THE GREATER CAROLINA KERALA ASSOCIATION


June 2022 - Recipe of the month - Kanji...My comfort food

Recipe & Photograph by: Vinita Sibi



KUTHARI KANJI


Pressure cook 2 cups of Kuthari/matta rice with enough water for 3 whistles and let it sit for 15 min and add salt according to your taste buds. Voila it’s done!


CHERUPAYAR ULLARTHIYATHU

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4 – 5)

  • Cherupayar / green gram – 1 cup, dried
  • Pearl onions – 6 – 7
  • Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves
  • Black pepper corns – 1/2 - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed red chilies – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Salt – To taste
  • Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp

METHOD


1. Pressure-cook green gram adding around 1 – 1.5 cups of water and little salt, until done.

2. Crush pearl onions, garlic and black pepper corns in a mortar and pestle.


3. Heat oil in a cheena chatti/any pan. Splutter mustard seeds and then add crushed chilies and curry leaves, fry for a few seconds. Now add the crushed mixture and fry for few minutes until the raw smell goes away. Add cooked cherupayar and stir fry for a few minutes.


PAPPAYA THORAN

INGREDIENTS

  • Papaya/ kappalanga / omakka – Half medium sized
  • Onion – 1/2, chopped fine
  • Green chillies – 4 – 5, sliced diagonally
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Mustards – 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chillies – 1-2
  • Salt – To taste
  • Coconut Oil- As required

METHOD

1. Grate the papaya. I grated it in a food processor.

2.Crush the grated papaya, grated coconut, chopped onion, green chilies, curry leaves, turmeric powder, and salt with your fingers.


3. Heat oil in a deep pan. Splutter mustards and brown dry red chilies. Now add the grated papaya-coconut mixture. Mix well and cover for a few minutes. Then open the lid and stir fry until dry. The whole method won’t take more than 10 – 15 minutes.


NETHOLI FRY

INGREDIENTS

  • Netholi/ Chooda /Kozhuva/Anchovy: 1 lb. 1/2 kg (fresh or frozen)
  • Shallots: 2 (medium, thinly sliced)
  • Ginger: a small piece (minced)
  • Garlic: 4 cloves (minced)
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder: 2 tbsp or as per your spice level
  • Fenugreek powder :1/4 tsp
  • Black peppercorns: 1/2 tsp (freshly crushed)
  • Lime Juice: 2 tsp
  • Rice powder: 2tsp
  • Curry leaves: handful
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut Oil as needed for frying

METHOD

1. Clean and wash the fish with lime juice and salt and marinate the anchovies/netholi with all other ingredients listed above, except coconut oil and set it aside for 30 minutes.

2. Heat coconut oil in a pan and deep fry fishes in batches over medium flame, until it is done. Drain on kitchen tissue and serve immediately.


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