Whenever I talk about Kerala, I feel like I have words pouring out of my ears,and nose too to the speed I am unable to keep up. This time it is about the huge relief to see Kerala get back on its feet after massive flood destruction. It is still in need of rebuilding and your help if possible is needed.
You can use these portals to contribute whatever you feel worthwhile toward this largescale attempt.
To this recipe
Kootu curry js one of the most simple and flavourful side dish from Kerala. The use of water laden vegetables in the kootu curry, along with the masala paste made with roasted coconut makes this curry aromatic. Since I have been moving countries for a while and finding wintermelon or snake gourd means a lot of travel, I have learned to use watermelon rind effectively in these situations. Of course, it is a part of the waste not! want not! policy.
Check out the watermelon rind chutney version here.
The combination of lentils and the mixed masala with coconut makes this nonspicy side dish popular among all ages. You can prepare this recipe for the Onam/Vishu sadhya menu too.
If you prefer a coconut free version of this recipe use almonds as the swap, just like I have done with the papaya erisherey.
The same recipe can be made with vegetables like wintermelon, snake gourd, ridge gourd squash or zucchini.
Shh cooking challenge
Renu is my partner for this month’s Shh cooking challenge based on Kerala. An amazing blogger with a variety of recipes under her hat, Renu’s website is tongue tickling.
Here it is for you to explore
Since we, both have similar concerns about living abroad and accessing Indian ingredients so she gave me two wonderful ones to incorporate. The lentils and turmeric that she gave me were appropriate for what I had at hand. Added to that, the huge watermelon we picked up at the farmers market served its purpose well too.
So here we go with this recipe and watching Kerala arise like the pheniox bird. When you make this recipe, please send me a picture of it with your review. Catch up with us here on
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