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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Chayote Squash podituval

This is a very simple and traditional podituval recipe. In tamil "podi" means powder and "thuval "means sprinkle ...we use the word "podituval" for dry bhajis which just have the taste of the vegetable and podi (powder) like turmeric powder, curry powder and other such stuff.. according to taste and recipe. This is one such bhaji i tried with Chayote squash or chow chow or bangalore katrikai. Beleive me I havent tried this anything before I came to US. But now iam a fan of this green veggie. So much full of taste and nutrients...

Anyways, now we move towards the recipe. to make this....

You need :

Chayote squash - 2 chopped into small pieces.
Dried red chilli - 2
mustard seeds
Urad dal
turmeric powder - 1/3 tsp
salt to taste
red chill powder - 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut - 3/4 cup

Method :

Finely peel and chop the squash in small pieces and keep it aside.
In a thick bottom pan... pour some oil and add the mustard seeds, urad dal and red chillies.
let them flutter a bit. Now add 1/2 of the grated coconut and mix well.add the red chilli powder and mix well again. Now add the cut squash and the turmeric powder and mix well.add half a glass of water and let it cook till all the water evaporates and the squash becomes a bit tender.

Now garnish with curry leaves and fresh coconut and serve.

I use coconut podi which i prepare and keep in bulk. I add this coconut podi (powder) to instead of fresh coconut on top of the dish. It gives a very nice taste.will post the coconut powder recipe soon.


Kruthika Sridhar said...

Looks like you missed the letter 'l' in the title :)

SHUBHA said...

Thanx for the correction kruthika