Tuesday, 25 September 2012

AVIYAL (mixed vegetable in coconut gravy)

 Aviyal is a traditional kerala mixed vegetable dish in cocunut gravy .Kerala sadya can't go without it. Its very healthy and nutritious. This dish is a superb concoction of all the nutritious veggies, we mothers wish our kids should have daily as part of their meal. Also its non spicy and good for stomach. The best part about aviyal is one can use any vegetables but the main ingredients of Kerala avail are as below:

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Kovakka Thoran(Ivy gourd/Gherkins in grated cocunut)

Kovakka or tindora or Ivy Gourd is a tender vegetable which is an ideal candidate for preparing Kerala Thoran/Fry. The preparation method is very much similar to Cabbage and carrot thoran but differs in taste. Kerala Thorans are the simplest dish to prepare as it does not require too much of preparation, so I prefer having one or the other vegetable thorans almost every day. And again its very healthy and nutritious as its steam cooked.

So here goes Ivy gourd/Tindora/Kovakka Thoran.Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Cabbage and Carrot Thoran

Kerala Sadya cannot go without 'Thorans', especially cabbage thoran. Any kerala'Thoran'  is mostly a steamed side dish with coconut in which the vegetables used, retains its colour and freshness as its not overcooked and is sure shot a very healthy, nutritious and time saving recipe.

Thoran can be prepared using Cabbage and carrot, cabbage and peas, french beans, Ivy Gourd or Little Gourd(Kovakkai in Malayalam, Kunduru in Hindi), Cheera( red coloured Amarnath) etc.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Ulli Thoran (Stir fried Onion with cocunut)

Yesterday, it was raining cats and dogs outside and since morning was craving to eat something spicy, was wondering what to prepare for lunch? After pondering for a while, saw the shallots in the basket and suddenly remembered the spicy "Ulli Thoran" my mom used to prepare using Shallots(kunjulli), but since it was already 1.00 p.m and was short of time, thought of trying Uilli thoran using the Onions instead of shallots as it would take time to peel and chop each one of them.
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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Ela Ada (Using Rice and oats powder)

Today being the fourth day after ThiruOnam and as we had to attend Kerala Samajam  Onam celebrations, I decided to make a very simple breakfast but while pondering and looking around what to prepare, I got to see the leftover banana leaves staring at me and expecting me to have them used as now a days its so difficult to get banana leaves. So I decided to introduce my kids to Ella ada - A sweet dumplings made up of rice/white flour, grated coconut and jaggery.
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