'Palya' is a Kannada (a South Indian language) word for a dry side dish made with any vegetable. I am not sure if there are any meat palyas. I was raised a vegetarian, and so I have only seen variants of vegetarian palyas. This particular one is a popular side dish served as part of a traditional Mangalorean Brahmin wedding meal. I altered the original recipe given to me by my mom a little based on other 'palya' recipes found online.