Varattiyathu - Arrowroot Savoury spiced
with Chilies and Mustard Seeds
is one of the recipes which we have been given permission
to reproduce by a fascinating site about India, Peppertrail.com.
The site is the work of Ammini Ramachandran who grew
up in the part of India known as Kerala and the site
tells you about its history and its traditions and cuisine.
This is a sample of one of the recipes you will find
on the site where there are also many interesting articles.
you would like to know more about its creator, Ammini
Ramachandran, take a look at her Biography page <click
here> or by visiting her web site <click
flour is pure starch, and when boiled in water or milk,
it yields a transparent and pleasant tasting jelly.
Different dishes are prepared with this flour during
the Tiruvathira festival. This
same flour that yields the mildly sweet jello-like desert
<click here> when combined
with buttermilk and spices evolves into a salty, spicy
cup arrowroot flour
3 cups butter milk
2 or 3 green chilies thinly sliced
1 tablespoon urad dal
1/2 tablespoon chana dal
1 red chili pepper halved
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 tablespoons curry leaves
2 tablespoons oil
Salt to taste
the flour with one cup of buttermilk in a heavy bottomed
pan and stir well to make a smooth paste.
the remaining butter milk and salt and stir well.
the oil and add mustard seeds and dals.
the mustard start spluttering, add chilies and curry
leaves to it and remove from the heat. Pour this over
the butter milk mix, and cook this liquid over medium
heat, stirring continually. It will thicken and start
leaving the sides of the pot as you stir.
from the stove and spread it evenly in a well-greased
it cools it will thicken. Cut into one inch squares
and serve. It makes a delicious snack.