Thursday, November 29, 2018

Danish Aebleskivers- to celebrate 8 years as a food blogger.....

This month my blog turns 8, and I am so happy and glad that I started this blog through which I came to know many of you. I never thought that this space, which I started to share my own passions will go this long. This blog has become a key part of my life where I share all my joys, sorrows, nostalgic memories. Through this blog, I have met some incredible people, both online and offline, I have tasted the most amazing food from all over the world. Thanks to all of you for showing your love and support to my small space.

To celebrate this occasion, I thought of making the popular Danish snack called Aebleskivers, which I first ate when we visited Solvang, a beautiful Danish village near Los Angeles. While we were walking through the streets of Solvang, I read about these fluffy, donut hole type goodies, which are very popular Denmark snacks, that are made during the Christmas season. As I took a bite of these little cute delicacies, I decided that these should be posted in my blog. I thought, it is very difficult to make these aebleskivers, but when I googled upon some recipes, I came to know that these are like pancakes, but light and fluffy like a popover. As my blog is turning 8 this month, I prepared these aebleskivers which were an instant hit.

Aebleskivers are cooked on the stove top, in a special pan with several indentations. Traditional aebleskiver pans are made of cast iron. In Kerala, we have a snack called "unniappam", which is made in a special pan. I made these aebleskivers in that pan and they turned out round and perfect. They are cooked with bits of apple or applesauce inside, but now they are rarely included. As these are not so sweet, these aebleskivers are served dipped in strawberry/  blackberry/  grape or raspberry jams and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

These aebleskivers are very healthy as they don't require oil or butter. I added just a drop of butter in the pan and they came out without sticking. With the ingredients given below, we can make almost around 21 of them. To prepare the batter and making the aebleskivers will take around 30 minutes which will be liked by all if served with jam.

This is how they serve the aebleskivers 

All Purpose Flour- 1 1/4 Cups
Baking Powder- 2 Tsp
Sugar- 3 tbsp
Milk- 1 Cup
Egg- 1 no
Cardamom Powder- 1 Tsp
Butter- 2 tbsp
Powdered Sugar- just to sprinkle on top
Beat the milk and egg to blend well along with butter.
Add the all-purpose flour, sugar, cardamom powder, and baking powder into the wet ingredients and beat well with a hand blender.
Heat an aebleskiver pan/ unniappam pan to a medium-low heat. Brush little butter and pour a spoon full of batter. Let this cook for about a minute and flip using a wooden skewer. Remove onto a kitchen towel when done and repeat with the remaining batter and serve hot along with jam and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Kilikood/ Birds Nest

Kilikood/ Birds nest is a classic traditional Malabar snack which is very popular and is liked by all. The shape of this kilikood makes it very unique from other snacks. 
A perfect blend of meat, potatoes, and spices, that are shaped and indented, which is later dipped in egg batter and pressed with roasted vermicelli to get the exact shape of birds nest. This requires a lot of patience and time. This is made on special occasions in Kerala.

This is my first attempt and it came out pretty well. I made this for a food fest here in the US, where a bunch of people was organizing a Kerala food fest for the Kerala flood relief. I want to contribute and so myself and my friend decided to make these birds nest, which was a super hit. For the food fest, lots of Malabar dishes were made by different members, which were sold out within minutes.

This birds nest is very different from other Kerala snacks is because of its unique shape. This is also called as Semiya cutlet. My family is big-time fans of this snack. Here we have to use thin vermicelli as the thick ones won't be good. I have made two eggs using rice flour just for the decorations. If making it for home, just omit the rice flour eggs. Hope you all will like and try this out.

  1. Mutton (minced)- 1.5 lbs
  2. Red Chilli Powder- 1 tbsp
  3. Turmeric Powder- 1 tsp
  4. Garam Masala Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  5. Ginger- Garlic Paste- 1 tbsp
  6. Salt- as required

For the Masala:

  1. Onions- 2 nos
  2. Green Chillis- 3 nos
  3. Ginger- Garlic Paste- 1tbsp
  4. Red Chili powder- 1 tbsp
  5. Turmeric Powder- 1 Tsp
  6. Coriander Powder- 1 tbsp
  7. Cumin Powder- 1/2 tbsp
  8. Garam Masala Powder- 1 tbsp
  9. Boiled Potatoes- 2 nos
  10. Salt- as required
  11. Egg- 2 nos
  12. Roasted Vermicelli- 2 Cups
  13. Oil- for frying


  1. Pressure cook the mutton along with all the spices till done.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, saute the chopped onions, green chilies till translucent. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
  3. Add all the spice powders, mix well. Add the cooked spiced mutton. Stir till everything gets well blended. Switch off the flame. Adjust the salt accordingly.
  4. When the masala cools down, add the boiled mashed potatoes. Mix well. Make small round shaped balls and press in the middle, shape it like a birds nest. You can make almost 20- 25 cutlets.
  5. Prepare the egg batter by beating the eggs along with salt. Arrange the roasted vermicelli in another bowl.
  6. Heat oil for shallow frying the bird's nest.
  7. Dip each cutlet in the egg batter and then coat it with roasted vermicelli, drop them in hot oil ( keep the oil on low flame)and fry till done on both the sides. Repeat with all the bird's nest and drain on a kitchen towel. Enjoy them along with tomato sauce or just like that.

For decorating:

  • Prepare the rice flour like the pathiri dough . Add cumin seeds in the dough. Make small round balls and place them on the bird's nest. It will look like a birds nest with eggs.

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