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Notes from the Kerala Kitchen..

Keralite food is just ever so yummy..

There are so easy to make… effortless cooking…. But those on Google as in recipes.. may not be the best option…

But then, I don’t have any one remotely related to me that hails from Kerala so a roadblock there…

The last time I went to that part of  India was about 2 decades back.. so no question of cooking at that age…

So what do you do… I desperately wanted to eat something (how do I put it) something Keralite…

Damn life can be so cruel.. tons so many families have inter-marriages and possibly one Keralite in their family why doesn’t mine have one…

Right so I need a POA (plan of action) .. Think Nandini.. there must be a way.. something vegetarian and something Keralite now how hard can that be? As of now very hard way way way too hard..

That is when it struck me Eureka!!!! I had this very old cook book by Keith Floyd.. Floyd in India….. Believe me It had a whole section of Keralite food.. Bless you Keith!! It had so many gorgeous simple recipes… so this is what I made..

Veges Kerala style

Stir-fried Veges in Kerala Style.. (courtesy Keith Floyd)

Beans-500gm, Thinly chopped

Carrots 250gms, Thinly chopped

Peas -hand ful

dried red chillies

Black mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves-5-6 +another 4-5 for garnishing..

oil- 1 tbsp

For the Masala:

Grated/desicated coconut -200 gms

green chillies -4-5

cumin powder-1 teaspoon

Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon

Ginger +Garlic paste- 1 teaspoon.

 

Take all the masalas and whisk it in a mixer grinder, gives the coconut a fine texture. keep it aside and heat a deep pan ( ideally an iron Kadai) other wise a stainless steel deep pan.. add the oil and once heated add your one teaspoon of mustard seeds and let it crackle.. As you hear it crackling add the curry leaves and the red chilies, gently fry it and then add the vegetables.. Fry them on high heat as the vegetables are thinly chopped, they will cook quickly and then scatter the peas. When the veges are almost cooked, add the masala mix and fry it for another few mins.. Garnish with some more fried curry leaves… Serve it with rice.. Trust me it is just yummy and so light.. It was so satisfying especially after all that hunting and searching…

Try it out.. you might just like it……

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