Saturday, January 28, 2012

Kerala Style Baked Fish

Whewww!!! Its been one hectic couple of weeks , with my moving and all , still settling in  almost there but I decided to take a break and post a dish I had made a while back . This is a typical dish you can find anywhere in Kerala , here the fish is coated with a subtly spiced coconut mix and then baked covered in banana leaves . The aroma is itself mouthwatering so here goes..............................


2-3 medium sized white  pomfret or red snapper
1 inch pc ginger
4-6 garlic cloves
4 green chillies
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
1/2 cup shallots peeled
1/2 cup vinegar
salt to taste
4 tsp coconut oil

for the garnish

2 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp curry leaves roasted
1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped


Clean the fish and make large slits on both sides
Roast the seeds and grind it .
Grind the coconut , shallots , ginger, garlic , green chillies into a paste.
Add the roast and ground powder to it and salt to taste .
Smear the fish with this paste and set aside.
Grease the banana leaves with the coconut oil and line it in the baking dish .
Now place the fish on the banana leaves and pour vinegar all over it and cover it with the banana leaves and bake it in a preheated 180 c oven for about 20 -35 min or till done .
Now transfer the fish to a serving dish and garnish it by sprinkling the coconut oil , roasted curry leaves and coriander leaves .

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nigella's Chocolate Banana Muffins

By now , you all must know that I am a huge Nigella fan , I just her recipes , they all turn out so well , never has it not worked for me . I have so many things going on right now that I have absolutely no time to think or create some new flavours and recipes . I am in the middle of moving house and the kids have their hands full with their exams and stuff that it is an absolute mess around here . I thought I better get at least one new post in before I move because who knows when I will get the net connection and also get settled in .
I had a couple of bananas rotting here and was bored of making the stuff I know so I thought why not give this recipe a try , it sounds simple and delicious and as usual Nigella does not disappoint , these muffins were just too good , they were so moist and delish so here goes ................


3 very ripe bananas
125 ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
100 gms light brown sugar
225 gms plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda


Mash the bananas well .
Add the oil and mash it and then add the eggs and sugar and mix it well
Sift the dry ingredients together and then add them to the wet mixture and mix it up .
Grease and line the muffin pan and spoon the mixture into the muffin moulds till 3/4 full .
Bake in a preheated 200 c oven for about 15 - 20 min or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean .
Makes nice round and shiny 12 muffins .

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Spicy Tuna Rolls

It's been a while since I posted anything , frankly was not in the mood for it . The end of the year and the beginning was an emotional roller coaster ride , so many things were happening all around that I was completely lost but now I am back and have to be back because making food and blogging about it is really therapeutic for me .
These rolls are really soft and pillowy to the touch , I got this recipe from Elisabeth from the blog food & thrifts , I make them all the time and decided to give it another twist to it . The basic roll recipe is quite easy and the rolls come out perfect , sweet and soft , so I decided to go with a spicy filling , which seems to work well . It is super easy to make so here goes..................


for the rolls 

3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
olive oil 2-3 tbsp

for the filling 

2 tins canned tuna fish drained
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
1 onion finely chopped
2 tbsp oil
3-4 tbsp or more tomato ketchup
1/2 tsp mixed dried herbs
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese or goats cheese

1 egg and 3 tbsp water beaten
Melted butter (optional)


Mix all the ingredients for the dough and leave it to rise for an hour and a half .
Meanwhile make the filling , in a pan heat the oil and add the tuna and the spices and fry it till the raw smell of the spice disappears .
Add the onions to it and cook it till done . Season it with salt .
After the dough has doubled in size , roll it into a large rectangle .
Spread the ketchup on top and then add sprinkle with the dried spices .
Now add the fried tuna and spread it evenly .
Add the mozzarella and sprinkle the crumbled feta or goats cheese .
Roll it from the longer end like you would roll a swiss roll .
Now cut them into 12 equal pieces .
Arrange them in a baking dish filling side up and leave it to rise for about half hour .
Brush the rolls with the egg wash or butter .
Bake them in a preheated oven for about 25-30 min.
Serve them hot and enjoy .