Tuesday, October 2, 2012

#40 : Potlakaya Kura ~ Snake Gourd Curry

As a kid the only vegetables I liked were potatoes and okra. Anything other than these two meant that the meal was not interesting enough and I would throw a tantrum to eat. So naturally went I began cooking I experimented with vegetables I was familiar with and liked.Thanks to this challenge of documenting family recipes, I have a new favorite vegetable.This recipe is simple, low calorie and protein rich. Very filling and satisfying.
  • 1 medium sized Snake Gourd- cut into 1/4th inch roundels
  • 1/8 cup Moong Dhal -Lentils - Soaked in water for 10 mins
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Salt to taste
For Tempering
  • 1tsp - Oil
  • 1 tsp - Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp - Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp - Urad Dhal
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies 
  • 7-8 Curry leaves
  • 1/8 tsp - Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 inch ginger- grated / pounded 
  • 2 green chillies- Pounded
  • 1.5 TBS dired desiccated coconut powder
  1.  Pressure cook the snake gourd and moong dal in little water for 1 whistle. Set aside and let the the steam escape
  2. In a medium pan -Heat oil , add mustard seeds , let them splutter . To it add cumin seeds, urad dhal, red chillies and fry until the urad dhal turns slightly golden. Add curry leaves, asafoetida, red chilli powder,turmeric, grated ginger, green chillies  and dired desiccated coconut and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the steamed snake gourd-dhal mixture and fry on medium heat for about 10 mins. Add salt
  3. Serve with hot rice

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