While I still consider my childhood summer fun second to none other, I feel kind of guilty that the DDs do not get to have the same fun as my cousins and I had during summers in our maternal grandparents village. So I let them hang out and do whatever they want during the holidays. DH and I alternated working from home and now that my mom is here their idyllic summer continues.
Now that my mom is visiting I get to enjoy some of her cooking. This recipe my mom says is her mother's - ammayee's. I have spoken so much about my ammayee in these pages that it is only right that I share the sad news with all of you. A month ago she passed away. While on many levels this is hard to accept, the reason I have even delayed sharing this here. But that is the cycle of life. I am only glad that she had her loved ones near her during the last few months when she needed them most. Living far away from home there is not much I can do or at least that is what I say to console myself.
Now on to the recipe,
|Grind the raw spices to a smooth paste and set it aside.|
|Season oil with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Saute the onions, ridge gourd and add the ground spices and required water and cook in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles.|
The name Pahcai araicha literally means that the spices are ground raw. Traditionally Indian spices are dry toasted or roasted in oil before making the masala paste. In this recipe the spices are ground raw. The recipes that my grandma or mom share are usually simple and not complicated at all. Moreover my mom tends to use the pressure cooker a lot. My grandmother on the other hand probably cooked the same kuzhambu on a stove top.
Pachai Araicha Peerkangai Kuzhambu - Ridge Gourd with ground raw spicesLike what you are reading? Subscribe!
Preparation Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time:15 minutes
Serves : 4-6
For the Paste
- 4 green chilies
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- a few pepper corns
- 2 tbsp grated fresh coconut
- 2 tsp dahlia (pottukadali)
- 2 tbsp chopped onionsBlend the above with the addition of 2 tbsp of water to a fairly smooth taste.
- 2 cups of skin removed chopped ridge gourd
- seasonings: mustard seeds, curry leaves
- 1 tsp oil
- salt to taste
- In a pressure cooker heat oil, add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When the mustard starts to pop add the chopped onions and saute till they are translucent.
- Add the chopped ridge gourd pieces and saute for a minute or two.
- Add the ground spices saute for a minute more, add a cup of water and salt and let it cook for 2 whistles. If cooking on the stove top in a medium heat cook till the ridge gourd is soft.