Kozhi Nirachathu ~ Malabar Stuffed and Fried Whole Chicken | My Guest Post for Working Mummy’s Recipes

  Yeleena had asked me for a guest post almost two months back. The only request she had was she wanted something that was “naadan” (local) and a non-vegetarian savory dish. At the time her message came, I was still on my vegetarian diet. So I told her I would try to cook for her once I would be able to make a proper non-vegetarian meal for my family, which she readily agreed. Once back, I procrastinated till the time I was reminded that her post was still pending. Moreover my parents would be arriving in no time, making it difficult for me to cook up something new and click. Normally, when they are around, even though they don’t mind waiting till I finish clicking but I feel really odd. Therefore I tend to cook dishes that I have not cooked for them before but is already there on the… 

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Varutharacha Meen Curry ~ Malabar Fish Curry with Roasted Coconut

  If you are from Malabar, then you definitely need to know your fish curry well. Making the mulakittathu – the red fish curry, which I have already shared two versions here and here, is literally a cake walk but getting the varutharachathu right is a little difficult task. “Varutharachathu” literally means “roasted and ground”. The base of such curries is a roasted-till-brown coconut along with some spices, and ground till smooth. I already have a few varutharacha curries on the blog: Varutharacha Erachi Curry Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry Varutharacha Kozhi Curry   I have always felt that getting the consistency right for the fish curry is important. As for the meat curries, you can add water and dilute it, but for fish, the flavor itself goes off, especially since we add turmeric. The next is the challenge of making limited amount, since I serve folks who have pigeon stomachs. 😕… 

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Kunjipathil/ Kakkarotti/ Erachi Pidi ~ Rice Dumplings in Meat Stew

  I feel it’s been long since I have done a totally Malabar style recipe post on the blog. So let me break the delay now… 🙂 Kakkarotti, also called as Kunji Pathil (literally translates as small disks) or Erachi Pidi (literally translates as meat and dumpling) is nothing but dumplings made with rice flours, dunked into a spicy meat stew. It is a little bit of work, like many traditional Malabar recipes are, but the end result is so delicious that you will see your family literally licking the plates that it is served in! The cooking is involved into two stages – one, making the pathil or dumplings and the second making the thick meat stew and finally you mix all of them up, simmer and then temper them to make a complete meal. The ingredient list may look long and the process cumbersome but if you plan out… 

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Malabar Chemmeen Roast ~ Malabar Prawns Stir Fry

  The feeling of wanting to go on leave has never been so high in many years. Even though it is hot here during summers, I am fine with the weather, however this year has been the height. With summers coming late, only by early June, we thought it should be fine but it has been really unbearable. The humidity is at its sticky best, the air is thick with dust and standing in the kitchen or moving out in the mornings is a literal nightmare. While I hear that it is heavily raining back home with some respite here and there, I can’t but wait to go back and have my lazy days. However, past experience has shown that the rains tend to run away by the time I reach home. 😕 Today’s call to D only aggravated my fears of seeing minimal rains. But still, as long as… 

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Koonthal Porichathu ~ Squid Fry

  Even though I love fish, the folks at home are not very fond of it. This includes the kids. It’s not they don’t eat, but fish alone as a meal does not satisfied them in any way. With the goodness of fish, this should be a meal I should be trying to be including at least once a week, but most of the time, that doesn’t happen. 🙁 Especially with me on a vegan diet, the cooking of fish has literally gone to zero. I am somehow surprised that none of my umma’s genes have gone to the kids. Umma and my sister are fish crazy. Umma seems to have mellowed down with age but my sister would eat fish morning, afternoon and evening. After moving to US, due to the lack of fresh fish, she has limited her eating but once she comes home, she fills herself with… 

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Aatunthala Curry ~ Goat Head Curry

  Even though we are not used to any “exotic” kind of foods except chicken liver or giblets occasionally, this is one thing I used to eat when I was small. D would sometimes bring aatunthala (goat head) when he finds a good one in the near butcher shop and umma would make this simple yet super tasty soup like curry with it. My sister would not touch even a bit, and that would only make me happy. Just like how this recipe phased out till I forced umma to make it for the blog, this one also had gone into oblivion. Since I am wary of buying from butchers, I normally don’t prepare it. I always believe that it is better for the men to get things like these for us to cook, since the men on the other side will be wary of giving bad stuff to them!… 

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Kaada Roast ~ Malabar Quail Roast

  So how has the start to the year been for all of you?  Alhamdulillah, it was good. We had a little trip to the Khorfakkan beach where HD and the kids enjoyed some time at the beach and we were home on time. Saturday was for relaxing at home. But then the first working day of the year started off with such a nasty headache that I had to skip work. It was that bad… That day, it was a nice rainy day too. It is strange that the winter just refuses to come in this part of the world. Even on the New Year day, it was so warm! Hope that the rain brings in the winter… hopefully…   Off to the recipe for the day… I first had quails at umma’s cousin’s house. They look like prematured chicken, don’t they? They are just so tiny to hold… 

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Kozhi Nirachathu ~ Malabar Stuffed Chicken with Gravy

  I have never seen umma making a full chicken ever in the Malabar style. If it is chicken, it has to these – the chukka, the varutharachathu or her normal chicken curry. My first tryst with nirachathu – which translated means “stuffed” – was at HD’s place. After our very first trip home and the day we were coming back, apart from 20 kg of our clothes, the remaining was packed with all sorts of palahaarams (snacks). Kalthappam, unniyappam, kozhiyada, kallumakkaaya, katti pathiri – I know these names make no sense to my other readers but my Malabari readers will definitely start salivating at these names! 😀 It felt like we both were literally carrying every imaginable delicacy in our luggage. I was – in fact till now never, Alhamdulillah! – not allowed into the kitchen to help the ladies out, so I kept watching their swift movements with… 

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Kaada Mutta Roast ~ Quail Egg Roast

  Read this message on my Whassup and have been wanting to share and save this… Life can’t get more optimistic than this… 🙂   The word (الحزن) “sadness” does not appear in the Qur’aan except in the form of forbidding it (ولا تهنو ولاتحزنوا) or in the form of negating it (فلاخوف عليهم ولا هم يحزنون). And the reason for this is because there is no benefit for having sadness in the heart. The most beloved thing to Shaitan is to make the believing slave sad by taking him off track. The Prophet (ﷺ) sought refuge in Allaah (سبحانه وتعالى) from sadness (اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الهم والحزن) Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله said: “Sadness weakens the heart and diminishes determination and wanting to go forward. And there is nothing more beloved to the Shaitan than the sadness of a believer.” For this reason, be happy, optimistic and think… 

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Njandu (Crab) Roast

The third and last for the fishy tales… I have never tried eating crab, to say the truth! Since my experience with prawns isn’t encouraging, I have no courage to eat them. Looking at them makes me feel scared as well, thanks to their claws! Hehe… HD loves them and whenever we go out to eat seafood, he would order some and gladly bite the claws and chew on them. I would just put my head down and prefer not to see it!   When I was home, D bought some fresh crabs when he had gone to the market. Umma is not fond of it but my sister was all excited to eat them. Our help aunty cleaned up the crabs and in the process, I saw her throwing away two of them. I was intrigued, why is she doing that? Before I could ask, she read my question… 

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Meen Porichathu – Malabar Style Fish Fry

I have a fish crazy bunch at home. D is not much fond of fish, in fact he would have his lunch without even a small piece, but he is quite generous when it comes to buying for all of us. I am in the middle – I eat certain types of fish but wont eat more than what I like to. Umma and my sister could literally dive into any fish meal. Umma claims that age has caught up with her and she is not able to eat too much fish now! Hehe… My sister could finish her meal and then spend the next few minutes cleaning up whatever is remaining in the casserole and curry, and surprisingly, her son also takes behind her! I was shocked to see how, at 3 and a half, he cleans his piece of fish from the bones and eats it, while Rasha… 

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Kasuvandiparippu Thair Kozhi Masala ~ Chicken Masala with Cashew-nuts and Yogurt

  Isn’t life about moving on with the tide, and being graceful whether it is happiness or sadness? A beautiful slide Iwould like to share today…   Today’s recipe is a very rich chicken curry, which is definitely a treat! I adapted this recipe from a very good cookbook called “The Essential Kerala Cookbook“, which has a huge list of amazing Kerala based recipes but unfortunately does not have pictures to see how the end result looks like! 🙁 I hate cookbooks like that, but the recipes in this were so traditional that I had to get it. This particular recipe was mentioned as a Mopila (Muslim community) recipe and once I cooked it, I got it from the taste! Our recipes are not extremely spicy and have a high dependence on coconut, cashews and ingredients likewise that add a slight sweetness and richness to the recipe. This curry is… 

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Kozhi Varuthathu ~ Malabar Style Chicken Fry

Time seems to fly so fast. I don’t think this is the first time I have mentioned this statement as the beginning to a blog post. 🙂 My elder one, Rasha turned 8 on Friday. As every mother would say, it feels like yesterday that she was born. I don’t want to say the same thing, it sounds so cliched, though every mother would echo the feeling and every father would treasure it. Being our first child, we carefully named her so after my first two letter and HD’s first three letters! 🙂 Her love for cartoons drive me nuts at times, as she can watch it continuously without a break and I am struggling to break the habit. I am sincerely hoping that soon she will get bored of this habit soon! Being our elder child, she does feel at times that Azza takes away too much of the… 

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Green Mutton Masala

As a few memories flash by my mind, I smile and say to myself – for everything that happens in our life, there is something called destiny, or what we call as “Qadr”. Allah has written everything for us and we have to go through all the motions, how much ever we want to get away from it. Sometimes, there will be no answers now, or maybe no answer till we die… but all we can do is trust in His ways. This reminds me of one slide I had saved up with me long back and I never shared it here, but during my occasional browsing, found it and thought it was apt to share at this moment…   A little disclaimer there – I wouldn’t agree with the term “angel” as we have our belief in angels being the most obedient servants of Allah, who only do as… 

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Kozhi Thengapaal Curry ~ Chicken Coconut Milk Curry

There are times I oversleep in the morning… can’t help it, at times the kids just refuse to sleep off and my alarm decides to ditch my over-sleepy mind. On one such morning, I woke up just in time for me to leave for office and had no other option than to not send my younger one to school. Since Rasha goes a bit late, she had to go to school. When I returned back from work, Rasha was whining as to how she always has to go to school and how Azza gets the benefit. The conversation which followed stumped me:Azza: “Thaatha, do you know why I didn’t go to school today?” Rasha: (looking annoyed) “Yeah, because ummi didn’t sent you!” Azza: “No, because Atha’s teacher is not feeling well…” Me: (surprised) “How do you know that your teacher is not well?” Azza: “Teacher was doing like this in… 

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