Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Green peas-chow chow Kurma

12-12-12 Its the centurys last sequential date. For some, it represents luck. For others, its a day of romance. For most of us, its just another Wednesday. Regardless of your beliefs, 12/12/12 comes along with some rather amusing facts and superstitions.On this special day thought of cooking something special for my family.                      
 Today I've prepared 2 dishes using Chow chow(kannada -seemay badane) which grew in my kitchen garden.This vegetable i a delectable pleasantly coloured and easy to cook vegetable.It can be easily grown by planting a mature sprout got from the market ( which can not be used for cooking) and trailed over a pandal or in your balcony or compound enjoy a basketful of harvest. You can make so many yummy dishes from this humble vegetable. I've exactly used 12 ingredients in this dish just to make the day more memorable 
Cook time: 55-60 mins

  • 3 cups Green peas
  • 1 cup Chow chow ( diced)
  • 1/2 Copra/dry coconut,grated
  • 1tbsp Kashmiri chilly powder
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 3 Onion
  • 8-10 Garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup Coriander leaves
  • 5 Cardamom pods
  • 2tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1tbsp Ghee/oil
  • salt to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Pressure cook both peas and chow chow with little salt till 20-25 Mins or take 2 whistle.
  2. Grind grated copra/dry coconut,cardamom,tomatoes,garlic and 1/2 of the coriander leaves to smooth paste
  3. Fry onion till golden brown in ghee or oil ,drain and ground to paste.
  4. In the same pan add onion paste, chilly powder and salt to taste ( do not add too much as we have already added while cooking the vegetable)stir for a minute on low flame.
  5. Now add ground masla paste and stir till oil comes on top.
  6. Add cooked peas and chow chow and boil again for 15-20 mins until the gravy becomes thick.
  7. Garnish with remaining coriander leaves and serve hot with Jeera rice or roti


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