Nags from For the Cook in me is hosting this wonderfull event called show me your cook books.
From my whole collection of the cook book which I have bought in the last 17 years I decided I will show the book called Modern Kerala Dishes.
I don't think i can say this is my favorite book but this is the first book I bought in Indian Cooking. And I have used it a lot of time.
You should see the page were the Malbar Prawn curry is . it is full of yellow spot from the Turmeric :-))))
I bought this cook book years ago to be excat jully 1991 as you can see in the picture down. I have this habbit i learned from husband dear :-)) to write the date and place when i buy a new book.
The reason i bought this book was very simple , i didn't know to cook when i got married in 1990. The only thing i knew to make was omlete and fry papadoms.
When my mom used to say learn how to cook, my excuse was I will learn after my two eldest sisters get maried and go from home .
So while i was in holiday in my hometown in jully Isaw this book and I knew the writer from the vanitha magazine etc............so i thought why not buy this cooking book if I want to make Kerala food when I am back in Belgium.
Now you all must be thinking why I bought this book about kerala dishes than asking to my mom how to prepare these dishes which i grew up.
When i wanted to cook some kerala dishes i used to ring my mom and ask her the recipe and she will tell me ofcourse I will tell you the recipe. I will be holding with one hand the phone and with the other the pen to write.
My mom will say from the other side of the phone well Molle (child) for making parippu curry (dal curry) u need just say 200gm dal, a pinch of jeera, half a hand so and so ingridients and Quater hand this thing and i will be like Mom you know how much is that in grams and she will be saying that i don't know i just take things with my hand, i am never using any measurement!!!!!!!!!!
So i had to buy this book, to compare the measurement with my moms hand measurement.
The first time i made this recipe, it tasted like my moms chicken, i scribled it donw.