Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Lauki Halwa is the classic dessert in mangalore. I first tasted this dish on my brother's marriage. His marriage was in mangalore so, lucky me, got a chance to taste this delicious treat. Last week I was soo craving to have this halwa after many years. So digged in to make my first trial which got ended up into yummy and mouthwatering halwa. It was dam tasty and I could not stop having it so do my hubby. Whenever I prepare sweets, I really do miss my brother because his favourites item was any kind of sweets. In short hez a sweet lover I must say. So this lauki halwa post I am dedicating to my loving brother 'Sujeeth'. [This is for you yeah :) When you visit mangalore, I am gonna make this for you for sure.]


1 Grated Lauki.

1/4 cup Milk.

1 cup Grated Jaggery.

1/4 cup Ghee.

Pinch of powdered Cardamom.

Roasted Cashewnuts.


In a pan add 2 tbsp ghee. Add the grated lauki and fry for few sec. Add the milk and stir till the lauki is well cooked. When the mixture is lumpy, add jaggery and stir under medium heat till it melts. Cook till most of the moisture evaporates from halwa. Lastly add the rest of the ghee and fry till the mixture turns fried brown colour. Once this is done, add cardamom powder to the halwa and mix well. Remove from the heat at the right consistency and add to a ghee greased bowl. Garnish with roasted cashenews.

I am going on a vacation for 2 weeks. Will be back the very next month till then Happy blogging and also ''WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NAVARATHRI''

Sunday, September 13, 2009


I've been tagged by a sweet talented ''BHARATHY''

The rules :

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share the ABCs of you.
4. Tag 4 people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so that there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.

The Tag:

1. A – Available/Single? Married :)

2. B – Best friend? Mom, Rajesh(hubby) & school mates.

3. C – Cake or Pie? Cake

4. D – Drink of choice? All fruit juice.

5. E – Essential item you use every day? My Laptop.

6. F – Favorite color? Blue.

7.G–Gummy Bears Or Worms? Gummy bears.

8. H – Hometown? Kerala.

9. I – Indulgence? Malaysian foods.

10. J – January or February? Both because Jan is my hubbies b day and Feb my daughter's b day.

11. K – Kids & their names? One and only 'SMERA'

12. L – Life is incomplete without? The people whome I love the most.

13. M – Marriage date? May 18th

14. N – Number of siblings? One elder caring brother 'Sujeeth'

15. O – Oranges or Apples? Like both.

16. P – Phobias/Fears? Travelling alone.

17. Q – Quote for today? Think first and speak afterwards.

18. R – Reason to smile? My cutie 'Smera'.

19. S – Season? Spring

20. T – Tag 3 People? Scroll down to have a look.

21. U – Unknown fact about me? Advising me for no reason makes me sick.

22. V – Vegetable you don't like? I like all.

23. W – Worst habit? Very tough to accept my own mistake.

24. X – X-rays you've had? Nothing so far.

25. Y – Your favorite food? Patravodo, all chicken and fish starters.

26. Z – Zodiac sign? Aries.

I'm supposed to tag 4 more.. Please leave a message in the comment box, those you are willing to take up the tag or else the first 4 buddies who leave comments here are tagged ;).

Dear friend ''APARNA'' AND ''UJWAL'' has presented me ''HONEST SCRAP AWARD'' Thanks a lot for the sweet justure dear's.


I must thank the person who gave me the award and list their blog and link it.
I must list 10 honest things about myselfI must put a copy of The Honest Scrap Logo on my blog.
I must select at least 7 other worthy bloggers & list their links
I must notify the bloggers of the award and hopefully they will follow the above three requirements also.

Let me start with my 10 honest things.

1. My hubby and my little one is my world to me. Cannot think of my life without them.

2. I like to be fit and healthy till the end of my life so that I could eat anything what I want. :)

3. I hate the people those who don't take care of kids or those who discriminate them.

4. I feel great when somone appreciates me on my work.

5. Waiting for the day for the reunion with my school freinds.

6. Love cooking with my hubby.

7. I seriously dont like getting up early in the morning and making breakfast. I am lazy guys and I know many of you are also there :)

8. I love to be alone in solitude.

9. I admire nature and great singers.

10. Last but no the least I want my little gal 'SMERA' to become a good person with all good qualities.

Now its time to tag and I am gonna tag,


I would like to thank 'AMMU' for passing me awards of ''YUM YUM BLOG AWARD'' , ''A GIANT BEAR HUG AWARD'' AND ''360 FOODIE AWARD''. Thank you soo much for keeping my day very special.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009


''Alay'' is what we call for ginger chutney in konkani langauge. This is one of our traditional recipe that I prepared on 'sutham punnav'. We usually prepare them as a side dish with rice but some people like to have with dosa combination.Thesdays I prepare them offen for lunch as the main ingredient being ginger is my favourite and its very good for digestion , heartburn etc. You can make it any time within no minute.


1" Piece Ginger.

1/2 cup Grated Coconut.

2 Green chilli.

2 tbsp Curd.

Drop of Tamarind extract.

Salt to taste.


1 tsp Oil.

1 tsp Mustard seeds.

1/2 tsp Jeera.

4 to 5 Curry leaves.


Grind coconut, ginger, tamarind, salt and chilies to a smooth paste adding required amount of water. Transfer them to one bowl. Add curd and mix.

Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add jeera and curry leaves. Fry for a little while. Pour this seasoning over chutney.

Another close up pic of my 'sutham punnav's' lunch served on banana leaf.


Friday, September 4, 2009


Heres the recipe of 'Kele ambat' that I prepared on 'Sutham Punnav'. Kele ambat is the authentic traditional konkani item that is prepared during festival times. Its just simple and mild tasting sweet and a bit spicy flavoured curry. Goes well as a side dish with rice. But I just love to have it alone without mixing it with rice. This is a must recipe to try guys. Hope you all will enjoy our konkani dish.


2 Nendrapazham.(Ripe Plantains)

1/2 cup Channa dal.

1 cup Grated coconut.

4 cubes Grated jaggery.

1 Red chilly.

1 tsp turmeric powder.

1 tbsp Coconut Oil.

1 tsp Mustard seeds.

1/2 tsp Jeera.

1/2 tsp rice flour.

1 Sprig Curry leaves.

Few Cashewnuts.

Salt to taste.


Cook channa dal with little turmeric in pressure cooker. Make sure it does not become soo mushy.

Grind coconut, rice flour and red chilli together smoothly with water. Adding of rice flour would tighten the gravy. Keep the mixture aside.

Cut the banana into small piece and cook them along with jaggery and cashews. Once banana are cooked, add salt and the channa dal mixture. Bring them to boil.

At this stage add the grinded coconut mixture and stir for a min under medium flame. Remove from flame or else it will curdle.

In another pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera,and curry leaves and add to the dish.
Serve hot.