Thursday, October 18, 2007


Poriyals are dry curries or vegatables served as an accompanient to plain rice and subjis. He are some poriyals for you to try. If you already do this at home, that's ok. Check out my version too.

Vazhakkai Poriyal:
Vazhakkai(green plantain)- 1 (medium size)
onion- 1 (chopped)
garlic- 5 (sliced, I love garlic. If you don't want so much reduce the quantity)
curry leaves- few
sambar powder- 1 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
besan powder- 1 tbsp

Peel off the outer skin from the plantain. Cut it into any shape you like. Usually I do the rounds. This time I did it different. Keep the cut plaintains in water as it might turn dark when exposed to air. Heat oil in a kadai, fry mustard seeds, urad dal and channa dal (1/2 tsp each). Then fry onions, garlic and curry leaves. When onion turns transparent add the cut plaintains and turmeric and sambar powder. Fry for 2 mins. Then add reqd salt and 1/4 cup water. Close and cook until 3/4 th done. Then remove the lid and allow all the water to dry. Check for seasonings. Add more salt or chilli if you want. When it is dry and almost done add besan powder and mix well. Keep it in medium low flame and roast till done. This curry goes well with sambar rice, rasam rice or curd rice.

Next is podalangai or snake gourd poriyal. I do not add turmeric in this.I prefer to maintain it's nice green color. This is such an easy poriyal that even first timers can do it. I've not add enough coconut in my poriyal as my hubby is watching what he is eating. As for me, I cannot make compromises with food. So, you can scroll down and see what I made for me on the same day I made this snake gourd poriyal. Now to the recipe.

snake gourd-1 (big and firm)
onion- 1/2 (chopped)
curry leaves- few
red chillies- 2 (broken)
coconut- 3 tsp(add more if you want)

Trim the edjes and cut it into 3 pieces. Scrap off the outer skin and cut into thin long strips. Heat oil and fry mustard seeds, urad dal and channa dal(1/2 tsp each). Then fry onions, red chillies and curry leaves. When the onions are transparent add the vegetable, required salt and 1/4 cup water. Close and cook till 3/4 th done. Add more water if you want to cook the vegetable further. I like mine cooked but still with a crunch in it. Then remove lid and allow to dry completely. Finally add coconut and mix well. Your curry is ready.
See, I told you that it's easy. Serve this with puli kuzhambu or vathal kuzhambu.

Finally, it's my fav okra fry. This dish can be done in a jiffy and gives a lift to any ordinary meal. I chose this for me when my hubby is eating healthy. Hey, don't stare at me. No compromises in food and it's ok to enjoy these once in awhile.So, here is the recipe.

Okra -15 (medium) (cut into 1 1/2" pieces)
onion- 1 (medium, sliced long)
curry leaves- few
salt as reqd
sambar powder- 2 tsp
besan powder- 2 or 3 tbsp(i didn't measure mine, just eyeballed it)

Mix everything without adding water. The stickiness of the vegetabele is enough to hold all the dry ingredients together. Set aside for 15 mins. Mix again. Add little more besan if the okra is not covered well. Heat oil in kadai and fry them in batches until they are golden brown. Drain them on a napkin and serve with sambar rice. Here is a plate for you too. Enjoy!!!


Sirisha Kilambi said...

Kribha darling...Excellent.......Loved all the poriyals.......This si lunch time for me...I want to grab those and eat with the steamed rice before me :-)

Asha said...

I want the whole Thali!! So delicious! I have eaten Snake gourd only once since I have left India many yrs ago, I love that veggie!:))
Thanks for the Okra recipe, will try!:))
Happy Dasara.

Happy cook said...

Vazhakai poriyal looks so good.
I have not had all these traditional dishes u make for a while. So each time i see one of your dishes i am just drooling and drooling

Padma said...

A very satisfying meal...

Mansi Desai said...

Oooh!! I love those okras kribha! fantastic..I don't like how okra gets soggy when u cook it, so your version is yummy...will def try this next time:)

and for your recipe list, put Peaches at the top of the line!:) the blueberry muffins are great, I surely urge you to try those!

Kribha said...

Hi Sirisha,
Thankyou so much dear. I'm happy that you liked them all. If I can, I would surely send it to you. :))

Hi Asha,
Happy Dasara to you too. You are most welcome to have it. Oh, you don't get snake gourd in your place? I was like when I was in oregon. Used to order indian vegetables online. About that okra curry, do try it sometime. You will surely like it. The okra must be covered well with the besan flour. But don't add water. I'm sure your kids will enjoy it too.

Hi HC,
That's a lovely comment. I'm so glad that you liked them all. Thanks dear.

Hi Padma,
Thanks dear. It sure was a satisfying meal.

Hi Mansi,
Thankyou so much dear. Do try the okra sometime. You will surely like it. Sure dear, Peaches are on my mind. will shop this weekend and cook something.

USHA said...

Hi Kribha,

I even generally fry in round shape only plaintain....this looks different....hey i liked okra fry&porriyal very much..All recipes looks awesome.

Sharmi said...

so many varieties!! I too have lot of them to post. no time. I loved the okra the best.

Madhu said...

Like the thali,I love snake gourd only get t eat when in India. Delicious recipes.

Richa said...

hey, that's one lovely array of poriyals, all in one place :)
i like the okra with the crispy coating, YUM :)

priar's, said...

Hi kribha,
there r no words to describe ur meal and ur okra fry is quite different and wanted to try...
Good presentation

Rajitha said...

kribha - all the poriyals look great...okra actually looks like bajji!! tho i do not like it, i make it for jeeves (once in 6 months!!)

Pravs said...

everything looks so yummy. first poriyal i thought it was potato..later realised it is plantain. So when you cook a treat :)

Lakshmi said...

