Kerala Chicken Ishtoo

Keralan Chicken Ishtoo (Stew)

We learned to make this Keralan Chicken Ishtoo (stew) at Brunton Boatyard in Fort Kochi, Kerala. It was our first day in the “land of coconuts” back in 2016. We attended the nightly cooking demo that CGH Earth Experience offers at all their properties. Chef Noble Francis expertly conducted the demo. He explained that coconut …

Keralan Vegetable Ishtoo

Keralan Vegetable Ishtoo

Vegetables are a huge part of the diet in Kerala. And, locals enjoy their vegetables especially when they are served in Keralan Vegetable Ishtoo. Ishtoo is the Malayalam word for stew. The vegetables involved in this stew vary depending on what’s fresh at the local markets. Cooks pick the freshest seasonal ones. Then, they simmer …

Appams with Fish Molee, Coconut Prawns, and Vegetable Ishtoo

Appams

Appams are steamed rice and lentil crepes. We made them with Aroma Dipu of Casa Linda in Kochi. We watched in fascination as she spread the batter in a concave pan, then created a flower petal design by tipping it to and fro. The batter is then steamed by placing a lid on the pan. …

Casa Linda fish molee

Aroma Dipu’s Fish Molee

After learning to make Fish Molee at Nimmy Paul’s Cookery School we were excited to try our friend Aroma Dipu’s Fish Molee. Fish Molee (pronounced moy-lee) is a classic Keralan dish. It has a minimal number of ingredients and maximal flavour extracted from those ingredients. Nimmy Paul’s recipe does not have turmeric. Aroma’s does. We …

A dish of coconut prawns sits on a blue tablecloth

Susheela’s Coconut Prawns

Large flakes of fresh coconut accent this dish of Susheela’s Coconut Prawns. It is the favourite recipe of Susheela’s daughter-in-law, Aroma Dipu. Together, Aroma and Susheela shared how to make it when we joined them for a cooking lesson at Casa Linda Cooking School in Kochi, Kerala. Testing the recipe at home was almost as …

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Kochi – Places to Stay

When it comes to places to stay in Kochi, we like the following list because of their locations, services and amenities. CGH Brunton Boatyard  Brunton Boatyard is a short walk from Kochi’s Jew Town and the harbour’s fish markets. It wasn’t always here. The CGH (Clean, Green and Healthy) Earth Experience Group of Hotels took …

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Nimmy Paul’s Avial

Nimmy Paul says you can vary the vegetables you use in this Avial dish but it should always contain a starch like yam or potato. Plus, a soft vegetable like a raw green banana or plantain and a green vegetable. Enjoy this bright and colourful dish as a side or on its own with appams …