Saturday, June 8, 2013


Introducing the sweeeeetest addition to our family.  No recipe for this one though ! :)
Just took the liberty of posting on behalf on Smitha. It's a baby girl btw.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Karimeen Varuthathu / Fried Pearlspot using Hudson Canola Oil

Last month I received an email request to review a product on my blog. I agreed . And so, last week, I received a 1 litre bottle of canola oil for a sampling program from Hudson Canola oil, a brand recently launched in India. As canola oil is a neutral flavored oil, it suits all cuisines including Indian cooking.


So this week I thought I'll use this oil and review the product and tell you guys what I think about it. The recipe I thought of for this trial round was a simple one . Karimeen fry . I used  the Canola oil as a medium for frying my karimeen or pearlspot.

The oil has a high smoke point and is ideal for frying and sauteing. Moreover, the neutral flavor of the oil helps the canola oil stay in the background of the dish rather than dominate in the forefront like most oils. This makes the oil a must-ingredient in the kitchens of those who are into global cuisine. Fortunately, I loved the outcome of cooking with this oil and my verdict would be that I really liked the product received.

 Ingredients: (Serves 4)
  • Cleaned Pearlspot - 4
  • Chili powder - 3 tspns
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tspn.
  • Salt - To taste
  • Canola oil - 5 tbspns.
  • Lemon, onions, cucumber and oranges- to garnish
  • Mix chili powder, turmeric powder and salt in a small bowl. Marinate the fish with the mixed spices and let rest for 30-45 mins.
  •  Heat canola oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  • Fry the fish for about  8-9 mins. on each side.
  • Serve hot with a spritz of lemon and sliced onions. (I served it with a slice of orange and cucumber too.)


Friday, February 1, 2013

Breakfast Granola


Granola is a healthy breakfast option. It is a whole food with nuts and oats.  It can be had with milk or yogurt.

It has good cholesterol and is good for the heart. But, most of the granola available on store shelves have high content of sweetners and sugar syrups added to it which makes it high in calories content. So, if you have the ingredients to make it at home, it is truly worth it.

 Some recipes call for adding a lot more sugar in the recipe. I have cut down on the amount of sugar I have used in it.

  • Quick cooking oats - 4 cups 
  • Slivered almonds - 3/4 cup 
  • Chopped walnuts - 1/2 cup 
  • Chopped cashew - 1/4 cup 
  • Chopped pistachios - 1/4 cup 
  • Peanuts - 1/2 cup 
  • Wheat bran - 1/4 cup
  •  Dried cranberries- 1/4 cup
  • Chopped dried figs - 1/4 cup 
  • Chopped dates - 3/4 cup 
  • Golden raisins - 1/2 cup 
  • Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup 
  • Flax seeds - 1/4 cup 
  • Ground cinnamon - 1 tspn
  • Dark brown sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup 
  • Salt = 1/4 tspn
  •  Preheat oven to 120°C
  • In a large bowl mix oats and nuts
  • Combine water, sugar and cinnamon and salt.
  • Coat the  oat-nut mixture with sugar mixture and bake for 15 mins. 
  • In the mean time, dry roast sesame seeds and flax seeds on a pan for 2 mins.
  • When the oat mixture has finished baking, remove from oven and add the flax seeds, sesame seeds and the wheat bran. Cool mixture completely.
  • Finally, toss in the dried fruits and mix well. 
  • Serve with milk or yogurt. 


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