Bengaluru vankaya Gravy Kura (Chayote gravy Curry)

I never understood why chayote is called bengaluru vankaya (literally translated as Bangalore brinjal) in telugu. I know for a fact that it is no where close to brinjal family, but I’m not sure of its relation with Bangalore. May be one of you can let me know the connection if you happen to know.

Anyway, the only way I used to cook chayote was sautéing the pieces in little bit of oil (it doesn’t need a whole lot of oil) and add grated coconut at the very end. But I learnt from various blogs that it can be cooked similar to bottle gourd or zucchini.

This recipe is from the aunt who lives next to our home in India.

Bengaluru vankaya Gravy Kura (Chayote gravy Curry)
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I never understood why chayote is called bengaluru vankaya (literally translated as Bangalore brinjal) in telugu. I know for a fact that it is no where close to brinjal family, but I’m not sure of its relation with Bangalore. May be one of you can let me know the connection if you happen to know. An...

Bengaluru vankaya Gravy Kura (Chayote gravy Curry)

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisineandhra
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M
  • Passive Time30 minutes

Ingredients

Chayote – medium, chopped
2
For the Masala paste:
Green chilies
4
Red chilies
2
Sesame seeds
¼ cup
Coconut (fresh or dried)
3 tbsps
Rice – soaked in water for at least ½ hr
1 tsp
Mustard seeds
¼ tsp
Tamarind paste
1 tbsp
Jaggery
1 tbsp
Salt
½ tsp
For Tempering:
Chana dal
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Curry leaves
6

Steps

  1. Boil chayote pieces in water until tender. Alternately you can either pressure cook or microwave the pieces until tender.
  2. Grind all the ingredients for the masala paste with water to make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, add dal and seeds and when the seeds start spluttering, add curry leaves, boiled chayote and masala paste. Cover and cook on medium-low heat till the flavors mingle. Add water if you it gets too dry.
  4. Season with salt and red chili powder (if needed). Serve with rice.
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