I happened to come across an authentic recipe of Teriyaki Salmon on CPTV last month where the chef was a native Japanese Chef who was showing how to prepare an elaborate Japanese meal. It was quite enchanting to watch how she cooked using very simple ingredients and yet was able to create wonderful dishes! One recipe she shared was that of salmon teriyaki. What I took from that recipe was the method / the technique. Her actual recipe had sugar and corn starch which I did not want to use.
With the basic recipe in mind, I experimented using honey. And boy, it came out so incredibly good the first time that I must have made this at least 4 times this past month! It is so good plus it’s really really easy to make. Its a great dish to make when you have someone over since you just marinate the salmon beforehand and then you can grill or pan fry it right before serving. Or you could also cook it just before your guests come and keep it warm in the oven until its time to serve. I made this on two separate occasions when I had a friend over for lunch and my friends both loved it. You can pan fry it or broil it in the oven. I have tried both methods and they both are equally good.
This recipe goes well with a salad or any rice or vegetable dish on the side. What you see in this picture is a delicious salad that I made using grated green apples, grated cabbage, avocados and oranges!
Salmon marinated in a honey lemon sauce and grilled to get a crispy exterior and a moist, juicy center
3 Salmon steaks, about 5 ounce each
For the marinade:
¼ cup honey
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp coconut aminos
1 tsp freshly grated ginger or ginger juice
½ tsp mustard powder (optional)
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
¼ tsp sea salt
about 1 tbsp coconut oil for frying
Wash and remove sales from the skin of the salmon. Pat dry and keep aside.
Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Reserve ¼ cup marinade.
Pour rest of the marinade in a ziplock bag. Add the salmon pieces, close the bag and shake the bag well. Place bag in refrigerator for 30 mins to an hour.
Heat a frying/grill pan. Add the coconut oil. When hot, place the salmon pieces skin side down. Let cook for about 4 mins on medium heat. Flip carefully and cook on other side for another 3-4 mins. Place salmon pieces in a tray and cover with Al foil until serving.
Alternatively, you can cook the salmon in an oven under Broil setting. place in a foil lined tray and place on upper rack and broil for about 7-8 mins on one side. Flip and again broil for about 4-5 mins on the other side.
Just before serving, add the reserved marinade to the same pan and cook for about 1 min. Spoon this thick sauce over the grilled fish while serving.
For AIP version:Skip cayenne and mustard powder For a thicker sauce, you can mix ½ tsp of tapioca starch to the reserved marinade before heating
Its amazing how creative you can get when you are forced to be on a restrictive diet. As a kid, ‘Kozhukkatta’ used to be the occasional sweet treat my mom would make for us. Usually she would make it as an evening snack to be had with tea. I loved these dumplings made with rice flour and filled with a sweetened coconut filling. These are incredibly delicious and are quite filling at the same time. So these would be a perfect snack for us kids coming back famished from school. I would gobble up like 5 or 6 in one sitting. My mom would also almost always make extra coconut filling and save that for me since I loved to just eat that by itself:)
For a while now I had been thinking of trying to make these Kozhukkatta using sweet potato instead of rice flour. This idea came to my mind because I saw a recipe on instagram where someone had made ravioli using sweet potato. That was inspiration and I immediately thought of making these sweet dumplings. Finally last week I got to experiment with this and luckily for me the dumplings came out successful! I used a bit of tapioca starch to help form the dough. And also used Indian sweet potatoes which are less sweet and whitish in color. And of course, I replaced the jaggery with maple syrup.
I offered these to my kiddos as they came home from school not sure if they would appreciate these. Oh boy, I need not have worried – they loved it! I had made only a small batch of about 12 and pretty soon all three of us were fighting for the last one 🙂
Sweet Potato dumplings with sweetened coconut filling (Sweet Potato Kozhukutta)
Author: Indira Shyju
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
A Paleo version of the traditional rice dumplings from Kerala using sweet potatoes and coconut
2 large sweet potatoes,boiled and peeled (Use indian or japanese white sweet potato)
about ¼ cup of tapioca flour (you can use coconut flour or rice flour too)
For the filling:
1 cup grated coconut(if using frozen, thaw it beforehand)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cardamom powder
In a large mixing bowl, add the mashed sweet potato and add the tapioca starch (or rice flour) and mix with your hands until you form a smooth dough. Keep aside.
Heat a flat bottomed pan and add the coconut to it. Cook the coconut for about 2-3 minutes stirring frequently. Add the maple syrup and continue cooking it for another 2-3 mins stirring constantly. Add the cardamom powder and turn heat off. Keep aside and let cool for a few mins.
To make the dumplings, take a golf size ball of dough and flatten it with your hands to form a small circle. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center and then pinch the edges towards the center to form a round dumpling. Repeat same process until all dumplings are made.
Steam the dumplings in a steamer basket. You can create your own steamer assembly by heating a large vessel with water and placing a strainer on top. Place the dumplings on the strainer and then cover with a lid. Steam for about 10 mins.
I recently started eating Flounder and I love its delicate flavor and its soft, flaky texture. Since it doesn’t have a strong flavor of its own, it can easily take in the flavor of the marinade the you cook it in. So I have been experimenting cooking it with different spices. It tastes great just pan fried by marinating it lightly with cayenne pepper, salt and turmeric. A few weeks ago I decided to make these the same way as the ‘Crispy Chicken Bites’ I make with Indian and Asian flavors. Lots of ginger and garlic, along with cayenne and soy sauce (or coconut aminos). Lightly coated with tapioca starch and pan fried to get crispy, spicy fish nuggets!
