Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fish Vindaloo

Fish Vindaloo
The name vindaloo is derived from the Portuguese dish Carne de Vinha d’ Alhos, that is, pork with wine and garlic. As wine was not readily available in India before, it was substituted with vinegar and chilies.

Here I am using fish instead of pork so slight variation in the recipe when compared with the pork vindaloo.

I still can't figure out how this recipe reached Trivandrum, this dish is very common in our home from my childhood.

A vindaloo is not supposed to contain aloo (potato) and tomatoes as it is assumed. So all those Vindaloo lovers try this out and let me know how it comes out for you.


Tuna Fish               – 1 kg
Chili powder          – 5 tsp
Turmeric powder   – ½ tsp
Mustard powder     – 1 tsp
Whole Mustard       - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Garlic chopped        - 4 pieces
Vinegar                    - 5 tbsp
Fenugreek powder – ½ tsp
Onion Chopped       - 1
Curry leaves            few
Oil as required

  • Marinate fish with mustard powder, chillie powder, salt and vinegar
  • Keep it for 30 minutes,
  • Take a meen chatti  pour oil and when hot add the whole mustard seeds, when it splutter add chopped onions and chopped garlic.
  • Sauté till translucent now add fenugreek powder and ginger garlic paste and stir till the raw smell leaves.
  • Now you can add the marinated fish and add ½ cup of water.
  • Cover and cook for 5mts then reduce the flame and cook again for another 5mts.
  • Serve hot with boiled rice. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Polly's Baked Chicken Mince

This baked chicken minced recipe is dedicated to my grand mom Polly Cruz. For me, she was one great cook and baker during her times.
Baked Chicken Minced

Since I spend my growing years away from her, I could learn very little from her. Still I managed to pick few tips and recipes from her.

I count my blessings often that I was allowed to watch over her shoulder as she stirred, sliced and added a pinch of this or that.

Amma (we used to call our grand mom ) had whipped up multi-course meals featuring real-deal of Malaysian style cooking in her 60's, with many of her recipes being passed on to us kids as oral renditions that often contained the phrase, "just eyeball it".

Amma wasn't big on measuring, and never did I ever see her crack open a cookbook, wished I could have learned much more from her.

This Baked Chicken Mince is one the recipe I have picked up from her and loved it like crazy, loved the crunchy crispy taste on the top and the moist softness inside. It is made almost like a Plum Cake.

Love you Amma for giving this recipe and wish she was around to guide me in my baking and cooking.

Ingredients used in this recipe: Maida, Butter, Spices, Eggs, Chicken Mince, Onion, Tomato, Potatoes, Coriander leaves.

This is best served in high tea.

The Greatest Gift

The greatest gift you can give to someone is your TIME.

I just love teaching and sharing my knowledge to others. And today I got a surprise gift from one of my student. She just walked in with a box of chocolates she made and I could say it made my day.

Garima, she had attended my basic chocolate classes. Being a very creative person, she is into cooking, baking, candle making and is a yoga teacher. I wonder how she finds time for all these after managing two young sons.

She recently started a startup venture called 'Chocolati, which specializes in gourmet chocolates. This Diwali seasons she sold around 300-400 chocolates this season.

So happy for her new venture and wishing her all the best in this journey of living her passion  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trivandrum Cake baking and Cooking Class - 15th to 19th Oct 2014

On each visit to Trivandrum , I teach around 20-30 students who keep coming back month after month. Thanks to all the students who had turned up for my classes, a very big hug to them 
Attending these classes has even spurred them on to start their own baking ventures!!!! So happy to hear their baking stories.
Last week classes include recipes for Breads, Briyanis, Chocolates, Plum cake, cupcakes, Black forest Cakes and Buttercream icing.
If you’d like to come and learn to bake with me, please get in touch with me to know about future classes at Cake Baking Class Trivandrum
Chocolate making class

Bread making session

Christmas cake mixing session

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

French Macaron Classes at Bangalore, Trivandrum and Hyderabad

Three-hour French Macaron Class focuses on the creation from start to finish of these elegant and colorful pasteries.

Students are divided into groups and work through the steps from dry ingredients, to creating the batter, to piping, and then finish with a box of beautiful macarons for you to take home with you!

Limited Seats - Contact Marina at 09379398865
Date - 17th October 2014 10am
Location :- Poonthi Road, Kumarapuram, Trivandrum