Sunday, January 21, 2007

Vellarikka Kootan


Vellarikka is a cucumber. This vegetable is kept for 'Vishu Kani'. Here is a mild tasting curry made from this vegetable.

Ingredients

1 - Vellarikka
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - Red chili powder

Grind to paste

1 cup - Fresh coconut
1/4 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp - Jeera / Cumin
1 - big shallot
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder


Seasoning

1 tsp - Mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
Oil
Salt to taste


Method

1 ) Cut the vellarikka into small cubes with the skin on. To each cube give 2 - 3 slash, as shown in the picture. Discard the seeds.

2 ) Cook the cut cubes in one cup of water with turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt.

3 ) Grind coconut, jeera, shallot, turmeric and red chili powder to a smooth paste. Then add mustard seeds and then just pulse the blender, so that mustard seeds gets crushed and not ground too much.( Do not grind too much after adding mustrad, as it will spoil the taste - this is important to note.) Once the mustard seeds are crushed then the paste is ready for the next step.

4 ) Add the ground paste to the cooked vellarikka. Do not add too much water, as it will turn too watery. Cook to a boil, simmer to a low heat.

5 ) Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. After it pops, add curry leaves. Garnish the vellarikka curry with this seasoning.

Serve with rice.

Tags : Cucumber recipes

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i tried this.but it didn't come out good.actually that mustard grinding it spoiled my whole curry.i think otherwise it will taste better.

Pravs said...

Anonymous : Sorry about how the curry turned out. Actually after adding mustard seeds, you should not grind too much. When mustard is ground too much, it spoils the taste. I have updated this recipe, clearly stating how to go about it.

lizpafrank said...

i really liked your recipes as i have tried a few earlier. photos are very tempting. thanks a lot for helping people like me to cook better!

lizpafrank said...

i really liked your recipes as i have tried a few earlier. photos are very tempting. thanks a lot for helping people like me to cook better!

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

Tried this vellarikka kootan..loved it with rice and yogurt..i've put a picture in my blog...