Churakka Vellapayar Curry / Bottle Gourd – Black Eyed Beans Curry


1/2 kg churakka / bottle gourd, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup vellapayar / black eyed beans
1 cup grated coconut
2+3 shallots
3-4 green chillies
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Wash and soak black eyed beans / vellapayar in water for 3-4 hours.
  2. Peel and chop churakka into pieces and keep it aside.
  3. Grind grated coconut, 2 shallots, green chillies and cumin seeds together to a smooth paste and keep it aside.
  4. In a pressure cooked, add the soaked vellapayar and pressure cook for 3 whistles adding enough water.
  5. Add chopped churakka, turmeric powder , chilli powder and salt to this and cook for 1 whistle at medium flame.
  6. Then add coconut paste, mix well and cook at low-medium flame for 5 minutes.
  7. Heat oil in a small pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add 3 sliced shallots,dry red chillies and curry leavesĀ and fry till brown.
  8. Pour this over the curry and then serve with rice….

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