Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Recipe for "Mezhukkupuratti"

Mezhukkupuratti literally means ‘coated with oil’, though the dish is not all that greasy as it sounds. Vegetables are steamed/ boiled with a little water and tossed with seasoned oil which acts as a dressing. A variety of vegetables can be cooked using this recipe and it is the most popular method of conjuring up a quick curry to go with any meal any day!

This simple dish is also a healthy option that does not invite too many calories. A typical Kerala style lunch or dinner is never complete without a mezhukkupuratti made of veggies available at hand, simple spices and a slight tempering to retain the sharp flavors.


  • ½ kg raw banana
  • 10 whole red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Curry leaves
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 5 shallots
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  • coconut oil
  • salt to taste

            Chop the raw bananas into small pieces and cook it with water, salt and turmeric powder.  Heat oil in a pan and sauté the crushed red chilies, garlic cloves, shallots, curry leaves and powdered pepper.  When it starts roasting and changes color, add the cooked raw bananas into the pan.  Keep it on a low flame till the water evaporates completely.  This is one of the best side dishes to accompany rice.

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