Tuesday, 15 January 2013

CHO CHO WITH LENTILS/ SPLIT GREEN GRAM


This is the traditional South Indian recipe. Learnt it from my mom. This is a pressure cook method and one pot dish. Comes very handy when you want to cook a healthy side dish in a very little time. Soft cho cho with the cooked lentils  when served hot with rice or roti is soul warming. Here in Kenya the tribe of Luhya consume this vegetable and  it is cooked with onion and tomatoes.
Cho cho with lentils

You can also cook by open pan method wherein you have to soak the lentils for 30 minutes before cooking . This will help in quick cooking of the lentils. Once the lentils are done you can mash it and add it to the cho cho.

Ingredients:

Diced cho cho- 2 cups

Washed lentils- 1 cup

Water- 2 cups

Turmeric powder- 1 tspn

Asafoetida- 1 pinch

Oil- 1 tbspn(any cooking oil)

Salt to taste




cho-cho



To temper:

Mustard seeds- 1 tspn

Cumin seeds- 1 tspn

Curry leaves- 1 sprig

Red chillies- 4 no's


Method:

1. Heat the pressure cooker and add the oil.

2. When the cooker is hot add the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Now add in the cumin seeds followed by curry leaves ,red chillies and asafoetida.




Tempering
3. Add the washed lentils with water followed by cho cho. Now add the turmeric powder and salt.Give a stir to uniformly mix all the ingredients.


Add lentils and the chopped cho cho

4. Pressure cook for 1 whistle and serve with rice or roti.



Ready to get cooked

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