Author Archives: Cini P Moideen

I am Dr. Cini P Moideen, a doc by profession. With my sister I photograph and share favorite recipes from our kitchen. I write less frequently because of my studies, but when ever I am free, I tries to come up with a good recipe. Bingo :)

Thikidi / Pidi Recipe – Kerala style rice dumplings

Thinking about pidi will bring a lot of childhood memories for me, especially those days I spend at my mom’s house. My granny loves this dish so much, so that she makes it most of times when we have a family get together or on special days like Eid etc. I remember helping her in […]

Meen Mulakittath / Kottayam style spicy red fish curry

Hi friends, After a long time I am back. Got busy with my studies and family. Let me share a traditional Kerala style fish curry. People from northern Kerala calls it Malabar fish curry / Kozhikodan fish curry, while those towards the Travancore region, calls it Kottayam style fish curry and some calls it simply Meen […]

Indian Naan

On the way to Pondichery, we landed up in the Chennai International Airport. After the hectic journey, we were tired and hungry to search for an eatery. Moreover, It was late in the evening and Chennai looked totally unfamiliar and crowded. I called up my friend who is working in an IT company in the […]

Kerala Lemon pickle / Naranga achar

Ever worried on how to prepare lemon pickles (naranga achar / cheru naranga achar) with out the bitter taste? Then your search ends here 🙂 I know there are multiple ways to prepare lemon pickles. But this recipe helps you to make the naranga achar / lemon pickle in Kerala style without any bitterness. As usual […]

Mutton Curry Kerala style

Its more than 2 months, this post was in draft format. Unfortunately I completely forgot to finish this post. Today I received a request from a subscriber of our’s for a mutton curry, and then only I remembered about it. Kerala style mutton curry preparation Wash the mutton pieces well and cut it into small […]

Kerala Pakkavada / Ribbon pakkoda

Pakkavada is a very popular Kerala snack item prepared from rice flour and besan. Its also known as ribbon pakoda due to its peculiar shape. Its most commonly served at tea time. Preparation of Kerala pakkavada Sift together the roasted rice flour, besan into a bowl. Add the ghee / melted butter, salt, chilly powder […]

Fried Meat Roll Recipe

Its the 2nd day of Holy Ramadan and we prepared this meat rolls for our iftar. Its really easy to prepare and tasty meat rolls even without baking. 😀 Meat roll preparation Pressure cook the boneless chicken pieces with red chilly powder, pepper powder, salt and ½ cups of water up to 4 whistles. Allow it […]

Kumbalanga Moru Curry / Pulissery

Kumbalanga (Ash guard / Winter melon) Moru curry is a very popular and traditional Kerala curry. Keralites love to have this curry along with white rice. In some places its also known as “Kaalan”. Preparation of Kerala Moru curry In an earthen / clay pot cook the ripe plantain / banana / ethakka  in 2 […]

Chakka Varuthathu / Jackfruit Chips

Chakka Varuthathu / Deep fried jack fruit chips is a very popular Kerala snack / Nadan Palaharam prepared by deep frying  from the Chakka Chulas (the edible yellow part of jackfruit). Since jack fruit trees are available in the yards of all most all Kerala homes, this snack is very popular in Kerala. Besides that you can store this chips […]

Parotta recipe

Kerala Parotta / Malabar Parotta is a layered flat bread of Southern India, particularly in Kerala. It is  similar to north India’s Laccha Paratha. The only difference with the North Indian variant is that Kerala Parottaa is made of Maida (All purpose flour) and requires good kneading to prepare a very soft dough. Parotta can be […]

Breadfruit / SheemaChakka / Kadachakka curry

Breadfruit popularly known as Kadachakka or Sheema chakka is a popular fruit in south India. Its even a staple food in many tropical countries. In Indonesia and Malaysia, it is called sukun while in the South Indian state like  Kerala and coastal Karnataka, it is known as kada chakka and deegujje, respectively. Breadfruit has roughly 25% carbohydrates and 70% water with an average amount of vitamin C (20 mg/100 g) […]

Pappada Vada / Pappad Fritters

Pappada vada is a traditional Kerala evening snack food. You will find this snack item in the local hotels or tea stalls through out Kerala. Its a tasty and easy to prepare one. Pappada vadas are prepared by deep frying the pappads (Kerala papadam) dipped in the rice batter. I remember those good old days, […]

Spicy Kerala mathi fry / mathi varuthath / sardine fry

Sardine ( locally known as Mathi or Chaala in Kerala), is one the cheapest and tastiest fish available in South India. Sardines are one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which reduces your triglycerides and cholesterol. The small bones of Sardine is good resource of calcium. Keralites usually make sardine curry, mathi vattichatu or […]

Rice pathiri, Ari pathiri, Kerala Malabar pathiri

Pathiri is a traditional and authentic food item of Kerala muslims. Its a pancake made of rice flour. Its known in a wide range of names like Ari pathiri / nice pathiri / pathil etc. Pathiri is usually served along with meat or fish curries for breakfast, dinner, Iftaar etc. Its an inevitable part of Malabar Muslim […]

Arabian Majboos – Hot & Spicy

Chicken Majboos is an Arabian rice dish similar to Kerala Biriyani. Some people also call it as Arabic chicken Biriyani. This is a popular dish in northern Kerala. I learned this recipe from my sister in Dubai. She used to prepare it at home occasionally and we all love it. I am sure you will enjoy this Arabic Cuisine and  will make spicy […]

Kerala Chiratta puttu

Chiratta Puttu is a variant of the Kerala Puttu. Puttu (Steamed Rice Cake) is a traditional and important recipe in the Kerala breakfast menu. Directions Soak the rice for about 2 hours (If you are having rice flour / puttu podi, skip directly to step 4). Drain the water from the rice completely and dry […]

Sweet Mango burfi

Its the season of mangoes and you can prepare many mango recipes at home. This is a recipe shared by our subscriber Reshmi Anand. We tried it last week and it was an awesome recipe which every one of us enjoyed. You can also make the same mouth watering burfi at home, just follow the […]

Chakka ularthiyath (Jackfruit curry) recipe – Kerala style

Though I live in a village area, I haven’t tasted Chakka thoran / chakka ularthiyath till yesterday. Yesterday, my grandma, came home and she prepared this awesome dish for us. After tasting it, I feel sad for not trying it so far. Friends, this is a native Kerala dish you should try at least once. Here goes […]

Mambazha kalan / mambazha pulissery

One of the traditional curry dishes in Kerala is mambazha kalan / mambazha pulissery. Its an easy to prepare side dish with minimum requirements which our grand mothers prepare in olden days. In those days mangoes very easily available in the backyard of every houses in Kerala. The dish is very sweet one. Its better if […]

Palada payasam / palada pradhaman – Kerala method

Another post in the Vishu sadhya series. This is palada pradhaman aka palada payasam which is a delicious dessert prepared using rice and milk. It is served usually in the end of Kerala sadhya (grand feast) along with pappadam and banana. It is an easy to prepare pradhaman with little effort. This dessert will give […]