14 October 2019

Pavakka Thoran naadan style | Bitter Gourd -coconut stir fry Kerala style


Bitter Gourd is my hubby's favourite vegetable and I've a tolerating kinda relationship with bitter gourds .Doesn't it look like a vegetable crocodile ? 😏(Ok now I hate them!) ...

Bitter Gourds not only look so disfigured from outside,it ain't sweet from inside as well.The only reason I cook this vegetable is that it's good for my hubby's health and he likes it.


To endure this vegetable's bitterness,I usually pair it with boiled rice and some non-spicy curries like Parippu curry/Lentil curry,Avial-vegetable mix curry with coconut,Mozhu curry,thenga chamanthi mostly...

May be this vegetable is reminding me to accept the bitterness of life with open arms like SRK's styleπŸ˜‰....Aye aye captain Bitter gourd !!!


Usually I prefer Pavakka mezhukupuratti . But today's recipe is a combination of bitter gourd with coconut ,with the authentic naadan/Kerala kick to it .

So,without making this vegetable a villain further,let's jump into the recipe.Let me show you how I make bitter gourd stir fry Kerala style ,pavakka thoran naadan style,Kaipakka upperi ..




Bitter gourd/Pavakka (medium-small size),chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Onion (chopped) - 1-2 Nos.
Green Chillies(chopped) - 3 Nos.
Coconut,grated - 1-2 Cup
Curry leaves,a few
Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Water - 1-2 Tsp

For seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Dry red chillies,broken - 2-3 Nos.
Coconut oil -1-3 Tbsp

Method to prepare Pavakka thoran :
  1. Wash the bitter gourds well.Snip the ends .Cut them into half and again half.(Quarter it!)
  2.  Take a half and remove the seeds and white membranes as much as possible.
  3. Then chop them into very small pieces as shown in the video .
  4. Soak them in warm water and salt solution and squeeze out the bitterness as much as possible.
  5. Drain them and clean them once again.
  6. Chop onion and green chilly and mix with chopped bitter gourds.
  7. Add in a few curry leaves and turmeric powder.
  8. Squeeze the mixture and keep it aside for a few minutes.
  9. Heat a pan,splutter the mustard seeds,broken red chillies ,
  10. Add in the bitter gourd mixture and saute well.
  11. Add in teaspoons of water and salt to taste.
  12. Bring everything to the center and cover it with a lid until bitter gourd gets cooked well.
  13. Add in little coconut oil and salt to taste.Saute well.
  14. That's it Pavakka thoran is ready !
Watch this pavakka thoran video that will show you how to make this nadan thoran properly :

If you are not a huge fan of bitter gourd,then this is a must try recipe.Just pair it with non-spicy curry ,then you are gonna love it too.

Try !


08 October 2019

Beetroot Pachadi recipe without coconut|Kerala style beetroot raita


There is something special about Beetroot Pachadi.The pachadi or curry that is so colorful that it just stands out .Do you feel the same when you see a Beetroot pachadi served as a Onam/Vishu Sadya item on a beautiful green Banana leaf ? Well,I do.That's one of my favourite reason to make Beetroot pachadi for Sadya than other Pachadi.She is so feminine !!

Almost every place in Kerala,they have their own way of making this pachadi.Usually,this girl is pampered with coconut,spices and yogurt .At my place in that way,we make our traditional beetroot pachadi like this ...


However,today,I am going to show you how to make Beetroot pachadi without coconut .There are people who would love to make this pachadi but are not an ardent fan of coconut .And then there are those who want to make a quick,easy yet tasty beetroot pachadi especially when you are making sadya items and you have a looong list of curries to make ,it would be very helpful to make quick and easy version of curries without spoiling the taste.Isn't it ? So this Beetroot pachadi falls in that category .

So,le'mme show you how to make Beetroot pachadi without coconut and mild spices quickly and full of taste.



