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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Those of you who are away from your homeland, will certainly know the value of those mouth watering and tasty dishes prepared by your mother. No exotic dish on this planet can surpass those simple down-to-earth meals cooked with the utmost love and affection, by your loved ones back home.
I am featuring two such recipes that are considered to be very common here, in Kerala. One is a curry which accompanies rice, and the other is a dry vegetable fry, or upperi or thoran as it is called in Malayalam. These are downright simple to prepare and nutritious too, for what they contain. Familiar or not, do try them out.

Kerala style raw banana and French beans fry (kaaya-payar upperi)


Raw banana (kaaya ) : 1 big, cut into small pieces
French beans (payar) : 1 cup, chopped
Shallots (sambar onions) : ½ cup crushed
Turmeric powder : ¼ tsp
Chilly powder : 1 tsp
Mustard seeds : ½ tsp
Curry leaves : 1 sprig
Oil : 1 tbsp
Salt to taste


Steam or par boil the chopped vegetables and keep aside.
In a thick bottomed pan, heat the oil, and splutter the mustard seeds. Put in the curry leaves and add the crushed shallots. Sauté till they turn a light brown colour. Lower the flame and add the chilly and the turmeric powder. Fry for a minute. Now add the steamed vegetables and the required amount of salt. mix thoroughly and sprinkle a little water if required. Cover and cook in low heat for five minutes so that it absorbs all the flavours. serve hot with rice and curry.

You can add in more vegetables like yam, beans, etc. if you like.

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