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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Luffa Rice

Luffa (Peerkankai or Ridge Gourd) - 2 medium sized
Onions - 2 medium sized
Tomatoes - 2 medium sized
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Chilli powder - 1 tablespoon
Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves - few
Corinader leaves - few
Cooked rice - 4 cups
Salt to taste
Oil - 2/3 tablespoons

Method :
Peel off the skin of luffa. Cut the flesh into small cubes. No need to remove the seeds as they are very soft and easily digestible and good for health too.

Heat pan and add oil once it is hot. Split mustard seeds, add cumin seeds and add chopped onions, curry leaves and garlic paste. Once onions turn golden brown add chopped tomatoes. Add chilli powder and coriander powder. Fry them for 2 minutes and add cut luffa pieces. Cook them for 5-10 minutes. Add salt and garnish with coriander leaves. Once they are cooked well, add cooked rice and keep frying for 2 minutes. Serve hot with Onion raitha.

Cooking time : 30 minutes
Serves 1-2 persons