Monday, September 15, 2014

Bitter Gourd Curry - 1

Bitter gourd curry
Bitter gourd is very good for diabetic people. If it is used thrice in a week this diabetic can be controlled well.


Bitter guard – 300
Chopped Onion – 2 nos
Chopped Tomato – 2 nos
Green chili – 1 no
Red chilli pwd – 1 tspn
Turmeric pwd – ½ tspn
Salt – to taste

For tempering

Oil – 3 tspn
Mustard seeds – ½ tspn
Curry leaves – few
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tspn
Mango pwd – ¼ tspn
Lemon juice – ¼ tspn
jaggery – ½ tspn
Grated coconut – ¼ cup (optional)


  1. Wash and chop the bitter gourd.
  2. Heat oil in pan temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves and ginger garlic paste sauté till it raw smell goes off. 
  3. Add chopped onion fry till change to pink and chopped tomato, green chilli, sauté 1 minutes and add red chilli pwd , turmeric pwd,salt & add chopped bitter gourd sprinkle some water and close the lid and cook under medium heat about 3 minutes.
  4. Finely add add lemon juice, jaggery, mango pwd, grated coconut and stir it well and cook for 2 minutes and remove for the heat.
  5.  Serve with plain rice or chappathi.

As it tastes very bitter it is not easily consumed by most of the people.
you can use tamarind juice instead of mango pwd and lemon juice 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Kerala Special cabbage Thoran (varavu /poriyal/Stir fry)

Most Keralites are celebrating ONAM Festival.  They prepare Onam sadhya which is a Kerala Special Thali and has as many as 29 items in one Thali. Out of these items Cabbage Thoran is one such dish.  I wish to give a treat to my viewers by providing this simple and quick to make recipe - Cabbage varavu/thoran/poriyal. You may prepare this simple yet tasty side dish and enjoy it with rice or roti.

Kerala Special cabbage Thoran (varavu /poriyal/Stir fry)
Dum  Cabbage

Serves :4
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minitues

  1. Cabbage – 400 gram
  2. Ginger – grated 1 tspn
  3. Coconut  - grated – ¼ cup
  4. Chopped Green chilies – 2 nos 
  5. Salt – to taste
  6. Chopped Small onion –  8 Nos
  7. Turmeric pwd – 1/2 tspn
  8. Water – 4 tbspn

for tempering

  1. Kl nirmal coconut oil or sunflower oil  - - 2 tbspn
  2. Mustard seed – ½ tspn
  3. Curry leaves – few
  4. Cumin seeds – ½ tspn

Mix all the ingredients In a bowl ( chopped cabbage, coconut,green chilles, ginger,salt, small onion, turmeric pwd) keep aside.
In a pan add oil , mustard seed, cumin seed, and curry leaves whey start crackle  add cabbage mix stir well and sprinkle the water close the lid keep the flame medium low and cook it for 7 minutes. Open the lid , stir it and transfer the cabbage into a serving bowl.
Serve with plain rice or chappathi.

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