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Churakka-Payar Thenga Arachu Vachathu (Bottle gourd-Cowpeas with ground coconut)

Though I had heard of Churakka aka bottle gourd aka Lauki(Hindi), I didn’t have any idea as to what it loooked like. It was after marriage that I came to know of it from a dear friend of mine 🙂 As I don’t remember having this vegetable ever, I was clueless as to what to make of this. Once while having a telephonic conversation with my FIL, who was abroad at that time, I had asked what he was having for lunch. The moment I heard churuakka and payar, I was even more attentive. Armed with some insight into the dish, I headed to my kitchen to get on with my experimenting. I was mightily pleased with the result. Now I won’t have to give a blank look at someone who asks what to do with Churakka 🙂 The dish I am sharing with you is Churakka with payar with a ground coconut paste finished off with tempering. Ideal with rice and curry.

Churakka-Payar Thenga Arachu vachathu

Churakka-Payar Thenga Arachu Vachathu (Bottle gourd-Cowpeas with ground coconut)

Though I had heard of Churakka aka bottle gourd aka Lauki(Hindi), I didn't have any idea as to what it loooked like. It was after marriage that I came to know of it from a dear friend of mine 🙂 As I don't remember having this vegetable ever, I was clueless as to what to make of this. Once while ha

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Bottle gourd peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup peas Cow ( refer Ingredients Gallery)
  • 1/2 cup coconut Grated
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 2 Shallots
  • Ginger a slice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste Salt

For tempering

  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 2 shallots Sliced
  • a few Curry leaves

Instructions
 

  • Wash, clean and cook the cow peas and bottle gourd separately. Make sure both are not overcooked.
  • Grind the coconut along with the shallots, green chilli, ginger, turmeric powder and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding much water.
  • Mix cow peas and bottle gourd and add the ground coconut paste along with salt.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and switch off.
  • In another pan, when the oil gets hot, add the mustard seeds.
  • When it starts to splutter, add the curry leaves and shallots and saute till the shallots turn slightly brown.
  • Turn off the heat and pour on top of the gourd-cow peas mixture and mix well.

Notes

That�s it..It wasn�t after all rocket science. Was it??? 😉
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