Monday, March 14, 2011

#87 A Simple Kerala Meal with Chicken curry

Nothing feels more "homy" than a simple Kerala style meal for lunch on a Saturday. I must share this  meal that R and I indulged in this Saturday and that too it did not take much time to stir up…  some plain rice served with a thoran, kitchedi, bitter melon pachadi and simple chicken curry on the side. A couple of non-Kerala diakon radish slices in chili, sugar and vinegar for a cooling relish and I have a completely satisfying meal on the table.

Here's how I put it all together........................

Diakon Radish and Green Pepper Thoran

Diakon radish- 1
Green Pepper-2
Garlic paste- ½ tspn
Freshly grated coconut- ½ cup
Cumin seeds- ½ tspn
Chilli Powder- ¼ tspn
Haldi- ¼ tspn
Seasoning spices- mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.
Oil and salt as needed.

  1. Scrape off the skin of the Diakon Radish to remove any extra roots and dirt.
  2. Wash the radish and peppers and dry.
  3. Chop both vegetables into small cubes and keep in separate bowls.
  4. Place a frying pan on the stove add oil and on a medium flame add seasoning spices
  5. When the mustard splutters, add the diakon radish, salt, chilli and haldi powders.
  6. Add ½ cup water and keep closed until the radish is cooked.
  7. Now, in a blender coarsely grind the coconut, cumin seeds and garlic.
  8. Add the coconut paste to the diakon radish along with the green pepper.
  9. Stir fry for a few minutes until the green pepper is just cooked and no water is left in the pan.

Tomato and Onion Kitchedi

Tomato- 2 Plum tomatoes
Red Onion- 1
Coconut-1/4 cup
Chilli powder- ½ tspn
Cumin seeds- ¼ tspn
Yogurt-1 ½ cups
Mustard seeds-1/8 tspn
Seasoning spices: cumin seeds, red chillies, curry leaves
Oil and salt as needed

  1. Chop the red onion finely and keep aside.
  2. Chop the tomatoes finely and keep aside.
  3. Grind to a smooth paste the coconut, cumin seeds and keep aside.
  4. Crush the mustard seeds coarsely keep aside.
  5. Place a pan on low to medium heat, add 1 tblspn oil.
  6. Add onions and sauté. When the onions are almost light brown in color, add the tomatoes.
  7. Add the ground paste and cook for a minute. Add yogurt and stir well and remove from fire.
  8. Add  1 tspn oil to another pan and the seasoning spices, when they sizzle and pop, remove from fire and pour over the curry.


  1. What a great comfort meal! I would probably need a 2nd serving of rice.

  2. Wow! Nice comfort meal, I love this combination, looks very delicious.

  3. delicious food love addition of coconut in food looks wonderful

  4. Thanks Malli for visiting my space :-)wow...what a great combo meal ...u have such an awesome space....I wud love to follow u too !

  5. lovely platter malli and yes sometimes the simple meals with loved ones make for a great dining experience ! yummy, pass it on except the chicken thing !!

  6. Beautiful meal! Looks delicious :o)

  7. Simply Delicious..Thx for stopping by kothiyavunu and for ur kind to follow u too..:)


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