Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Canned Mathi (Sardines) Curry

 Recipe No: 10
A lot of Indians love Sardines...But a problem in cooking this fish at homes or apartments here in US is the strong odor that this fish makes while cooking, which may be offensive to the people staying around who may not be familiar with this fish. The solution is Canned Sardines.
This is an easy recipe using Canned Sardines in tomato sauce. The Coconut oil,Curry leaves, Shallots and Chilly powder gives a very good Kerala flair to the dish. Enjoy the best of both worlds....its finger licking taste as well as its health benefits.
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  • Canned Sardines.........10 to 15 oz (preserved in tomato sauce)
  • Coconut oil.............1 Tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds...........1/2 Teaspoon
  • Curry leaves............2 sprigs
  • Shallots................12 no (quartered)
  • Turmeric powder.........1/4 Teaspoon
  • Chilly powder...........3/4-1 Teaspoon
  • Salt

Method of Preparation
  1. In 'Chatti'(A type of cookware made with clay) or a shallow pan on medium heat add coconut oil.
  2. When the oil is hot add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  3. Put some torn curry leaves into the oil followed by shallots. Saute till the shallots are wilted. Don't brown them.
  4. Lower the heat to low and add turmeric and Chilly powder and saute till the raw smell is gone,taking care not to burn it.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix and let it simmer.
  6. Add the sardines together with the sauce. Add salt to your taste. After adding the fish don't use the spoon. Only swirl the pan when needed.
  7. Close the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. When the fish is done pour a teaspoon of coconut oil and some torn curry leaves on top, put the lid back and let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love...

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seb said...

Asha ..all the best!!

wonderlearner said...

I have always fancied taking sardines, bread and a bottle of milk for breakfast every morning. I guess anyone would say i am addicted to sardines. Reading this article, i had a new perspective. Thanks, Amigo!
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