Mezhukkupuratti aka Upperi is one of
the most delicious side dishes which goes very well with rice. It
can be made with any vegetable like Brinjal (Kathirikka), Payar,
Bitter Gourd (Pavakka), Potato, Lady's Finger (Vendakka), Raw
Banana, Jack Fruit Seeds, Elephant Yam (Chena), Chembu, Carrots or
It is a dry dish. We can just blanch
the vegetables in a salt, turmeric and chilli powder mixture and top
it with oil to fry. 'Mezhukku' means 'oil' in Malayalam & 'Puratti'
means 'smear'. It is one of the easiest method of cooking and is
ideal for Bachelors or for people who are in a hurry. Ideal for
taking with rice in the lunch box.