Beetroot,grated ,medium size - 2 Nos.
Shallots,chopped - 3-4 Nos.
Green chillies,chopped - 2 Nos.
Ginger,chopped - 1 Tsp
A few curry leaves
Salt to taste
Yogurt/Curd,beaten - 1-3 cup (As per the desired consistency)
water - 1/4 cup (add/adjust more depending upon the consistency of curry desired)
Mustard seeds ,crushed - A pinch/ 1/8th tsp
For seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp 
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4-1/2 Tsp
Dry red chilies,broken - 2 Nos.
Curry leaves,a few

 Preparation of Beetroot pachadi :

1.Splutter mustard seeds.Add fenugreek seeds,dry red chillies,saute for a sec.
2.Add shallots,green chillies.Saute till shallots turn translucent.
3.Add in the ginger and curry leaves and saute well.
4.Add in the grated beetroot and saute,bring to the center,cover with a lid and let it get cooked.Add little water if needed to cook the beetroot.Usually,they have enough water in them to cook itself.
5.Once beetroot is cooked,add in the beaten yogurt and crushed mustard seeds and mix well.
6.Add salt to taste.
7.Let it SIMMER for two minutes but DONOT let it boil.
8.Put off the flame ,Beetroot pachadi is ready.
9.Let the pachadi sit for a few hours before serving for the best taste.

For a detailed explanation ,watch this 3 minute Beetroot pachadi video :

This Beetroot pachadi recipe is as finger licking as the traditional one but can be prepared in less time easy tasty way.Mmmmm,can still taste it in my mouth...

My yum edible pink panther ....You go girl !

10 September 2019

Mango Pachadi |Maanga Pachadi recipe|Kerala Sadya recipe|Onam special food


My love for mango is beyond words ! Like the name "MAN- GO" - Almost every MAN and woMAN GOes gaga for this squeezy,pulpy,yummy king of fruits.This summer we bought lots of Mangoes as I was trying my various ways to feed my baby girl .Till now,her favorite fruit is Banana .Her favourite way to eat mango is my homemade Mango ice cream .

So , as I was trying out different recipes with Mango,I also made a Mango pachadi ,which I always wanted to make .


Pachadi is a coconut-yogurt based mildly spiced recipe made with seasonal vegetables like cucumber,beetroot,carrot,pineapple mostly .Pachadi is an inevitable item from Sadya ,Kerala's grand feast served during Onam and Vishu festivals.

So,for a change and for the love for Mangoes ,I made a "sweet" Mango Pachadi.My family loved it too.

I love this sweet and little sour pachadi as I believe it is so nutritious,a good combo of fruits ,vegetables ,yogurt and spices .You know for me this Mango Pachadi is nothing less than a dessert .I can eat it all by itself ,licking my fingers in and out .I am a nasty eater.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‹πŸ˜

And this is how I make quick and easy Mango Pachadi at home for Sadya :



Ripe Mango,chopped (medium size) - 1 cup 
Mustard seeds,crushed - 1/2-1 Tsp 
Fenugreek powder - 1/4 -1/2 Tsp
Salt to taste

For seasoning :
Shallots,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Green chillies,chopped - 2-3 Nos.
Curry leaf - a few
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Dry red chillies -- 2-3 Nos.

For grinding:
Yogurt/Curd - 1 cup
Coconut - 1 cup
Shallot - 1-2 Nos.
Ginger - 1 inch
Curry leaf - 1-3 Nos.
Cumin seeds - 1 Tsp
 Water - 1/2 cup (adjust as per the thickness of the curry needed)

NOTE:You can add more yogurt to adjust your desired consistency .

How to make Mango Pachadi /Method :

This Mango Pachadi making video will explain in detail :

1.Heat a pan and put all the seasoning .Usually,after preparing the curry,we can just add the seasoning then .But we can also make pachadi like this.
2.Add the mango pieces to it and saute and cover with a lid till they turn soft .Since this ripe mango has enough water in it,it will cook by itself .So,it will depend upon the type of Mango used.Otherwise little water can also be added to cook the mango pieces.
3.Grind everything under "For grinding"and make it into a smooth paste .
4.Crush mustard seeds .
5.Add this paste to the cooked Mango pieces and fenugreek powder .Mix well.
6.On low flame  ,let it simmer for 1-2 minutes and DO NOT BOIL.
7.Add salt to taste.
8.Mix everything and the super delicious Mango Pachadi is ready to serve.

After preparing the curry ,seasoning and yogurt can also be added at last,which is the usual method people follow.However,we can also make Pachadi like this method quick and easy way.

For me ,so far this is the best-est Sadya Pachadi I ever had.The sweetness of Mango,sourness of yogurt and little spices etc makes this Pachadi recipe simply lip-smacking .

Why wait for Onam or Vishu to make this pachadi a part of Sadya ,make it any day ,you won't regret it and kids will love this curry too .

Happy Onam !