Churakka Parippu

Churakka Parippu Curry is a simple and delicious dish with the nutritive benefits of bottle gourd and lentils. It is a wonderful accompaniment to steamed rice.


  • 1 1/2 cups churakka/bottle gourd washed, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup split moong dal, dry roasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • Salt to taste

For paste

  • 1/3 cup coconut grated
  • 1/3 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 large garlic clove

For Tempering

  • 2 sliced shallots
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • A few sprig curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil


  1. Cook dry roasted split moong dal, bottle gourd, water, turmeric powder and salt in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
  2. Grind coconut, cumin seeds, green chillies, shallots and garlic to a smooth paste.
  3. Add this paste, chilly powder and salt to the cooked dal and boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Temper the dal with mustard seeds, dry red chillies, curry leaves and shallots.
  5. Serve churakka parippu curry warm with steamed rice.

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