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September 1, 2020

Beans Mezhukkupuratti - Kerala Style Beans Stir Fry Recipe

Beans mezhukkupuratti
Beans mezhukupuratti is one of the easy and yummy Kerala style side dish for rice. Its a stir fry recipe without coconut. I have tried many side dish recipes for every Onam sadya menu. But I love this one as the onion garlic masala adds a nice flavor and taste to this mezhukupuratti. I have been following this recipe for the past few years. I have also tried with red chilli ans chilli powder. Both comes out well. But mezhukkupuratti with chilli powder is my personal favorite. You can follow the same recipe and use raw banana, potato or long beans instead of green beans. Friends, do try this yummy Kerala style beans mezhukupuratti / beans stir fry recipe following the step by step pictures and share your feedback.

Check out my other Kerala recipes too.

Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe

Kerala style beans stir fry - Beans mezhukkupuratti


Kerala style beans stir fry - Beans mezhukkupuratti

Kerala special stir fry for rice - Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe


Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Side dish
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
  • French Beans - 2 cups (cut into 1cm length)
  • Salt and water - as needed
To grind to coarse paste
  • Small onions- 8 
  • Garlic cloves – 5 
  • Chilli powder or red chilli – 1 tsp or 2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
To temper
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
HOW TO MAKE BEANS MEZHUKUPURATTI
  1. Wash and chop beans to 1 inch length. Cook till soft and firm. Set aside.
  2. Grind onion, garlic, chilli powder and turmeric powder to a coarse paste without adding water.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves.
  4. Add the ground masala and saute for few minutes. Add cooked beans and mix gently.
  5. Cook till it raw smell vanish, beans look dry and shiny.
  6. Switch off the flame and serve with rice.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and chop the beans to 1 inch length. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles adding less water or cook in a pot till its soft but firm in shape. Drain the excess water and set aside.
  • In the mean time, grind onion, garlic cloves , red chilli powder or red chilli to a coarse paste without adding water. Wipe the sides of  mixie and grind again till you make a coarse paste. Set aside.
    Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe
  • Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Add the ground masala, cooked beans and saute for few minutes. If its sticking to the pan and looks too dry, sprinkle few drops of oil or water.
    Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe
  • Add required salt, turmeric powder and mix well in low flame. Sprinkle little water if needed and cook till raw smell of onion garlic masala vanish.
    Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe
  • Saute till beans looks dry and shiny. It gives a nice smell too. Now switch off the flame. Rest for sometime and then serve with rice, sambar. Enjoy !

Note

  • For variations, you can use raw banana, potato, long beans and follow the same procedure.
  • You can use red chilli powder or red chilli while grinding.
Easy, yummy Kerala style beans stir fry is ready to enjoy with rice.
 Beans mezhukkupuratti kerala style

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August 26, 2020

Cabbage Thoran - Kerala Style Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe

cabbage thoran recipe
Kerala style cabbage stir fry / cabbage thoran with coconut is our family favorite side dish for rice. This sadya style cabbage thoran is a very easy recipe that is prepared with simple ingredients like coconut, cumin, ginger, small onion and green chilli ground to a coarse paste, mixed to the finely shredded cabbage and stir fried to cook it. It tastes so good and tastes much better than my regular cabbage poriyal. Even cabbage haters would love this  Kerala thoran recipe.

Usually cabbage thoran can be prepared without onion too. But some people use onion, carrot for variations. Some also make it without coconut. I will try to post that version too. Here is the most popular, Onam sadya style cabbage thoran recipe with step by step pictures.

Cabbage Thoran Recipe


Cabbage Thoran Recipe Kerala Onam Sadya style cabbage thoran recipe / Cabbage stir fry for rice.

Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Onam recipes
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Shredded or finely chopped cabbage - 3 cups (I used half of medium sized cabbage)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - Few tbsp ( optional, use only if needed)
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1 /2 cup
  • Green chilli - 2 to 3
  • Small onion - 6 or big onion - 1
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1
  • Curry leaves - Few
HOW TO MAKE CABBAGE THORAN RECIPE
  1. Wash and shred/ chop the cabbage finely or slice it thinly.
  2. Grind coconut, green chilli, ginger and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding water.
  3. Take the chopped cabbage, ground coconut paste, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves.
  5. Add the cabbage mixture and saute in low to medium flame.
  6. Cover and cook in low flame till cabbage turns soft. Remove and serve hot with rice.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and remove the thick white, central part of cabbage. Shred / finely chop the cabbage or chop into thin slices by cutting in the corners.  Collect in a big plate or bowl.
  • cabbage thoran recipe

  • Grind coconut, green chilli, ginger and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding water.
  • cabbage thoran recipe

  • Add this coarse paste to the finely chopped cabbage, turmeric powder and required salt. Mix well and set aside.
  • cabbage thoran recipe

  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves. Add the cabbage mixture and saute in medium flame for few minutes. Cover it with a lid and cook in low flame till its soft and well cooked. (If necessary you can sprinkle little water and cover cook it).
    cabbage thoran recipe cabbage thoran recipe
  • Switch off the flame and serve with rice, sambar. Enjoy !

Note

  • For variations, you can crush onion, cumin seeds and green chilli and add to cabbage. In that case, you can add grated coconut at the end and mix it.
  • You can also try sauting onion, green chilli and then add shredded cabbage to make this thoran.
  • To make it more colorful, you can add some finely chopped carrot along with cabbage.

Try this easy, yummy Kerala style cabbage thoran recipe and share your feedback with me.
cabbage thoran recipe
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August 19, 2020

Kozhukattai Varieties – Kozhukattai Recipes List For Festivals

Kozhukattai recipes for festivals

In this post, I have shared the list of different types of kozhukattai recipes / kozhukattai varieties that can be made for Ganesh chaturthi / Vinayagar chaturthi and other festivals like Varalakshmi vratham, during Tamil month Aadi, Karthigai deepam and other occasions at home. For Ganesh chaturthi, people make varieties of kolukattai / mothagam / modak across South India and North India as Lord Ganesh loves modak and he is fondly called as Modakpriya /Mothagapriyan.

In Tamil nadu, it is called as kozhukattai. we make mothagam @ kolukattai as the major naivedyam recipe for Vinayagar chaturthi. Other than kozhukattai we make sweet appam, sundal, payasam and ladoo too. Kozhukattai varieties like sweet poornam kozhukattai, uppu kozhukattai / ulundu kolukattai and ellu kozhukattai is offered for Ganesh chaturthi. Some people also make paal kolukattai and thengai poorana kozhukattai instead of kadalai paruppu pooranam kozhukattai. Apart from the traditional kozhukattai recipes, beginners can easily try ammini kozhukattai in sweet and spicy versions.

In North India, Ukadiche modak and fried modak are very popular. Apart from this Khoya modak, dry fruits and nuts, khajoor modak can also be prepared. In this post, I have shared all the traditional kolukattai recipes and few beginner friendly kozhukattai recipes with no cook stuffing.  I have also shared some links on different methods of making kozhukattai / modak dough along with some useful video links. Hope you find this collection helpful for making kozhukattai varieties for this Ganesh chaturthi.I will try to add more kozhukattai varieties like peanut kozhukattai, vegetable kozhukattai, ilai kolukattai in future and update this list. Ok, lets move on to the list of kozhukattai recipes.

Check out my full Ganesh chaturthi recipes collection HERE !
























Hope you find this list helpful to choose and prepare kozhukattai for this Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Do try and have a great celebration. Share your feedback too !

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August 18, 2020

Dry Fruits Kozhukattai Without Jaggery - Kozhukattai Varieties

dry fruits kozhukattai
When I was planning to share some kozhukattai varieties for Ganesh chaturthi, I came across this sugar free, dry fruits kozhukattai recipe using dates and nuts. The stuffing/ pooranam for this kozhukattai is prepared without jaggery and sugar. So this kolukattai recipe would be ideal for people who look for healthy options. Dry fruits pooranam is easy to make too. Just roast and grind, stuffing would be ready in minutes.

In North India, people make dry fruits and nuts modak by shaping it directly using a modak mould instead of stuffing in the kozhukattai dough. Its a no cook version. They call it as Khajoor modak. I made one and shared the picture below. So, you can make this kozhukattai without cooking or by stuffing in the kozhukattai maavu as shown in the description with pictures. Choice is yours. 

