Chicken tikka masala | Butter Chicken | Kukskitchen



On popular demand I present to you my readers the recipe I use for chicken tikka masala or butter chicken. the below recipe is one that my dear SIL R kindly passed on to me a good few years ago. She is a great cook and we inspire each other from time-to-time. This recipe is a crowd pleaser - njan guarantee :)

There are more than a handful of stories about the origin of this popular dish.

In 2001, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook declared that "Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences." He went on to explain that "Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish. The Masala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy.(wikipedia)

Cinnamon poached plum served with fig and passion fruit | Kukskitchen

Cinnamon poached plum served with fig and passion fruit  | Kukskitchen


Eating fruit couldn't be better with this warm fruit salad. The cinnamon and lemon give the plums and extra flavour. I love passion fruit in anything at all and this salad saw some of the flesh thrown in at the end, not to mention the extra texture it offers. My fruit only dinner hence got a gorgeous makeover.

Banana cake | Kukskitchen

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Left over bananas have turned black... not sure what to do with them. I have got the perfect recipe for a banana cake that melts in your mouth..... one of the easiest cakes you can make... delivers the same gorgeous result each time.

I used my banana muffin recipe to make the cake. Bake them for an hour at 170 degrees in a fan assisted oven and VOILA your gorgeous banana cake is ready to serve. They are great served warm with a cup of tea.  

Apple Upside-down cake | Kukskitchen



This is a photograph I took before my blogging days. I absolutely love fruit in cakes. Gives a sense of guilt free pleasure although the cake is still very caloric.

Breakfast porridge oats with blueberries and maple syrup | Kukskitchen



One of the great habits for a healthy lifestyle is to ' Eat Breakfast every single Day'. I struggle with this. With our busy lifes,  getting kids ready for school in the morning while packing your own lunch, breakfast is one thing that is so easy to skip. I used to think if I skip breakfast that would make my body burn that extra fat since it has been starving since dinner the night before. That is the very reason one should have a healthy breakfast to break-the-fast so your body can move on and not be sluggish and reduce your productivity. they say if you feed your body a good breakfast, it’s going to boost your metabolism; you’ll feel more active, satisfied and fresh to start your day.

Gulab Jamun {recipe no 3} using secret ingredient | Kukskitchen

Yes, these are perfect, with a soft centre, perfect shape and delicious taste.Now, you will want to know what is that secret ingredient that made me, the jamun killer, make perfect jamuns. It is egg, I know, egg... who would have thought.

A good few months ago when I was toiling with my ingredients to make the perfect jamuns, my foundation doctor at the time was a sweet young girl, S. She gave me this tip, seeing  my misery. Thanks a ton darling.

When you have the perfect recipe, jamuns are the easiest Indian sweets to make and they are soo damn delicious too.

Goan fish curry | Kukskitchen



Fish - coconut milk - tamarind - turmeric are four things that are made to go together. They are a family made in heaven. These have a special place in the culinary trail of western  coastal belt of  India stretching from Goa to Kerala. I present here such a dish that is so similar to the palupizhinja (പാലു പിഴിഞ്ഞ ) fish curry that my mummy makes.



French Toast | Bombay Toast | Kukskitchen

French toast bombay toast kukskitchen


My mum used to make these eggy breads called french toasts and us kids use to love them. In Inida they are also called Bombay toasts. My sister still tells tales of the first time she ate it as a little child on one of her trips with our daddy from a restaurant. Unfortunately I dinot get to taste it from the above mentioned restaurant as they were already closed down before I was even born......what a shame. I donot regret it much since the place was take over by a Brahmin vegeterain restaurant who served delicious masala dosa and chutney.

Soya- tomato Chicken | No slicing involved | best beginner recipe | Kukskitchen

Chicken curry soya quick easy beginner no onion


Do you hate slicing onions? Try this recipe which uses no onions. So, no slicing, infact, you don't need a knife in your kitchen to make this recipe. It is the simplest curry one can ever make. And it comes our amazingly tasty too.

Ripe plaintain stuffed with fresh coconut | Pazham nirachathu | Kukskitchen

pazham nirachathu stuffed plantain malabar cuisine kukskitchen
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Malabar cuisine is a gift from the Arab traders and French rulers to the native Zamorins and Namboodiris. My dear D lived in Kuthuparambu for so long he loves malabar cuisine and sings praises all the time. This delicacy is made for the പുത്യാപ്ല , the new groom by his mum-in-law traditionally I'm told.

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