Chachindra Raee ( Snake gourd cooked in mustard paste )
This is a simple recipe and the preparation is not different from the usual 'raee' that is prepared in most Odia homes. Read on for the recipe -
Preparation Time - 10 -15 mins
- 4 cups chopped and peeled snake gourd
- 1 medium onion chopped (optional)
- 1/2 tsp pancha-phutana/mustard seeds preferred)
- 1 green chilli
- 2-3 garlic flakes (crushed)
- 1/3 tsp turmeric
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp oil
- 2/3 cup grated coconut
- cilantro for garnishing
For the mustard paste -
- 2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 5-6 garlic cloves
- 1 red chilli
Cooking - Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the broken green chilli and mustard seeds. Follow with the crushed garlic. Allow to garlic to brown lightly.
Add the chopped onion and stir fry for 2-3 minutes till translucent
Add the mustard paste along with 2 cups water. Add salt and turmeric, and bring to a boil.
Add the snake gourd pieces and cover with a lid. Cook till it softens. (Do not throw away excess water as this curry tends to be watery.)
Garnish with grated coconut and cilantro.
Serve with rice and dal.