Thursday, 7 March 2013

Chena Mezhukkupuratti / Yam Stir Fry

Am gloomy today. I miss ma Mom so much. She and ma grandpa were there with me for the past 3-4 days. We both had lot of fun and also cooked a lot. She left early in the morning at 5.30. Though I wanted to sleep badly, I could not sleep. I was just tossing on ma bed. Finally I walked towards ma window and was staring at the beautiful sky. I could see the rising Sun,  but still hidden in clouds. Sky was so colourful. It was a perfect dawn. Rising sun and the fading moon. I couldn't stop from taking ma camera. Blogging has turned camera into ma best friend. I was just capturing the colourful sky. I loved the freshness of air. 
I had stopped waking up in the morning so early other than ma school days. I was overwhelmed with ma childhood memories.I miss you a lot ma Mom & Dad and Mitu, your love, care and especially ma Moms food. 
SKY OUTSIDE MA WINDOW.... Can you see the rising Sun & fading Moon?

Sigh!!!!!!Coming back to the yam story. Ma mom asked me to get yam so that she can prepare it for the dinner. We all love steamed yam. Its a Malabar special dish. Happily I went to the nearby super market. I found small yam slices there. That would not be enough for all of us. I was searching all around. Ma eyes stuck over a big yam in the corner but that was literally an ELEPHANT YAM. I asked them to half it for me. Still it looked huge. I could hear the boy at billing whispering to his friend, " Is she gonna prepare kalan( a kerala dish made using yam and curd) in a large scale". I couldn't stop laughing. 
Ma mom steamed yam in a special sauce for dinner. I was doubtful if Arun will like it. He gave a weird look when I served him. But he loved it after the first bite. It was yummy and saucy...I clicked a few pics of that to share it with you but it dint come out well, thought will share it with you some other time. Guys it is worth cooking it.

There was a small slice of yam left back in the fridge. I generally dont like it other than if it is steamed. First of all I dint have a good mood to cook as I was missing ma Mamma but I did not want to waste it either. So ma maid chopped into beautiful cubes.She shared this recipe with me. For the first time in ma life, I liked chena mezhukkupuratti. Thank you Ranjini chechi (Ma maid).

RECIPE FOR CHENA MEZHUKKUPURATTI :
Ingredients:
  1. Chena : 1.5 Cup, cubed
  2. Shallot : 10 Nos
  3. Red chilli : 4 Nos
  4. Chilly powder : 1 Tsp
  5. Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
  6. Pepper powder : 1/2 tsp
  7. Water : As required
  8. Salt : To taste
  9. Curry leaf : 1 Sprig
  10. Coconut Oil : As required


Method:
  1. Cook chena with just enough water and salt. It took about 10 minutes for me. It should be crunchy but cooked as well.
  2. Crush shallot and red chilli together. I pulsed it in blender.
  3. Pour some coconut oil into a kadai.
  4. Add a sprig of curry leaf to it.
  5. Stir in the crushed chilli and shallot. Saute till the onion turns golden brown in colour.
  6. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and pepper powder as per the order. Saute for about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Adjust the salt.
  8. Add the cooked chena to the kadai.
  9. Stir well till the masala coats chena perfectly.
  10. Cover it and cook for about 15 minutes. Stir in between. 
  11. Turn off the flame once it is roasted and dry.


Serve hot!!!!
Ritu J. Rose

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