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.
Myself, Sobha Kesavan, a retired Accountant in a MNC based in Delhi, where I was staying for 26 years. Afterwards, moved to Bangalore and stayed there for about 4 years and then shifted to my native place ( in Thrissur district), Kerala, along with my husband. My two sons and both daughters-in-law are working out of Kerala as Software Engineers.
I have immense passion for gardening and have been doing it since my stay in Delhi and most of
the ingredients (vegetables) used in my recipes are home grown. I am interested in cooking mostly North Indian and South Indian cuisines. The recipes shared in pachakam.com from my end would definitely tickle your taste buds.
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