Mochai/Field beans are highly nutritious.Some use it as fresh green ones and some use it as dry ones.They are highly nutritious in nature and provide protection against various ailments and diseases.Rich source of manganese,calcium and magnesium.They help in strengthening of bones.It is very healthy one.
If the beans are fresh can boil it and then add it.But if it is dried ones then soak it overnight.Pressure cook it for 2 or 3 whistles and then use it for the curry.
- Field beans/mocha kottai__1cup
- Red chilli powder___1to 2tsp
- Mustard seeds_–1/2tsp
- Urad dhal_1tsp
- 🍅 Tomato_1
- Turmeric-1/4 tsp
- Salt as required
- Oil 1 to 2 tsp
- Coriander powder_1 /2 tsp
- Coriander leaves finely chopped-1/2 tsp
- Instead of chilli powder and coriander can use Sambhar too.this will taste differently.
Can use 1 to 2 tbs.coconut scrapings grind and can add.
- Chop onion and tomato finely
1.In a kadai put oil.
2.First put mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal and when brown add onion when translucent add tomtoes and fry
3.Add cooked mocha to it
4.Now add chilli powder,turmeric powder, salt and coriander powder.
5.Mix everything well.
6. If going to add coconut add it now.
7.when done add chopped coriander leaves.
An easy recipe with few vegetables.This stir fry can be done quickly.Basically a mixed vegetable thoran.It is nutritious and delicious dish.it can be done with a variety of vegetables here I have used cabbage,peas and carrot.
- Mixed vegetables________3 cups
- Shallots ___few or onion finely chopped.
- Coconut_____grated 1/3 cup
- Curry leaves ____a sprig
- Green chillies_____2 chopped
- Red chilly________1
- Oil______2 TBS
- Mustard seeds 1/2 TSP
- Urad dhal____1/2 TSp
- Boil vegetables and keep aside
- In a pan first put oil.
- Then add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal
- Add red chillies
- Now add chopped onion or shallots and green chillies to it and fry after adding curry leaves
- Add the boiled vegetables.
- Mix well and add salt and finally grated coconut to it.it is ready.
This is served as a side dish for lunch or dinner with rice and some curry.the vegetables can be chopped ,diced or grated.
Another option is that can add vegetables without boiling and fry sprinkling water and dry fry it with a generous àmout of coconut.
This is a vegetable with very high fibre content.This is a simple recipe .After washing the beanswe have to destring it. Snap off the tip of one end of the bean and pull the string .Snap and pull the other end of the bean too.The snapped off ends and string are waste. If it is small and tender then snap of the ends it will be enough.Chop the avarakai add 1/2 TSP of turmeric powder and cook.
- Avarakai____500 gms
- Turmeric powder___1/2 TSP
- Oil for tempering
- Mustard seeds___1/2 TSP
- Urad dhal_______,1/4 TSP
- Curry leaves_____a few
- Salt as needed
- Coconut scraping 1/3rd cup
- Cumin seeds______1/2 TSP
- Garlic ________2pods
- Coriander leaves few
- Green chillies few
- Add oil in a pan.when it gets heated add mustard seeds after spluttering add urad dhal.
- Add curry leaves.
- Now add the boiled vegetables,salt and after few minutes add the grinded paste to it.
- Mix well.
- After the raw smellgoes switch off .Serve with rice
Mango season reminded me to share a recipe with mango and ladies finger.This is a traditional Tirunelveli recipe.We have this dish served for marriages also we prepare this in special occasions where we need oru vaga curry. It’s simple and very tasty recipe.This goes well with sambar,rasam also for blackgram rice.
Toor dhal__________________1/3rd cup
Turmeric Powder___________1/2 to1 TSP
Curry leaves________________a few
Mustard seeds_____________1/2 TSP
Salt as required.
Masala For Grinding
Coconut scrapings __________1/3rd cup
Cumin seeds_________________1/2 TSP
Red chillies___________________2or 3
*Cut ladies into small pieces.
*Grind all the masala ingredients and keep it aside.
*Cook dhal and keep it separately.
1.Heat 3tbs. Of oil add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then add curry leaves.
2.Now add onions,ladies finger,cut diced mango and saute.After sauting add enough water to cook it.
3.Add turmeric powder and required salt
4.When it is cooked add cooked dhal mix well finally addthe grinded paste to it.Now add chopped coriander leaves.
*If u don’t have raw mango can use tomotoes.
*Other option is to add tamarind extract instead of water.
We cook a lot curries with raw banana .Raw banana fry is the most common dish but today I am going to share with you a simple and easy recipe with it.This recipe requires very little oil. It’s very healthy dish and has high nutritive value.
Onion ____2 or Shallots few
Green chillies 2or 3
Coconut scrapings____2 or 3 tbs.
Oil ___3 tsp
Urad dhal____1 tsp
Curry leaves ___a few salt_ as required
1. Cut raw banana into two halves.cook in water.It should be cooked not mushy.That is it should be firm enough to grate or crumble.
3.When cool remove skin and grate them.
4.To a pan first add oil then add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal.
5.Now add chopped onions,green chillies and curry leaves.
