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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 ha


  • 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


  • 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.


That�s it..It wasn�t after all rocket science. Was it??? ;-)