Churakka Payar Koottan (Bottle Gourd Cowpea)

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Churakka Payar Koottan (Bottle Gourd Cowpea)

It is a simple but delicious side dish prepared with bottle gourd and cow pea in a traditional kerala style. It goes well with boiled rice.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Peel the Churakka (Bottle gourd) and cut it into small pieces
  • Change the Soaked Payar and Churakka into a pressure-cooker/cooking vessel and add the Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder and Salt along with required quantity of water and cook this mix well
  • When the mix is cooked well, after removing the pressure from the cooker fully, add the grinded coconut paste and stir it for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Then heat the oil in a Cheenachatti/frying pan and add the Mustard seeds, Red chilli pieces and curry leaves into the oil. When the colour of this mix becomes into golden, add it into the already cooked Churakka, Payar Koottan.
  • Churakka (Bottle gourd), Payar (Cowpea) Koottaan is ready. This koottaan can be served with cooked rice/ Chappathi/Poori etc.
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