Thursday, November 19, 2009

Anapakaya Pappu(Sorakaya /Bottle gourd/Dudhi)

Growing up we had this vine in the backyard and it grows like a crazy giving us loads of anapakaya...even after mom shared them with family and neighbours ,we would be left with so many of them  and yet i loved this vegetable.Mom made many varieties with them and anapakaya dal is one of them.
Anapakaya pappu is bottlegourd cooked in toor dal along with tangy tamarind,hot green chillies, tumeric and onions.And finally add the talimpu.....and the result...yummmmmm!!

1 cup kandi pappu/toor dal
1&1/2 cups anapakaya/bottle gourd cubed
4-5 green chillies slit length wise
1/2 onion sliced
A pinch of turmeric
Marble sized tamarind washed

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
6-8 curry leaves
2-3 dried red chillies
1 clove of garlic crushed or a pinch of hing
1 tbsp ghee or oil

Wash the dal and put it in a pressure cooker.Add the bottle gourd, tamarind, green chillies, onion, turmeric and add enough water (I used 2 and 1/2 cups water) close the lid and pressure cook for about 3-4 whistles. Let it cool and then open the lid,add the salt to taste and mix well.Donot mash the bottlegourd.

Heat ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin.When they start to splutter,add the dried red chillies
and garlic or hing. Saute for a min and add the curry leaves and switch off the stove.Carefully add this to the cooked dal and mix gently.Serve with rice and papad or phulkas.Enjoy!!!!


srujana raavi said...

thanks raa.seeing ur aanapakaya pappu,i remembered many dishes which i almost forgot.

Bhagi said...

Thanks for dropping by Sruj...

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