Purple Yam Curry

This is a species of Yam, and a tuber vegetable. The tubers are usually in white or purple in color, hence the common name is Purple yam. In Kerala , it is often boiled and consumed like Elephant Yam, Tapioca etc. This has some medicinal values also. Today I’m sharing a vegetarian curry with this…

Prawns with Mango & Drumstick / Chemmeen Manga Muringakka Curry

This is a Kerala special seafood delicacy  in which prawns/shrimps are cooked with raw mango and drumstick in coconut gravy. You can use any size of prawns for this, better use small size because it tastes more. Here I have used the tiger prawns. The most time consuming process is the cleaning of shrimps. Once…

Kappa Vevichathu/ Mashed Tapioca

Tapioca or Kappa is the most favourite and popular food in Kerala. If you ask any Keralite about their favourite food, it would be Mashed tapioca and fish curry. Tapioca can be stored for longer periods by parboiling and drying called unakka kappa (dried tapioca). It is  is one of the purest forms of starch…

Ela ada / Ilayappam

It is also called Valsan/Elayappam. A traditional Kerala dish made with rice flour, coconut-jaggery  filling and then steamed wrapped in banana leaf or Indian bay leaf(Vayana ila) . It is a very healthy and tasty dish and of course one of the favourites among malayalees. You can have it as an evening snack or morning breakfast….

Mango Pickle (Kadumanga Achar)

Pickles are all time favourite for all of us. This raw mango pickle is a Kerala special and it is a part of the ‘Sadya’ or feast. The spicy and tangy flavour makes it more special. the best combination for this pickle is rice gruel(kanji). You can cut the mangoes and keep it overnight, then…

Taro Root Chips/ Chembu Upperi

Taro curry is a familiar dish for Keralites, but the same thing can be used for making chips. Just like banana chips, slice it and deep fry it in oil. The big size taro or chembu is used for this. Ingredients Chembu / Taro root – 4 Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon Salt Oil Preparation…

Chembu Puzhungiyathu / Boiled Malanga

This is a typical Kerala special food, we usually boil this kind of tubers like tapioca, elephant yam, purple yam, lesser yam and eat with different type of chutneys. It is very healthy and nutritious food. This Taro is of bigger variety and the smaller ones are used for making curry. Here it is served…

Boiled Tapioca / Kappa Puzhungiyathu & Mulaku Chammanthi

Tapioca is a staple food of Kerala. Any dish made of tapioca is a favourite among Keralites. The popular preparations are boiled tapioca and mashed tapioca.  The chili chutney or ‘ ‘mulaku chammanthi’ is the best combination for boiled tapioca. This was a breakfast item in the past and now it became an evening snack…