Monday, February 25, 2013


cabbage thoran

Cabbage-ulli thoran is an authentic dish of  kerala. Its a very simple stir fried veggies with lots and lots of coconut followed by some chilly,uraddal and curry leaves seasoning.This dish is also served as a part of Sadhya (onam sadhya) along with other variety of vegetarian dishes .      
1/4kg or 3 cups of cabbage,finely chopped 
for grinding
1/2 cup coconut,grated
1 tsp jeera
garlic cloves
2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4tsp of haldi/turmeric
for seasoning
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp urad dal
1 spring curry leaves .
2 green chillies,slit
1 red chillies,cut into pieces

  • Heat oil in a pan add all the seasoning ingredients one by one.
  • Then add onion and saute for 5 minutes or till its translucent.
  • Now add chopped cabbage and salt to taste,stir for a while,cover and cook on low flame.Let it cook on its own juice.
  • Meanwhile grind coconut,jeera,garlic,red chillies and turmeric coarsely without adding any water.
  • Now add this masala to the cooked cabbage and mix it well.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes and take it off from the heat.
  • Garnish with some fresh curry leaves and serve hot with rice and dal.

cabbage thoran

Goan chorizo pulao

Goan Sausages are an essential ingredient of Goan cuisine .These sausages are spicy compared to other sausages, as it is prepared with spicy chillies ,ginger garlic and some local goan spices. It is quick to prepare, inexpensive and without the need of a cupboard full of spices or the skills of a chef.They have a unique aroma and are full of flavour.When cooked, the whole house smells divine and my kids love the aroma. I got this lovely sausages from one of my goan friend Michelle from whom I've learnt so many goan dishes...thank you so much.
  • 3 cups Basmati rice
  • 4 -5 Tomatoes,chopped
  • 3-4 Onions,sliced
  • 10 Cloves
  • 3-4 ( 1 inch) Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Star anise
  • 10-12 Peppercorns
  • 4-5 Cardamom
  • 2-3 Bay leaves
  • 2-3tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder
  • 1tsp Garam masala powder
  • 2tbsp Ginger -garlic paste
  • 1tsp Turmeric powder/haldi
  • 3 Maggi cubes ( chicken)
  • 1tbsp Oil
  • 3-4 Slit green chillies
Cooking Directions

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  1. Wash and cut the strings from the sausages . Now cut into 2-3 inch long pieces.Some prefer it without casing as its a bit hard to chew. If you don't like to keep the outer casing then just open up the sausage outer covers and empty the sausage meat into a bowl.But i prefer it with the casing.So I've only removed the string.
  2. Now heat oil in a pan.Add the whole spices ( cloves, pepper,cinnamon, bay leaves ,cardamom and star anise )and let it splutter.
  3. Add in sliced onions and fry till soft.
  4. Then add the tomatoes and ginger garlic paste and saute till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  5. Put in the chopped sausages and stir fry on high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Now add chilly powder,garam masala powder and turmeric powder,stir it well.
  7. Add the washed rice, salt and crumbled maggi cube and stir till rice is well coated with the masala.
  8. Pour in 6 cups of boiling hot water and bring to boil.Then simmer on low flame till the rice is cooked well.
  9. Keep it covered for 30 minutes before serving.