Top 5 Karkidakam recipes to try at home

The word 'Karkidakam,' is bound to remind you of those medicinal baths with oils and ointments smeared all over the body, as well as the fabled 'Karkidaka Kanji.' During these days, your digestive system will be weak. Hence, you must choose food items that are easily digestible, and should abstain from heavy intakes. Here are some of the top five recipes we have picked for you to try it out this season.

Mukkuti Kurukku

Mukkuti kurukku

Mukkutti or biophytum sensitivum is hailed as one of the dasapushpam or the ten sacred flowers of Kerala. Besides, it is known for its incredible medicinal properties. It is excellent to cure bleeding and other health related issues. Including mukkutti in your diet during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam would help rejuvenate your body and regain its vitality. Here is how you could make tasty and nutritious mukkutti kurukku or porridge at home. Read the recipe

pathroda rolls

Pathroda rolls

Pathroda rolls are a unique dish that is commonly cooked during Karkidakam. The batter is spread on chembila or colocasia leaves and then rolled into pinwheels. These are then cooked in steam. Read the recipe

Horse Gram Chutney

Horse gram chammanthi

The Malayali palate naturally swerves to where chammanthi is served, be it anywhere in the country or abroad. Guess where the word has its root? It stems from the Sanskrit word “sambhandhi” which in turn became “sammandhi” and then got corrupted to “chammanthi”. Here’s a delicious ball of chammanthi that’s easy to make. The main ingredient is of course, horse gram, full of nutrients. Horse gram works best during Karkidakam. Easy on the stomach, its digestive properties are commendable. Read the recipe

Karkidaka kanji

This speciality is made during the month of Karkidakam, when the heavy rains are likely to pave the way for ill health. It gives the system the immunity boost it deserves and has been part of the traditional monsoon food regimen for long. Read the recipe


Pathila thoran

Pathila curry, made using ten different types of locally grown leaves is quite popular in Kerala cuisine. Also known as the Karkidakam curry, this extremely nutritious dish is mainly cooked during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam when Keralites take extra care to relax and rejuvenate their body. Read the recipe