Dudhi Alchikery (with Moog / green gram)
Moogu ani Dhudhi Galnu Alchikery (Dudhi Alchikery - A tasty main curry with rice in Konkani cuisine of Cochin GSB's, made of cooked moong, pumpkin, coconut paste and seasoning) !!
Serves: 3 – 4
250 g pumpkin, peel of the outer skin gently and cut into cubes
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
For moogu (green gram):
½ cup (Indian standard measuring cup of 100 ml / 4 oz capacity) moogu (green gram)
200 ml water
Wash and soak moogu in 2 cups water for 6 hours ( or overnight ). Transfer soaked moogu (along with its soaked water) into a pressure cooker (final water level after soaking of the moogu should be 1/2 - inch above moogu. No need to add more water like 1 – inch above. Moogu will cook immediately). Close the pressure cooker lid and cook on high heat for 3 whistles (3 quick whistles). Switch off the heat. Allow the cooker to cool naturally. Open the lid. Boiled moogu will be thick in consistency.
For coconut paste:
4 -5 tablespoon (45 – 60 g) grated coconut
½ teaspoon red chilli powder (or 4 – 5 dried red chillies)
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoon water
Make a fine paste of above ingredients in a small mixer bowl with 2 tablespoon water.
In a deep pan or bowl, boil cooked moogu along with pumpkin cubes and salt. Add extra ¼ cup (50 ml) hot water. Cover and cook on a medium to low heat until ¾ done / almost cooked.
Add coconut paste and cook again on a low heat for 5 – 8 minutes until gravy thickens . Switch off the heat.
Mustard – 1 teaspoon
Jeera (cumin seeds) – ½ teaspoon
Curry leaves – 6
In a kadai / frying pan, heat oil on a medium heat. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter , add jeera and curry leaves. Fry for 2 -3 minutes until crisp and fragrant. Pour the seasoning over Alchikery and serve as a main curry with rice.