So glad I decided to experiment – these crispy fish bites are so tasty! They can be perfect as an appetizer or pair it with a salad like I do for a complete meal. My family also loves to just eat it along side our Indian traditional meal of Rice and Dal.
Lassi is a traditional North Indian yoghurt drink which is highly refreshing on hot, summery days. Most common is the plain sweet lassi with only added sugar and no flavor. The thick sweetened cream on top used to be the best part for me. Yum! Mango lassi is a popular, modern variation of this traditional lassi where fresh or frozen mango pulp is added to give a most delectable combination of yoghurt and sweet ripe mangoes. In the US, Mango lassi can be found in the menus of most Indian restaurants.
Being dairy free, I had been missing my lassi! But not anymore! Coconut yoghurt to the rescue! I make coconut yoghurt at home now – I recently posted the recipe for the same. You can also buy coconut yoghurt from most organic supermarket stores.
Since Mangoes have been in season (Oh how I am loving it!), now was my chance to try making a mango lassi with my new found love, ‘coconut yoghurt’! I decided to add a few frozen mangoes too to give it a nice creamy consistency. I added a tiny piece of raw turmeric to give it a healthy, anti-inflammatory boost! Yum!
Happy Memorial Day weekend folks. Maybe you can make this delicious mango lassi this long weekend 🙂
I love everything coconut! No surprise there right since the tagline for my blog also has the word ‘coconut’ in it 🙂 But even though I love coconut, I am extremely picky about the coconut or coconut product – it has to be absolutely fresh smelling. And unfortunately not a lot of products pass my ‘smell test’. Even most organic Coconut milk brands have a slightly rancid smell that fresh homemade coconut milk does not have. For making coconut milk, using fresh coconut is the best. However, since in the US we don’t see fresh coconuts regularly in the grocers, I find ‘fresh frozen coconut’ – either grated or sliced as the next best alternative. And that is what I use for all my Kerala curry recipes. You could also use dried shredded coconut for making coconut milk however you will need to blend it with hot water and for a longer period of time. I blend the frozen coconut (after thawing) and strain through a strainer to get fresh coconut milk. Nowadays, having been avoiding dairy completely, I use coconut milk even for other things like making myself a hot beverage like matcha coconut latte or chicory coconut latte and also for making my smoothies and ice creams! (Check out my instagram page for all these recipes). Since I need to have coconut milk handy for such purposes, I make a small batch of fresh coconut milk every week and store it in the fridge.
Now as I have started using coconut flour for some of my snack recipes like the apricot coconut balls, I started making coconut flour at home too. And if you make coconut milk at home, it makes total sense to make coconut flour too since that is made from the leftover coconut after extracting the milk.
And most recently, I have started making coconut yoghurt also using coconut milk. Check out all 3 recipes below. It is really quite easy to make all three together every week – it takes me about 30 mins really…that’s all! And the quality of all the products especially the coconut milk makes it just worth your time and effort! And as a bonus, you will save a few dollars too 🙂
How to make home-made coconut milk, coconut flour and coconut yoghurt
Author: Indira Shyju
Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo
Cuisine: Kerala, Fusion
Step by Step method for making delicious home made coconut milk, coconut flour and coconut yoghurt
2 cups fresh or fresh frozen coconut (grated or sliced) or dried shredded coconut
1½ cups warm water (not boiling)
2 tsp tapioca starch mixed in 1 tbsp water
2 capsules of any probiotic supplement (ideally having 50 Billion or above of probiotic bacteria)
For making coconut milk:
If using frozen coconut, thaw it first at either room temperature or in the microwave for about 30 secs.
Blend the coconut with half of the the warm water(about ¾ th cup) in a food processor or blender.(If using dried shredded coconut, blend for longer time)
Place a large fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Strain the coconut mixture through this to get coconut milk in the bowl. You can use your hands to squeeze the coconut meat.
Put the squeezed coconut meat back into the blender along with the rest of the warm water (3/4 th cup) and again blend for another 30 secs or so.
Once again pass this mixture through strainer. You will get about 2 cups of coconut milk. Pour half of the extracted coconut milk in a bottle or jar and place in fridge. Keep the rest aside.
For making coconut flour:
Pre heat oven to 170 deg F (or lowest setting)
Place the strained coconut meat on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spread it to form a thin layer.
Place this tray in the oven for around 2 hours or until the coconut meat is completely dry.
Place the dried coconut meat in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds until you get a coarse flour.
For making coconut yoghurt:
Pour half of the extracted coconut milk (about 1 cup) into a small cooking pot and heat on low.
Mix the tapioca starch and water to form a thick slurry and add this paste to the warmed coconut milk. Stir continuously until the coconut milk turns thick. Turn heat off. Let the coconut milk cool down to about lukewarm (meaning when you put your finger in it, it should not be too hot).
Now open the probiotic capsules and add the contents into the lukewarm coconut milk. (do not add the outer shell of the capsule).
Stir well using a spoon to help dissolve the probiotic contents well with the coconut milk.
Pour this mixture into a glass jar and cover with a lid. Place jar in a warm place like the inside of an oven or at room temperature (if room temperature is above 70 deg F) for about 24 hours for the yoghurt to set.