Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Kerala Kitchen Best Dish Award May 2012


I was so happy and excited when I came to know my Malabar Chicken Biriyani  have won the Best Dish Award in the The Kerala Kitchen contest held at Jehanne's wonderful space The Cooking Doctor. It is such an honor, I was really surprised and thrilled when I came to know about it. She is also sending 'Le Creuset Volcanic Stoneware soup bowl' to the winners which looks so cool and pretty. Thanks a lot Jehanne dear, that is so sweet of you.

Check out for the other winners of May at her space The Cooking Doctor. Also she has compiled all the recipes into an e-book which is just awesome. The e-book contains all the entries of the event for the month, which includes Best Dish, Best Picture and the top contribution list as well. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Blueberry Cupcakes

Hope life is treating you all great this summer. All is well here, busy days with summer activities, parents visit, catching up with family and friends gatherings. Yes, these are one of the reason behind my absence here but that doesn't in any mean imply I wasn't cooking. I had been cooking more than before with no lazy days but the only difference is I wasn't clicking any pictures. Though I'm having a great time with my parents I had been really missing my lovely space and I always wanted to post something. But these days I'm spending spare time taking my parents around or sitting n chatting to them about anything/everything or watching them playing and having fun with my kids.

Ahhhhh feel like 2012 came in just yesterday, by the time I winked my eyes we are already in the mid of the  year. Don't you think days are flying faster these days or Is it  just me?? My parents reached here on 16th of the month, here we are - even July is saying bye bye. They were wondering how 10 days passed so quick, giving them a feel of just 10 hours. We drove them to NJ in the very first weekend itself, even before they got rid of their Jet-lag , as I knew they will be anxious and excited to meet my little sister. We all were meeting together after 2 years, it was really a wonderful feeling. But we were missing our brother in action, hopefully we three will catch up sometime soon. Ok, now let me put a full stop to my non-sense and move on to the recipe ;)

Today's recipe is a simple and humble blueberry cupcakes which I bake often to finish off the blueberries leftover after making pancakes, juices and smoothies. This may not be a new recipe for you all, might be the same you make it every-time at home. I can only assure you this is an awesome cupcake that can never go wrong in the process of making, a very light, soft, moist and yummy cupcake which you will crave to have more n more. If you have some blueberries and the basic ingredients, you can make this cupcakes without any electric/hand mixer. Just whip up the ingredients and bake it, it is butter-less too. So what more reason do you need to bake, try to make them today itself and buzz me with the results of this ezee breezy baking :-)

Ingredients Used :-
  1. All purpose Flour/Maida - 2 cups
  2. Baking soda - ½ tsp
  3. Baking powder - 1½ tsp
  4. Sugar -  ¾ cup
  5. Salt a pinch
  6. Canola oil/Oil - ¼ cup
  7. Plain non-sour yogurt -1 cup
  8. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  9. Eggs - 2
  10. Fresh Blueberries - 1 cup(fresh or frozen)
How I made it:-

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 Degree F. Line the muffin/cupcake tray with liners and set aside.
  • Wash and pat the blueberries and set aside. If using frozen berries do not thaw them.
  • In a wide bowl mix well together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt using a wire whisk(You can sift/sieve the flour mix as well).
  • In another bowl lightly beat the eggs. Add yogurt, oil, vanilla extract mix well using the whisk to blend everything. Add sugar, mix whisk well again.
  • Add the flour mix little by little mixing well continuously using a spatula till everything is incorporated and a smooth no lump batter is formed.
  • Slide in the blueberries and mix in gently using the spatula.
  • Fill in the muffin liners evenly(about ¾th of each cup) and bake approx for 25-30 mins or until a tooth pick or a cake tester comes out clean. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Baking Partners: New Baking Group Announcement

Baking Partners: A new Baking Group

A group of home bakers helping each other to achieve perfection.

Baking a home made Baking a homemade bread, cake or cookies will give the best outcome. However in order to achieve the best results, a perfect recipe and right techniques are required.

We are a small group of home baker friends, who love and want to learn more about the nook and corners of baking. We are planning to try out recipes from books/magazines and cooking shows. Every member gets a chance to present their choice of recipe and share important points with the rest of the group.

Main purpose of this group is to learn the techniques, critic the procedure if there are ways to improve, and to eat a delicious food.

Rules are simple, we will choose one recipe and send it out to the group by 16th of every month and the reveal date will be 15th of the next month. On that day we will blog about it. A linky tool will be open during that time and each member can link their post.

First month we are going to do a recipe, 2nd and 3rd month will be a theme and the 4th month
we will be back at a recipe. By doing in between recipes, we will able to learn more.

All enthusiastic bloggers interested in baking are welcome, please email Swathi at

We will appreciate the use of logo or worded link that will help to spread the word. A bunch of thanks to Tina for designing this beautiful logo.
If you want to make it a gluten or vegan free diet, you can do those modifications also.

