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Paddy

When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’ The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day. Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. I had a cook from Kerala, but the cold weather did not suit her and in a month’s time, she went back. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too. I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life. I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.
Paddy has written 42 posts for Paddy's Kitchen

Kerala Parippu Recipe – Moong Dal Curry – Simple Yet Nourishing


As far back as I can remember, my Father has been subscribing to Reader’s Digest. From cover to cover, highly engaging articles supplement our vocabulary, entertain us, increase awareness of health, finance, environment and practically everything that is worth knowing and motivate us with real-life dramas. Now we have zillions of magazines to choose from. … Continue reading

Urulan Kizhanga Mezhukkuperatti – Stir-fried potatoes – A Superb Actress And A Star


Each actor lends her own flavour and Sridevi with her natural talent has raised the bar for many a follower. I was fortunate indeed to see many of her earlier movies – Moondru Mudichu, 16  Vayathinile, Varumayin Niram Sigappu, Sigappu Rojakkal, Moondram Pirai –  great story telling accentuated  by excellent performance. It is a treat … Continue reading

Roasted coconut and spices powder- Chammanthipodi – Down Memory Lane


One misty December morning, when I was about eight years old, Achan told us – my younger sister and I – that we were to go with him for the annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala. With the exuberance of children , we excitedly  watched the preparations for the journey with the thrill of anticipation. Fascinating for … Continue reading

Tender Coconut Pudding – Moments Of Pure Enjoyment


I look forward to that day every month when I meet up with my friends for lunch to add new life, exchange ideas… and most of all to renew, rejuvenate and refresh ourselves. The positive vibrations  visibly crackle in the atmosphere and it is pure fun and enjoyment in one anothers’ company. The culinary treat … Continue reading

Puttum Kadalayum – A True Malayali Breakfast -Tradition! Tradition! Tradition!


It all started this way. Year after year, as a child, it was a familiar sight to see dearest Amma look up the Mathrubhumi (Malayalam) calendar. She marked the family’s birthdays as per the star/nakshathra in which we were born, since the nazhikas of each naalu – the number of times it appears each month … Continue reading

Erissery – Pumpkin and Red Beans Curry – Once Again,………… It’s Onam, Ponnonam


It’s that time of the year again……… ……….when a dreary, wet month of incessant rain ends in a bountiful harvest. ……….when the roads are full of busy shoppers weaving their way through the never – ending  traffic. ……….when vibrant hues of the flowers are matched only by the exuberance of the happy, excited children who … Continue reading

Sharkara Payasam – A Wedding, a Festival and a Birthday


 Native to Kerala and deeply embedded in the Malayali psyche is the brown jaggery payasam – the Sharkara Payasam. Jaggery is unrefined cane sugar. It is rich in minerals, particularly iron. In short, Jaggery is a healthy sweetener with an earthy taste. At any family celebration – a marriage function, the naming ceremony of a new-born … Continue reading

Chicken Biriyani – A Wholesome Feast from Ustad Hotel


Ustad Hotel is a simple film. It is not a simplistic film. Some movies entertain us. Others touch us. A few make us think. Ustad Hotel combines them in a two-hour feast. A fabulous background of the sun, sand and ocean, colourful visuals of Kerala parotha and Malabar Biriyani, the charm exuded by the actors,  … Continue reading

Kerala Parippu Vada, Masala Vada – A Shower from the Heavens


Heavy clouds gather, darken the horizon and as light fades in the airy rooms, the lamps are switched on. A cool breeze comes in slowly, gathers strength and the curtains dance in billowing waves. Housewives rush out to gather their clothes from the clothesline outside. Rolls of thunder come nearer us. Stabs of lightning flash … Continue reading

Paal Payasam / Ari Payasam – Of Dreams and Desserts


Not a day passes in our house when we do not use an Amul product, the brainchild of Dr. Verghese Kurien, ‘ Father of the White Revolution’ in  India. Recently I was lucky to chance upon his autobiography “I Too Had A Dream“,  and was filled with wonder at his energy, foresight and commitment. He … Continue reading