Dali ani Dhudhi Galnu Alchikery (Dudhi Alchikery - A tasty main curry with rice in Konkani cuisine of Cochin GSB's, made of cooked dal, 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 dal (dali):
½ cup (Indian standard measuring cup of 100 ml / 4 oz capacity) tur dal
300 ml ( 3 cups) water
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon milk
Wash and soak tur dal in 300 ml (3 cups) water for half an hour and pressure cook along with turmeric powder, oil and milk for 15 minutes or until done and soft (Reduce heat from high after 2 nd whistle (2 quick whistles) and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes. Do not open the lid. Allow the cooker to cool naturally).
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 dal along with pumpkin cubes and salt. 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.
Cooking oil - 1 tablespoon
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.