Ok, lets see how to make easy, healthy dry fruits and nuts kozhukattai for this Vinayagar chaturthi festival with step by step pictures.
dry fruits kozhukattai recipe

Below is the picture of dry fruits and nuts modak without stuffing in rice flour dough. You can eat this as such without steaming / cooking. 
Dry fruits modak

Dry fruits kozhukattai / Dates and nuts kozhukattai


Dry fruits kozhukattai / Dates and nuts kozhukattai

Dry fruits kozhukattai without jaggery and sugar for Ganesh chaturthi festival


Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time:40 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

For Stuffing/ Pooranam
  • Mixed nuts (Cashews, badam, pista) - 15 each
  • Seedless dates - 20
  • Ghee - 1 tsp
For modak / kozhukattai dough
  • Store bought Kozhukattai flour or idiyappam flour - 1 cup
  • Water - as needed
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Gingely oil - 1/2 tsp

HOW TO MAKE DRY FRUITS KOZHUKATTAI

  1. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadai. Roast the nuts till golden. Grind coarsely.
  2. Collect in a plate. In the same kadai, roast the dates and cool down.
  3. Grind to a smooth paste without adding water. Add the paste to the ground nuts.
  4. Mix well to make the dry fruits pooranam. Make small balls and set aside.
  5. To make kozhukattai dough, roll boil 2 cups of water adding few drops of gingely oil.
  6. Take the store bought idiyappam / kozhukattai flour in a wide bowl. Add salt and mix well.
  7. Add the water gradually. Mix with a ladle. Cover and rest for 5 minutes to become warm.
  8. Knead it well using greased hands. Make a smooth dough.
  9. Take a ball shaped dough. Shape it using a modak mould.
  10. Keep one dry fruits ball in the center of mould and cover the kozhukattai with the dough.
  11. Remove the kozhukattai gently and steam in a greased idli plate.
  12. Kozhukattai becomes shiny after cooking. Switch off the flame.
  13. Rest for 10 minutes. Remove the modak and serve hot !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadai. Roast the nuts in medium flame till slight golden in color. Cool down and grind to a coarse powder. Remove in a plate. 
    Dry fruits kozhukattai
  • In the same kadai, roast the dates. Cool down and grind to a paste without adding water.
    Dry fruits kozhukattai
  • Mix the dates paste with powdered nuts. Dry fruits stuffing / pooranam is ready. Make big gooseberry sized balls for stuffing the dough and set aside.
    Dry fruits kozhukattai Dry fruits kozhukattai
  • This modak can be prepared in two ways. One is a no cook version. To make this, take a portion of stuffing and press it in the modak mould to shape it. Remove gently and keep in a plate. Follow the same for the remaining stuffing. You don’t have to steam this modak. You can serve and eat as such.
  • For the second version, make kozhukattai dough with store bought kozhukattai or idiyappam flour. To prepare kozhukattai dough, roll boil 2 cups of water adding 1/2 tsp of gingely oil.
    Dry fruits kozhukattai
  • Take the store bought rice flour in a wide bowl. Add little salt and mix well. Add hot water gradually and make a smooth, non-sticky dough. Cover and rest for 5 minutes to become warm. Grease your hands with oil and knead the dough for few minutes.Dry fruits kozhukattai
  • Cover the dough with a wet cloth to prevent drying. Now take the kozhukattai achu/ modak mould and grease with oil. Take ball shaped dough and press it inside the mould to spread it well. Make a dent in the center and place a dry fruits stuffing ball.Dry fruits kozhukattai
  • Take a small portion of dough and cover the stuffing. Press it well and open the mould. Remove the kozhukattai gently. Arrange in a greased idli plate.Dry fruits kozhukattai
  • Make the remaining kozhukattai in the same way and arrange in the plate. Roll boil water in an idli pot. Place the idli plate with kozhukattai and cover with the lid. Steam it for 10 minutes in high flame and switch off the flame.
  • Do not remove the kozhukattai when hot. It will break. Rest it in the idli plate for 5 minutes and then remove it gently. Offer to God and enjoy !Dry fruits kozhukattai

Note

  • Sweetness of dates is enough for the stuffing. So I didn’t add jaggery or sugar. You can add it based on your taste.
  • If you need more yield for the stuffing, add 1/2 cup of grated and roasted coconut to the nuts.  In that case, add more dates for adjusting the sweetness.
  • I have not used cardamom here. You can add if you like.
Try this healthy dry fruits kozhukattai recipe and enjoy !
Kozhukattai without jaggery
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