Thursday, 20 September 2012

Kaya ularthu - Plantain stir fry | Kukskitchen

Syrian Christian cuisine is gaining a lot of popularity these days. I was so surprised to see a uk celebrity chef do a syrian christian beef curry. I will post that in here soon. Watch this space.

Ularthu, a syrian christain dish, is a family favourite in the payyappilly ( dad's ) and thottappilly (mum's) household. It had a prominent place in my house when we were growing up too. My dad (and his dad) likes it very very spicy. Apparently ammamma kept a pot of 'varuthu podicha masala' next to appappan's plate so he could add extra spice to his ularthu. In thottappilly household we liked it with a generous sprinkling of freshly ammini-grated coconut on top.( :) my cousins would remember stealing some and running without getting caught by ammachi ).

Ularthu can be made with kaya(plaintain), pacha chakka (raw jackfruit segments), kappa (tapioca) and many many others.

Presented here is kaya ularthu ever so slightly modified for the uk life.


1- Kaya - 250 g cut in to squares
    Turmeric  - 1/2 tsp
    Salt to taste
2- Shallots - 3-4
    Garlic pods - 2-3
    Curry leaves - 1 sprig
3- Red chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp or less :)
    Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
    Turmeric powder -  1/4 tsp
4- Oil 1 tbsp


- Cook kaya pieces in enough water with rest of (1) till medium soft.
- Meanwhile crush shallots and garlic pods with a pestle and mortar. Slicing would do too.
- Heat oil in a pan and saute (2) till shallots turn light brown.
- Add (3) and saute till the aroma of oils hit ur nose.
- Add the cooked kaya pieces to it and mix well. Check salt at this point and add more if needed.
- Kaya ularthu is ready to be gobbled with rice or kanji :)


Sherin Deepu


  1. adipoli ullarthu..looks delicious!!
    Thanx Sherin for dropping by my space & joining:)
    Happy to join your space too,you have a lovely space shaping up:)
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  2. Wow... Delicious fry !! Perfectly done..

    Thanks for linking this to my event :) Please include event announcement link on your post (

    Expecting more recipes for my on-going event Natural Sweetness Event with White Sugar

    Sharans Samayalarai


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A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My husband is my pillar of support and my son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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