Posts by Rajni Menon

My Plantain Truffles

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I love the super-soft and overly ripe sweet plantains. I’ve grown up eating plantains in Kerala. It is cooked in a variety of ways but I love to experiment with the food. Hence I came up with this-Plantain truffles with absolutely no chocolate. This is plantains saute’d with very flavorful ghee and cardamom and rolled…

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Kerala Chilli Chicken

Its the Chinese new year on Feb 5th, celebrating the year of the pig. On this special day, I dedicate my artwork and a special Indian-Chinese dish to all my Chinese friends. Here’s my rough sketch of an artistic pig and my dish is the Kerala Chilli chicken. HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Wishing you all peace…

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Avil milk (Rice flakes Milkshake)

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Avil milk is the Kerala milkshake and it is my favorite. Avil or flattened rice flakes are very popular in Kerala dishes.  It can be used in sweet or savory dishes. Here, I have used it in a sweet preparation. The sweetness of the ice-cream mixed with the various nuts is heavenly. The fact I…

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Masala Cranberry & Mango Sauce

Cranberry sauce made with Indian spices is my way of creating a unique cranberry sauce. Mangoes are in abundance in Kerala. During the mango season, its hard to choose a mango since there’s quite a few varieties to choose from. Hence I thought to combine mangoes into this recipe.The star anise and the cardamom gives…

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Traditional Stuffing with Spiced Paneer

Stuffing at a thanksgiving table is a must. Here’s my creation – a stuffing recipe with spiced paneer(Indian cheese). The breadcrumbs are mixed with very flavorful vegetable broth along with spiced paneer, onions and celery. The soft bread and paneer along with crunchy celery is a party in the mouth. Traditional Stuffing with spiced Paneer…

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Vegetable Meatballs with Pumpkin

This is meatballs with an exception of meat. Instead of meat, I have used pumpkin and potatoes. In Kerala, as an evening snack, vegetable patties(or vegetable cutlet) like these are made for tea. This curry is made similar to the vegetable cutlets. These are pumpkin and potatoes sauteed with shallots and flavorful spices and made…

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Chocolate Shrikhand

Shrikhand is a dessert from Western India and is a lowfat cheesecake made with flavored hung yogurt. I have combined chocolate and yogurt to make this dessert. The creaminess from the yogurt and the flavorful chocolate goes very well together. I usually top it off with toasted pistachios for the crunch. Chocolate Shrikhand Ingredients:- Chocolate…

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Kappa Mutta–Scrambled eggs with spiced yuca

Kappamutta is the malayalam name of this dish. Malayalam is the language of Kerala. ‘Kappa’ means Yuca and ‘Mutta’ means egg. Hence this dish is Scrambled eggs with spiced Yuca. It’s a traditional dish that you’ll find in the roadside eateries in Kerala. I love the different textures in this dish. The soft scrambled eggs…

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Unniappam-Sweet banana pancakes

Unniappam is a traditional sweet of Kerala and made during any festive occasion. Its a combination of rice with banana and spices and its completely gluten free as well. An ebelskiver pan could be used to prepare this dish but batter can also be poured into pancake pans as well. Its a very flavorful dessert…

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Orotti-Spiced Rice fritters

Orotti is one of the traditional breakfast items in Kerala usually had along with Masala Chaya(Masala Tea) infused with spiced milk. These are spiced rice fritters along with fresh grated coconut and spices and fried to perfection. It has a very crispy exterior and a very soft interior which melts in your mouth. Ingredients:- Rice(…

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