Sunday, 18 October 2015

Moru Kachiyathu with Mango and Bananas (Seasoned Buttermilk)

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Moru Kachiyathu with Mango and Bananas (Seasoned buttermilk)
A delicious buttermilk curry seasoned with mango and bananas tempered with South Indian spices.This is a very traditional buttermilk dish that is regularly served in Kerala.
  • 400 ml Natural Yoghurt
  • 1 large Ripe mango
  • 1 large Banana
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric 
  • 1.5 teaspoon Salt
  • 15 Curry leaves
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 small Red Onion
  • 2 Dried Red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds


1. Slice the onion thinly into long strips and keep aside.2.Slit the green chillies and keep aside.3.Slice the mango on both sides on the stone so you have two halves and remaining mango on stone.4. Slice one half of mango into thin slices keeping the skin on and keep aside.5. Peel the skin off the remaining mango and cut the flesh into small cubes. Do this with all the mango flesh on the stone as well.6. Add the diced mango to the Optimum 9400 Blender and puree it to a pulp.7. Once mango is pureed add the yoghurt,salt,ginger and turmeric to the mango and blend it for a few seconds.Transfer the mango yoghurt mixture to a large bowl.8. Slice the banana and add it to the yoghurt mixture together with the mango slices that were kept aside. Mix together.9. Add oil in a pan and when it is hot add the onions and saute them for a few minutes, add the onions to the yoghurt mixture and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish.

10. Add a little more oil to the pan and when it is hot add the mustard seeds , green chillies, red chillies and curry leaves. Pour the tempering on top of the yoghurt mixture and its ready to serve.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4

I got the inspiration for this recipe from a South Indian Cookery class I recently visited at Food at 52.

I made my recipe in the The Optimum 9400 blender which was sent to me by Froothie to try out, you can see the original review here. 
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Friday, 9 October 2015

Food photography props.

It has been a while since I have shared any updates on my addition to my food props collection. As my regular readers will know I have a rather soft for food photography props and there is never a missed opportunity when ever I am out and about.
 I recently went to Axminster Devon for a bloggers day at River Cottage HQ. Together with my foodie friends we decided to stay over in Devon for three days, this gave us lots of spare time to explore the nearby coastal town of Lyme Regis and Beer. Both these coastal towns are really pretty with cobbled alleyways and lots of quaint shops.

In Axminster we accidently stumbled on this amazing recycling shop that was stacked from floor to ceiling with every type of crockery, houseware and old artefacts. My foodie friends Tina, Manjiri and I had an amazing time rummaging through the stack load of crockery for food props. It was really hard not to buy up everything in sight as we had travelled by train and there was no way we could manage to take it all home.

After much deliberation and will power, I bought some bright hand painted wooden bowls with spoons. I am looking forward to doing some sort of Mexican dish to serve in these bowls.

I also bought some really pretty antique look spoons, and the two brass bowls. 

I am excited to feature these in my food photos soon. My favorite spoon is the really tarnished one (second in photo), don't you think it looks really good? Funnily enough the lady in the shop said to me you will need to clean this one up and I thought to myself Nooooo!!. I am buying it for the worn tarnished look.

Finally my last buy was there pretty lace hankies. I can just picture a little old victorian lady having these in her purse. They will be lovely in a cake photo draped under a floral bone china cup and saucer. This little collection is on day one of my trip, you will have to wait to read my next post to see if I managed to control my prop addiction or not for the rest of my trip! 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Afternoon tea at the Amba and visit to Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the Tate

What better way to spend a sunday afternoon than spending time with like minded foodie friends walking around the Tate gallery reminiscing at the Audrey Hepburn exhibition. The Exhibition was a photographic recollection of Audrey Hepburn's life from 1929-1993. The exhibition had more than 70 photographs, vintage magazine  covers and film stills of Audrey Hepburns's life. After spending over an hour at the exhibition we went to the Amba our host for a wonderful afternoon tea.

The Amba hotel is housed in an elegant Grade II listed building beside Trafalgar Square, the 4-star Amba Hotel Charing Cross offers excellent service in historical settings. It is set in London next to charing cross station in the heart of London. Tastefully decorated with vintage look, high ceilings and sweeping staircases the Amba hotel is the perfect location to end a glorious afternoon in London to enjoy afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea means dainty sandwiches and scrumptious cakes served in beautiful teas cups. Amba hotel did full justice to the buffet afternoon tea they served us. Platter after platter of sandwiches, cakes, scones and pastries were laid out for a group of hungry bloggers to devour. An array of teas and coffees were served in beautiful floral china and the prosecco flowed all afternoon as if on tap.

You can book and enjoy a proper sit down afternoon tea experience at the Amba hotel  in their terrace restaurant overlooking the strand.

The Amba hotel catered really well for all dietary requirements such as gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free. The cakes and sandwiches were delicious and the afternoon was really enjoyable.

I was an invited guest to the afternoon tea and the Audrey Hepburn exhibition by Amba hotel. All the views and opinions shared in this post are my own and of my experience of the afternoon. To read more about the after noon you can see the Amba hotels post here.