Baking Partners are
2.     Julie Erivum Puliyumm
3.     Tina  ( Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner)
4.     Priya (Priya's Versatile Recipes)  
5.     Suja ( Kitchen Corner Try It)
6.     Archana  ( Tangy Minds)
7.     Reshmi  ( EasY Cook)
8.     Prathibha ( Cook Ezee)   
9.     Priya R ( Cook Like Priya)
10.   Sweatha ( Tasty Curry leaf)
11.   Vidhya (  A Portion to Share)
12.   Usha Rao ( My Spicy Kitchen)
13.   Divya Prakash( Divya’s Culinary Journey)
14.   Swasthi Blank ( Swasthi The Health Freak)
15.   Sanoli Ghosh ( Sanoli’s Kitchen)
16.   Pam Capone ( Live Ranch Delux)
17.   Mirellie( Gourmet Global Creations)
18.   Reshwani( Daily Cuppa)
19.   Peachy  (Peach Kitchen)
21.   Lorraine ( Joy’s Misadventures)
22.   Jayasri(Samyalarai)
23.   Sowmya(Nivedhanam)
24.   Anuja ( Simple Baking)
25.   Janani(
26.   Ivy (Kopipaste)
27.  Janaki ( Janakidiary)
       29 . Swathi ( Zesty South Indian Kitchen)    Creator and Owner

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Round Up of EP Series Herbs & Spices Event ~ Basil and Cardamom

Dear all, here is the much awaited Round Up of EP Series Event ~ Basil and Cardamom. I would like to thank Julie once again for giving me the opportunity to host this Event and I thank all my dear blogger friends who participated in the event and made it a great success. Without any further delay let me declare the awards as categorized. Please collect your well deserved award and post them at your space and feel proud :-)

The Best Innovative Recipe awards goes to


  1. Baked Stuffed Tomatoes by Sanika at Delectable N Delicious. Check out for her Stuffed tomatoes recipe, make it and snack it. Healthy, tangy and yummy bake they are, Brilliant prep Sanika.
  2. Yakhni Pulao by Shobha at Food Maaza. Never made Pulao with chicken stock, this recipe sounds like full of flavor and awesome taste. A new one for me and great recipe Shobhaji.
  3. Linguine with Pesto and roasted Tomatoes by Shweta at Shweta in The Kitchen. I'm a die hard fan of pesto, though many people don't like its hard flavor. I really appreciate her extra effort of making everything at home including roasted tomatoes instead of using any store bought one's. Good one Shweta, lovely prep.
  4. Eggplant Parmesan Sub by Roshni at Roshni's Kitchen. Ahhhh, here comes another awesome recipe, girl you made it better than any fast food restaurant Sub, the pics look so perfect and delicious, I felt like grabbing one and having it right away. Awesome dish Roshni
  5. Walnut Urad Dal Ladoo by Swasthi at Swasthi; The Health Freak. These nutritious and power packed walnut-urad daal balls is definitely a great recipe, So well explained Swasthi. 
  6. Apple cupcake with cardamom apple frosting by Achu of Tangy Minds. Have you ever used cardamom powder in a butter cream frosting. Thats what Archana did for her mini apple cupcakes, I'm sure it added a great flavor and taste Achu. 

The Best Healthy Dish Award goes to The Herbal Rice linked by Ez CookBook.

Top Contributor Award goes to Swasthi; The Health Freak for her lovely and delicious dishes with 10 entries.

And for all the Dear participants, please grab the below logo as the token of love for your participation and thank you dear all for your constant support for the EP Series

Check out for this month's EP Series at Kaveri's Plakkad Chamayal with Fenugreek leaves and Green chilly as the main ingredients. 

Here's the flavorful and delicious entries of the event in the linky tool below :-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Broccoli Thoran/Broccoli Stir Fry

This Broccoli Stir Fry is our family favorite, we love to have them with Roti/Rice and even plain as well. Addition of pepper powder spice them up and adds a nice flavor. Include this nutritious and healthy veggie in your daily menu in this form. Make them today and fall in love with this Veggie!!!! 


  1. Broccoli Florets as needed(~ ¾lbs)
  2. Onion chopped - 1
  3. Green Chilies chopped - 4 nos
  4. Turmeric powder - ¾ tsp
  5. Pepper powder ~  ¾ tsp
  6. Salt - ¾ tsp(to taste, check and adjust)
  7. Curry leaves few
  8. Oil -2 tsp
  9. Mustard seeds - 1tsp
  10. Dry red chilies - 3 nos

Preparation method:-
  • Wash broccoli well couple of times, drain off the water completely or pat dry. Cut/Slice the big florets vertically and set aside.
  • Heat a deep kadai or pan, pour oil, add mustard seeds and wait to sizzle. When they start to pop simmer the heat to medium, add dry red chilies, curry leaves and saute just for a while.
  • Add onions, green chilies and salt, saute till onion becomes soft. Add turmeric powder, saute for few seconds, add broccoli and stir fry for a minute or two to combine everything. Cover and cook till broccoli becomes crunchy(takes about seven-ten minutes). Or you can cook further few more minutes till they become soft(both way it tastes good)
  • Add pepper powder and stir fry in full heat for a minute or two. Take off the stove and serve warm with Roti/Rice.(I can have it plain without anything, delicious)
1. You can add little bit grated coconut if you wish, but we prefer broccoli without coconut. 
2. I haven't added chili powder, if you want it more spicy you can go ahead and add chili powder as well.

Sending this to EP Series hosted at Palakkad chamayal

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