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Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Janu Chechy

Any guesses as to who this lady could be? I've mentioned her in my Kannur Meen Curry post...she is Janu Chechy, our help at home for the last 30 plus years. She's been in our household even before my parents got married so obviously long before I was born.A lady with a big big heart. A lady who is the only support for her family.She cooks one of the best 'Kannur Meen Curry','Pachhadi' & 'Puliyum Molakum' ever!

The dish she is holding is her popular 'Puliyum Molakum'. There's no cooking involved in it actually. It's just a combination of some of my favourite things...Tamarind & Coconut Oil.She has been making this for me from the time I can remember. I eat it straight from the bowl but she tells me that I should eat it with some rice or else, it will affect my stomach.

When I was young,like really young I used to ask her every single day as to what she had for breakfast,lunch & dinner. She used to tell me various things she had and one of those days she mentioned about the 'curry' she used to take along with her for work while she worked in the paddy fields long back...very many years ago, when she was young. She called it 'Puliyum Molakum'.


You will need:
One small red onion, diced
Green Chilies,chopped
Red Chili powder
Coconut Oil

Soak the tamarind in some water and squeeze out it's pulp.To that, add rest of the ingredients to taste.
I love a big fat drizzle of coconut oil over it.This is an awesome dip for Bhajji's or you can eat it straight out of the bowl.

So when she made Puliyum Molakum for me as soon as I reached home last month, I asked her to pose for me, for a photograph which she did very happily! Today, I saw her searching for onions so that she could make another bowl full for me...just for me :-)


Kamalika said...

That was a very sweet post Ria .

Anu Menon said...

I love this post... it's so nice to see such love... Hugs to Janu Chechy >*<
i love eating this(i never knew what it was called ;)) with rice :) my Mom and granny used to make it for me

manjooo said...

:)..thatz so nice!!! Nice to see her snap here :)

gigi said...

Nice to see janu chechi..she is so familiar for us through your earlier posts. Tell her that she is "famous".

Ria, it was such a sweet gesture from your side to dedicate this post to Janu chechi. You guys are lucky to have her in your life.

Irene said...

So nice to see the famous Jaanu Chechi finally. She has such a pleasant face. Bless her heart!

notyet100 said...

Such a warm nd sweet post :)

Zareena said...

Ria, you are so lucky that you are surrounded by so many lovely people and there cooking. Amazing post.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

That is such a great pic and so sweet that you love her so much and have so many good memories. That recipe is of course very new and sounds great to go with rice :)

Anna said...

That's a lovely gesture from your side Ria, luv you for that...and Janu chechy's happiness to pose for the camera with the bowl of your choice..and who could resist this dish, in all its simplicity...well done Ria...!

SB said...

This is so cool and nostalgic!!

Sarah said...

sweet post! And an awesome Janu chechy.. love the puliyum molakum. Kind of like Kerala'a answer to sweet and tangy tamarind sauce that is used in chaats :) would love to have this everyday !

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

And finally, we all get the privilege to see Jaanu Chechy! Pass on my regards to her. She had come in my dreams even before I saw this pic but in a different avatar... It's so sweet of you to have dedicated a post for her Ria. My admiration towards you have raised a notches higher... (Not that it was any less earlier though)


magpie said...

Nice to meet Janu chechi and this sounds really yummy! I am so J that you are having such a good time at home!

Remya said...

Hey Ria,

This is an all-tym favorite of mine and gets me all nostalgic too. I have vivid memories of pestering my ammumma n amma to make this for me irresepective of what other curry we had. This accompanied with curd rice still is my number one comfort food. We call it uppum puliyum, but pretty much same ingredients, except that we dont use chilli powder. It's either green chilly/dried red chilly roasted over the flame. Here's how I make it.

'Take some tamarind pulp, add crushed shallots/kunjulli and chopped green chillies to it. Add salt and if you are sure the chillies are not 2 strong, squeeze the shallots and chillies between your fingers to release the flavours. Add a few drops of coconut oil and here you go, all that you need to have with curd and rice.
A yummier variation, pierce shallots on a knife tip/fork and hold over flame for a few seconds and then crush. Do the same with dried red chillies and add this instead of the green chillies.'


Anonymous said...

You're a life saver!

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