Erissery

Erissery is a special dish prepared in Kerala for Sadhi. My paati prepare this dish at home. It can be prepared using yam, plantain, pumpkin, raw jackfruit or the combination of two vegetables. It is served with rice, pickle or pachadi. I have used plantain. Instead of that we can use any other mentioned vegetable.

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Plantain – 1 Cut into cubes

Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp

Salt to taste

To Grind

Scraped Coconut – ¾ cup

Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp

Dried Red Chilly – 1

To Roast

Scraped Coconut – ¼ cup

To Temper

Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp

Urad Dal – ½ tsp

Dried Red Chilly – 1 (optional)

Curry Leaves – few

  • Pressure cook the plantain cubes  with salt and turmeric powder.
  • Grind coconut, cumin seeds and red chilly to a smooth paste using little water.
  • Once the plantain is cooked, add the ground paste to the cooked plantain, mix well and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until it starts boiling.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Now heat a small frying pan, add a tsp of oil and roast the coconut  until dark brown.
  • Add this browned coconut to the plantain coconut mixture and mix.
  • Finally temper with mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilly and curry leaves.
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Potato Shallots gravy

Potato- Shallots gravy is one of the tastiest recipes I have eaten so far. This cannot be considered either as a sambar or as a North Indian gravy.  I got to know this recipe from my perima. This is her MIL’s recipe. When I went to my place my mom made this recipe and I loved it. Then I couldn’t resist myself eating it once.  I bet this will be one of the best gravies to be eaten with rice. It goes well with Vadam/ Papad.

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INGREDIENTS

Potato – 3

Shallots – 1 handful

Tomatoes – 2

Green chilli – 2

Tamarind – lemon size

Turmeric powder – A pinch

Jaggery –  small piece

Salt – To taste

For tempering

Gingelley oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

To grind

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Channa dhal – 1 tsp

Urad dhal –  1tsp

Coconut – 1/2

Red chilli – 4

Shallots – few

Curry leaves – few

  • Soak the shallots in water for 6 hours. Next day peel the skin and chop them.
  • Pressure cook the potatoes and tamarind.
  • Cut the potatoes into big cubes. Extract juice from tamarind.
  • To the extracted tamarind juice add turmeric powder, salt and jaggery.
  • In a kadai, add a tsp of oil and saute the ingredients for grinding. Saute until they turn golden brown in colour. Allow it to cool and grind it to a smooth paste with little quanity of water.
  • In a kadai, add gingelly oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add the shallots and saute until they become glassy. Keep a small portion of the shallots for grinding.
  • Add the tamarind juice and allow it to boil.
  • When they start to boil, add the ground paste and cook for some more time.
  • Chop the tomatoes and mix it with the gravy. Let it cook for sometime.
  • Finally add the cooked potatoes and cook in medium flame for five more minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve with roti or rice.

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Ishtu (Vegetable stew)

Ishtu is a stew made out of different colourful vegetables. I used potatoes, carrot, beans and green peas to make this stew. It is a recipe from Kerala. It goes best with Aapam and idiyappam. I came to know about this recipe through one of our family friends.  It can also be served along with roti.


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INGREDIENTS

Coconut milk – 2 cups

Potatoes – 4 small

Carrot – 1

Beans – 5

Green peas – 100 gm

Paneer- 25 gms

Green chillies – 2

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – few

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  • Cut the potatoes as cubes and half cook it so that they remain as separate cubes.
  • Chop the beans and carrot lengthwise. Cook it with enough water in a pan.
  • Cut the paneer into cubes.
  • Take one coconut, grate it and extract milk from it.
  • In a kadai, add 1 tsp coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Once they crack add green chillies and saute it.
  • Now add the half cooked vegetables along with the green peas.
  • Add the extracted coconut milk.
  • Ishtu should neither be too thick  nor be too watery.
  • Add the paneer cubes. Cook it in low flame for 20 minutes.
  • You can feel the aroma of coconut milk and the veggies.
  • Serve it with Aapam, Idiyappam or Chappathi.

 

Note: You can also use carrot and paneer.

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Kathirikkai rasavangi

   Rasavangi is very similar to arachuvitta sambar. They differ in the ingredients used for roasting and grinding. Whenever we buy the eggplant(brinjal) at home, my thatha(grandpa) will ask to make rasavangi. It is through him I came to know about this recipe.  But this is the first time I made this at home. It differs in taste from arachuvitta samabar. And I felt that it suits best during winter and rainy days. DSC00514

INGREDIENTS

Brinjal – 2

Tamarind – gooseberry sized

Toor Dal – 2 tbsp

Turmeric Powder – A pinch

Jaggery – A small bit

Salt – to taste

To roast and grind

Channa Dal – ½ tbsp

Coriander Seeds – 1 tbsp

Dried Red Chillies – 2

Black Peppercorns – 15 to 20

Fresh scraped coconut – ½ cup

For tempering

Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Curry Leaves – few

 

  • Wash the toor dal and pressure cook it. Cool it and mash well.
  • Add some water in tamarind and pressure cook it in a separate vessl along with the dhal.
  • In a Kadai, add a tsp of oil, fry all the ingredients mentioned under “roast and grind” till the coconut turns brown.
  • Grind it into a smooth paste with water.
  • In the same Kadai, fry the brinjals for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Next add the tamarind extract, turmeric powder, jaggery and salt to taste.
  • Let this boil on medium flame till the brinjals are cooked.
  • Now add the cooked channa dhal. Mix well and let it come to a boil.
  • Then add the ground coconut paste, mix well and let it simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Heat a small  frying pan with remaining oil. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Once they crackle, pour it over the prepared rasavangi.
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Karuvepppillai kuzhambu

Karuveppillai kuzhambu is a spicy and tasty gravy. Karuvepillai=Karu+ Vepillai…. this leaves act as a vepillai to uterus and helps to get rid of irregular periods. It is rich in iron. So it is advised to include a lot of curry leaves in our diet. It is also a super good remedy for hair fall and helps in maintaining black hair. My husband and I bought curry leaves for day to day cooking. Since we got a large bunch it started to dry after a week. So I thought of making this recipe instead of wasting the curry leaves. It was totally a  new gravy for him. This can be made during rainy days and goes well with hot rice and pappadam.

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INGREDIENTS

Tamarind -Lemon size

Jaggery – 2 tsp

Salt- As required

For grinding

Curry leaves – A bunch

Peppercorns – 4-6

Channa dhal – 4 tsp

Urad dhal – 4 tsp

Coriander seeds – 4 tsp

Red chillies – 2

Hing  – A pinch

For seasoning

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Channa dhal – 1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – few

  • Soak the tamarind in water and extract juice.
  • In a kadai, add 1/2 tsp oil and add the ingredients given for grinding and fry them till golden brown.Allow it to cool.
  • Now grind the ingredients with 2 tbsp water. It should not be too watery.
  • Heat the pan and add oil. First add the mustard seeds and once it splutters, add channa dhal and urad dhal. Once they turn golden brown, add the curry leaves.
  • Add the tamarind juice, ground paste, jaggery and stir well.
  • Allow the gravy to cook for few minutes until it reach thick consistency. Sprinkle hing.
  • Serve with hot rice and pappadam.
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