Neer Phanas Kaap.


This is one of my favorite side dish.Neer Phanas is also known as bread fruit.Mostly available in costal region of koksn,Goa,Kerala…

My mom has a huge tree of Neer Phanas in her back yard and we get a good yeild of Neer Phanas every year.

I am very fond of this vegetable,at times my mom courriers them to me to Mumbai.

Neer Phanas has a mild sweetness,which gives this dish a distinct flavour.

Here goes the recipe….


1Neer Phanas (Bread Fruit)

1/4 cup rice flour.

Oil for frying.

Salt to taste.

For the masala

1 medium sized onion.

2 tbsp Dhana(corriander seeds)

5 tbsp Red chilli powder.

1 tbsp haldi powder.

1 tsp black pepper powder.


Remove skin of neer phanas and cut into thin pieces lengthwise.keep them soaked in salt water for 10 minutes.Drain and keep aside.


Place all the masala ingredients in a mixie jar and grind to a smooth paste using very little water.

Apply this masala and salt on the neer phanas slices.Leave it to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.


Heat Oil in a frying pan.Coat the marinated neer phanas slices with  rice flour .Shallow fry in the oil from both sides till crisp.



Drain on an absorbent paper to drain out excess oil.

Happy Cooking!


Paplet Curry (Pomfret Curry)


Malvan being a coastal area, coconut and fish along with rice forms our staple food,our fish curries are made in coconut milk, when combined with rice is a combination to die for.The distinct flavour to this curry comes from the use of coconut oil.

It  go well with rice,chapati,bhakri,ghavana almost everything……and tastes best if had a day after cooking.Most of the fishes like prawns,halwa and surmai are cooked in same gravy.So here goes the recipe…


1 large pomfret cut and cleaned.

1 small Onion chopped.

1/4 cup grated Coconut.

1 cup Coconut milk.(Refer Glossary)

6 Peppercorns.

1 tbsp Tamarind pulp

2tbsp Coconut oil

Salt to taste.

For the masala

1 medium sized Onion.

2 tbsp Dhana(corriander seeds)

5 tbsp Red chilli powder.

1 tbsp Haldi powder.

1 tsp Black pepper powder.


Wash,peices of pomfret and keep aside.

Add salt and turmeric to washed and cleaned pompfret.Keep aside.

Grind all the masala ingredients to a fine paste.

Grind together grated coconut,peppercorns and half chopped onion to a fine paste.keep aside.

Apply grounded masala paste to pomfret peices and keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadhai.Add half chopped onion,let it turn brown.

Add marinated pomfret,fry well,add 1 cup water.

Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or till pomfret peices are cooked.

Add tamarind paste and salt if required.(As salt is applied to pomfret)

Add coconut paste, mix well and cook for a minute or two.

Add coconut milk.Mix well.

Remove in serving bowl.

Serve hot with steam rice or bhakri of your choice.

Tip-Dont boil the gravy after adding coconut milk.You can use fresh coconut milk or maggi coconut milk powder.

Happy Cooking !!!



Batata Kachrya (Spicy Potato Vegetable)


This is one of my favourite potato dish.I have childhood memories of one of my aunt making this for me everytime I used to visit her house.Goes very well with meetha dal and rice,though I can have it on its own also.This dish requires little extra oil to give crispiness to potatoes.I usually let it cook little extra to give a little burnt flavour to potatoes.Simple and yummy…..comfort food.

Here goes the recipe….


2 Potatoes,washed,peeled and sliced thinly.

2 tbsp Oil.

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds.

1/2 tsp Jeera.

1/8 tsp Asfoetida.

1 tsp Red Chilli powder.

1/2 tsp Haldi powder.

Salt to taste.


In a thick bottom pan heat oil.

Add mustard seeds,let it splatter add jeera and asafoetida.

Add sliced potatoes,salt,red chilli powder and haldi powder,mix well.

dont add water or cover the pan.

On medim heat let the pototoe cook,stir once or twice in between.

cook till potatoes turn crisp.

Remove in a serving bowl and serve with dal rice or roti.

Happy Cooking !!!



Kurmura and Wheat Flakes Chiwda.


This is ready to make healthy breakfast option,you can carry this in tiffin to work ,this can be made more healthy and filling by adding chopped onions,tomatoes, cucumber,corns to this dry mixture…..along with pudina and khajoor chutney.

ingredients  :

2 cups Kurmura.

2 cups Wheat Flakes.wheat flakes are easily available in market.


1/4 cup roasted Peanuts.

1/4 cup Daliya.

1/4 cup Nylon Sev.

1 tbsp Oil.

1 tsp Rai.

1 tsp Jeera.

1 tsp Badishep (aniseeds)

1 tsp Sugar.

1/8 tsp Asafoetida

1/8 tsp Haldi.

8 leaves curry patta.

1 tsp Chilli Powder.

2 tsp Chat Masala.

Salt to taste.


In a big,thick bottom pan heat oil.

Add Rai, jeera,asafoetida, badishep,curry leaves and stir for a minute.

Add peanuts  and Daliya, stir fry for a min,add sugar,mix well.

Add kurmura and Wheat Flakes , add haldi, chilli powder,salt and chat masala.

Mix well.Roast till kurmura become crispy.

Spread on paper.


Let it cool completely.

Store in air tight jar.


Happy Cooking! ! !


Sugar Cookies


This is my 300th recipe,it had to be a baking recipe, cake or cookie and also related to my mom….so i chose to publish this recipe. These cookies are directly related to my child hood memories, I remember  my mom baking these in bulk in different  flavours and colours.Easy to make and yummy in taste.Shonty ,finished the entire lot in one go.

Ingredients : 

100 gms Butter.

100 gms Sugar.

200 gms Maida (Flour )

1/8 tsp Baking Powder.

1/4 tsp Orange or Pineapple Essence.

3 to 4 different  food colours.

Milk if required.

Method : 

Mix together Maida and baking powder .Keep it aside.

In a pan beat together  Sugar and butter till light and fluffy or till sugar dissolves competely in butter.Add essence and mix well.

Slowly and gradually  add maida and mix well to form a soft dough.Add little milk if required.


Divide this dough in 3 portions,add 3 different  colours to these dough,mix well.




Fix big size star nozzle to pipping bag.



Add one colour dough and pipe out small star shaped cookies on a non stick tray/tray greased with butter.


Bake in preheated oven at 160°C for 15 mins.

Remove on cooking rack.


Finish the remaining dough in same way.


Store in air tight  container.

Happy Cooking! ! !


Sameera’s Kitchen turns year old today !!!


Today Sameera’s Kitchen is 1 year and 158 recipes old,thanks to all the lovely people who loved my kitchen….on this special day I have to mention 2 special people related to my kitchen,firstly my mom Meena Aai who is for me wikipedia of cooking and secondly my friend Afshan who inspired me to start the blog and is also the taster of all my dishes…. Also a special mention of my aunt (mom’s sister) Mrs Meeta Nayak who has a treasure of recipes and who is always willing to share that with me… Also the best cook in our family My MIL Mrs Nanda More…. Thanks all for being a part of my kitchen and making my kitchen so special…..Long live my Kitchen….How can I forget my darling son Shounak. Thanks all for being a part of my kitchen and making my kitchen so special…..Long live my Kitchen.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera More