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Kerala Recipes

Kappayum Irachiyum Ularthiyathu (Stir fried Tapioca with Beef)

One of the perks of having your loved ones visit you, is to get some eatables, which you have been craving for. Couple of days back when my parents came from Kerala, they brought some Beef Ularthiyathu and raw Tapioca. Just when I was racking my brains about what to prepare for D, Amma placed these

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Chemmeenum Mangayum Thenga Arachu Vachathu (Prawns and Raw Mango with ground Coconut )

Chemmeenum Mangayum Thenga Arachu Vachathu always make me feel nostalgic. My maternal grandmother used to make it often. The combination of shrimps with the sourness of the mango and mild sweetness of the ground coconut takes it to a whole new level. A curry that goes very well with rice. Make sure

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Meen Mutta Ularthiyathu (Stir Fried Fish Roe)

Cooking fish roe was almost a nightmare for me during my initial years of marriage as I always used to find them bland. After a lot of trial and errors, I was satisfied with this preparation as it gives more flavour to the roe. This maybe slightly high on the ‘heat quotient’ for those who are less t

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Kozhukkatta (Rice Flour dumplings with Coconut and Jaggery)

Kozhukkatta is a popular snack item of Kerala. This was one of those snacks MOM made for us, when we returned from school, famished. At times she used to make Kozhukkatta using wheat flour instead of rice flour. Personally I preferred the wheat one to the rice flour.

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Meen Peera Pattichathu (Fish Cooked with Grated Coconut)

Meen Peera Pattichathu is a popular dish in Kerala. The fish that is commonly used for the dish is either sardines, cut into small pieces or small anchovies. Ideally this dish should be prepared a couple of hours in advance so that the fish pieces absorb all flavours by the time it is served.

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Chakkakkuru Ularthiyathu (Stir Fried Jack fruit Seeds)

Chakkakkuru Ularthiyathu is one of my all time favourite dishes. The dish brings back childhood memories. There were a couple of jack fruit trees in my maternal home. Hence Ammachi, as I call my maternal grandmother, used to prepare this dish often. The day this dish was prepared, it was a known fac

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Karimeen Pollichathu (Pearl Spot cooked in Banana Leaf)

We Keralites love our Karimeen (pearl spot) in any form. Karimeen Pollichathu is one such traditional delicacy of Kerala that is recommended to majority of the tourists visiting God’s own country. Though we usually prepare Karimeen this way, one can use pomfret or any firm fleshed fish. I have alway

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Cheera- Mutta Thoran (Stir fried Amaranth leaves and Eggs with grated Coconut)

Getting one’s child to eat greens is a herculean task to some mothers out there. I too happen to be one of them. I bought the amaranth leaves to prepare Cheera thoran. Once I started the preparation, I was wondering how to get D to eat this. The addition of eggs was a last moment decision, which def

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Aval Vilayichathu

Aval Vilayichathu is a popular sweet snack of Kerala, made with beaten rice, coconut and jaggery. This is one snack I used to enjoy as a kid. The recipe I am sharing is the one I noted down while my Mom was preparing it. Here’s the recipe. Aval Vilayichathu Source: My Mom

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Kadumanga/Kaduku manga (Kerala Style Mango Pickle )

Onam is just around the corner. Kadukumanga is one of a must have pickle in Onam Sadya, the traditional feast. What I like the most about this pickle is the crunchines of the mango pieces. This pickle is very easy to prepare. Kaduku manga (Kerala Style Mango Pickle )

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Unniyappam (Without Banana)

Unniyappam is a popular snack item of Kerala. It is usually made of ground rice, jaggery, banana and coconut bits. I haven’t been a big fan of Unniyappams till I got to taste one that my MIL made. I couldn’t stop at one. One thing I noticed was that her Unniyappams didn’t have banana. As usual, she

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Olan (Ash Gourd and Cow peas cooked in Coconut Milk)

Olan is one of the must have dishes in any Kerala sadya (feast). It is a side dish comprising of chunks of ash gourd and cow peas cooked in coconut milk. Not only is it tasty but also easy to prepare as well. Olan can be prepared using Pumpkin instead of ash gourd or a combination of both. I have us

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Parippu Varutharachathu (Pigeon peas with roasted and ground coconut)

A few months back, I was looking to prepare some variety of Kerala style gravies. That’s when I came across a recipe by my friend Sherin. Parippu Varutharachathu..Pigeon peas with roasted and ground coconut. Parippu thenga arachu vachathu has been something I was used to, but Varutharachathu was new

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Squid Thoran

Once we reached ISB, our first outing was to Hypercity in Inorbit Mall to check out grocery items. I was looking around checking out stuff, when D came running and said, “Mama, they have squid here.” The excitement of seeing Squid, his favourite was written all over his face. Needless to say, after

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Sukhiyan (Deep Fried Sweet Mung Bean Balls)

Sukhiyan is a popular teatime snack of Kerala. This snack is pretty easy to make.The recipe is taken from the book of the famous cooking expert of Kerala, the late Mrs K.M. Mathew This recipe yields approximately 20 sukhiyans Sukhiyan (Deep Fried Sweet Mung Bean Balls) Source: Mrs K.M. Mathew

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Parippu Thenga Arachu Vachathu (Moong Lentil Curry with Ground Coconut)

Parippu Thenga Arachu Vachathu or Parippu Curry is one of the must-have dishes for any Kerala style vegetarian Sadya (feast). Rice with a ladlefulof this curry topped with a spoonful of warm clarified butter is a meal I would die for. Its the clarified butter which gives this dish that distinctive

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Meen Varutharachathu (Fish in roasted and ground Coconut gravy)

Meen varutharachathu is a fish curry that has a nutty as well as a tangy flavour. I have to confess that this was the first time I was preparing this and we all LOVED it. I got the recipe from the book Malabar Muslim Cookery by Ummi Abdulla. Meen Varutharachathu (Fish in roasted and ground Coconut

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Chemmeen Ularthiyathu (Stir fried Prawns with Coconut slices)

The mere mention of the word “Chemmeen Ularthiyathu” would make any seafood crazy Keralite like me, drool. This has been one of my all time favourites since childhood. I vividly remember asking my Mom, from my boarding school before each vacation, for the Chemmeen Ularthiyathu to be prepared the day

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