Tastes of Kerala

Hi, I’m Nisha.Here,through my blogs I would like to share some unique, traditional vegetarian tastes and flavours of Kerala. Kerala has produced diverse, natural, nutritious as well as tasteful vegetarian dishes. The concept of homestead farming helped the Kerala women to make these unique dishes. Without using artificial flavours and colours they have produced hundreds of varieties of dishes. The famous “Sadya” in banana leaf has attracted many. To preserve and exchange these recipes is the main purpose of this blog. I’m sharing the recipes that I have encountered and those which attracted me . I am very happy to introduce you to some of the long lost traditional recipes . I hope you will enjoy them.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pavacka kichadi (bittergourd)

  • 1 cup bitter gourd pieces
  • 2 cup curd
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 2 green chilli
  •  1\2 cumin seeds
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1\4 tsp mustard seeds
For tempering,
  • 5 tsp coconut oil
  • 1\4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dried red chilli
  • a few curry leaves
Heat some coconut oil in a frying pan. Fry the bitter gourd pieces until it turns brown.  Grind the coconut along with green chilli, cumin seeds and a little water into a smooth paste. Add mustard and grind it for just a moment. Mix it with the fried bitter gourd. Add salt. Heat the mixture for 2-3 minutes. Add curd. Stir it well. Turn off the burner. Heat coconut oil in a frying pan and put mustard and dried chilli pieces into it. Allow the mustard to burst. Now pour it into the bitter gourd coconut mixture. Mix it well. Garnish it with curry leaves. Your kichadi is ready.

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