Koova Nenthrapazham Kurukkiyathu ~ Arrowroot Plaintain Relish

Can I tell all of you a secret? If I publish it here, then it ceases to be a secret, right? Hehe… this recipe that I am posting today is one of the oldest recipe on the blog. Initially, when I started blogging, I was copying and pasting the recipes that I had already done on my old dead blog – sniff! Now, when I thought of publishing this recipe, I stared at the picture for long. I really hated it, though my pictures were no first class that time, nor are that good now as well! But still that feeling held me from posting this recipe till date. It is recently that I got some stock of arrowroot that I made them again and clicked the picture – still not 100% happy!


I love to make this for breakfast. First of all, it is really quick, hardly needs any time to make and secondly, it is healthy with the arrowroot, plantains and the milk! It gives a filled tummy till afternoon, that you may not even need any snack before lunch. I introduced umma to this and after that she used to make this every couple of weeks, as my B loves to have this as well. Doesn’t it feel nice when your own mom accepts something that you make and they don’t and includes it as a part of their routine? πŸ™‚


OK, so off to the way it is made… also reminding that this is not the only arrowroot post here. I had done a kooka kachiyathu a couple of months back, do check that out as well… πŸ™‚Β So tempted that I was posting this today, I went ahead and made it for breakfast. HD calls and says that he enjoyed every bit of his breakfast – happy happy me!!! πŸ™‚




Updated this post with new pictures and improved recipe on October 20, 2017: I have been wanting to update this post since long. If you see the below picture, the kurukku is really thick. We have grown out of liking a lumpy kurukku to loving a smooth mixture that is a pleasure to scoop and eat! Today I featured this on my IG stories, and I had a follower write to me that she never knew that somebody else apart from her mother makes this! I learned this from HD’s place but she who wrote to me was close to my place! That left me wondering, how recipes get spread across in areas! She also said her umma adds cashews to this, definitely a lovely addition! I am really sure that a Malabar style tempering of ghee, fried pearl onions and cashews would definitely jump up this kurukku so many notches! But we like it plain… Each time this is made, HD and B have huge bowls, that the kids and I have to adjust with whatever is left. πŸ˜€ I hope you all like the updates… πŸ™‚


The old picture – not that bad though… πŸ™‚






Koova Nenthrapazham Kurukkiyathu ~ Arrowroot Plaintain Relish

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 heaped tablespoons arrowroot powder kookapodi
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • A pinch salt
  • 2 large or 3 medium nenthrapazham ripe plantain, cut into cubes


  • Mix all the ingredients except the plantains into a smooth mixture and keep on medium-low flame to start cooking. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.
  • When the mixture starts to heat, add the plantains and mix well.
  • Leave it to thicken cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid lumping. Switch off the flame, allow to cool slightly.
  • Serve warm, as a filling breakfast!


The more you keep on low flame, the thicker it gets. So if you want a less thick consistency, you can switch off the flame within 2 minutes of the mixture thickening.
If you want the plaintains to be stiff, then add them after the kooka thickens and switch off after a couple of minutes.

Join the Conversation

  1. look slike a very healthy meal πŸ˜€ and don't worry raffy i am up to the same thing πŸ˜€ lolz.. shall re do my old recipes with great clicks and presentation.. i do agree i am learning a lot from time ..

    1. I am not alone, it looks like! Hehe… thannks a lot Monu… πŸ™‚

  2. interesting. at one point i was always short of some recipe using koova..a big pack we had sent from home..and wanted to prepare somehting other than the regular kurukku for kids when they ahve stomach ache. this is a good variation (y)

    1. Even I am trying to discover different ways of making use of it… will keep posting so that it will help you… thanks a lot, Sona…

  3. healthy n filling.. must be yummy too

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  4. Something very new to me Rafeeda..Sounds like a delicious healthy and filling breakfast…I too have been thinking of updating my old posts with new pics..but most of the times laziness takes over

    1. Thank you so much Kaveri…

  5. I can so relate to that not posting because of a bad photo thing.. The relish is indeed healthy!!

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  6. Looks delicious . Have yet to try plaintain

    1. Thank you so much Humi…

  7. I've never had arrowroot, never been a fan of it but I know it is very healthy. I shall try this, your preparation is more like oats that I love.

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  8. Oh sounds familiar. If I look back at some of my old post and the language, I flip and certainly almost feel like rolling on the floor. Need to check on arrowroot but it sure is a great start for the day.

    1. Haha… loved your comment… thanks a lot Nava…

  9. wow using arrowroot sounds interesting to me….looks truely relish

    1. Thank you so much Chitra…

  10. Prepare anything with Ethapazham I will happily have Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Eliza… πŸ™‚

  11. interesting dish this is new to me.. looks so creamy

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  12. Its awesome. Wat is kooka podi.. Ur photography has defenitely improved a lot… U cn put some plantain pcs on top to make ur dish look more appealing…

    1. Kooka podi is called arrowroot in English… it's a white colored starch, kurukku undaakkan upayogikkum for tummy upsets. I never knew this till I got married, avarde bhaagathunna kande… thanks a lot Febina…

  13. Oh looks so yummy rafee

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  14. healthy dish…never tried arrowroot…

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  15. Same story here :D…well it should be easy for me as compared to you as I've less recipes to reform lol…..yeah me 2 luv it wen mom accepts your recipe …and I don't care any1 else rejects it then :D….sounds like a healthy dish!..it's new to me ..but luks like a potential for my future breakfast ;D

    1. Thank you so much Manjusha… πŸ™‚

  16. Very healthy and filling..perfect way to.start the day . The pic looks too good Rafee..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  17. looks delicious and am learning some new recipes from more blogs during festive season

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  18. Healthy and completely filling kamji

    1. Thank you so much dear…

    1. Thank you so much Beena…

  19. Koova kurukiyathu adipodi…healthy and yummy …

    1. Thank you so much Resna…

  20. ithe kollamalo…never had it but sounds to be a great breakfast option

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  21. Never tried anything with arrow root, will hunt for it, this dish looks delicious.

    1. You should, akka… this powder has a taste of its own… thanks a lot…

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