In Kerala, lunch means it is a heavy process of cooking as well as eating. Healthy, delicious and nutritious lunch. Usually, unpolished brown rice is used for cooking. Fish fry and curry are regular items along with a vegetable thoran or a mezhukkupuratti and sambar or pulissery or thiyyal or something like this a watery curry. After enjoying it for few days, i also thought preparing this at my home in Bangalore. This photo is the outcome of my effort.

My menu here is white rice (Sonamasoori Premium rice), Tuna fish curry, Okra (ladies finger) fry, and a black pomfret fry.

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Ingredients for Okra fry:

  • Okra medium size – 200 gms
  • Coconut oil or any other cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Dried red chilies halved – 2 no’s
  • Salt to taste

How to Prepare?

  • Wash and pat dry okra using a kitchen towel and cut in to thin slices
  • Heat oil in a wide nonstick pan and crackle mustard seeds
  • Add halved red chilies and curry leaves when mustard stops crackling
  • Add thinly sliced okra with salt to taste and stir fry over medium heat
  • Remove from stove when is cooked and fried according to your requirement

Ingredients for Pulissery:

  • Curd – 1 cup (moderately savoury)
  • Cooking oil – 2 tsp
  • Small onion – 4-5 no’s, thinly sliced
  • Green chilly – 2 no’s, slit and cut into 4 piece
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 7-8 no’s
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

How to Prepare?

  • Beat curd with a pinch of salt and turmeric powder
  • Heat oil in a wok and fry fenugreek seeds
  • Add mustard seeds when fenugreek seeds turn into brown in colour
  • Add curry leaves, onion, green chilies with turmeric powder and salt to taste
  • When the oil start separating remove from stove and stir in beaten curd

Ingredients for Fish fry:

  • Black Pomfret – 4 no’s
  • Garlic crushed – 7-8 no’s
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder –1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste

How to Marinate and Fry?

  • Mix the ingredients with 2-4 drops of water and apply on fish pieces and keep aside for 5-10 mins
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a nonstick pan and fry both the sides till it is crispy
  • Drain the oil and serve

Ingredients for Fish curry:

  • Tuna fish – 1/4 kg, cut into 1” pieces
  • Coconut scraped – 1/2 cup
  • Red chilly powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – 7-8 pieces
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Tomato – 1 medium, cubed
  • Drumstick – 1 no, slit and cut into 1” pieces
  • Green chilly – 3 no’s, slit and halved
  • Kokum – 2 no’s

How to prepare?

  • Roast red chilly powder, coriander powder and fenugreek seeds but not get the powders burnt
  • Make a paste of coconut and the roasted masala with a 1/2 cup water
  • In a earthen ware, mix the paste with salt to taste and 1 cup of water
  • Add tomato cubes, drumstick pieces, kokum, green chilly pieces and curry leaves and bring it to boil
  • Add fish pieces and cook over high flame for 2-3 mins
  • Reduce the heat and cook over low flame until the drumstick pieces are done well
  • Remove from stove and let it cool to the room temperature
  • Serve it with rice

Cook rice in enough water and drain and use with the given side dishes. Definitely you will enjoy this meal.

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