ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to make rakkiri - A Kongu Nadu recipe

Updated on August 20, 2012

Rate this recipe

5 stars from 1 rating of Rakkiri

Rakkiri

Rakkiri is a sauce / gravy made from greens (Amaranthus). It is an accompaniment to be mixed with cooked rice and eaten. It is a very common dish among the rural households across Kongu Nadu, a region comprising the mid-western region of Tamilnadu in India.

Ingredients

  • Greens (Amaranthus)- (keerai in Tamil) of any kind: 1 bunch (about 300-400 g of fresh leaves). You can use any other kinds of greens, including spinach and haaq (Kashmiri saag)
  • Green chillies / jalapenos (Green pepper): 4-6 nos (whole).
  • Onions - 1 (chopped)
  • Coconut oil / ghee - 2 tbsp.
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste.

Ingredients: Jalapenos, Greens and chopped onion.
Ingredients: Jalapenos, Greens and chopped onion.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 4 with 1 bunch (400g) of greens

Instructions

  1. Clean the greens, wash thoroughly in water and drain free of water. This is the most time-consuming step, takes about 10-20 mins.
  2. Take 5 cups (1 litre) of water in a large vessel. Add the green chillies whole in the water and bring to boil.
  3. Add the cleaned green leaves to the boiling water, so that the leaves are fully immersed in the boiling water. Cover the vessel and allow for 2 minutes. Turn the leaves over and allow for another 2 minutes. Drain the excess water. This cooking time I've given is actually more than what is required; perhaps 2 mins would do. Experiment to find what is ideal for you.
  4. Saute the cumin and onion in coconut oil.
  5. Blend the boiled greens, chillies and the sauteed onion for about 30 secs to 1 minute in a blender. Add salt to taste. For getting the texture of the traditional dish, use a maththu (hand blender) for blending.

Nutrition information

Keerai is low in calories, low in fat and rich in minerals and vitamins. The low cooking time of this recipe helps retain most of the heat-labile vitamins.

Additional information

Coconut oil is used to saute onions in areas bordering Kerala. Ghee or any other cooking oil may also be used.

You could replace green chillies with any other ingredient which gives spiciness to suit your palate. I personally prefer green chillies.

Rakkiri is a good accompaniment with rice. It is mixed with rice and eaten. It also is a good accompaniment to kazhi, a ragi flour based preparation.

PS: I'd really like you to try it out at home and send in your feedback. Why not try it out as a sauce in sandwiches?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • OTEE profile imageAUTHOR

      OTEE 

      4 years ago from India

      Yes, it is quite simple, I routinely use it. Varun cooks by himself? Great! Varun is a follower of a cooking process called OPOS - this recipe is not OPOS compliant - so he might not use it. :)

    • C.V.Rajan profile image

      Disillusioned 

      4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Looks to be a too-simple-to-cook preparation. May be I should ask Varun to try doing it!

      C.V.

    • OTEE profile imageAUTHOR

      OTEE 

      6 years ago from India

      Yaay - my second comment ever. Thanks Cindi. :)

      True - it is hot. Even a single pepper might be too hot for you. It is for the Indian palate. Taste, specifically acquired taste, is a matter experience matching expectation. I am not sure that you'd like it, but anyway do try it.

    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      The recipe looks interesting, but hot. I'm a mild dish person most of the time. Maybe a mild pepper would still taste ok. Welcome to Hubpages.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)