Olathu or ularthiyathu is a dry preparation which usually is made in a frying pan or cheenachatty sautéing and mixing the spices and the vegetables.This is a usual preparation in the lunch menu of Kerala households.Sometimes the vegetables are being cooked seperately in the first stage and then brought along with spices in a frying pan and made dry slowly .Keralites usually call it as vattichu olathiyathu.The other way is to cook everything along closing with a lid first and then stir fry.Other than vegetables,Beef Olathu is one preparation any carnivore keralite will die for.This is Koorkka,which I have cooked first and then made it Dry Fry.As we call it exactly,Olathu:
2 cups of koorkka,peeled,washed and cut into small pieces
3/4 cup of crushed shallots
1 piece of ginger crushed
2 tsp of red chilly flakes
1/4 small tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp of mutard seeds
salt,coconut oil,water and curry leaves as needed
Cook koorkka in 1 cup of water adding crushed ginger,turmeric powder and salt
Heat a frying pan or cheenachatti and pour coconut oil.Splutter mustard seeds.
Now Add the crushed/sliced shallots and curry leaves and fry till the shallots turn colour.
Mix in the crushed red chillies and fry well till a nice aroma spreads.
Add the cooked koorkka along with water if any and mix well.
Slowly saute and allow the flavours to blend together.