Category Archives: Side Dishes

Water Spinach Dry Subzi (Vayal Cheera Thoran)

When you visit a new place, visiting the local vegetable market is such a delightful way of getting to know locally grown vegetables and greens. You discover and learn so many new things. One such really exciting discovery is the … Continue reading

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Potato and Raw Pigeon Peas Dry Side Dish

A side dish made of potato and raw pigeon peas garnished with spiced up grated coconut. A good side dish for rice or roti. Raw pigeon peas are available in the market during winter. This is nothing but toor/Arhal dal … Continue reading

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Long Beans Stir Fry – Kerala Style

A dry vegetable side dish perfect to go with rice. You can make it with all the three vegetables suggested here, i.e. long beans, elephant yam, and raw plantain or you could cook them individually in the same method. This … Continue reading

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Raw Papaya Stir Fry (Thoran)

Back home we mostly cook backyard vegetables like mango, jackfruit, raw banana, banana flower and stem, amaranth leaves, drumstick, colocasia, drumstick leaves, etc. Papaya is also commonly found and used often in the kitchen. Papaya thoran (Kerala style dry subzi) … Continue reading

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Kozhuppa Cheera Thoran / Pigweed Stir Fry

A leaf with omega-3 fatty acids? Impossible! Yes, It is unbelievable but true. These soft and succulent leaves have more omega-3 fatty acids than what some fish oils have. A perfect option for a vegetarian. Pigweed / Purslane / Kozhuppa … Continue reading

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Punarnava – The Neglected Medicinal ‘Weed’

Not so long ago, when our backyards were not manicured, we had an abundance of greens such as Punarnava, Poovamkurunnila, Thiruthaali, Manithakkaali, karuka, thumba, the list goes on. They grew like weeds but were very useful and handy for first … Continue reading

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Roasted Horse Gram, Urid Dal, Sesame Seeds Chutney Powder

A chutney powder (podi) with roasted horse gram, sesame seeds, and urid dal that goes well with dosa, idli, or even rice. Spicy, tangy, and has the goodness of roasted grains and seeds. I used black sesame seeds because it … Continue reading

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Koorka Mezhukkupuratti (Chinese Potato Stir Fry)

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It is koorka season once again. This root vegetable, mostly found in Kerala, is a close cousin of potato, but with much more character and flavor than the mundane potato. Koorka has a very earthy flavor and is very tasty. … Continue reading

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Dill Leaves Mung Dal Subzi

Dill leaves have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties. It contains no cholesterol, is low in calories, and helps lower cholesterol levels. I have only seen this leaf in the markets of metro cities. It has a unique flavor. … Continue reading

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Raw Mango Chutney – Kerala Style

You cannot talk about this dish without having drool collect in your mouth. Everybody loves this chutney. Raw mango chutney is ideally eaten with kanji (rice gruel) or rice, but it can be eaten with dosa or idli also. Best … Continue reading

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