Whenever I prepare ava pettina kuralu (mustard based preparations), a myriad of food related childhood memories seeps into my mind. During my growing years, when my grandmother prepared this dish, the aroma which emanated from her kitchen would spread throughout the house, pulling us like magnets towards the dining table much before lunch time.:)
Mustard flavored stir fries or dishes are a part of Andhra cuisine. Usually cabbage, jackfruit and raw bananas are some of the vegetables/fruits used in mustard based preparations. The heady aroma, warmth and unique flavor of this traditional Andhra vegetarian delicacy, ava pettina arati koora, is from the pronounced use of mustard. Very quick, simple to prepare, healthy and makes a great side with hot steamed rice or rotis.