astweek we had a two day break in Thekkady and the cute little resort we opted to stay was a new property named Green Woods. We were, quite relaxed with our stay, enjoying the extensive shirodhara, swimming in the pool, going happy with the food and most importantly strolling in the woods mesmerized by the faint aroma in the air.This is so special about the place, the aroma of the woods soaked in rain and let me tell you this made me feel home, absolutely!
...or did I miss home and happen to d.r.a.g the family to such a destination for the short holiday? ;)
It was raining cats and dogs when we checked in and were drenched!
Way to Vanya, the tree house.They had a tea shop where we had hot masala tea and crispy pokodas.
View from the cottage window
Well, we had cooking demos in the evenings where they focussed the traditional recipes of Kerala!
For day 1 we had this lovely dish, Fish Molly along with beans n carrot thoran.
For day 2 we had chicken roast and pineapple pachadi.
Fish molly is the mildly spiced curry I had always relished since childhood in my hometown. It's more of a stew with coconut milk and the traditional spices with chunks of fish as the main ingredient.
I had taken a few random shots when the demo was going on; though not happy at the quality of pictures in low light and no much of preparations, I wanted to share my favourite fish dish with you..
Ramdas, the guy who hails from Moonnar, an assistant cook, is here for the demo session.
P.S- it was hard to make him smile ;)
Ram prepares the utensil. I loved this cast iron pan and am planning to get one during my next visit to Kerala.
She was one of the resort guests who got ready to assist him for the demo..
The main ingredients. Fish, onion and tomato slices, coconut oil, fenugreek, ginger-garlic juliennes green chillies and curry leaves .The others marked X were for the carrot and bean thoran done in the same time which is not featured here.
Heat the pan.
Check the heat...
and pour coconut oil
throw in fenugreek seeds and sauté for a couple of seconds until light brown,
ginger-garlic juliennes, until the raw smell goes off and the aroma spreads
followed by the green chillies and curry leaves
The onion rings get in next
which are to be sautéed until translucent
in goes the turmeric powder
and some water.Cook the onions until soft (if possible cover the pan and cook on medium flame)
Add the fish pieces and cook for 5-6 minutes until they are cooked
Add the tomato slices
and combine gently letting tomato slices to get cooked
Pour the coconut milk and switch off the flame immediately. Combine the curry gently.
sorry for the not so good pic..this is all what I have :)
Garnish with tomato slices
and curry leaves if necessary. The traditional Fish Molly is done!
Note- The authentic fish molly recipe demands the fish pieces to be cooked in thin coconut milk instead of water.The above recipe is a quicker, easier method which tasted equally good!