If you see the food blogs nowadays, it is overblown by different kinds of festivals dishes just like our Television, wherein there is a program for every festival. Some of the blogs takes a popular dish and to compare with other dishes in other parts of India. I believe that Kerala cuisine is unique just like any other cuisine; even if you take any particular dish, the differences arise depending upon the region of Kerala. Now some of the dishes might have some likeliness to dishes from other parts of India, but no straight forward comparison.
Onam is the most famous festival from my home state Kerala, which is celebrated with lots of fun and enthusiasm. It also comprises a feast which includes wide varieties of vegetable entities with its unique flavor and taste. For the onam feast, rice and parippu curry is important for the people from southern part of Kerala. Other part of Kerala has rice but parippu curry is not important.
If you look for the variety of rice, you will be amazed to see that basmati rice is not that common in Kerala cuisine, it is only used for making biriyani, especially in the northern part of Kerala, if they have kaima rice they prefer it. We usually like to eat Rose matta rice (kuthari/ chemba ari), for making Payasam or sweet pudding we use raw matta rice ( Unakkalari).
Rose matta rice or Red parboiled rice is commonly used in Kerala and Sri Lanka. It has a nutty taste, and is rich in fiber and is even good for diabetics (this I say from our experience as my hubby is diabetic. If he eats this rice in the night, his fasting sugar is much less than what it would have been if he had long grain rice). One disadvantage of this rice is that cooking time is more than the basmati rice or any other polished rice.
So I discovered an easy method of pressure cooking the rice for 7 whistles or about 30 minutes and then letting the pressure cool down for 15 min. This method gives perfectly cooked rice. One more advantage of using this rice there will be no over cooking of the rice. It won’t easily become mushy like other counterparts.
For parippu curry / lentil curry we usually use green moong dal/green gram. You can use both skinned as well as whole ones. I prefer to use skinned. To make curry, first fry the green gram for 2-3 minutes, then cook it well and is later incorporated with ground paste of coconut, cumin seeds, green chilies turmeric and garlic. Add salt and bring to simmer while not allowing boiling. Garnish with little bit coconut oil and curry leaves. No other seasoning is used. Here goes the recipe for both.
What you need
Rosematta rice: 2cup
Water: 10 cup
How I made
In a pressure cooker wash and add rice along with 10 cup of water, it is better use to pan inside the pressure cooker and cook for about for 7 whistles or about 30 minutes and then letting the pressure cool down for 15. Once the pressure is released remove the cover and drain all the content into colander and drain the excess water. If you wish you can add some cold water into colander to prevent further cooking.
Enjoy as much you wish.
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 serving
Verdict: Nutty rice
Will you make it again: I am making every day
For Parippu curry/ Lentil curry
What you need
Parippu/ split green gram dal: ¼ cup
Turmeric: ¼ teaspoon
Green chili: 2no
Salt: 1/3 teaspoon or to taste
Grated fresh coconut: ¼ cup
Cumin seeds: ¼ teaspoon
Garlic clove: 1no
Water: 2 cups for cooking the green gram + ¼ cup grinding
Coconut oil: 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves: 1 sprig
How I made
In a small skillet fry the split green gram for 2-3 minutes or until they change color. Wash and cook in pressure cooker for 2 whistles it takes about 15 minutes and set aside.
In the food processor or grinder grind fresh coconut, green chilies, cumin seeds , turmeric and garlic clove with ¼ cup water into fine a paste and set aside.
In the medium sauce pan add cooked mashed spilt green gram /parippu and ground coconut spice paste and salt, bring to simmer not let it boil. Finally garnish with curry leaves and coconut oil.
Enjoy with rice and ghee.
Preparation time: 17 minutes
Yield: 4 serving (if generously, if less 8 serving)
Will you make it again: Yes I will
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