First of all I owe you all an apology for the delay in posting the detailed recipes on my website. I’m tied up with some activities along with some technical glitches. I’m trying my level best to catch up with the website updates and I’m sure I’ll be able to do that soon. I would like to remember a person before I get into the details of this recipe. Drishya, who is one of the few people who helps me with backend technical support and uploads. My sincere prayers for her and her family to overcome this tough and batlling situation which they are passing through.
Getting back into business, Mezhukkuvaratty or Stir fried vegetable is a side dish served along with the South Indian thali especially in Kerala. Lunch is accompanied by curries like sambar, a yellow curry and side dishes, some chutney/pickle, yoghurt and pappad. When it comes to traditional Sadya, there are a varieties of side dishes served along with rice. This side dish made of string beans and raw plantains is a famous side dish found in the central Kerala.
This dish holds a special place in my heart as it is a dish which is always prepared in my homes and now in my family. This dish is simply enough with some coconut chutney which we call as chutta chammandi and some yoghurt. With Matta rice aka brown rice, this is one simple meal which will satisfy your soul if you are a person of tradition and nostalgia.
String beans and raw plantain are two vegetables which holds in lot of nutrients. A close relative of bananas, plantains are loaded with potassium, helps boosts immune system and regulate digestion. These are infact starchier than bananas, contains less sugar and versatile as a cooking ingredient. The proverb “ an apple day keeps the doctor away” is also applicable for this fruit.
Raw bananas are used on a daily basis in our home state. Banana chips, a world renowned chips made with raw plantain is a product of our state. Different types of banana chips are found these days. Raw plantain is made along with beef or prawns too which is also a sought after dish these days. Some snacks are also made with this wonderful fruit. The most commonest being this stir fry aka mezhukkuvaratty.
A simple and humble dish which can be made any day for a super cool traditional lunch. I’m focusing more on easy and simple recipes so that lif becomes easier and this can be adapted for the passionate cooks and forced to be cooks too 🙂
Combine all the ingredients and cook till done.
Heat a pan with 3 tablespoon coconut oil. Add the coarsely ground shallots and fry till starts changing color.
Add the chilli flakes and fry till aromatic and add the curry leaves and give a quick stir.
Add to the cooked vegetables and coat with the tempering thoroughly. Close the lid and keep on low flame till the flavors are infused.
Serve hot with rice