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Here's my new blog - Maya's Kitchen with the same old recipes and many more... from around the world....

Kappa Varattiyathu (Tapioca Curry)

Posted by Rini Raj

Kappa Varattiyathu is an authentic kerala dish.. Combination is Fish curry ... I love it ...
I was in Kannur for 4 years of my life and there its a very famous dish.. I had tasted many versions of this dish..
In our hostel at least once in a week we get kappa and fish curry ... Yummy !!
For vegetarians this dish goes very well with ulli chammanthi too ... Or by its own... Thinking about it makes my mouth watery....

Turmeric powder should be added while cooking the kappa. It will help to intoxicate the HCN which is found on tapioca roots.

Ingredients :
Kappa (Tapioca) Peeled and cut into small pieces
Coconut grated - 1/2 cup
Shallots - 6-7 diced
Green Chilli - 2-3
Curry leaves
Cumin - a pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli - 1-2
Curry leaves
Mustuard Seeds
salt to taste

Wash kappa nicely and then add water and turmeric powder and salt and cook it nicely.
Grind the coconut, cumin and chilli together to a coarse paste. Keep it aside.
In a pan add some coconut oil and splutter mustard seeds and then add red chilli. Then add the diced shallots and saute till brown color. Then add the grinded coconut and kappa and mix it well. Add the curry leaves and add 1 tsp of coconut oil and mix well.

Sambar (Lentil & vegiie Soup) Without coconut

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Sambar is a most common dish in Kerala. I hope my amma makes sambar almost every alternate day. But i make it very less here... as i am not a veggie lover. Sambar in Kerala differs a lot from Sambar we see in our neighbouring states.. Last time when i was in Banglore during my vacation, I happened to be in a newly opened Indian restuarant there. It was very beautiful place, i dont remeber the name now though... There i saw a menu item as National Soup and i tried that ... Surprisingly it was just Sambar!!!!

For Sambar u can add a variety of vegetables. The most commonly added ones are Brinjal, Potato, Bitter Gourd, DrumSticks, Ash gourd ( Kumblanga) , Lady's Finger, Carrot, Yam ( Chembu) ..

Adding 2-3 pieces of bitter gourd ( kaypakka) to sambar really enhances the taste of the dish.

This is a recipe where coconut is not added. Sambar can also be made with grated coconut. i will post another recipe for that...


Mixed Vegetables cut into medium pieces - 2 cup
Tamarind - Gooseberry sized ball - put it in water ahead of time.
Toor daal - 1/2 cup
Onion - If big onion - 1 diced / Small red onions - 9-10 diced
Tomato - 1 medium sized or 2 small
Green Chilli - 2-3
lady's Finger - diced 3-4
Cilantro leaves plenty
Curry leaves plenty
Mustard Seeds
Red chilli - 1-2

Sambar Masala
- If using Sambar Masala, use a good one and add some more spices to it. I dont like using just the store bought ones

Red Chilli Powder - 1tsp
Corriander Powder - 2-3 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1tsp
Fenu Greek - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida(Kaayam) - < 1/4 tsp
Cumin Powder - a pinch

In a pot bring the dal to boil adding a pinch of turmeric and salt. When cooked keep it aside

In a small bowl either add some hot water to tamarind or add some water to tamarind and microwave for 30 seconds to make it soft and when cooled down squeeze the water out and keep aside.

In a pan add some coconut oil ( or any other oil) and then add diced onion, tomato, green chilli, bitter gourd, and lady's finger and saute it for 3-4 mnts. The veggie's should not loose their green color. Keep veggies aside and then in the same pan add a little oil and put all the masala and saute for 1-2 mnts. The masala should not get burned. Add one or 2 tsp of water to this masala and make a fine thick paste. So that masala wont get clotted when added to sambar.

When daal is done add the tamarind water and when boiled add the veggies to it and add salt to taste. When veggies are done add the paste of masala and let it boil for 3-4 mnts. Then add the chopped cilantro leaves and a few curry leaves. Then cover the cooking pot and keep aside. This will lock the flavors of cilantro to the dish .

In a small pan add few oil and then add mustard seeds, red chilli and curry leaves and when all mustard seeds are spluttered, add that to curry and close it.

Mix the curry well before serving .

Mushroom - Egg Masala

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I tried this recipe for fun as my husband love mushroom. But it tastes really good, Mushroom and Egg goes well. It tastes similar to ordinary egg curry with a twist .. the mushroom with all these masala's... tastes really good.. Goes well with Naan or Kerala Poratta...

While cooking i like to use Fresh garlic and ginger.. U can optionally replace that with garlic and ginger paste.
Dont wash Mushroom in water before cooking. Just clean it with a damp cloth. If washed in water it becomes more rubberized in texture.


