Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Peanut Masala Fry or Nilakadala Varuthath

 Peanut masala fry or Nilakadala Varuthath is a great healthy snack idea for kids. Kids are going to love this snack. Peanut masala fry is a snack which won't take more than 10 minutes to cook. It is an ideal quick snack for the evening.

Peanut Masala Fry or Nilakadala Varuthath Recipe

Peanut - 250g

Coconut oil - 3 teaspoon

Salt - as required ( 3/4 teaspoon will be enough)

Red chilly powder - 3 teaspoon

Curry leaves - 5 leaves

Garlic - 3 pieces (Use only if you like the smell of it)

Peanut Masala Fry

Take a medium sized kadai (cheenachatti), put it on the flame. Let the kadai become reasonably hot. Now add 3 teaspoon of coconut oil, wait until the oil is really hot. Now put 250g peanut into the kadai and stir it. Make the oil spread evenly on all peanut pieces. Let it cook for about 3-5 minutes, stir it occasionally to prevent over burning peanuts. Now add salt as required, add 3 teaspoon of chilly powder as well. Stir the peanuts to spread the salt and chilly powder evenly. Stir it for about 3 minutes. Now add curry leaves and garlic pieces and stir. Leave it to  cook for another 2 minutes with occasional stirring. Switch off the flame.

Once the cooking is over, allow the peanuts to cool off for about 20 minutes. Don't place a lid over the kadai as the peanuts will reabsorb the moisture and will lose its crispiness. So keep the kadai open till the peanuts are cooled. After it is cooled, you can either serve it or keep in a closed container. Peanut masala fry is an easy to make Indian snack, it is healthy, tasty and fun to eat, especially while watching movies.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Darshan Timings of Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple

This is a very time specific post. Here I am talking about the Darshan Timings in the morning for the upcoming couple of months. Since there is a renovation work going on at the Kadambuzha Temple, darshan timing in the morning will be till 8am and it will remain closed till evening. Renovation work of Kadambuzha temple will continue for couple of months and the darshan time will remain the same throughout the renovation period.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Behind The Bars, Waiting For 'Freedom', Which Might Never Show Up

Couple of days ago I paid a visit to Parassinikkadavu Snake Park. It was a fun trip with family, I was going through the sights at the park. Snakes,snakes and snakes one after the other, I was getting bored. Then came the monkeys, crocs, owls, peacocks and many more.  Then I came across the cage of a group of Brahmini Kites (Haliastur Indus) also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle in Australia. There were six of them, five of them were sitting at the tree trunk. But one of them was near the cage bars. It took my eye because the kite was extremely calm and had a melancholic look to it.

He looked serious; his eyes had some fire in it. His eyes told me a million stories of captive suffering all at once. His desire for freedom was incredible. He didn’t give much attention to the visitors, seemed he was pretty much used to people visiting him. Couple of kids was screaming seeing him so close, he wasn’t fazed by it at all.

I am not sure whether he will be able to explore the sky anymore, but I hope that God will be kind enough to give him another chance. I don’t know whether he was caught from the wild or was born in the park. Either way he knows what the word ‘freedom’ means, so he must be from the wild. I want him out, such was the fire in his eyes. I will visit the park again in a few months, just to see whether he will be still sitting there, waiting………