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Beerakaya Kothimira Pachadi

2 medium sized ridge gourds, washed and chopped into pieces with skin
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
3 green chillis, chop into big pieces (adjust)
1 tbsp bengal gram/senaga pappu/chana dal
1 tsp split gram dal/minappa pappu
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tbsp sesame seeds/nuvullu/til
1 1/2 tbsps lemon juice
2-3 tsps oil
For seasoning/poppu/tadka:
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch cumin seeds (optional)
1-2 dry red chillis
big pinch asafoetida/inguva/hing (optional)
few fresh curry leaves
1/2 tsp oil

Heat a tsp of oil in a cooking vessel, add bengal gram, split gram dal, cumin seeds and stir fry for a few seconds till the dals turn red.
Remove and keep aside.
2In the same vessel, add sesame seeds and fry on medium heat for 2-3 mts. Remove and keep aside.
3In the same vessel, add the green chillis and coriander leaves and fry on medium heat for 3 mts,
stirring constantly. Remove from pan and cool.
In the same pan, add another tsp of oil, add the chopped ridge gourd pieces
and stir fry for 4-5 mts till the rawness of the vegetable goes. Remove and cool.
Once cool, grind the dals first till coarsely ground, add the rest of the sauteed ingredients along with lemon juice and salt and grind to a coarse paste.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and let them pop, add curry leaves and dry red chillis followed by asafoetida and stir fry for a few seconds.
Pour the seasoning over the ground pachadi and serve with hot rice.


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