Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Kerala non-veg thali with kothavarakka mezhukkupuratti | Lunch Menu

This week for the blogging marathon I ended up presenting all 3 thalis from kerala. Yes the third one is also from kerala. Nadan oon kind of meaning native lunch is generally served with a fish curry and fish fry or some other non-veg fry item and ofcourse with a couple of vegetarian dishes. You can get the below shown meal for 50-70 rupees in small kerala restaurants served in banana leaves.

Items in the above menu

Chor (rice) - typical red rice is served
Moru kaachiyadhu -  or plain buttermilk
Meen curry or meen molagittadhu
Kothavarakka mezhukkupuratti - recipe below

Kothavarakka Mezhukkupuratti - Kothavarakka is known as cluster beans in English. This is a very tasty vegetable. I have only tried stir fries, thoran and paruppu usili with this. Never used in gravy. Mezhukkupuratti is a term used when lot of onions are used in a stir fry. And the vegetable along with onions are stir fried in lot of oil. Coconut oil is the best for this.


Kothavarakka  (Cluster beans) - 250 grams
Onions - 200 grams
Green chillies - 3 nos
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 5 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp


  • Chop finely onions and cluster beans. Slit the green chillies.
  • In a kadai (preferable a cast iron), add oil. Once the oil turns hot add mustard and curry leaves.Once the mustard splutters, add green chillies.
  • Add the chopped onions and fry for 2 minutes till the onions turn translucent.
  • Now add the chopped cluster beans, add the salt and turmeric powder. Add little water.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Once the cluster beans are cooked, keep stirring for another 2-3 minutes, until the onions turn nice mushy.
  • Kothavarakka mezhukkupuratti is ready!!

 Enjoy with rice and a curry of your choice.


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  1. Very interesting to note the different dishes in this thali, good that vegetables are also part of the thali.

  2. That is a good spread. Combining both veg and non veg dishes is nice..

  3. Even i love combining both veg and non veg together especially for sunday lunch, lovely spread there.

  4. That's an amazing non-veg Kerala thali.

  5. That's quite an elaborate spread!