Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kumbalanga / Ash Gourd Thoran

Many of you wouldn't have heard about this thoran...This is one side dish (among many other) my grandmom makes when there is an ash gourd harvest at home...of course you can't have olan everyday, so I think she came up with these interesting dishes.


Ash gourd - 3 cups (peeled, de-seeded and cut into cubes)
Toor dal - a handful
Small onion - 4-5
Garlic - 3, big cloves
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Green chilly - 1, slit
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig


Boil ash gourd cubes with little salt, turmeric powder and green chilly. Boil till they are transparent and cooked well (take care not to over cook. It will mash up if over-cooked). Drain excess water and keep aside.

Separately cook the toor dal. It should not be cooked too well that the whole thing mash up. Drain excess water.

Crush small onions and garlic with mortar and pestle. In a kadai, add oil. When hot, add the crushed ingredients and saute till they are almost crisp. Add curry leaves. Add chilly powder and stir till raw smell is gone. Add grated coconut and saute for half a minute. Now add cooked toor dal and ash gourd. Gently mix everything together for half a minute and then switch off the stove.


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