Category Archives: Gravies and Curries

Palakkadan style Keerai Molagootal / Spinach – Lentil curry

Molagootal is a mildly spiced dish made of a combination of vegetables or greens, lentils and coconut. It is part of the traditional style of cooking by the Palakkad Iyers. Keerai Molagootal is a very simple and easy to make recipe which is full of nutrients. For those who don’t know what the word Keerai […]

Kerala Style Cherupayar Curry / Green Gram Curry

Hi all, it’s a long time I wrote a post in cheenachatti. Sorry, I was busy with my post graduation, exams, family and profession. After a long time, here I am back with a lip smacking recipe of Kerala style green gram curry (Cherupayar curry). The curry pairs perfectly with Chiratta Puttu / Puttu( Kerala steam […]

Koorka thoran | Mezhukkupuratti | Chinese Potato Stir Fry

Hi friends, its a long time since I posted a recipe here. Sorry for the delay. Got busy with my studies 🙂 Koorka season is back in Kerala now. I am sure, Koorka (Chinese potato) needs no introduction to any Keralite. Here I will serve a simple, but traditional Kerala recipe for Koorka thoran / […]

Chakkakuru thoran – Jackfruit seed stirfry

Thoran / mezhukkupuratti is a dry side dish in Kerala served along with steamed rice. It is traditionally made of finely chopped vegetables mixed together with grated coconut, turmeric powder, mustard seeds and curry leaves and briefly stirred on a pan / cheenachatti over a very hot fire. Jackfruit is a very popular fruit in Kerala and I am sure […]

Malai Rajma

How much I love North-Indian gravies!!! I have tasted at many restaurants, specifically dhabas before and then tried making them at home. You can mark Rajma or Chhole to be their staple-food forever, but making 10 different finger-licking good dishes using Rajma is an art in itself 🙂 . I’m on a marathon to try […]

Vendakka thoran / Okra stir fry

I was never an Okra lover, but as my hubby loves all preparations of Okra / Vedakka, I started including it in my menu. This is a simple everyday recipe (nothing of rocket science ;)) for preparing Vendakka thoran (stir fry) with grated coconut. Its my MIL’s recipe. She prepares it well and quickly in not […]

Paneer Subz Bahar

A colorful looking, quick-to-make dish with medley of all seasonal vegetables n kids-friendly paneer!!! ‘Paneer Subz Bahar’ is something I always make when I’m tired to cook anything else on lazy weekday nights.  Higher in nutritional value and super-delicious North-Indian delicacy is always on top of my list of favorites 🙂 Paneer Subz Bahar preparation […]

Payar Kaya Thoran

Thoran is a very popular and common Kerala dry dish traditionally made of finely chopped vegetables (any vegetable  of choice) such as bitter-gourd,  unripe jack fruit, cabbage or leaves such as green or red cheera,  Moringa etc. These chopped vegetables are mixed with grated coconut, mustard seeds, curry leaves and turmeric powder and briefly stirred on a pan over a very hot fire. Thoran is usually served along […]

Kerala Kadala Curry – Chickpeas curry

Kadala curry served with Puttu is the most common breakfast food in Kerala. Almost all Keralites love this classic breakfast dish. Preparation of Kadala curry Soak black gram  in water for 8 hours and drain the water completely. Pressure cook the drained Kadala (Chickpeas) along with salt, turmeric powder, coconut pieces, green chillies, shallots, chopped ginger […]

Carrot and Potato Vegetable Masala Curry

Here is a recipe for that South Indian vegetable masala curry prepared from a mixture of mashed vegetables like potatoes, carrots, beans etc. You can serve this with Masala Dosa / Ghee roast / Poori / Idiyappam / Kerala Appam etc. Preparation of Vegetable Masala Clean the vegetables properly. Peel the skin of potatoes and carrot and cut them into medium sized […]

Kumbalanga Moru Curry / Pulissery

Kumbalanga (Ash guard / Winter melon) Moru curry is a very popular and traditional Kerala curry. Keralites love to have this curry along with white rice. In some places its also known as “Kaalan”. Preparation of Kerala Moru curry In an earthen / clay pot cook the ripe plantain / banana / ethakka  in 2 […]

Chakkakuru Manga Curry with Muringakka

Chakkakuru (Jackfruit seeds), Manga (Raw Mango) curry with Muringakka (Drumstick) is a seasonal dish in Kerala which needs no introduction to any Keralite. Its prepared usually in the pre monsoon period which is the jack fruit season in Kerala. This is one of the most popular dish in every Kerala kitchens and its an easy to prepare dish. […]

Paneer Tikka Masala

A ‘Paneer Delicacy’ that rules North-Indian cuisine for a long time – “Paneer Tikka Masala”! Soft paneer pieces, first marinated with Tandoori Spices and then served in a brown gravy, is definitely a great dhaba-style dish! 🙂 Preparation of Paneer Tikka Masala Cut paneer into square pieces as shown in image. Coat paneer cubes well with […]

Cabbage thoran / Cabbage stir fry – Kerala style

Thoran is a popular and common dry Kerala dish traditionally made of finely chopped vegetable (any vegetable  of choice) such as, unripe jack fruit, bitter-gourd, cabbage or of leaves such as green or red cheera,  Moringa etc. The chopped vegetable is mixed together with grated coconut, mustard seeds, curry leaves and turmeric powder and briefly stirred on a pan over a very hot fire. Thoran is usually served along with […]

Panchmel Dal

One of the staple foods in Rajasthan is “Panchmel Dal”, a lentil preparation that can be served with thick bhakhri, a plate of steamed rice or as a part of very famous Dal-Baati 🙂 Preparation of Panchmel dal Wash all dals together in a big bowl and soak them in plenty of water for around […]

Beetroot Pachadi – Kerala style

Pachadi is a traditional South Indian side-dish similar to North Indian Raita made of fresh vegetables, Yogurt, coconut, green or red chillies sauted and garnished in oil with fried mustard seeds, ginger and curry leaves. It is usually served as an accompaniment for rice, snacks like idli, dosa etc. Pachadi can be prepared with many type of vegetables. This is a recipe for preparation of Beetroot […]

Breadfruit / SheemaChakka / Kadachakka curry

Breadfruit popularly known as Kadachakka or Sheema chakka is a popular fruit in south India. Its even a staple food in many tropical countries. In Indonesia and Malaysia, it is called sukun while in the South Indian state like  Kerala and coastal Karnataka, it is known as kada chakka and deegujje, respectively. Breadfruit has roughly 25% carbohydrates and 70% water with an average amount of vitamin C (20 mg/100 g) […]

Kerala Vegetable Stew

Vegetable stew is a global dish made from a mixture of vegetables like Carrot, potatoes, green peas etc which goes well with pathiri, puri, appam, bread or rice. These ingredients can include any combination of vegetables. The usage of coconut milk as an ingredient gives it a typical Kerala flavor. Vegetable stew preparation Slice the vegetables into cubes of 1/2 […]

Chakka ularthiyath (Jackfruit curry) recipe – Kerala style

Though I live in a village area, I haven’t tasted Chakka thoran / chakka ularthiyath till yesterday. Yesterday, my grandma, came home and she prepared this awesome dish for us. After tasting it, I feel sad for not trying it so far. Friends, this is a native Kerala dish you should try at least once. Here goes […]

Mambazha kalan / mambazha pulissery

One of the traditional curry dishes in Kerala is mambazha kalan / mambazha pulissery. Its an easy to prepare side dish with minimum requirements which our grand mothers prepare in olden days. In those days mangoes very easily available in the backyard of every houses in Kerala. The dish is very sweet one. Its better if […]