Nov 142013

Vada kootu curry is quite popular in the capital city of Kerala and this is served during sadhya and marriage feasts.This curry is prepared using fried urad daal vadas soaked in potato and coconut milk gravy.This recipe is adapted from Lakshmi Nair’s Cook book “Magic oven Pachakavidhikal”.This is a must try dish for vegetarians and goes well with rice or roti.

Vada kootu Curry (5)


  1. Potato(cut into cubes) – 2
  2. Onion(cut into medium pieces) – 2
  3. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  4. Red chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  5. Coriander powder – 1tsp
  6. Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Garam Masala powder – 3/4 tsp
  8. Thick Coconut milk(first Extracted) –1/2 cup
  9. Thin Coconut milk(2nd extracted) –1 cup
  10. Urad dal vada(uzhunnu vada) – 12
  11. salt

For seasoning

  1. Oil – 2tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Dry red chilly –4
  4. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

For making vada

  1. Soak 1/2 cup urad dal in water overnight. Grind into a thick paste adding little water.
  2. Add 1 chopped green chilly, 1tsp chopped ginger and salt to it .Mix well and make small balls out of the mix. Grease your palms with oil while making balls.otherwise it will be sticky.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Drop the balls into the oil and fry vadas till golden brown in color.
  4. Drain into a tissue paper and keep aside.

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Vada kootu Curry (2)

For Making Curry

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Saute potatoes and onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder,coriander powder, pepper powder and saute well.
  3. Once it is done, add 2nd extracted coconut milk to it.Cover and cook on medium flame till potatoes are cooked well.
  4. Add thick coconut milk and garam masala powder to it. when it starts to boil, add fried vadas to it.
  5. Remove from fire.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp in a kadai. splutter mustard seeds,dry red chilly,curry leaves and add the seasonings to the curry.
  7. Transfer into a serving bowl. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve with rice or chappathi.


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Jun 052013


Chilli fish is Chinese style dish prepared using fried fish in a thick sauce.It is a great accompaniment to Chinese fried rice, roti or chappathi.

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  1. Ingredients
  2. Fish Pieces(Boneless)  – 250 gms
  3. Maida – 1/2 cup
  4. Corn flour – 1/2 cup
  5. Baking Powder –1 tsp
  6. Soy Sauce – 2 tsp
  7. Celery (finely chopped) – 2 tbsp
  8. Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Salt
  10. Oil
  11. Spring Onion – to garnish   


For the Sauce

  1. Ginger (chopped) –1 tbsp
  2. Garlic (chopped) – 1 tbsp
  3. Green Chilly(chopped) – 1 tbsp
  4. Soy Sauce – 4 tbsp
  5. Tomato Sauce – 5 tbsp
  6. Chilli Sauce – 1 tbsp
  7. Corn Flour – 1tbsp




  1. Cut fish into finger pieces.
  2. Make a batter with corn flour,maida,baking powder,soy sauce,celery ,pepper powder,water and salt.
  3. Dip the fish pieces in the batter and fry in oil till golden brown.Transfer fish into a serving plate.
  4. For the sauce,Heat oil in a pan.Saute garlic, ginger and green chilly.Add soy sauce,chilly and tomato sauce to it.
  5. Finally add corn flour mixed with water to it and stir well.Once it starts to boil, remove form fire.
  6. At the time of serving ,pour the sauce on top of fried fish pieces and mix well.
  7. Garnish with chopped spring onions
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May 312013

Pepper Baby Corn is  a Chinese dish which is simple and easy to prepare.It can be served as a starter or side dish with Chinese fried rice.

Pepper Babycorn (3)


  1. Baby Corn – 15 nos.
  2. Corn Flour – 2 tsp
  3. All purpose flour/Maida-2 tsp
  4. Onion(finely chopped) – 1 tsp
  5. Crushed Pepper –1 tbsp
  6. Garlic (finely chopped) –1 tsp
  7. Ginger(finely chopped) –1 tsp
  8. Dry Red chilly(crushed) –1 tsp
  9. Soy Sauce –2 tsp
  10. Salt
  11. Oil
  12. Spring Onion – to garnish

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  1. Make a batter with corn flour,Maida and salt.
  2. Dip the baby corn in the batter and deep fry in oil till golden brown in color.
  3. cut the fried baby corns into medium  pieces.
  4. Heat oil in a pan.Saute chopped onions,ginger and garlic.Once it is done, add crushed pepper, dry red chilly to it and saute.
  5. Add soy sauce and fried baby corns to it.Mix well.check for salt.As soy sauce and batter contains salt, there is no need to add more salt.
  6. Garnish with finely chopped spring onions.
  7. Serve with fried rice.

Recipe Source: Pachakam Magazine.

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