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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Kavathu avarakka poduthuval

On a recent visit to my parents' I came back with a whole lot of kavathu which my father had grown in the back yard. Not many people outside Kerala are familiar with this root vegetable.

It looks like a cross between yam and taro, doesn't it? It tastes quite different from those, though.
Kavathu is often paired with avarakkai to make a curry during the thiruvathira festival. Here, I have made a stir fry using it.

What you need:
Kavathu
Avarakkai (broad beans)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut - a little
Green chillies - a few
Salt

Wash kavathu in plenty of running water to remove all traces of soil. Scrape off the skin. Chop it into medium sized pieces. Cut broad beans into long pieces.
Heat some oil in a pan. Add urad dal and mustard seeds. When the seeds pop, lower the heat and add the kavathu, avarakkai, turmeric powder and salt. Add a little water and cover and cook until both the veggies are cooked well. You will need to stir in between to make sure the veggies don't burn and you may also have to add more water from time to time to ensure that it is well cooked.
Grind the coconut and green chillies without adding any water. Add this to the cooked vegetables. Stir well and serve with rice.
Check out what my fellow marathoners Srivalli, Priya Suresh, Priya Vasu,Monika, PJ, Azeema and Reva are cooking.

13 comments:

Satya said...

this vegetable is new to me but the way u have described it sounds delicious ...

Satya

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sanjeeta kk said...

A new root veggie and a different recipe to try out. Shall find out where to get this veggie.

Lite Bite

Srivalli said...

Oh I have never heard of this Jay..good to know..:)

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

New to me...can you find English name for me please?..looks so tempting !

Chitra said...

New to me.. sounds interesting :)

Priya said...

Very new root veggie for me too..good to know about this veggie, poduthuval looks awesome..

Monika said...

wow I have never seen this before but looks really intersting

Shri said...

Just came across your blog, while searching for the English name of Kavathu. Interesting recipe. The use of broad beans alongwith kavathu is new for us.

Suprabha Krish said...

dear frnds its type of yam seen in south kerala................< i >

Arabtilcon Ae said...

ya in kerala it is a common root veg it is called "KACHIL".
this can also make a curry like
lentil. Cut it as small pcs nd boil with little water, once it is cooked then smash with a big spoon like potato. Then you make a juice with grind coconut + onion + green chilly + turmeric poweder. Then Add the juice in the smashed kachil and just boil. Then lastly you can seasoning with coconut oil, mustard and little small onian pcs and curry leaves. This is good for chappathi, and other rotties.
Siby Vaniapurackal - Kerala 09847809148

Arabtilcon Ae said...

ya in kerala it is a common root veg it is called "KACHIL".
this can also make a curry like
lentil. Cut it as small pcs nd boil with little water, once it is cooked then smash with a big spoon like potato. Then you make a juice with grind coconut + onion + green chilly + turmeric poweder. Then Add the juice in the smashed kachil and just boil. Then lastly you can seasoning with coconut oil, mustard and little small onian pcs and curry leaves. This is good for chappathi, and other rotties.
Siby Vaniapurackal - Kerala 09847809148

thangampaatti said...

I know about this being cooked on Thiruvahira day along with avarakkai to make the poduthuval . a side dish made as described above by the blog author. for eating along with "Kali". To day is thiruvathirai and kali is made with fried raw rice granule like powdwe and jaggery. I posted this question so as to explain to some youngsters who have no idea abour these. For the kali also you have to add grated coconut and fried greengram dhall(Cooked 75%). This dish is made only on this day . a festival for Lord Siva. We can also Add cadomom and cashew to the kali to add flavour and taste. The poduthuval can also be odified by adding a little potato and also raw banana all chopped and cooked with Kavathu and avarakkai. we can add cooked greengram (fried)dhal for the poduthuval also along with the green chilli and coconut. At the end after adding mustard , urad dhal etc we can add "kruveppila"(green curry leaves) and also a little raw coconut oil for flavour and taste
Thnk u,
Thangamani Narayanaswamy, Coimbatore

Jayashree said...

Thank you Thangamani mami for taking the time to comment and post this useful information.