Monday, July 27, 2009

Lauki (Bottlegourd), Breadfruit (Sheema chakka or Kadachakka) Erisseri

I had recently purchased Lauki (Bottlegourd) for the first time. I had seen a lot of blogs posting recipes with this wonder vegetable, so I wanted to try it too. Recently I got a nice piece of Breadfruit from my cousin's place. So I wanted to make something special. Hence this Erissery came up in my mind. Here goes the recipe:


  1. Lauki and Breadfruit cut into cubes - 2 cups
  2. Canned Beans (or pressure cooked beans) any variety, I used Pink Beans - 1 can/1 cup after cooking: reserve 1/4 cup to be used for grinding (as told below)
  3. To grind to a paste:
  • Grated coconut: 1 cup (save some for garnishing at the end)
  • Garlic and Ginger
  • 1/4 cup of canned Beans (any variety can be used, I used Pink Beans)
  • Dry roasted Cumin powder (1tspn), Coriander powder (1tspn), 5-6 Dry red chilli
4. For tampering:

  • 1 tablespoon methi seeds
  • 1 tspn mustard seeds
  • Hing (Asafoetida) : a pinch
5. For the tangy flavor: Make a thick paste (approximately 1/4cup) of tamarind soaked in hot water.
6. Salt to taste and water as needed for gravy

How to make:

In a deep bottom vessel, on high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. When the oil heats up, lower fire to medium and add all the tampering, then add the vegetables and fry them until they are a bit soft on the outer. then add sufficient water to cook , wait for the water to come to a boil and then close the vessel and let it cook. Add salt when they are almost cooked, that way you don't add more salt. When the vegetables are completely cooked, and there is just the right amount of water for gravy, add the ground paste, remaining canned beans and stir well. Then cook for 2 more minutes. Now add the tamarind pulp and stir again. Check for salt again. Cover cook for another minute and then switch off fire. Sprinkle the remaining grated coconut. Serve hot with Rose Matta rise like I did :) or with any other variety of rice.


Varsha Vipins said...

aww..kidu look roopa kutti..I havent had bottle gourd yet I guess..bread fruit Us-l vannittu kandittumilla..van payar ittu erisseri vakkarundu n its ma favvv too..btu puli onnum ittu time ndallo..after switching off..try adding some coconut n curry leaves fried to brown in coconut adds amazing crunch n taste..:)

Pooja said...

Erisseri looks so delicious Roopa! Wish I could have with steamed rice now! I never bought bottle gourd yet but as you said on seeing in many blogs and now urs, I feel tempted :)

Divya Kudua said... good to see your post.Every time I come to your blog,it feels so look everytime:)

Lauki is one vegetable I have never tried.Breadfruit-gudhgo..where did you get it this time of the year..??And erissery using these two veggies is a great idea:)

Btw,I tried out the MW Besan Laddoo..turned out yummy:)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo such a uniwue recipe..looks tempting dear..

Chitra said...

hmm.both r looking yumm and sounds new to me:)

Cynthia said...

Hey Roopa! Good to see you again.

Shri said...

My mom makes this often..nice dish.I love your way.

kitchen queen said...

This recipe looks colourful and can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments.

Anonymous said...

great recipe...will def visit ur space more often

rekhas kitchen said...

looks great I never use bottle gourd in erisseri recipe very interesting combination yeh. perfect choice with rose matta rice yum.BTW first time to your place you have a nice blog with delicious recipes.

Vrinda said...

Erisseri looks so delicious,kadachakka is my hubby's fav....

Tina said...

Roops kadachakka is my favourite tooo.....erisseri adipoli ayitundu....

AnuSriram said...

Hmm... looks so colourfully delicious! Will try it soon!

Ankita said...

Lovely combination.I m hearing about bread fruit for the first time.

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Good to greet you and meet you here on your wonderful cooking page Roopa

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