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Friday, December 15, 2023

Blueberry Yogurt | Fruit Yogurt

Do you love fruit flavoured yogurt? This is quite simple to make at home. The other day I got some fresh blueberries so used them to make blueberry yogurt. My kids love blueberry yogurt very much, and that's when I started making my own homemade batch at home. You can use any fruits like mango, grapes, peach, bananas for making this yogurt. Give this quick no cooking recipe a try and am sure kids would love this.

Preparation time ~ 5 minutes
Cooking time ~ nil
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 3
yogurt (thick) 400 g
blueberries 20-25
sugar 3-4 tbsp

  • Wash the blueberries under running water and mash them nicely using a masher. Add sugar to this and mix until dissolved.
  • Whisk the thick yogurt until smooth in consistency. To this add the mashed blueberry mix. Combine well and refrigerate for two hours until the colour and flavours of the blueberries seep in. 
  • Remove from refrigerator and enjoy the tasty blueberry yogurt.

* You can use any fruit of your choice especially mango, peach, banana can be used.
* You can use honey instead of sugar. Or use brown sugar instead of regular granulated sugar.
* Use greek yogurt if you love the yogurt really thick.


Friday, December 01, 2023

Fish Kanthari | Bird's Eye Chilli Fish Fry

 We have seen many types of fish fries with varied tastes and flavours. Which one do you like the most?

I keep trying different fish fry and this is a recent try, liked by all at home. A bird's eye chilli (kanthari mulaku) fish fry ? These chillies are small but are very strongly spicy, a common variety found in Kerala. They are known to have beneficial effects to reduce cholesterol. You may be imagining the heat of these small chillies but don't worry the sour flavours and the coconut milk neutralizes the heat to a great extent. Also, this is a very less oil fish fry version. But the green masala coating really adds to the fresh fish, tastes delicious. Give this a try if you get fresh bird's eye chilli, or even green chillies work fine.

Here is a YouTube#shorts on this Fish Kanthari

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 10 minutes
Serves ~ 7-8 fish fry
Author ~ Julie
fish pieces 7-8 or 250 gms
bird's eye chilly (kanthari) 7-10
ginger 1' piece
garlic cloves 5-6
coriander leaves 1/4 cup
shallots 5-6
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
pepper powder 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
lemon juice 1 tbsp
coconut milk (thick) 1/4 cup
oil to fry 2 tsp

  • Wash and clean the fish pieces, keep aside.
  • In a blender jar, add the bird's eye chilly. Add the ginger, garlic, shallots, coriander leaves, lemon juice, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt. Make a smooth paste.
  • Add the paste to the fish pieces and marinate the fish pieces for half an hour.
  • Heat a pan and add the oil (2tsp). Slide in the fish pieces. Cook on medium flame, flip the fish pieces. Add the remaining marinade and cook till crisp. 
  • Pour the thick coconut milk half way and flip to cook both sides evenly till lightly browned.
  • Serve warm for lunch with a salad, enjoy.

* I have used avoli (pomfret) fish for this fry.
* Adding coconut milk helps to bring down the heat of the chillies and also gets converted into the coconut oil which helps in very less oil fish fry.