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.

Friday, 23 December 2011


  • 100g Yellow split peas (tuvara parippu)
  • 1 water
  • 2 big onions
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 drumstick
  • 1 brinjal (egg plant)
  • 3 lady's finger
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1\2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 4 tsp sambar powder
  • 5g asafoetida
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5g dried tamarind (soak this in water and squeeze the juice)
  • 2 green chilli

For tempering,
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1\2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dried chilli
  • 2 onion flakes
  • a few curry leaves   
Cook the washed split peas and green chilli  along with some water.Cut the vegetables into square pieces,drum stick and lady's finger into 2" batons.When it is half cooked, add the vegetables, chilli powder, asafoetida, salt, turmeric powder, tamarind juice and water. When they are cooked, add the sambar powder and stir it. After a few minutes turn off the burner. Now take a pan and heat the coconut oil in it. Add the mustard seeds and the dried chilli pieces and onion slices. When the mustard bursts, add it to the sambar. Garnish it with curry leaves.

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