logo
Food Advertising by

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.

Picture Courtesy Gourmet Sleuth

Print Recipe
Bengaluru vankaya Gravy Kura (Chayote gravy Curry) Yum
Bengaluru vankaya Gravy Kura (Chayote gravy Curry)
Course side dish
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 Chayote – medium, chopped
For the Masala paste:
  • 4 chilies Green
  • 2 chilies Red
  • ¼ cup Sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsps Coconut (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp Rice water – soaked in for at least ½ hr
  • ¼ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery
  • ½ tsp Salt
For Tempering:
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 6 Curry leaves
Course side dish
Cuisine andhra
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 Chayote – medium, chopped
For the Masala paste:
  • 4 chilies Green
  • 2 chilies Red
  • ¼ cup Sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsps Coconut (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp Rice water – soaked in for at least ½ hr
  • ¼ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery
  • ½ tsp Salt
For Tempering:
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 6 Curry leaves
Bengaluru vankaya Gravy Kura (Chayote gravy Curry)
Instructions
  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.
Recipe Notes

Chayote curry, Tomatillo pachadi and Red Lentil dal with Rice (our weekend meal)

Share this Recipe

14 thoughts on “Bengaluru vankaya Gravy Kura (Chayote gravy Curry)”

  1. Hi Pavani, I like this veggie as it has got a sweet taste to. I prepared last week kootu with that. Very nice presentation. Viji

  2. Hi Pavani, recently wehn i read a post of chayote recipe on Mahanandi of Indira, i also had the same question , why it is called banglore brinjal when it doesnt resemble anything to brinjals. 🙂 your curry is totally new for me. i will look if i can get some fresh chayote here to make this dish .thanks for sharing -Pooja

  3. I just left a comment ,but didn’t go through!:(I was saying I will google it and let you know why about the name.I don’t know either!I love this veggie and I will try your version.Sounds great.I have one in my draft too.

  4. can you tell me how long does this tomatillo pachadi will last if you store it. And what other veg can you use in place of tomatillos.

  5. Thank you Viji. Hi Siddhu, I updated the post with the picture of chayote. Hope that helps.Hi Pooja, I guess we will never be able to figure out the Bangalore relation with Chayote ever.Hi Asha, ya.. googling didn’t help me either. Guess have to leave it at that. 🙁 Would love to see your version of chayote curry.Thank you RP.Thanks Seema.. You’ll definitely like this veggie.. Do try and let me know.Hi Anonymous, Tomatillo pachadi will last for almost a month in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Make sure that you keep moisture away from the bottle. You can use regular tomatoes that are firm, or Indian cucumber i/o tomatillo.

  6. I found this site using google.com And i want to thank you for your work. You have done really very good site. Great work, great site! Thank you!Sorry for offtopic

  7. In kannada chayote is called seeme badanekayi, literally meaning native brinjal. That could be the reason for Telugu people to call it Bangalore vankaya.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *