Carrot Upperi/ Mezhukupuratti/ Stir Fry



Something that I learned full fledged is what I am sharing with you today. There was a time when I used to work hard to please everybody. I loved it when everybody felt happy with what I did and was realPinly pleased with me. Slowly I came to realize that it is not easy. You end up giving up a part of your true self in that process. At one point, I had to stop and think – is it worth it? Trying to please everyone brings only disappointments – either you are not able to meet their high expectations or you are doing something that compromises with your values. Each time we try to keep everybody happy, there will come a time when you feel frustrated about yourself. Also, the longing of wanting to be what you want to be also comes by the way. After having struggled with a lot of internal push and pulls, finally I gave up my dirty habit and I am so much in peace with myself. Allah has given goodness in everybody, people who have to see it will definitely see it. There is no requirement to prove your goodness to anybody who is not willing to look into it. Aah… so much for heavy talks – again!!! πŸ™‚


Most of the days, my lazyhead really does not put in an effort to make any extra side dish for lunch. I always think rice, a curry and a piece of fish fry is more than enough. But sometimes, even I feel that lunch looks too blank without some vegetable as side dish. I love making carrot, because apart from the grating, which is Rasha’s department now – she loves to do it! – everything finishes in a jiffy. In our side, we always call this side dish as upperi, but then I learned when I had a helper aunty sometime back, that these are called “mezhukupuratti” towards the southern side of Kerala. Mezhuku is oil and puratti is fried, so the name sounds apt!!! Β Off to this simple carrot fry…


Carrot Upperi/ Mezhukupuratti/ Stir Fry

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 large carrots peeled and grated
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a non-stick saucepan. Let the mustard seeds splutter.
  • Fry the curry leaves for a few seconds.
  • Now add in the carrots, chillies, turmeric and salt and cook on low flame till done!!!


1. Everybody knows carrot shrinks while cooked!!! So you want more, take more! πŸ™‚
2. Cook with an open lid so that there will be no moisture, otherwise the dripping from the lid will make the carrot too soggy.

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  1. delicious and healthy upperi. Thani nadan

    On-going event: What's with my cuppa?

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  2. My little ones favorite too..:-) Looks delish Rafee

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  3. i love this dish….so lovely and delicious…

    1. thank u so much arthy…

  4. Not sure about the names you have mentioned but we call it carrot stir fry. It simple yet much welcomed for the flavors. Perfect as side dish with rice.

    1. thank u so much nava… the names mentioned are all in malayalam…

  5. quick and healthy one

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  6. The easiest of all uperis, I used to never like this before. But nowadays have started a like for it. Your carrot uperi looks nice Rafee.

    1. thank u so much priya…

  7. My daughter's favorite upperi.
    When I said I had upperi for lunch I remember my friends teasing me saying am I having a sadhya lunch or what he hee… then I had to explain to them upperi is same as mezhukupuratti πŸ™‚

    1. i never knew the name mezhukupuratti b4… but then upperi sounds easy, alle? Keralamonnannu paranjittu karyamilla… πŸ˜€

  8. Carrot upperi adipoli Rafeeda, Yes I don't mind about other people it is really hard to please everybody. I am leaving here link of my new web site. Zest South Indian Kitchen

    1. thank u so much swathi… visited ur new page, it's too good…

  9. truly believe in that saying but most of the times end up doing it. the dish looks perfect. love such healthy sides.

    1. thank u so much sayantani…

  10. This is an awesome way of cooking carrots Rafs and that too using coconut oil. Also the quote is such a true one that makes you lose your identity!

    1. i always cook in coconut oil, whenever i can!!! no compromise on that… thanks a lot dear…

  11. carrot upperi seems to be simple and quick to make accompaniment with rice…

    1. thank u so much…

  12. He he. That intro suits me well Rafee πŸ˜‰ And most of the time, the 'Upperi' title slightly confuses me – For us, Upperi = Chips πŸ˜€ That said, this is one of my fav sides.

    1. i guess it goes well with so many of us, priya… πŸ™‚ we never call chips as upperi… thanks a lot dear…

  13. isn't this like a poriyal??
    Thanks for sharing. Easy and simple yet tasty.

    1. yes it is kind of a poriyal… thanks a lot, dear…

  14. Great quote of the dear Rafee.. I totally agree with you… My son loves carrot stir-fry a lot.. Definitely a meal feels incomplete without a side dish πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

  15. yummy and easy side dish…

    1. thank u so much hetal…

  16. With autumn having made its presence felt, I see so many carrot recipes around blogs but I love this savory stir fry of sorts. It is so full of flavors πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much dear… πŸ™‚

  17. Very nice quick dish..

    1. thank u so much rumana…

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  18. Love this kind of easy and quick stir fry, just a cup of rice is enough to have with this healthy dish.

    1. thank u so much akka…

  19. I strongly believe in the quote….though i love carrot stir fry…i never tried making it at home…..looks yum…

    1. thank u so much lubna…

  20. healthy dish..looks inviting

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  21. Hi Rafee, I donno where to start. I havent really commented on your blog much, coz I usually add my thoughts to your various posts on fb πŸ˜‰ But you really make my day with all of your prompt comments over at my space and I'm so happy to know someone like u.
    And I loved the way you began this post and everything you've said is so absolutely true. I've also come to terms with these things but I still have that 'must-please-all' attitude in me somewhere n sometimes it hits me bad πŸ˜‰
    I really like the thingy you've done for your comments section with all the colors n all? is it some new setup on blogger? I have hardly ever looked into all my deisgn templates n stuff for over a year now…need to get a make over soon…apparently time is my biggest enemy these days since my parenst also left…hehehe

    1. thank u so much for coming by manju… so glad to know that u value my comments!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ just like u, i like to take my blog as an outlet for all my feelings… for this, i actually searched it online and got a CSS code, which was added to the template… google helped me with it… dear, just browse through google for whatever u need, it will give you all the help… πŸ™‚

  22. Very delicious, your clicks make it more tempting..

    1. thank u so much divya…

  23. It's so true Raf about ur 1st half post. We need to be true to ourself & be what u are then what u want to be.
    Well I love the 2 nd name to this dish told by ur helper. The name sounds like some new dish:) I never liked grated cooked carrots & I used to swallow this along with water back in hostel. Fortunately my lill one likes it & I mix in rice in this & feed him. These days raw grated carrots are my fav

    1. thank u so much sharon… even rasha loves her carrots fried and azza loves it raw… πŸ™‚

  24. delicious and healthy upperi.

    1. thank u so much sona…

  25. That qoute is so true…You really can't please everyone all the time, without paying a price for it πŸ™
    Carrot mezhukkupuratti is one of my favorites…and kids love it too…looks delicious

    1. bitter truth of life, alle kaveri… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  26. I can completely relate to what you said above, it's so hard to please everyone. This quick carrot stir-fry looks great.

    1. thank u so much ambreen…

  27. healthy stir fry n i too cook dis n tastes best vth roti..

    1. thank u so much usha…

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