Thursday, February 11, 2010

Moovarna poriyal (Tri color poriyal)

Here is another traditional poriyal with some interesting name and message. I don't know if many out there calls this poriyal by this name. But this is how my mom introduced it to me. She is great in making the small kids consume vegetables by telling them some stories behind or the facts involved.According to mom, this tri color poriyal is called as Congress poriyal in Madurai because of the the colors like saffron from carrot, white from cabbage and green from green peas. More over it will resemble the famous flower arrangement called 'Madurai kathambam'(a kind of garland like flower tied on banana fiber with multi colors like orange kanagambaram flower, green marikolunthi leaf and white jasmine) and hence the name kathamba koottu too.

What a beautiful way to remember this poriyal !

A traditional South Indian 'kalyana panthi' (marriage feasts) should have some basic side dishes arrayed on the banana leaf . They are aviyal (boiled and lesser spicy curry), poriyal (vegetables finely chopped and stir fried in less oil),varuval (crisply fried vegetables), pirattal (vegetables cooked in hot spicy masala with more oil) ,thogayal (smashed vegetables or greens), sambal (raitha / salad in curd),Vathal (sun dried crispy vegetables) and oorukai apart from the regular curries on rice.

If you know any other category please let me know:)

The color combination of all the dishes served on the leaf will tell the heritage of the people (bride's parents) who organize the wedding. So people take utmost care to have a picturesque presentation. One among those beautiful side dishes can be this multi color cabbage poriyal which is always an eye-catcher.

So here is that lovely poriyal for you all.

Other names: Congress poriyal , muttai kose podimass, kathamba poriyal.



Ingredients:
Cabbage - 200 gm
carrot - 1
fresh green peas - 1/2 cup
shredded coconut - 1/4 cup
green chillies - 2
curry leaf - 1 sprig
onion (chopped) - 2 tbsp (optional)
ginger (finely chopped) - 1 tsp
oil - 1 tsp
salt - to taste
mustard - 1/2 tsp
cumin - 1/4 tsp

Method:
Shred the cabbage into fine pieces. Chop the carrot into small cubes. Peel and wash the green peas (pachai pattani).

Heat oil in a wok. Let the mustard seeds pop. Then slide in the onion, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and saute for 10 seconds. Don't let it get red.

Then add the finely chopped veggies along with sweet pea and stir fry for a minute.
Immediately sprinkle a handful of water. Add salt and cook covered till the vegetables are done. Tender crispy cooking making the poriyal more tasty. So don't over cook them.

Now sprinkle the shredded coconut and cumin seeds. Mix well and switch off.

Tricolor cabbage poriyal is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve as side dish with sambar rice or any rice.
Serves 4.

39 comments:

suvaiyaana suvai said...

looks nice!!

Gulmohar said...

I like the name and love this kind of poriyal with more than one veggie...

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Viky
How are you?
I am back on blog reading ( no cooking , no kitchen in Milano :-(
This is a great recipe ...I am optimistic...someday I will get a chance to cook this
Have a nice day

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy poriyal dear

Cham said...

Hehe We call it Indian flag poriyal! But the name sounds perfect for the tri color !

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! I love this poriyal..I make this at home often...

Rachana Kothari said...

What a great idea!!! The Poriyal looks beautiful and yummy:)

Asha said...

What a beautiful name! Mooru/Moor Varna literally means three colors in Kannada and in Sansrit too. Tri color Porial is yummy. Great post Viki, made me happy! :))

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Wonderful color-combo.One of my favorite poriyal. My hubby makes this often at home. We have this with Kaara Kuzhambhu and rice.

Cicily Antony said...

tri color!!! Good idea...

AshKuku said...

WOW!!! That really looked yummy & beautifully tempting..... Lovely pic of the prep.....

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Yeah, this is the traditional and a typical poriyal that we get in every festival or function!!! Looks great and colorful, healthy!!!

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Devi Meyyappan said...

heey Nice color!!:):).. and totally healthy!!.. looks yummm!... I would like to share some awards with you please accept it from my blog:):)

Jyoti V said...

Wow nice recipe...
cool click too..

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Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

love the colors of the dish...

Gita said...

Viki, I was scrolling down and saw the video clips...the song from Enchanted is also one of my favorite da :) Kalakal poriyal dear..looks so colorful and tasty, my mom even adds green beans to this poriyal...will try out your version next time :)

Priya said...

Just love this tri colour poriyal...my fav one..

Pavithra said...

I always make this if everything is left little little..awesome poriyal hah...

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

yummy yumm yum for the tummy ..looks tasty and I can just like that:)

Nandini said...

Hehehehe! Congress Poriyal! Cool name! It's very delicious and alluring!

Nostalgia said...

Loved the name.. very cool. You were asking about puli I got that from home but I am sure most Malayalee stores will have them. Good luck!

Prathibha said...

Looks very colorful..I make wid beans,carrot n cabbage also sometimes...

sowmya.s said...

nice name..and the colour looks awesome..yumm

Sushma Mallya said...

looks wonderful & colourful...simply but very nice

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Poriyal looks yummy and great presentation too.

Tina said...

Delicious and colourful poriyal....

Siddhi S said...

wow very nice dish n the story behind it is mre interesting...yummy dish

asiya omar said...

hai viki ,now only i came to know about your blog .your recipes are really delicious,i have already given this recipe(little difference)on 2nd dec 2008 itself in familiar tamil website.graet people think alike isn't it?

San!!! said...

Colorful poriyal n it's so pleasing.It would appeal even the people who are not fans of veggies.

Aparna said...

healthy poriyal, i luv the name congress poriyal..:)

Parita said...

Indeed very colorful and yummy!

Padhu said...

Looks healthy and delicious!
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Malar Gandhi said...

Kadhamba poriyal has so much meaning now, after reading ur post.:)

Jagruti said...

Poriyal looks colourful and yummy:))

Jaleela said...

ஹா ஹா விகி எப்ப கட்சியில சேர்ந்தீங்க, இதை தேசிய கொடி பொரியலா கூட வைக்கலாமே?
நானும் இதே போல் கலர் புல் பொரியல் செய்வேன்பா/

சூப்பர், ரொம்ப கலர்புல்லாக இருக்கு. காங்கிரஸ் பொரியலுக்கு வாழ்த்துகள்,

Devasena Hariharan said...

you made me nostalgic. Never knew there were so many dishes in south indian marriages. I just gobble up whatever they put before me-:)

Sashi said...

Colorful !! Color of Indian flag .. nice idea ..

Chitra Harris said...

I love your explanation and story behind this dish....I'm fondly thinking of your awesome mother too. Thanks for sharing!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Chitra Harris: Thanks dear for your lovely words. Happy cooking everyday ! Love, Viki.