Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kottayam meen curry (Kottayam Fish curry)

The delicious spicy fish curry usually  made in kottayam is  a good partner for kappa (tapioca)

Shallots, ginger, garlic, curry leaf..the main ingradients that makes this curry so yummy

                            King fish cut into squre pieces is the most suitable fish for this curry

                                                                Dried kudampuli    



King fish - 300 gm cut into small square pieces
Shallots- 8-10 pieces
Garlic- 4-5 pods
Ginger - 1 big piece(1 inch)
Curry leaf
Mustard seed- 1 tea spoon
Fenugreek seed- 1 tea spoon
Kudampuli - 2 pieces (
Coconut oil- 1 table spoon
Chilli powder- 2 tea spoon
Corriandor powder- 1/2 tea spoon
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tea spoon


Heat oil in a pan , splutter mustard seed & fenugreek seed. Add curry leaf and fry it. Add chopped ginger to it saute well until it become brown. Add chopped garlic to it and saute well until brown, then add  chopped garlic and saute well.Lower flame and add red chilli powder, corriandor powder and turmeric powder and mix well. Add one cup hot water to it to make it a thick paste and allow the mixture to get boiled. Add  4 or 5 cup of hot water and allow it to boil.Keep this curry sauce aside .
  Then keep fish pieces carefully in an order inside a meen chutty ( clay pan) or deep pan and add early prepared curry sauce to it. Add kudampuli and curry leaf too. Boil this pan for 10minutes with closed lid until the fish cooked well and become hard.
Switch off flame and keep it more time without distubing for 3 or 4 hours to get meencurry its traditional taste.
To get the actual taste of meen curry, use it on the next day after it prepared. Best to eat with kappa (tapiocca)  or rice.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chakkakkuru mezhukkuvaratty (Jackfruit seed fry)

Jack fruit seeds


Jack fruit seed- 20 Nos
(Skin removed and slit into 4 long pieces)
Shallots- 10 nos
Dried Red chilli- 3 nos
Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaf
Cook sliced jack fruit in seed in  a pan with 3/4th water, little turmeric powder and salt until it become oft and keep it aside. 
Heat oil in a pan and fry the red chillies alone in low flame. take care to avoid it from burning. Crush it and keep it aside.  Also crush shallots.
Heat little more oil, add curry leaf and crushed shallots and saute well until it turns brown. add crushed red chillies to it and saute. Then add cooked jack fruit seeds and saute it. Add pepper powder after that mix well and serve hot.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vanpayar thoran ( Red cow peas)


Vanpayar (Red cow peas)- 2 cups
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Shallots ( small onion)-5 nos
Garlic- 2 pods
Green chilli- 4 nos
Turmeric powder - 1tea spoon

Cook vanpayar in cooker with salt and water for 10 minutes (3 vistles) and keep it aside.
Grind together grated coconut, shallots, garlic , green chilli & turmeric powder,
Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add curry leaf, chopped shallots and saute well. Add cooked vanpayar and grinded coconut mix to it and mix well. Close lid and keep the mix in low flame for 2 minutes. Mix all together and serve hot.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cheera thoran ( Red Spinach)

Red Spinach ( Chuvanna Cheera)

Cheera ( Spinach red) - 1bunch
Shallots ( Small onion) - 5 Nos:
Garlic- 2 pods
Green Chilli- 3 Nos
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tea spoon
Grated coconut-1 cup
Mustard seeds- 1 tea spoon
Coconut oil or Sunflower oil- 1 table spoon
Curry leaf- 6-7 leaf

Grind  green chilly, shallot & garlic in a dry mixer without adding water. Add grated coconut , turmeric powder & salt  to it and grind together ( Just to get it crushed. Dont grind more). Mix sliced spinach and the grinded mixure and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan, Splutter mastard seeds, add curry leaf to it and fry. Add  spinach to it, mix well and cook it in low flame with closed lid for 5 min.
After 5 minutes saute the mix until it get little dried and cooked.
Cheera thoran is now ready to serve.

White Kadala Curry (Chana / white chickpeas curry)

Kadala / Chana/ White chickpeas- 2 cup

Onion- 2 big

Shallots ( small onion)- 6 nos
Garlic big- 2 pods
Corriandor powder- 1/2 tea spoon
Red chilli powder- 1 tea spoon
turmeric powder- 1/4 tea spoon
Meat masala- 1/4 tea spoon
curry leaf
Oil- 1 table spoon
Sliced coconut- 1 table spoon
Mustard seed- 1 tea spoon
Tomato - 1 big


Cook kadala ( chickpeas) in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes with enough water, pinch of turmeric powder and salt.Make sure that it become soft enough for eating.
Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add curry leaf and add sliced coconut to it and saute well until coconut become slight yellow. Then add chopped ginger to it and saute well. Then add chopped shallots and saute well. Then add sliced onion,  saute well until onion become slight brown. Green chillies to be added in the mean time while sauting and garlic should be added just before onion reach its proper sauting level. Then add chopped tomatos to it and saute well until tomato become paste. Then add turmeric, corriandor and chilli powder to it. Also add meat masala and mix well with the onion in pan. Add salt for taste. Then add little hot water to make it paste. Now add cooked chickpeas along with cooked water to it and mix all together.Add more water if more loose curry is required. But dont forget to add salt in proportion. Increase flame and keep it in stove for 10 minutes more to attain its correct taste. Kadala curry is ready to serve now.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pavakka theeyal ( Bitter gourd)

Pavakka -bitter gourd- 200gm
Shallots- 1 cup
Tomato- 2 Nos
Green chilli- 2 nos
Coconut- 1 cup grated
Dried chilli- 3 Nos
Corriandor powder- 2 teaspoon
Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon
turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
pepper powder- 1/4 teaspoon
coconut oil
mustard seed, curry leaf , salt


Fry grated coconut first and when it reach brown add dried chilli and saute it. Then add  chilli powder corriandor powder, turmeric powder and pepper powder to it. Make sure those powder not get burned.Keep it for some time to cool  and grind it together . Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, add curry leaf, chopped bitter gourd, shallots, tomato, green chillies to it and cook it in low flame with little water and salt. When it get half cooked, add the grinded mix to it with enough water . Close lid and boil it until vegitables cook completely. When it reach a consistant gravy, stop flame and can serve hot with rice.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Kovakka Mezhukkuvaratty (tendli fry)


Kovakkaya (tendli) - 3 cup - sliced as shown in above picture
Shallots (small onion)-1/2 cup
Coconut sliced into small pieces - 2 table spoon
Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds
Curry leaves

Marinate sliced kovakka with salt and turmeric powder and keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and fry curry leaves in it.Add sliced coconut to it and saute well until it become golden coulour. Add sliced shallots to it and saute well until it become trasparant. Add marinated kovakka to it mix well and saute continuesly until it become golden colour  (same colour as shown in firt picture). The dish is now ready to eat. Can be used as side dish for boiled rice. 

Mutta curry ( Egg roast)

Hard boiled Egg-3
Onion- 3
Garlic- 1pod
Chilli powder- 1tea spoon
Corriandor powder-2 tea spoon
Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Meat masala- 1/2 teaspoon
Green chilli- 2

Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds add curry leaves to it and fry well. Add  onion and saute well until brown.Add garlic to it. Add sliced tomato & green chilli to it and saute well until tomato become paste. Reduce flame and add chilli powder, turmeric power and meat masala to it and mix well. Add 1 cut boiled water to it and mix well. Add 3 cup more hot water to this paste and boil well. Then add boiled egg to it (either as full or cut to half) Boil again and serve hot.