Chempadaku is a tribal dish popular in Kerala.
Colacassia Leaves or Cheimbilla
Salt to taste
Method of preparation
Secured from the pristine pockets of nature Chembila is collected on the preceding day. It is an easily available plant in the tribal settlement area. Now break the Colacassia leaves into small pieces and keep it aside. Heat a pan and add red chilly, coriander and cumin seeds into it. Roast it till becomes dark brown. They use no tools for stirring the ingredients.
Heat some water in an earthen pot. Meanwhile, grind the turmeric to a paste form in the traditional grinding stone. Add the roasted red chilli into it and crush it to form a paste. Add coriander and cumin seeds into it and grind it well. Next, take the curry leaves and crush well. Crush the shallots and mix it well with other crushed ingredients. Now, the paste is ready.
Cook the pieces of Chembila in the boiling water. Stir well. Once it is half boiled, add the crushed cherry tomatoes into it and stir well. Cherry tomatoes are available in abundance in the tribal settlement area. Next, add the paste into the boiling leaves and stir well. Chembadaku is now ready to serve.