also a wishing pond deep inside,where we can throw coin and make our wish. After visiting the temple we took some snaps outside and headed to Bhagmangala temple. Bhagmangala temple is a beautifull Shiva temple with Kerala style architecture.  This temple s on the banks of the confluence of three rivers cauvery, Kannike, and the sub terrain Sujyoti. This place is known as 'Triveny Sangama" . It was so nice to step into the river. We could enjoy the purity of the place with soothing chill water. 

Since we were so tired we decided not to go to Abbey falls, which again needed to travel by the curvy elevated roads. We drove back to Madikeri. One the way our guide showed us Omkareshwara temple, and the Park. At Madikeri town we had our lunch and drove back to the cottage.After a good nap we got up and went for plantation walk, which was the most attractive activity for both of us. Since we were not satisfied with the dinner they provide, and too lazy to go out for dinner, we decided to satisfy with our stock of fruits and snacks.

23 September 2012

We got up early in the morning, with refreshed mind and body. We really wanted one or two days more days in Coorg. But no other way, we need to start weekly routine, by tomorrow. We both went for our morning walk in the plantation. Since it was September Most of the coffee seeds were in green like emerald, except one or two in coral red. By October everyone become red and ready to pluck. Even though this estate is known as
Sandal caud Estate we could not find even a single Sandal tree there. Our guide told us that all the trees were taken away by the thieves over a period of time. There was pepper plantation along with the coffee trees. Here and there we could see vanilla plants, Lemon trees etc. There was small path way through the plantation. Nice fragrance throughout the plantation, sprawling like it has no end. We were so refreshed after the plantation walk. We returned back to pack up and get ready to start the return journey.

On the way back we visited Dubare Elephant camp, which was again 8 km away from the main road. The condition of the road was very bad but very scenic on both the sides. Dubare is surrounded by river. We had to take a boat to reach there. There were elephants taking bath on the river. The place was mind blowing. We returned back after spending some time over there.

Our next destination wad Cauvery-Nissargadhama,which is a small island formed bu the river Cauvery. There is a wooden bridge over the river to reach there. The place was very silent except the sounds of birds and the flowing river. There was a deer park inside the island. Some tree huts were also seen there. We returned back to our vehicle and drove to Kushalnagar. From there we had food. Many Tibetan people were spotted there. This made us to visit the Tibetan monastery and the Golden temple at Byalikkuppe. It was not very difficult to find the way to the Tibetan monastery. While we entered that place it seemed a mini Tibet.
Golden temple was awesome. It is worth a visit. The golden statue of Lord Buddha, it was very beautiful. The floor was very cool even. There was nice ambiance inside .We spend some time there and came out. There was a hostel kind of place for the monks and some of them were doing some prayer in front of a big bell. There were small shops to sell Tibetan handicrafts outside the temple compound. 

By 2 O’ clock we started our journey back to Bangalore. No confusion about the route at all. We drove back to Bangalore with  refreshed mind and body .  Reached home at 8 pm after got caught  in the city traffic.

August 13, 2012

A sunday at Lalbagh

This Sunday we planned to visit the Lalbagh, a famous attraction of Bangalore for centuries, and sprawled over 240 acres. This is third time i visited Lal Bagh, but I think i have not covered up the complete garden. 

Our main aim was the flower show , which was actually  unbearably crowded. We parked our vehicle near the main gate and went inside.Even though we did not have our lunch we could not resist  going inside the park. Since it is a Sunday the entry fee was Rs. 40.  

The floral steps
There was a huge crowd near the glass house which stages flower show. Some how we went inside  More than enjoying the beauty of flowers, people are capturing the pictures , cant blame , there was a burst of colours with flowers. 

We searched for a good eatery inside the park which ended up in disappointment. After roaming here and there clicked some pictures and came out through a gate thinking that it was the gate we went in. While walking we realised that we came out through some other gate and suddenly rushed inside and caught by the security. Luckily the entry coupon was with us and we could convince him that we came out through the wrong gate. He told that there are 5 gates in the Lalbagh garden.  Nothing to surprise 240 ares should alleast    have that many gates.

Walked in the opposite direction and finally found out our gate,:-)

June 08, 2012

Easy Mutta Aviyal (EGG Medley)

This is a dish I love since my childhood, which my mother make in a hurry when she has little time to make elaborate dishes for  our  lunch box. I almost forgot about this dish and now , after more than  10 years passed  was just thinking to cook something for  my hubby, who is an egg lover  . Suddenly The Great, Simple , and easy Egg Avial  came to my mind....

Here is the recipe for  EASY MUTTA  AVIYAL (Egg Medley)

 Preparation time - 5 minutes
Cooking time -5-10 minutes
Serving - 2

  1. Eggs -3 ( hard biled)
  2. Onion (Big)-1 no
  3. Green Chilly - 1 slited
  4. Chuvannulli( button onion)-5 nos
  5. Grated coconut - A hand full
  6. Coreandar poweder -  1 tea spoon 
  7. Chilly Powder  - Half tea spoon
  8. Turmeric powder -Half tea spoon
  9. Cumin seeds - Half tea spoon
  10. Coconut Oil - 1 Table spoon
  11. Curry leaf 
  12. Salt and Pepper- To taste
  13. Water
Cut each egg into 4 pieces lengthwise. Grind ingredients 4 to 9 together with little water. (Don't grind too much ). Take a vessel, heat the onions without oil( If you want you can  saute the onions with  oil.) Add the  ground mixture into it with half a cup of water. Allow it to boil, add salt.  Put egg pieces into it without breaking the yolks. Cover the egg pieces with the ground coconut mixture.Add pepper powder into it.  close with a lid for 2-3 minutes or till the water gets absorbed. Add coconut oil and curry leaves, and mix gently with a spoon or  by rotating the vessel. Try not to mash off the egg yokes. Serve hot with rice or Roti. .Enjoy....:-)

October 23, 2011

Home alone

Its too boring to be alone at home ...
I Dont like it
I dont like it
I dont like it.
Today i am alone at home till evening......
What to do?
 Talk to my parents?(Done)
Read something?( No mood)
Do some cleaning work?(No... am not well enough.....:-))
Surf the net...?(Done)
Chat with friends online? (Done)
Watch TV? (Its boring to watch TV alone at home)
Sleep?(i need to think)
Cook something sweet for my hubby? (No ...Now we are calory cosious)
Im going to sleep.........