Jul 15, 2008

Black Chickpeas and Snake gourd Curry/ Kannadiga Style..

This is a recipe by my friend who said its a very common gravy in Karnataka among a particular section of people. I had tasted this once, and absolutely liked it. I tried it at home and since then, I have used this gravy as a base for many other veggie and legume combinations.

This curry uses black pepper corns and garlic, so when having a cold, increasing the pepper helps and soothes the throat too.

So here goes..


Black chickpeas - 3/4 cup
Raw rice - 2 tsp
Black pepper corns - 6-7
Dry red chillies - 4-5
Fresh/Frozen grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Garlic cloves - 7-8
Snake gourd, cleaned, de-seeded and cut into bite size pieces - 1 1/4 cup
Milk - 1/8 cup
Tamarind - 1 small piece ( See note below for this )
Salt - to taste


- Soak the chickpeas in water for about 8 hours. Then, pressure cook the snake gourd pieces and the chickpeas with enough water and salt for 1 whistle. I had the sprouted ones ready, so used the sprouted chickpeas.

- Roast the raw rice for a few seconds.

- Now, alongwith the rice, grind the coconut, red chillies, garlic, tamarind & black pepper together.

- Add this ground paste to the boiled gourd and chickpeas. Once this comes to a boil, adjust salt, add milk, bring to a boil and take off heat.

- Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Note :
- I am not sure if tamarind is used in this recipe, I didn't get a chance to clarify this again with my friend, but I added it anyhow. I hadn't noted it down when she told me the recipe. But I think the curry tastes good with the hint of tamarind in it. So feel free to try it without it.
- I used sprouted chickpeas coz I had them ready, but the original recipe doesn't call for the sprouted ones.
- Vary the quantity of pepper corns and red chillies according to your spice intake level.

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Seema said...

It looks good.. adding snake gourd to a curry is new to me. Will try it out.

Andhra Flavors said...

chickpeas and snake gourd, its a surpising combination to me. it looks colourful.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

A simple yet a delicious and tasteful dish...

ranji said...

this looks a lot like ghasi but am sure a slightly different taste coz of the addition of garlic...i have to try this..have all the ingredients with me..sounds so suthentic and traditional...thanks to ur friend and u :)

Shilpa said...

This looks good Maya. Do you know whats it called in Kannada?

KALVA said...

new one to me... Chickpeas and Snake gourd.. protein packed righT!!!!

Vanamala said...

Nice sambar maya

Bhawana said...

loking good. sometimes friends are the source of nice recipes. :)

Anonymous said...

Sprouted chickpeas are good addition.

LG said...

we love this too..I just add green chillies instead of redchillies. Nice one ..

Sireesha said...

Chickpeas and Snake gourd nice combo and very nutritious and healthy....Thanks for sharing...First time at ur blog.U have nice and lovely blog......

Maya said...

Thank you all for ur comments :)..Hope you guys try it out.
I will find out from my friend what its called.

Meera said...

Chickepeas & snakegourd - what a nice combo! never had it before. Thanks for sharing. Looks delicious.

jayasree said...

Maya, I tried and we all liked it. I will be making this more often. Actually, I noted the recipe and forgot to bookmark it. Now when i saw ur recent post, I came here to tell u. Thanks for sharing a yummy recipe.