Wednesday, 11 September 2013


                      RIDGE GOURD CHUTNEY     


1 medium toorai (ridge gourd)
2-3 green chillies
2 tsps tamarind paste
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
1 tsp udad dal(black gram)
2 tsps til (sesame seeds)
1/2 tsp jeera (cumin)
1tsp oil
salt to taste

Heat 1 tsp of oil. Add the jeera and udad dal. Roast till the udad dal becomes slightly brown. Now add the til and mix well. Add the hing. Then add the green chillies and fry well. Now add the chopped ridge gourd and salt. Mix well and cover for some time. Keep the flame low. When the ridge gourd becomes soft, remove from the stove and allow to cool. Now grind to a paste adding the tamarind water.
Temper with mustard seeds, udad dal and curry leaves and the ridge gourd chutney is ready to be served.

                          BEANS CHUTNEY 


1 cup chopped beans
2-3 green chilies
3-4 tsps grated  fresh coconut
1 tsp oil
1tsp udad dal( black gram)
1/4 tsp of jeera (cumin seeds) OR 1/2 tsp of  dhania (corriander seeds) 
You can choose either of the flavours.
1 tsp tamarind paste
salt to taste

The preparation of this chutney is exactly like the previous one. But, do not fry the coconut. Add it while grinding the chutney.

Both these chutneys can be had by mixing it  with rice.   

                               BITTER GOURD RAITA


1 medium sized bitter gourd (karela) chopped very finely
1 cup fresh curd
2-3 tsps of oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
3 tsps  fresh grated coconut
A pinch of haldi ( turmeric powder)
Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Now add the finely chopped bitter gourd and fry till they become crisp. Add a pinch of haldi and fry well. Remove from the pan and keep aside. 

Grind the coconut to a fine paste along with a few seeds of mustard, green chilly and salt. Add this paste to the curd and mix well.
Just before serving, add the fried bitter gourd and mix well.
This raita can be had by mixing  with plain white rice.

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