Monday, May 23, 2011


Vanni is a not so common but very authentic and traditional Palakkad Iyer recipe. My grandmother used to prepare this as an accompaniment with Muthira Puzhukku and Kanji. It is a close cousin of the Mor Kuzhambu. A simple and healthy combination of Naadan Veggies like Ash Gourd, Pumpkin, Raw Bananas, and Yam simmered in mildly spiced thin yogurt gravy. Serve this with steamed white rice and spicy potato stir fry. So here is the recipe for Day 2 of the Blogging Marathon-

What you’ll need Serves – 4

1. Ash gourd – 100 gms
2. Yellow Pumpkin – 100 gms
3. Raw Banana – 1 small
4. Yam – 100 gms
5. Sour curds – 2 cups
6. Green Chillies – 2 to 3
7. Black Pepper Powder – ½ tsp
8. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
9. Curry Leaves a few
10. Coconut Oil – 2 tsps
11. Salt to taste


Wash and chop the vegetables into 1 inch size cubes. Add about ½ cup of water to the veggies and pressure cook them with slit green chillies, turmeric powder and pepper powder. Keep aside. Once the pressure is released, transfer the cooked vegetables into a vessel, add salt to taste and allow to boil for about 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk the curds well, lower the flame and add the curds to the vegetables. Simmer till the curry froths up. (The curry should not boil after adding the curds.) Turn off the flame. Drizzle coconut oil and add a few curry leaves.

Serve it warm with steamed rice and a stir fry of your choice.

Now let's check out my fellow marathoners in BM #5 and see what they are cooking today  

Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Aarthi, Divya, Jayashree, Jayasree, Kaveri, Pavani,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets:Gayathri, Priya Suresh,
Seven Days of Microwave Meals: Monika,
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Cool Lassi(e), Harini, Vaishali, Suma
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Kalyani
Summer Coolers: Kamalika, Srivalli


Harini said...

Sounds like the cousin of avial too except the addition of coconut. Suitable for my husband :)

Puja said...

Sounds so authentic ~ a great blend of ingredients!
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Jayashree said...

A nice and tasty accompaniment. Can I have some of that muthira puzhukku? It's one of my favourites.

Shylaja said...

Nice authentic dish.Have never heard of this.Will try this soon.Is this something similar to avial
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Nandinis food said...

Nice entree with rice! It looks spicy!

Pushpa said...

Love to have it with hot rice.Delish.

Priya Suresh said...

Vanni looks super delicious, never heard or had this wonderful looking gravy...Yumm!

chef and her kitchen said...

New dish 2 me..looks n sounds nice..:)

Vardhini said...

New dish .. looks delicious ..


jayasree said...

Its vanni kootan for lunch, today. And believe me, I thought about your kanji post. And here I see the recipe.

Biny's Recipes said...

wow dear...looks yummy esp the second picis so inviting...thx for the share

Ms.Chitchat said...

Recipe looks very inviting and healthy too. Loved the clicks.

Unknown said...

Wat a perfect combo and healthy recipe...luks very nice.

Pavani said...

Such a simple and traditional dish.. The whole meal looks comforting and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Suja Manoj said...

Sounds authentic recipe,mild and delicious..thanks for sharing.

Sravs said...

very authentic, colorful and healthy dish !!

Swathi said...

Looks perfect traditional dish. Love the goodness of them.

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

worth to try...delicious dish..

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divya said...

wow..that looks tempting...yum yum

Sobha Shyam said...

interesting name..vanni looks delicious..:)

Srivalli said...

Nice dish and lovely colour..good to have you join the BM

Anonymous said...

My mom used to make Vanni for my uncle, it was his favourite. It was only today I remembered this dish and i came across your blog. Another favourite of his was Papalikai avial, which I have introduced to my family and we all love it. I am going to try making Vanni.

Thanks for sharing this recipe

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