Plane rice

This favourite food of a Malayalee is not that hard to prepare. But it takes some trial and error to find out what your taste is! Here I am going to explain how to prepare rice using 1 glass of rice. wash the rice thoroughly, then transfer the rice to a cooking vessel. Add 5-6 glasses of water to it. Add 1 tea spoon of salt to it and turn on the stove. After 15-20 minutes, regularly check whether the rice has boiled to a comfortable taste. Once it is done, turn of the stove and wait for 4-5 minutes and transfer the remaining water in the vessel to some other bowl. Now your rice is ready to eat.
1)You can tune the amount of water required as you gain more experiences. It can be tuned in such a way that the water boils out or absorbed completely by the rice just after the rice is boiled to perfection.
2)Switch off the stove just before the rice is boiled completely and keep it in the boiled water for some time, so that it will boil completely from the heat of the water. In this way you can save your water and time.
3)Different rices need different amount of water and time to boil. Each rice tastes different. Initially try out different kind of rices and find out which rice suites your taste.


Scrambled egg (Kuthippori)

You need a lot of patience and care to make a scrambled egg. But your patience get paid in the form of a tasty dish. Lets see the ingredients:
Eggs 3
Onions 2 medium size
Green chilli 1 medium size
tomato 1 medium size
Garlic pieces 4-5
Pepper powder 1 teaspoon
Coconut oil 2 table spoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon

Chop the onions into small pieces and cut the tomato into 2 halves and make slices from it. Then cut the green chilli into small pieces.

Beat the egg contents in a glass along with the green chilli pieces and salt and keep it aside.

Turn on the stove and heat your frying pan. Add 2 table spoon of oil in it. After the oil get enough heat, transfer the onion to the frying pan and stir it well till it become transparent color.

Add the tomato and the garlic pieces to it and continue stirring occasionally. After stirring for around 1 minute, tomato gets melted and the onion gets a reddish color. Then add the beaten eggs to it.

Wait for few seconds till the egg becomes semi solid and then scramble it and repeat scrambling it till it becomes a solid small pieces. Then add the pepper powder to it and scramble it again for few seconds. Turn off the stove and have your scrambled egg!!

Tips: It takes a while to expertise the scrambled egg. Many trial and errors required. Don't get disappointed if you don't get the correct proportion in the first few attempts.



Another easy stuff.. You need just 2 eggs, one medium sized onion, green chilli, salt, pepper powder and 2 teaspoon of oil (preferably coconut oil). Chop the onion and green chilli into small pieces. Transfer the egg contents to a glass, add the chilli pieces, chopped onion and a half tea spoon of salt into it. Beat the egg thoroughly. Turn on the stove and heat the frying pan. Add 2 teaspoon of oil and spread it through out the pan. After a minute transfer the beaten eggs into the frying pan. After a minute or so, the contents become solid and carefully turn the omelet up side down and keep it for 15-20 seconds. Turn off the stove and add some pepper powder to it and have your omelet.

Tips: Oils makes it easy to turn over the omelet and it helps to reach the heat uniformly across the omelet. But too much oil is not good for your health! use it sensibly.


Boiled egg

It is very simple to make a boiled egg. This is included as a separate topic because it is an important step to lot of other recipes like egg curry and egg kuruma. This is how it goes: Take some water in your cooking bowl and immerse the egg completely in it. Turn on the stove and keep it in a low flame. Let the water boil gradually and wait for around 15 minutes. After that, turn off the stove and transfer the eggs to normal water to cool down. After it cooled down remove the shell and have your boiled egg.

1) Use low flame to avoid the breaking of the shell and thus leaking.
2) Add 2 teaspoon of salt so that if the egg breaks due to heat, its contents will not come outside.
3) Cool down the boiled egg using normal water to avoid dark brown color on yolk.


French Toast

Don't be afraid of the name! I am not sure whether this is the right name for the item that I am going to explain the preparation. It is so because I haven't find any name in Malayalam for this item. I was in search of finding a name for it and some body told me it is French toast. I liked the name and it became a favourite item for me!

So here is what you require. A packet of sliced bread, 4 eggs, and some sugar. Break the eggs into a bowl, add 5 table spoon of sugar and beat it with spoon. Once the egg contents become completely yellow, turn on your stove and place your frying pan under medium heat. mean while, take a slice of bread and place it in the bowl for 2-3 seconds and let it soak up the egg mixture. Take out the bread slice and transfer it to the frying pan. After a few seconds, a small yellow layer is formed at the bottom of bread slice. now turn and cook the other side. after 5-10 seconds, take out the bread and repeat the process for another fresh bread slice.

1) The more you allow the bread slice to soak the egg, the more tasty it is. But remember, after a certain level, you cannot pick up the slice because it will break into pieces. So adjust the time to optimize the taste and feasibility.

2)Use milk along with eggs. This will make it more tastier.

3) soak the bread slice only when there is space in the frying pan to cook. Don't keep the bread slice in the queue.


Bulls eye (kaalakkannu)

Bulls eye (kaala kannu) is very easy to make. All you need is an egg, little coconut oil and some pepper powder(kurumulaku podi). Place your frying pan on the stove and ensure that all the water drops are vanished under the fire. add 2 tablespoon of cocunut oil (or any edible oil) to the pan and leave it to get heat. ensure that the oil reaches maximum area in circular shape. once the oil gets hot, crack the egg and open it so that its contents falls on the oily area in the frying pan. one it is completely transfered, wait for a few seconds and let it form a soft white layer. once it is formed, turn off the stove and transfer it to the plate for serving. pour a pinch of pepper powder on it and have your bulls eye.
Oil is used to prevent the bullseye from getting sticked to the pan and to get the heat uniformly every where. Keeping this to requirements in mind, minimize the amount of oil as much as possible. Minimum usage of oil is required because you may become a fan of excess oil which is actually not good for your health.

Milk tea

Making a milk tea is very simple. What is more exciting? you can make a tea of you own taste, which you wont get from any hotels. Take a cup of water and proceed as you did in making a cup of black tea. After adding the tea powder, let it boil fully. Then add a cup of Milk to the black tea. and wait again to boil the water fully. Once it is boiled fully, turn off the stove and take 2 table spoon of sugar in a glass and transfer the tea to the glass. Stir the tea till the sugar dissolves fully. Now you have a cup of Milk tea. You can experiment with different amount of Milk and find out what is your taste.

Adding more milk makes the tea more healthy.
Different flavors of tea powder makes tea a different taste. initially try wih different flavors and find out your taste.


Black tea

I time to make a cup of black tea(english)/kattan chaaya (malayalam). Take a cup of water and boil it. when the small bubbles start appearing from the bottom of the boiling water, add a table spoon of tea powder. Wait till the water boils fully. once it is boiled, turn off the stove. Take a glass and add two table spoon of sugar in it. transfer the tea to the glass and stir till all the sugar dissolves in it. Now your precious black tea is ready. The amount of sugar/tea powder required varies from person to person. I would suggest you to find out your taste by experimenting with different quantities. Once you find out your taste, I bet you wont drink a black tea from a hotel.

Your ratings:
Got a very good black tea on the first try itself: Poor. because now you don't know what will happen if the tea powder is excess or sugar is lesser. This learning is important in your cooking career!

Got a very good result in second try: good. You have some bitter experience and you know how to avoid it!

Got a very good result in third try: Very good. You have more experience and I assure you it is going to help you very much in your career.