Thursday, June 21, 2007

Kadachakka Chemeen Varutharachathe(Bread Fruit and Prawns)

"Smile is a curve which makes other curves straight" So with that sweet smile again I am coming back to this beautiful world of experts.

Months back I posted this recipe and due to some technical problems, I removed that from my blog.
Here again!

There is a big Bread fruit tree in my house(Kerala) and who ever see this would say "those who have Kadaplave(Bread fruit tree) in their compound will always in debt" .My mother always been scared about that.But my dad is totally different and he never support on such superstition.He loves that tree as it bears lot of good quality breadfruits every year and we used to give that to all our neighbours and relatives ,some times we sell that too.It's really tasty and my mother will make variety of dishes with that.
Here in UAE its very difficult to find fresh bread fruits. So definetly this one is also not fresh!
This varutharacha dish is also one type of theeyal ,but in this curry we never put tamarind.Its mild aroma and delicious taste is world renowed.


bread fruit 1 large peeled and cut into medium sized pieces
prawns 1/4 kg
green chilies 2nos
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
dry red chilies 3nos
coriander 2 tbsp
shallots(small onion) 10 nos
garam masala 1/2 tsp
coconut grated 1 1/2 cup
jaggery a pinch
salt to taste

For seasoning

2 sprigs curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2,3 broken dry chilies
1 tbsp coconut oil


Cook the bread fruit and prawns together with green chilies,salt and a pinch of turmeric till soft.Meanwhile dry roast grated coconut and shallots until coconut turns light brown ,Add little coconut oil, coriander,dry chillies,remaining turmeric powder and garam masala and roast for few more minutes.keep aside to cool and make that into fine paste . Add the coconut paste into cooked bread fruit .Add a pinch of jaggery,mix well and boil for a while .Finally for seasoning..,Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil ,fry mustard seed ,curry leaves and broken dry chilies.Pour over the curry and serve hot.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Crab Masala

Sometimes It’s easier to decide to avoid fatty food but almost impossible to stick to the decision. Thought of favorite food melts willpower. Such a magical thought leads my husband to buy crab after a long time. Crab is one of his favorite sea food, he likes that in any form, but prefer to have crab masala with my confident touch. Eating crab is an art! Cleaning too. We need some practice for that. My husband is an expert in both.


1 kg medium size cleaned crab cut into 2 pieces(I reserved legs for making soup)
4 large onion slices
3 green chilies chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 inch ginger finely chopped
2,3 springs curry leaves
1 large tomato chopped
1tsp chili powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1tbsp coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil


Heat oil in a pan.Add onion,ginger,garlic,greenchilies and curryleaves.Saute until onion becomes golden brown then add all the powders and sauté for another 2,3 minutes.Add tomato and sauté till oil separates from masala.Add Crab and salt,Cook well under low flame.
Ahaaaaaaa Crab masala is ready…Serve with boiled Rice.