Category Archives: Festivals

Kannoorappam / Pancharayappam / Panchara Neyyappam / White Unniyappam

When you think about Kannur (a place in northern Kerala, also known as Cannanor), the first few things that comes to your mind will be the  authentic thalassery biriyani, theyyam, home of red flag/ Communism, beaches and historical monuments etc. For the outsiders, Kannur is famous for its wide variety of food delicacies like biriyani, pathiri, […]

Palakkad Elai Adai / Plantain Leaf Adai recipe

Elai Adai aka Vazhai elai Adai or Elai Kozhukattai is a speciality in “Palakkad Iyer” homes. This is typically made during this season when jackfruits are abundant! Rice flour batter layered with jackfruit, coconut jaggery compote smeared on a wilted banana leaf, folded and steamed to perfection! Elai Adai preparation Soak the rice for about 4 hours […]

Malabar style Alsa / Aleesa / Harees recipe

North Kerala (Malabar) got influenced by many Arabic dishes and Alsa / Aleesa is one of the main examples for such a dish. In Middle East it is calling as Harees (slight variation in method and ingredients) and is served mainly during Iftar time. Alsa is the most common recipe of north Kerala Muslims. It […]

North Kerala’s Mophla Chicken Biriyani – Malabar style

This is the second contestant entry we received for our “Malabar food fest 2018” organized to collect and share the traditional recipes of Malabar. If you haven’t submitted your recipe yet, please visit our food fest page to win an amazon gift voucher of 2,000INR. Moplahs are Muslims from North Kerala who trace their ancestral […]

Kallumakkaya Nirachathu / Spicy stuffed, Steamed & fried Mussels

This is the first entry we received for our “Malabar food fest 2018“. This event is organized by cheenachatti to collect and share the traditional recipes of Malabar, the food heaven of Kerala. If you are a Malabar food fan, and haven’t submitted your recipe yet, please visit our food fest page to win an […]

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 […]

Kerala style fish molly recipe

Fish molly aka fish mollee is a traditional dish from the Kerala Suriyani Christian Kitchen. Its fish curry (fish stew) prepared in coconut milk with a little difference. Fish molly preparation Prepare the marination mix by mixing together all the ingredients. Apply them very well and evenly on the cleaned fish slices. Keep it aside for […]

Chicken pockets recipe with leftover Chicken

Pocket chicken is an easy to make snack. It can be made from leftover chicken. Great snack for kids as it has vegetables & chicken combo. Can add any vegetables of your choice. Its quick to make. Chicken pockets preparation Roll bread to flatten it. Now cut it in round shape with help of a […]

Beef varattiyathu

Its a long time since I shared a recipe on cheenachatti. Here I am back with the traditional recipe of Kerala style Beef Varattiyathu / Beef Ularthiyathu recipe, a signature dish of Kerala Christians, where red-meat is pressure cooked and sauteed with spices and herbs. Beef Varattiyath preparation Wash and clean the beef. Mix all the ingredients in list 1 and keep […]

Kadala parippu payasam / Chana dal kheer

Payasam / Pradhaman / Kheer? Don’t ask me how much I love them. 🙂 Very often I make them at home. I have to admit that, among the different kheer preparations I have some special love to Parippu pradhaman / Kadala parippu payasam. But I don’t know why its so, it was always like so since my childhood. […]

Chicken Biryani Kerala style

Chicken biryani – thats our recipe for this Eid. This delightful and quick recipe for preparing Kerala style chicken biryani will make your Eid festival rich. – Eid Mubarak to all our friends. I am sure that biriyani / biryani needs no introduction to Indians or south Asians. For others, its one of the most flavorful, spicy and aromatic rice dish […]

Parippu Pradhaman / Parippu payasam

Its our second Onam after the launching of cheenachatti.com. We are so happy to see the immense support we received from you people. Thank you all for your  support, suggestions and comments. You can find a lot of Onam recipes from our site and we have even a post on how to serve onasadhya. Last week we […]

Aval Payasam – Rice flakes Kheer

Aval payasam is a quick and easy to make dessert / pudding. Its made using Aval aka poha which is said to be the favorite of Lord Krishna. So South Indians, usually prepare this during the gokulaashtami festival. This recipe is really simple one. I hope you all will try it and let me know […]

Marble cake

Marble cake is a cake made by very lightly blending light and dark batter together to get a streaked or mottled appearance (like marble). Usually Vanilla and Chocolates are used as the blending mixtures. Here is a quick recipe for preparing marble cake from scratch. Try it and let us know your comments. Marble cake preparation Sieve flour along with […]

Sharjah Shake Recipe

Sharjah Shake  / Banana Milkshake – A very common milk shake recipe available in Kerala Bakeries / Juice shops or ice-cream parlors. This is popular in Kerala even from the early 90’s. If you ask me about the story behind the name or its connection with UAE – the answer is just three words – I don’t […]

Fruit salad | Fruit salad with Custard recipe

Fruit salad aka fruit cocktail or fruit cup is a dish made with various kinds of fruits and served as a dessert, a side-salad or an appetizer. The commonly used fruits are strawberry, water melon, pomegranate, apple, grapes etc. You can find a lot of recipes for fruit salads throughout the net. In some regions, people try adding […]

Rich Milk Peda recipe

Milk peda aka Doodh peda / palkova / Paal peda is one of the simple but most delicious and tastiest milk product. This traditional Indian sweet is made with condensed milk and milk powder and flavored with cardamom and pistachios. Milk pedas are prepared mainly during the festival season like Diwali, Poojas etc. In North India, milk pedas are distributed […]

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 special Pepper Chicken

Pepper Chicken is a very popular side dish in Kerala restaurants. Its one of the dish we frequently order from our nearby hotel. Though I tried a lot of pepper chicken recipes in the past, none of them were successful. Recently I came across another recipe of pepper chicken, in a local food magazine and […]

Kuzhalappam / Rice flour cannoli

Kuzhalappam aka rice flour cannoli is tube shaped snack popular among the Christians in Kerala. It is prepared by deep frying roasted rice flour along with onion, garlic, sesame seeds and cumin. Try this preparation of Kuzhalappam following this easy recipe and let me know your comments. Kuzhalappam Preparation In a pan roast the rice flour […]