Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bottlegourd & Channadal Gravy (Varuthu Aracha Surakkai Sambar)

I want to make out something different from usual sambar with bottlegourd and channadal where i usually goes for toor dhal, this sambar is quite an easy, quick and delicious gravy which goes awesome with hot steaming rice or with rotis or idlies,pongal and to any other dishes, even i like to dip and have with some toasted breads to this sort of gravies...To enhance the flavour of this delicious gravy, i prepared a spice powder prepared with fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds,asafoetida powder and dry red chillies, cooked everything with already cooked and smashed channadal with coconut milk, yes this gravy sounds quite similar like between sambar and kootu, no need of sambar powder or chilly powder coz the spice powder we are preparing for this gravy itself have enough spiciness..Definitely a delicious gravy to enjoy from breakfast to dinner..Thats y i named this gravy as 'varuthu aracha surakkai sambar' which means fried and grounded spiced bottlegourd gravy..This gravy is going directly to SE's inbox as she is hosting this month's Cooking With Seeds-Fenugreek seeds.


1cup Channadal (cooked)
1nos Bottlegourd (medium sized& cut as small cubes)
1no Onion (chopped)
1no Tomato (chopped)
1cup Thick coconut milk
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/2tsp Urad dal
Salt
Oil
2tbsp Coriander leaves
1tsp Lemon juice

Spice powder:
1tbsp Fenugreek seeds
2tbsp Coriander seeds
5nos Red chillies
1tsp Cumin seeds
1/2tsp Asafeotida powder

Fry the seeds given in the list for spice powder one by one in simmer until they turns golden brown...Grind everything as fine powder and keep aside..u can prepare this spice powder as large amount and can conserve in air tightened bottle and can use them anytime upto three months..

Heat enough oil and let splutter the mustard seeds & urad dal...add the chopped onions and chopped tomatoes and cook everything until the onions turns transculent, add immediately the chopped bottle gourd ,turmeric powderwith enough salt and saute for few minutes...meanwhile smash the already cooked channadal and add the coconut milk,emough water and smashed channadal to the cooking veggies..bring everything to boil, now add the spice powder as per need and cook the gravy until the veggies get well cooked, finally add the lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves and put off the stove..

Serve hot with rice or rotis...

38 comments:

  1. Never tried bottlegourd in a sambar.Innovative recipe Priya

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  2. yummy gravy dear...looks inviting!

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  3. சூப்பர்ர் க்ரேவி!!

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  4. it Chennige, a similar dish but little thicker. Looks delicious. I haven't used Bottlegourd in a long time. I got about 2 gourds whole summer last year from my garden!

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  5. wow what a colour,very nice recipe and looks so delicious priya...

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  6. Bottlegourd in sambar is my very favorite! It's fantastic! Slurpy!

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  7. Simply delicious and no-fuss Gravy for roti.

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  8. I have never tried bottlegourd in sambar...looks delicious Priya!

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  9. I would love to have this with plain rice. And i sure will be a happy person after eating :-)

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  10. I always add dudhi in sambar....and we make very similar sabji call Dudhi ane chanani daaal nu shaak..looks temptinn and yummy..:))lovely colourful pics...

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  11. Nice curry.perfect with rice...

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  12. This sambar looks easy as well as different.

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  13. Hi Priya...this is simply marvellous! I'm drooling over ur foodies here! ;)

    Anyways, greetings from Malaysia! ;)

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  14. you know what..once in a while i cook chana dal for the curry..with lot of spices (called katachi amti in marathi)..this looks yummy with the veggies in it...thanks for sending it to the event !!

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  15. Thats "dudhi channa ni dal nu shaak"..we make it often..yours look lovely..

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  16. looks yummy...rice and dal!!such a comfort food...

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  17. I like surakkai - channa dhal combo - bookmarking this!

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  18. Nice sambar!!.. looks tasty!.. I havent used bottle gourd in sambar!.. thank you:)

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  19. thats a delicious dish. the colour is so lovely..

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  20. Nice gravy - perfect with rice Priya.

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  21. Priya,

    Varuthu Aracha surakkai sambar looks really good. Nice to be with rice.

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  22. This sambar looks great simply irresistible.

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  23. ahh there is nothing like traditional food illaya? so pleasing to the eyes and tummy

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  24. This is different and so flavorful! Gr8 color..

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  25. hmm suraikai sambar is perfect..lovely color

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  26. That's a fab pic ,it has got the perfect color.Even i have n't tried bottlegourd in sambar,nice try.

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  27. Tempting gravy! Yes, its definitely a rich and a good accompaniment for rice or roti!

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  28. Oh wow that looks great! I don't think I've ever tried it but would love to!

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  29. wow this sambhar luks awesome...using bottle gourd in it very nice idea...very nice recipe priya

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  30. I am simply drooling over that picture...pass me that sambar dear :) using channa dhal in sambar is new to me...will try this soon :)

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  31. very nice gravy...looks delicious..

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  32. I always love arachi vitta sambhar,but never tried with surakkai,will try once!

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  33. Bottle gourd has medicianl properties. Good sambhar with it

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  34. actually neve rtried making sambar with bottlegourd..your gravy recipe looks really delicious..

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  35. Its a new recipe to me....Looks delicious...

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  36. combi i luv.yummy,i need 1 plate rice,this curry & pappadam..wowww

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  37. Hi Priya, Like the Surakkai sambar - looks healthy and tasty. The spice powder which can replace sambar powder or chilli powder with its long shelf life is always a welcome addition in the kitchen. Considering that you enjoy this dish with so many main dishes - not to miss with toasted bread certifies it as multifunctional :).

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