Diced Mushroom - 250 gm
Boiled Egg - 4 nos
Onion - 2 nos - diced
Garlic - 2-3 cloves
Ginger - 1 piece
Tomato - 1
Green Chilli - 2
Cilantro leaves - a bunch

Corriander powder - 2 tsp
Eastern Curry Powder - 1 tsp - optional
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder / Eastern Vegetable curry powder - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Boil eggs and cut those to halves and keep aside. In a pan add some oil and saute diced ginger, garlic and chilli. When fried for few minutes add onion and saute till it is golden brown. Then add the tomato, when almost done add all the masala powders and saute for a few minutes. Then add the mushrooms and keep it ina low flame. The water will come out from mushroom and get it cooked. Dont saute it often, just keep it in low flame. When mushroom is done add cilantro leaves. If u need more curry add some water or cooking milk or cocnut milk. Then add the boiled eggs and simmer for a few minutes.

Chicken Varattiyathu

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Chicken Varattiyathu is similar to chicken curry but roasted more with more onions and till the gravy is dark brown in color. Chicken tastes good when made in Olive oil or Seasame Oil (Nallenna) rather than in coconut oil.
This recipe taste its best when prepared ahead of time...


Chicken - 1kg small pieces
Onion - 4 nos
Tomato - 1 no
Cilantro - a bunch
Curry leaves - lot
Garlic - 4-5 cloves
Ginger - a 2 inch piece
Green Chilli - 2-3
Corriander powder - 3tsp
Chilli powder - according to hotness needed
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Pepper Powder - 1/2tsp
Fenu Greek powder - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
Salt to taste
2-3 tbsp oil

In a pan add oil and then add chopped garlic and ginger. When fried for 2-3 mnts add 2 onions sliced and fry until its golden brown. Then add chillies and diced tomato. When tomatoes are done add all masala powders and fry for 2-3 mnts. Then add the cilantro leaves and curry leaves. Then add the cleaned chicken and salt and keep it in medium temperature. Usually the water will come out from chicken and that will be enough to get the chicken cooked. If in case the chicken is sticking to the pan add 1/4 cup water and cook the chicken in medium flame, stirring occasionally. When the chicken is cooked keep it aside. In a separate pan add a little oil and fry the remaining 2 onions till golden brown add more curry leaves and then add the curried chicken. Roast the chicken till gravy is no more sticking to the sides of the pan and chicken gravy is golden brown and nicely coats the surface of the chicken. After preparing let it sit for 3-4 hrs for all flavors to infuse nicely to chicken. Serve with rice or naan.

Palak Paneer (Spinach & Cottage cheese)

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Palak Paneer is a rich and creamy curry that goes best with Naan, roti or even rice. Its very delicious and nutritious. Its a combination of spinach, paneer (Cottage cheese) and heavy cream. Spinach is high in Iron and Cottage cheese is high on proteins. Its easy to prepare.... For a healthy version of the recipe replace cottage cheese with Tofu ... And instead of heavy cream add fat free milk.


Set 1:
Spinach - 1 pkt or frozen Spinach - 1 pkt
Onion - 1
Garlic - 2-3 cloves
Green Chilli - 2-3
Tomato - 1

Set 2:
Paneer - 1 pkt - diced into small square pieces
Onion - 1 diced to small pieces
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1tsp
Oil for frying paneer
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro leaves a bunch chopped
Chilli powder - to taste if not spicy enough

Wash the spinach and drain any excess water. In a pan add 1 tsp oil and then add the peeled garlic cloves, green chilli and onion. Saute for 3-4 mnts or till onion is slightly yellowish in color. Then add the drained spinach leaves and cook it well for 8-10 mnts. When cooled down make it a puree in a blender and keep aside. In a pan boil tomato ( or microwave tomato in a bowl with a little water for 2-3 mnts) till the skin breaks open. Then remove the skin of tomato and puree that too and keep aside.

In a pan pour enough oil and fry the paneer till it is golden brown and keep aside. In a pan add 2 tsp oil and saute the diced onion from set 2 . When fried add all masala powders and then add the pureed spinach & tomato. Then add salt and sugar to taste. When spinach starts to thicken add w little water or milk. Then add the chopped cilantro leaves and fried paneer. Simmer it and let it boil for 3-4 mnts.

After removing from heat add 2-3 tbsp of heavy cream - optional

Mango Pie ( No Bake)

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Mango is my favorite fruit .. so is this pie. Its a no bake pie and can be prepared in less than 15 mnts time. Mango mixed with sugar and whip cream makes this a heavenly desert. To be true i am not a fan of most of the pie's. My friend told me this recipe and ever since then i serve this for most of my parties.. Everyone likes Mango Pie... Its hard to find people who don't love Mango !!!!!!

1- 8 oz. cream cheese
1 - 8 oz. cool whip
8 oz. sugar
16 fl. oz mango pulp
16 oz. mango chunks or ripe mango sliced
1 pre-made pie crust
2 packets no flavor gelatin

In the pie crust layer the sliced mangoes as base and keep aside. Pour the mango pulp in a mixing bowl. Add softened cream cheese and cool whip. Stir in sugar. Dissolve 2 packets of gelatin in 8 fl oz. hot water. Add the dissolved gelatin water into the mixing bowl and gradually fold it in. Use a hand blender to make a smooth and consistent mixture. Pour the mixture in a pre-made pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Can serve it with a scoop of whip cream on top. Decorate with a cherry . Enjoy the delicious Mango Pie !!!