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CUCUMBER DHAL CURRY /VELARIKA PARUPPU CURRY

My native place is in Tamilnadu after marriage only came to Kerala and now settled here.Initially when I see  cucumber( not which is used for salads) I used to wonder how people use this in their cooking.In due course I learnt this from my friend.Keralites use this cucumber in sambar and in few other recipies also.

Today when I was talking with my cousin Latu about  our lunch I mentioned that I had prepared  cucumber kootu. Immediately she told that I should post this recipie in my blog.So I decided to post this recipie this week as per her request.Simple and easy recipie.

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber :1cup or 250 gms.
  • Moong dhal:1/3rd
  • Turmeric powder1/2 tsp

For grinding:

  • Coconut scrapings 1/3rd cup
  • small onion:3
  • Jeera:1/4 tsp
  • garlic:3pods
  • Grind all these ingredients into a paste
  • green chillies or red chillies  as desired (2or3)

Seasoning

  • Mustard seeds:1/2 tsp
  • urad dhal :1/4tst
  • curry leaves:a few
  • Oil for frying

METHOD

  1. Cook dhal with turmeric powder in pressure cooker and keep aside
  2. Cucumber should be peeled deseed and cut into cubes
  3. In a thick bottomed vessel put cucumber pieces add water and cook till it becomes transparent with little salt.
  4. When done add cooked dhal to it then grinded paste should also be added.
  5. Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds when it splutters add urad dhal then curry leaves after frying add thi to the gravy.

Cucumber kootu is ready.Serve with rice.This can be prepared without adding  dhal  too.Rest of the preparation  the same.whatsapp-image-2016-11-20-at-10-37-16-pm

 

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GRATED CARROT,PEAS STIR FRY/CARROT PUTTU

 Carrot a very tasty vegetable.It has many health benefits.It is one of the most widewly used and enjoyed vegetable.It can be eaten raw too.This recipie is ver easy to prepare.

INGREDIENTS:

Carrot:250 gms

Peas 1/4 to 1/2 cup

capsicum:1

Onion:1 large

Oil:1 tbsp

curry leaves

coriander leaves

Mustard and urad dhal

salt to taste

Chilly Powder accdg to taste

Coconut scrapings (optional)

Method

  1. Wash carrots remove the outer skin grate it and keep aside.
  2. Cook peas seperately with little salt.
  3. Take a kadai add  oil   to it add mustard seeds after spluttering add urad dhal.
  4. now add  curry leaves,chopped onion,capsicum and saute it.
  5. Add the grated carrot mix and saute on medium heat.Reduce to low flame place lid and let it cook for about 10 mts.must check that it does’nt get burnt.
  6.  Add cooked peas to it
  7. Add required amount of salt and chilly powder.
  8. mix well.carrot will loose it moisture content.
  9. Add chopped coriander leaves.

Best  combination for rasam and dhal ot sambar or even for morkuzhambu.

Coconut scrapings is optional can add at the end

Instead of chilly powder can use green chillies too.

 

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