Friday, February 18, 2011

Vegetable Mappas


I know,the name's funny,but if you've ever been to Kerala or had Kerala food somewhere you'd be familiar with the term.Mappas[or even Pappas] is a typical Chicken/Fish/Meat preparation cooked in coconut milk and is lightly spiced.I have never come across a vegetarian alternative to this anywhere,so when I saw the recipe I had to try it.It is very similar to a Stew,but whereas Stew is spiced with green chillies and whole spices,Mappas is spiced with a ground masala which makes it more spicier than the Stew.

As is with curries of this variety,it can be paired with anything.Chapathi,Appam,Idiyappam or even bread.I served it with Chapathi for a light lunch for two of us.You could add any vegetables of your choice or even replace the veggies with boiled eggs.

Picnik collage

Vegetable Mappas

Recipe source - Lakshmi Nair


Potato - 1,cubed
Green peas - 1/2 cup
Cauliflower florets - about 1 cup,chopped
Small onions/shallots - about 1/4 cup,halved
Vinegar - 1/2 tbsp
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Thick coconut milk - 1/4 cup
Thin coconut milk - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Curry leaves - 1-2 sprigs

For the masala

Chilly powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Saunf/Perumjeerakam - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 1' piece
Ginger - 1 tsp,chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves


Grind together the ingredients mentioned for the masala to a smooth paste.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai and saute small onions.When it starts browning,mix in the ground masala paste.
Saute for 3-5 minutes or till the raw smell of the masala subsides.
Add in the chopped vegetables and saute for 3-5 minutes.
Mix in the thin coconut milk,vinegar and salt to taste and let it boil,then simmer and cook till the vegetables turn soft and the gravy thickens.
Add the thick coconut milk and the curry leaves and switch off the pan.
Serve hot.

Sending this to Kerala Kitchen an event hosted by Magpie and Ria.


  1. Never had these spicy items with aapam or idiyappam, sure it looks like a nice dish for anything!

  2. Looks gud and adding vinegar is quite different the pics

  3. quite new one to me and will try this soon.clicks are nice

  4. curry looks delicious,wish ya happy weekend

  5. This curry is looking so tasty..simple and delicious.

  6. Looks very nice.perfect for rotis !!

  7. Looks very nice.perfect for rotis !!

  8. Wow tois sounds and looks like a nice one pot curry...looks super tempting

  9. Vegetable mappas looks soo inviting, cant wait to try dish..

  10. Thanks for sending it over to Keral Kitchen Divya! It looks yummy! Made your parrippu dish the other day. Was so yummy!

  11. Vegetbale mappas looks inviting, nice clicks.

  12. sounds wonderful, surely a new name and funny too as you said.

  13. This looks like a great vegetarian option!

  14. Looks gud and perfect with rotis. Nice click

  15. i agree with the aboves^
    the pictures look great, and it sounds delicious !

  16. Vegetbale mappas looks inviting, nice clicks.


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