Italian Braciole



Italian Braciole

This dish is my son’s favorite. He requested I make this when he came back from college for Christmas break. It is pronounced “Brashoul”.


1 Flank Steak
2 strips bacon
1/2 c bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 c chopped olives
1 tsp chopped garlic
1-2tbs olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
Twine or skewers
Parmigiana cheese

Take flank steak and place between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound until 1/2-1/4 inch think. this step will also tenderize the meat. Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl combine bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, olives, lemon juice, some salt and pepper to taste and olive oil. Spread this mixture onto steak and lay over it the raw strips of bacon.Roll the steak lengthwise and use skewers or cooking twine to close. In a crock pot, put some marinara sauce on the bottom and place rolled steak. Cover the steak with the remaining sauce. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hrs. Remove and slice steak into medallions. Transfer to platter and garnish with Parmagiana cheese. Serve with any pasta or mashed potatoes.





Kerala Tea House Special



I usually don’t drink tea or coffee after 3 pm because I will be up all night. But today felt like doing something different. Here are two recipes that you will find in small Chaiya kadhas in small towns in Kerala. These can be made fairly quickly for unexpected guests or when you fee like it.

Vettu Cake

Gets its name for the cut you make just before dropping into the oil.Not really a cake, more like a sweet fritter.

1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1 lg egg
1/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
Oil for frying
Powdered sugar to sprinkle

Whisk egg, sugar, baking powder and cardamom together. Add flour to male a soft dough. Knead a few times and let sit for 10-15 mts. Heat oil. Take a portion of dough and roll into a thick tube and flatten the top to make a thick rectangle. Starting at one end, cut roll into triangles with a sharp knife. Then on one side make a shallow cut. Fry pieces over medium heat until brown and drain. Sprinkle powdered sugar when cool.Makes about 15- 20pieces


Parippu Vada

A fried dhal patty, best with a banana

1 cup Toor Dhal
1/4 c Chana Dhal
1 med onion
1 inch ginger
2-3 green chillies
1 red chilly
Few sprigs Curry Leaves
1/4 tsp Hing

Soak the dhal in water for 3-4 hrs to soften. Drain an placed 3/4 of the dhals in a food processor and grind until coarse. Do not add any water. Then add remaining ingredients and dhal and going until everything is coarsely ground. Add salt to taste. Shape into flat patties and fry in hot oil until brown and crispy. Makes 15.