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

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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

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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 πŸ™‚ As I don't remember having this vegetable ever, I was clueless as to what to make of this. Once while ha
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For tempering
Servings
Ingredients
For tempering
Instructions
  1. Wash, clean and cook the cow peas and bottle gourd separately. Make sure both are not overcooked.
  2. Grind the coconut along with the shallots, green chilli, ginger, turmeric powder and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding much water.
  3. Mix cow peas and bottle gourd and add the ground coconut paste along with salt.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil and switch off.
  5. In another pan, when the oil gets hot, add the mustard seeds.
  6. When it starts to splutter, add the curry leaves and shallots and saute till the shallots turn slightly brown.
  7. Turn off the heat and pour on top of the gourd-cow peas mixture and mix well.
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That’s it..It wasn’t after all rocket science. Was it??? πŸ˜‰

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