Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Mother's Sweet Dumplings

Recipe: Kozhukatta (Coconut and Jaggery Filling in a soft rice dumpling)

It's been long... very long since I last posted.

Life just took over and left no time to blog.

My youngest child who was still a baby when I last blogged has turned into busy chatter-box of a toddler who thinks he is in charge of everyone and nothing should happen without his permission. Thankfully my older child adores him to bits and (apart from the occasional fights) they usually end up sticking up for each other and ganging up against us, their parents!

Between looking after the family and my regular job, I'm struggling to find time.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fermented Favourites

Recipe: Mom's Soft and Delicate Vattayappam (Steamed cakes of fermented rice and coconut batter)

"It's so soft and delicate, Amma. Can you give me some more?"

That's what my elder son told me when he had his first slice of Vattayappam.

I used my mother's recipe as I have loved her vattayappams the most.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Toddy Tales

Recipe : Homemade Toddy from Coconut Water

The malayalam word for "shop" is "kada".

But in Kerala, a toddy shop is always called "kallu shaap" and not "kallu kada".

I wonder why.

A kallu shaap is usually a dirty, dingy hut and not a welcome place for a woman. Though these days there are a few family kallu shaaps where you can sit down with the whole family and drink kallu (toddy) and enjoy wonderful spicy seafood.

However, anything in excess is bad for health, especially addictive things like alcohol. Sadly, many lives are ruined due to alcohol addiction.  So, in order to battle the alcohol addiction in the state, the government plans to brings about a ban on the sale of alcohol in Kerala. This could mean that kallu shaaps and will soon be a thing of history.


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