6. When onion gets sauted add grated banana and coconut. Then add required amount of salt and mix well.
Serve with sambar rice with papad will be the best combination.
Optional: can add 2 or 3 pinch of asafoetida.
An easy traditional also a healthy recipe.This is a simple and easy quick side dish that can be had with rice.Best for sambar,rasam and even curd rice.
*Arai keerai _ 2 small bunches
*Onion_ Shallots will be best or can use
Big onions_ 2
*Oil for frying
*Mustard seeds_3/4 TSP
*Red chillies_2 or 3 accdg. to taste.
*Salt as reqd.
1.Wash the Greens thoroughly and chop finely.
3.In a kadai pour 2 or 3tbs. of oil add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal.Add red chillies after frying and chopped onions and fry till soft.
4.Now add chopped greens and required amount of salt.
5.Sprinkle little water only if required cos .leaves will have water
6.When cooked add coconut scrapings to it.Mix well.
7.Serve as side dish for rice.
1.Spinach or mulai keerai can be used.
2.Can use 1/2 TSP sugar to greens to retain its color.
3.While adding chopped onions chopped garlic too can be added to enhance its flavour.
Another South Indian style kootu to share with you all.This is a best side dish for rice and it goes well with chappathi too.
chow chow:2 cups chopped
Moong dhal: 1/4 cup
Turmeric Powder:1/4 tsp
curry leaves: a few
Milk: 3 tbs.
Mustard seeds and urad dhal
Coconut grated 3 to 4 tbs
garlic pods:3t0 4 pods
Redchillies:1 to 2.as desired
1.Peel the skin of chow chow and cut into small cubes.Keep aside
2.Grind all the ingredients
3.Cook dhal seperately and mash it well
4.Cook chow chow with turmeric powder when done add required salt add the cooked dhal also to it
5.add the grinded mixture to it and blend well.
6.heat oil add mustard seeds,urad and curry leaves fry and add to it.
7.Lastly add milk to it. Its ready for serving with rice or chappathi
This is a very traditional syle of kootu.Goes well with vathal kuzhambu/puli kulambu also for sambar rice.
chilli powder as desired
a few salt as needed
1.Wash and cut the snake gourd length wise .Remove seeds also soft white portion.cut into thin slices.
2. Take pudalanga in a colander add little chilly powder and salt to it.water will come out.
3.In a kadai add oil add mustard seeds and urad dhal when it fries add curry leaves then add the vegetable to it.
4.According to your taste add more chilly powder and salt.
keep on frying.When done remove from fire.
Best side dish for sambar rice and curd rice.
My native place is in Tamilnadu after marriage only came to Kerala and now settled here.Initially when I see cucumber( not which is used for salads) I used to wonder how people use this in their cooking.In due course I learnt this from my friend.Keralites use this cucumber in sambar and in few other recipies also.
Today when I was talking with my cousin Latu about our lunch I mentioned that I had prepared cucumber kootu. Immediately she told that I should post this recipie in my blog.So I decided to post this recipie this week as per her request.Simple and easy recipie.
- Cucumber :1cup or 250 gms.
- Moong dhal:1/3rd
- Turmeric powder1/2 tsp
- Coconut scrapings 1/3rd cup
- small onion:3
- Jeera:1/4 tsp
- Grind all these ingredients into a paste
- green chillies or red chillies as desired (2or3)
- Mustard seeds:1/2 tsp
- urad dhal :1/4tst
- curry leaves:a few
- Oil for frying
- Cook dhal with turmeric powder in pressure cooker and keep aside
- Cucumber should be peeled deseed and cut into cubes
- In a thick bottomed vessel put cucumber pieces add water and cook till it becomes transparent with little salt.
- When done add cooked dhal to it then grinded paste should also be added.
- Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then curry leaves after frying add thi to the gravy.
Cucumber kootu is ready.Serve with rice.This can be prepared without adding dhal too.Rest of the preparation the same.
In South India we have poriyal or kootu as a side dish for rice.We make kootu with different vegetables.This one is a different one.I have made this kootu with drumstick pulp.We can also use pieces too.
- Drumstick :3 or 4
- coconut scrapings :1/4 cup
- Green chillies: 2 or as desired
- Mustard and urad dhal :1/4 tsp
- Garlic:2 pods
- curry leaves: afew
- Cumin seeds :1/4 tsp
1.Clean drumstick and then chop it into long pieces.May be 4 or 6 inches length.
2.In a kadai put the cleaned drumstick add water,turmeric powder and cook.
3. If there is excess water after cooking keep it aside.
4.When it is cool take a single piece and by using a spoon or knife remove pulp.
5.Mash it slightly.
6.Grind coconut,green chillies,jeera and garlic pods.
7.In a kadai put 2 tablespoon oil, then add mustard seeds and urad dhal after splutterring add curry leaves.
8.Put the drumstick pulp add salt and boil for few minutes.
9.Now add coconut paste to it and boil for few minutes.
Now tasty stew or kootu is ready.This is a very healthy dish.
This goes well with puli kulazhambu.Removing pulp while cooking lessens time while eating.My entire family likes this very much.
How about you.?