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April 30, 2016

Zucchini Thoran (Kerala Style Zucchini stir fry)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 
Day 25: Z for Zucchini Thoran
It is the last and final day of this month's mega marathon and time sure flew right by. For letter Z, I knew I had to make something with Zucchini, but it took me a while to finalize on what to make.
Kerala Style Zucchini stir fry
After discussing with Rajani about the possible zucchini dishes to make, I finally made this zucchini thoran from Kitchen Mishmash. Thoran is a very simple and basic Kerala dry curry that can be made with just about any fresh vegetable. I make cabbage thoran quite often, so I tried making zucchini thoran this time.

April 29, 2016

Yam Fry (Kerala Chena Mezhukkupuratty)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 
Day 25: Y for Yam fry
Today's letter was probably the easiest to decide. Y for Yam curry, that's it -- I didn't even bother to look for more options. I love yam and always have a few frozen packets in the freezer.
Kerala Chena Mezhukkupuratty
There are quite a few different versions of yam fry online. Some were deep fried while some recipes needed marination, some had onion while some didn't. I settled on Maria's recipe with onion and garlic.

April 28, 2016

Xmas Fruit Cake (Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 
Day 24: X for Xmas Fruit Cake
So here we are at probably the most difficult letter of all, X. There are very few dishes or veggies that start with the letter X, so this must have been a tough letter for everyone except for those cooking from Spanish or Chinese cuisines. I was initially planning to go with an adjective or a verb but finally ended up making this Kerala Style X mas Cake.
Kerala Christmas Fruit Cake
I was thinking of doing a post like xplore Malabar cuisine, xperience Kerala sadya or something on those lines. I even asked Rajani for her input and she said try a sadya meal by making dishes over couple of days. I was tempted but the amount of work involved seemed too tedious and with the husband traveling, it was way too much food for just me. It is one of my dream meal to make in my lifetime.

April 27, 2016

Wheat Payasam (Kerala Style)

BM# 63: Journey through the Cuisines 
Week 4: Kerala Cuisine 
Day 23: W for Wheat Payasam
I went straight to Rajani's blog for today's letter. She did an A-Z Kerala Sadya recipes for one of the previous mega marathons and I knew she will have the perfect dish with the letter W. Rajani didn't disappoint me, this Wheat payasam, Kerala style with coconut milk was so decadent and delicious.
Kerala Style Wheat Kheer
This payasam is made with cracked wheat or broken wheat, sweetened with jaggery and simmered in coconut milk. I used fine bulgur wheat and it worked just perfect for this recipe.

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