Sunday, January 6, 2008

Chayote Squash (Bengaluru Vankaya)

Chayote is almost like bottlegourd; when cooked, it has a slightly sweet taste. A good dose of spices would add nice flavour to this simple vegetable.

4 cups Chayote pieces (peel the skin, discard the seed and cut into small pieces)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, diced
4 green chillies, slit lengthwise
turmeric & salt - to taste
garam masala powder - to taste
chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp milk

For seasoning:
2 cloves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 dried red chillie, broken into pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
curry leaves

  • Heat oil in a pan, add seasoning ingredients in the same order as above
  • Immediately add chopped onion, saute until onion is translucent
  • Add vegetables pieces, salt, turmeric. Mix, cover & cook for 10 minutes
  • Add diced tomato, green chillies, garam masala powder. Cover & cook until done
  • Add milk, chopped coriander leaves, mix well & turn the heat off
Good with rice, roti/chapathi

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