Bottlegourd-Black Peas Sidedish

bottlegourd alsande sidedish
Most of the people like to plan way ahead for dinner/lunch. Somehow, that never worked with me. So most of the time, I end up combining some unusual ingredients to make a dish. This was one such combination that I had never seen before.

I use bottlegourd (lauki/gardudde) a lot these days. I wanted to make something different with this vegetable. I thought of pairing it with something else. All the beans that I had in pantry needed soaking, then I saw black eyed peas (alsando). I am a big fan of these beans as they don’t need soaking. Taste wise also, I have always loved them. So I combined both into a standard sidedish that I make with different combinations. It came out great.

Just before posting today, I googled for these two ingredients and ended up at Sia’s blog. Check out Sia’s version too.

1/4 cup black eyed peas(alsande)
2 cups bottle gourd chopped into small pieces
1/4 cup onion
1/2 cup tomato
1 tea spn chilli powder
1/2 tea spn kolhapuri masala or garam masala
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
4-5 curry leaves

Cook black eyed peas in cooker till done.
Heat oil and add mustard, cumin seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves, onion. When they turn brownish, add bottlegourd, a little water and let it cook. Now add tomatoes, cooked peas.
Add salt, chilli powder, kolhapuri masala/garam masala. Cook for few minutes.
Serve hot.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 30mins

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