Monday, August 16, 2010

Ridge gourd chutney(Beerakaya Pacchadi)

Posted by PicasaI love ridge gourd for its mild taste and humble appearance.  This chutney is a good accompaniment with dal and rice. Today's recipe is from amma who is very good cook.  For me Amma is best cook in the world. I guess it is same for most of the people. Me and my husband still remembers the taste of avadalu(South Indian Version of dahi vada)she made when she came here two years back. In the initial days of cooking I used to call my mom every morning for recipes and the conversation goes on like this
Me:Hi mom I want recipe for .....
Mom:These are the ingredients........
Me:Tell me the Measurements
Mom:I am not sure I will never measure.
Me:Hell! how  can I cook without measurements shouts on mom and disconnects the phone.
These two years of cooking had taught me a great lesson that one has to adjust the spice according to their palate and should not blindly follow the recipe measurements.Now I can cook mom's recipe if she tells me the ingredients and the process and this recipe is one such of them.

Ridge gourd-One (long)
Red chillies-5-6(Adjust to your taste)
Tamarind-One small lemon size soaked in half cup of water
Salt to taste
Urad dal(Split)-1tsp
Chana dal-1tsp
Cumin seeds-1tsp

For tadka:
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Red chilli-1 broken into pieces(Optional)

1)Peel the ridge gourd slightly and chop into small pieces.
2)In a pan heat 1 tbsp oil, add cumin seeds, when they start spluttering add chana dal, urad dal.
3)When they turn brown in color add hing  and  ridge gourd and cook for 10-15 minutes with covered lid and cool it completely.
4) Now grind it to a fine paste by adding water and tamarind paste.
5)For tempering add 1tbsp oil and add mustard seeds. When they start spluttering add red chillies and when it pops switch off the flame and pour it over chutney.

1)In tempering you can use curry leaves also. As I have not them handy,I did not use it.
2)For variation you can dry roast sesame seeds and can add them while grinding.
3)Use of red chillies gives different flavour and you can replace it with green chillies if you wish.


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