I loved okra, rest of them I make at home the same way. That thali looks inviting. It's lunch time and I can hear my stomach rumble at the sight of that thali.

Ramya said...

we call them vepudu in telugu means dry curries.All of them are nice but my all time fav is okra.

Roopa said...

oh Kriba send me the plate of thali its nearing lunch :)
love the array of food yum !

sunita said...

The plate of food looks nice...and they are indeed new recipes for me to try...thanks.

Suganya said...

Thanks.. But Ma'am, I need another plate :D

Kribha said...

Hi Usha,
My grandma cuts the plantains in round shape only. I just wanted to vary the shape. Glad that you liked everything. Thanks.

Hi Sharmi,
Thanks for so many of your lovely comments. I felt so happy that you took time from your busy schedule to drop in a few words. Really, appreciate it. So, how is your lil one? Is he feeling better now? Mine is still sick Got to take him to doctor today. Take care. Have a great weekend

Hi Madhu,
So happy to have you here. Glad that you liked everything. Is snakegourd hard to find in your place? In atlanta we get it all the time.

Hi Richa,
Thanks dear. Do try the okra sometime. You might like it. Saves a lot of time without battling with the sticky okra.

Hi Priar,
You always make me feel so special. Thanks dear. Glad you liked everything.

Kribha said...

Hi Pravs,
Usually I cut my plantain in rounds, this time I cut it similar to the way we make potato poriyal. Maybe that's why u thought so. About the treat....You know why I posted 3 recipes in one post? My hubby was making fun for posting such simple ones each as a seperate post. That's why. Anyway, I'll gladly take your appreciation. Thanks dear.

Hi Lakshmi,
Do try the okra sometime. You might like it. Sorry to make your stomach rumble. Hope you had a good lunch later.

Hi Remya,
I've seen the word 'vepudu' in many blogs. Now only I know the exact meaning of it. Glad you liked the okra. It's my fav too.

Hi Sunitha,
Glad you liked everything. Do try them. They are so simple and great side dishes.

Hi Sugi,
Sure dear. Will gladly send another plate.:))

Kribha said...

Hi Rajitha,
Sorry to have missed you out. The recipe for okra might look like bhaji ,but it tastes a little different. Try it for yourself. You plan to do it once in 6 months? are so strict.

Rajitha said...

not strict kribha..i hate okra..i make it only for my husband...i call it lazy ;)

Laavanya said...

All the poriyals look great! I can't take my eyes of the okra one and the snake gourd is such a beautiful color. Lovely.


Looks yummy....!!Thanx for sharing ur versions..!!

Cynthia said...

Ouuuu, to have these all at one meal, what a treat.

Prema Sundar said...

Iam back Kribha and missed ur wonderful posts.. had a look at all ur posts and loved it as usual.. congrats on ur 100th post.
vazhakkai poriyal looks different from the one I make and so its a must try one for me. thanks.

Kumudha said...

That thali is so good! what sambar is it...

okra poriyal is new to me. It sounds delicious.

Kribha said...

Hi Lavanya,
Glad you liked everything. My mom adds turmeric to snakegourd. But I like it this way. Do try the okra sometime. You will love it.

Hi Raks,
Thank you dear. Glad you liked the way I do.

Hi Cynthia,
Thanks dear. I'm happy that you liked 'em all. Do try them sometime. It's so easy.

Hi Prema,
I'm so happy to have you back. Missed your posts so much. How is your lappy now? Do try that vazhakkai some time. You will like it.

Hi Kumudha,
Gald you liked it dear. That is chow chow sambar on the plate. Do try okra sometime. You will surely like it.

Bharathy said...

All the side dishes look very nice,Kribha..

I always prefer the Tamil style Poriyals when compared to the Mallu "Thorans",which has more of coconuts and extensive too..

Tamil poriyals are easier to make and have more of veggies..

We call poriyal only for light stirfries with cocnuts...I do make the vazhakkai and okra you have given here and kribha we call that Varuval here..:)

Whatever the names, they look lovely!!:)

Vcuisine said...

All Poriyals look great. Just feeling hungry. Viji

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

hi kribha, came here thru ur egg event entry...congrats on ur century !!!..nice recipie...we too make similar fries, but have not sambar powder with it. and hey,,..cotton candy's are my fav too !!!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Kribha dear, read in some blog tjhat your kid is unwell. How is he now? please do take good care! children are our first priority!

DEEPA said...

hey kribha ....awesome dishes ....excellent one ...yummy ...

remya said...

love all poriyals ....easy to ur vazhakkai n snakegourd most....

Kribha said...

Hi Bharathy,
I agree with you. In my house also they call the plantain and okra ones as varuvals only. Since I was posting everything in one I gave the name poriyal. Anyway, will change it soon to varuvals.

Hi Vijika,
Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.

Hi Kitchen Scientist,
Thank you so much dear. It's the comments from nice friends like you that gives me a boost. So, you are cotton candy lover too? :)) It's my fav too.

Hi Latha ma,
Sorry for my late reply. Thank you so much for your enquires. Kavin is doing a lot better now. Each day with kavin is challenging as he is a child with some special needs. I'll gladly take u'r advice on giving first priority to kids.Thanks again ma.

Hi Deepa,
Thanks dear. Happy that you liked 'em.

Hi Remya,
Yes dear. These are so easy to make. Glad that u liked them. Thanks.

Lissie said...

the okra fry is really delicious! i will try this next time i buy okras. thanks for the recipe!

Kribha said...

Hi Lissie,
Thanks dear. Do try it sometime. It's so easy and quick to prepare. Enjoy.:-)

priya said...

Hi akka,
I was searchin for vazaka poriyal and came across ur reciepe. it looks pretty appealing. im going to try this today and let u know how it turned.
Thanks !