Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Madras Cucumber Palya (Kochchuli) / ಸಾಂಬಾರ್ ಸೌತೆ ಪಲ್ಯ (ಕೊಚ್ಚುಳಿ)

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

I am back with a traditional Havyaka recipe today! Its a side dish which is not known to many people during this era of modern style cooking. But even now, many of such traditional and rare recipes are still in use at my Grany's place. Authentic name of this dish is 'Kochchuli' and some people call it as 'Palya'. My mom had visited us for few days recently, and she prepared this tasty side dish for our lunch one day. I just tasted a byte and clicked few photos immediately and noted down the recipe from mom.
Not only madras cucumber, normal cucumber also goes well for this recipe. But the veggie must have been well grown, not the tender ones. In rural areas,people use a veggie similar to Madras cucumber, called Mogekayi (Magekayi) and home grown cucumber for this recipe.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3 - 4

Ingredients:
Madras cucumber (Sambar Soute in Kannada) - 1 halve
Dry red chilli - 1
Green chillies - 2
Lemon - 1 halve
Salt to taste
For seasoning: oil - 3 tsp, urad dal - 1/2 tsp, mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp, one big pinch of asafoetida, curry leaves - 1 strand

Method:
Peel the cucumber and remove the seeds portion. Chop the veggie finely.
Heat oil in a frying pan. Add red chilli pieces, urad dal, mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once its roasted nicely and mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped green chillies and curry leaves.
Then add chopped cucumber, lime squeeze and salt to taste. Cook it on medium flame for 3 - 4 minutes without closing the lid. No need to cook it till very soft.
Simple and delicious Palya is ready to serve! Enjoy it with rice.


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