Stir Fried Lotus Root that turned into a salad

Stir fried Lotus RootGinger, garlic, sliced lotus root, red chillies, green onions, sesame seeds, sesame oil, soya sauce. Heat the oil. Marinate all the other ingredients in soya sauce. When the oil is hot, lower heat and toss in all the ingredients. Let them sizzle and when you smell heaven turn off the heat. I took out a few slices of the lotus to check if they were cooked – you’ll know because they’ll be crunchy and full of flavor from all the other ingredients. Was fun cooking it and eating it too. 🙂

 

And there was some left over that became a Stir Fried Lotus Root Salad. Added some cream cheese, caramelized red and yellow peppers and some crisply fried curry leaves. Turned out to be quite an adventure on the plate and the palate.
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Rice tossed with fried Sardines

 

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Recycling always pays! Especially when one has transported a good catch from Calicut waters.
Step 1 – fry sardines (coated with chilli powder, turmeric powder & salt) in coconut oil with a few sprigs of curry leaves and rosemary (just for kicks). When the fish is done, add a dash of soya sauce (just for kicks again) and swirl around to whatever music is playing. Set the fried fish aside.

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Mussels in Egg Plant Blankets

 

2014-01-03 20.19.42Every time I used to visit Calicut (Kozhikode) my mom invariable packed me some semi-fried Kalumakkai (Mussels). These would promptly be devoured in a day or two. Sometimes, Sudha would stash away a handful of these for the proverbial rainy day. During one of the my raids on the freezer, I discovered some beauties. I also spotted some egg plants in the veggie tray. I heated up some coconut oil in a frying pan and tossed the semi-fried mussels in them till they were nicely browned and crisp at the edges. While they were getting done, I sliced the egg plants length-wise and baked them in the oven for a few minutes till they were lightly browned. I then rolled the fried mussels on some freshly chopped coriander leaves and slivers of ginger. And then wrapped them in the baked egg plant slices. Here there are:
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