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Chena-Vazhakkaya Erissery

Posted by Annita on October 30, 2007

Erissery is a popular dish in Kerala,a variety of erisseris can be prepared by substituting different vegetables,pulses or a combination of vegetables and pulses.In some parts of Kerala,Erisseri is even served in traditional Sadyas.Of all the erisseris Vazhakka- Chena Erissery is my favorite.



Fresh Plantains(Vazhakkaya) along with the skin cut into big pieces – 1 cup
Yam/Suran(Chena) cut into big pieces – 1 cup
Grated coconut -1 and 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Black Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds(Jeerakam) – 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Red chillies whole – 2
Curry leaves – a sprig
Salt – to taste
Oil – as needed


Mix together plantain pieces,yam pieces,chilly powder,turmeric powder and salt and cook them in a pan or a pressure cooker adding just enough water.When they are cooked well,mash it lightly with the back of a spoon.

Now grind together 1 cup coconut,cumin seeds and pepper powder into a coarse paste and add this paste into the vegetables and boil it until it reaches a thick consistency.Turn off the heat and let the erissery rest for a while.

Now heat oil in another pan and pop mustard seeds.Add whole red chillies,curry leaves and the rest of the grated coconut into it and fry until coconut reaches a golden brown color.Pour the seasoning over the erissery.Mix well and serve hot with rice.


The plantains i’ve used here were not fresh and thats why the color of erissery is brown.Erissery prepared with fresh green plantains will be in light greenish yellow color.

Note:-Instead of red chilly powder you can again use pepper powder and that’ll give a diiferent flavour.

Recipe Source :- Vanitha

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Kid’s Cake (Thomas & Friends)

Posted by Annita on October 19, 2007

This is the cake I decorated for my son’s 3rd birthday.He is a great Thomas fan and so I had to do something with the theme Thomas.It was a 2 tier cake covered with buttercream frosting,first tier was a white cake and the second one a chocolate.The pebbles were made of fondant and the Thomas track set is bought from Walmart bakery section.

Thomas Cake
Click on the above picture to see it enlarged

Thomas The Tank Engine

I know the pictures are not so good,I completely forget about taking pictures while struggling to put together the birthday party.So these are the only pictures I have with me now.So sorry guys,please bear with me for time being.

Checkout this too: Thomas the Tank Engine Tutorial

Posted in Cake Decoration, Desserts & Cakes, Learning Series, Lil' Milan's Choice | 46 Comments »

Grape Juice

Posted by Annita on October 16, 2007

This is an all time family favorite drink,which i’ve found in a cookery show long time back.You can just have this on a hot summer morning or can be served as a welcome drink in parties.

Grape Juice



Black Grapes cleaned and washed thoroughly- 1 kg
Sugar – 4 cups
Water – 8 cups
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Banana – 1/2 (Optional:-I dont like the flavour of bananas much and so I prefer this without adding bananas.I mentioned it only because it was there in the original recipe.)


Combine grapes,sugar,cardamom powder and water in a big vessel and boil it until the skin of the grapes begins to break.

Grape Juice

Allow it to cool.Reserve few grapes for garnishing.

Add banana pieces into a blender and mash it well.Now add the cooled grapes along with the juice and blend it for a few seconds without breaking its seeds.Strain it,chill and serve.

Serving suggestions:

1)Serve with a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream and a grape.

2)Seperate the flesh from the reserved boiled grapes by carefully removing the seeds and the skin. Add these flesh to the grape juice,chill and serve.You can add as much grape flesh as you wish.(Some grapes have thin skin and is difficult to remove it from the flesh.Well ripened black grapes with seeds available in India are best for this.I remember grape juice from Bimbis restaurant,Ernakulam ,it tastes great and is full of grape flesh.Try it out if you ever get a chance.I’m not sure how they are seperating the flesh from the grapes,it cannot be a manual process as they serve lots of grape flesh along with the juice. )

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Hariyali Murg

Posted by Annita on October 1, 2007

This is my second entry to GBP Summer 2007 event hosted by Deepz,featuring mint leaves from my patio garden.This recipe is adapted from Kodali’s kitchen,its a chicken dish that posess a strong minty flavour with an appealing bright green color.

Mint plant

Hariyali Chicken


Chicken cut into small pieces – 1 kg
Red onion sliced  – 2 medium sized
Garam masala powder – 1tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Bayleaf – 1
Salt – to taste
Oil – as needed

To prepare marinade :
Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
Green chillies – 10 – 15(use according to your spice level)
Fresh grated coconut – 2 tspn
Ginger Garlic paste -1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Mint leaves – 10 – 15
Coriander leaves -a small bunch

Grind all these together to make a fine paste and keep it aside.


Add salt to the prepared marinade,mix well and marinate the chicken pieces for 1 hr preferably in a refrigerator.Heat oil in a pan, add bayleaf and curry leaves into it.Fry it for few seconds and add the onions, fry  until it turns into a golden brown color.Now add the chicken pieces and fry till oil seperates.Check for the salt and add around 1 cup of water and cook until the gravy becomes thick.Finally add garam masala powder and simmer for few more minutes.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice/rotis.

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