Weekend Lunch Plate – 3


Todays lunch was a simple Sambhar, Rice, Bittergourd/Hagalakaayi fry & Chayote Squash/Seemebadanekaayi Palya.

Let me confess, Chayote Squash is not one among my favourites, I dont prepare it that often.

But Chayote Squash Kootu makes me forget that I dont like it, it tastes great in kootu.

I also prepare a palya/poriyal with it, it tastes great as a side. Try it once!!!

(Thx to Raaga – Chayote Squash is also called Bengaloor Katrikkai in Tamil and Vilayat Vaingan in Konkani.)

Chayote Squash Palya

(Seemebadanekaayi Palya)


1 Chayote Squash

Seasoning :

Mustard Seeds,

1 Dry Red Chilli

Few Curry LeavesΒ 

To Grind :

1 Tbsp Coconut Grated

2 Dry Red Chilles

1 Tsp Mustard Seeds

1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1/2 Tsp Turmeric

Method :

Peel & chop the squash into small cubes.

Grind all the ingredients in “To Grind” smoothly with little water.

Heat 3-4 Tsp oil, when hot add mustard, when pops add the dry red chilli broken & curry leaves.

After a minute add the cubed squash, stir well.

Cover and cook for a few minutes, until water is oozing from the veggie.

Add the ground paste, salt & mix well.

Cook further until all the water has evaporated & is a bit dry.

Chayote Palya is now ready!!!



24 Responses to “Weekend Lunch Plate – 3”

  1. Latha Says:

    Hi Aruna! The bittergourd fry looks very inviting… please share the recipe:)

  2. asha Says:

    YUMMO!!! I wish I could grab some off of your plate Aruna.Delicious goodies.

  3. Jyothi Says:

    Hi Aruna, such a wonderful weekend lunch plate here. I will take and immediately complete your food…. πŸ™‚

  4. Sig Says:

    Somebody really loves bittergourd πŸ˜€

  5. Aruna Says:

    Latha, Its a very simple recipe, Just in 3-4 tsp oil, add sliced bittergourd, saute for few minutes, add chilli powder, aamchur powder, salt & if u have also add anardana powder, fry for few more mins, thats all. Tastes very good, try it.

    Asha πŸ™‚ weekend is a real headache deciding what to cook, glad u like it.

    Jyothi, Thx, U r welcome to have my plate πŸ™‚

    Sig, I wanted to try ur BG Pachadi, due to time constraints settled in for this quick fry πŸ™‚

  6. Sukanya Says:

    First time to ur site….U have a lovely site…All ur recipes are nice…..I love it…

  7. Aruna Says:

    Sukanya, Welcome !! Appreciate ur kind words, do keep visiting here πŸ™‚ Thx.

  8. archana Says:

    I love Sambhar rice. Your menu is nice. But I don’t know what chayote squash is, probably I have seen it and don’t know the name.But the palya is looking nice.

  9. kribha Says:

    Dear Aruna,
    That’s a nice spread of items . Wish you could share your plate with me. Chayote squash palya looks great. will try it for sure.

  10. viji Says:

    Dear Aruna nice spread and authentic recipes. Looks great. Viji

  11. Aruna Says:

    Archana, See here for a pic & more info on chayote squash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote

    Kribha, Thx, You are more than welcome to join me πŸ™‚

    Viji, Thx dear.

  12. KF Says:

    Hey you have lot of wounderful recipes here..your bittergourd dish looks super ,Pls share that dear…Palya also looks tasty..

  13. Roopa Says:

    wow Aruna nice spread there!

  14. Aruna Says:

    KF, Thank U πŸ™‚ Please chk my reply in the comments, I have mentioned the bittergourd fry there, enjoy!!

    Roopa, Thx Dear πŸ™‚

  15. sangeetha Says:

    Picture makes my mouth water and hungry, it is soooooooo

  16. Aruna Says:

    Sangeetha, Thx for ur comments. πŸ™‚

  17. Sushma Says:

    Lovely Weekend lunch Aruna..mouthwatering thali…for me weekend is all about relaxing :-)) may be i should visit your place on weekends..

    I also like chayote , have made with sesame paste..should try your way with coconut..

  18. Sharmi Says:

    lovely recipes and great lunch!

  19. VINI Says:

    Hey Aruna, wish someone would serve that before me :). Looks yummy.

  20. Aruna Says:

    Sushma, You are Welcome to lunch anytime!! πŸ™‚

    Sharmi, Thank You πŸ™‚

    Vini, You too are always welcome to join me anytime, Good to see u here πŸ™‚

  21. prema Says:

    Hi Aruna,
    Nice menu for the weekend. chayote palya is good and where is the recipe for bittergourd??? will wait for it.

  22. Aruna Says:

    Prema, Thank You, Bittergourd fry is a very simple recipe, Please see earlier comments in this post I have mentioned it.

  23. Raaga Says:

    I, too, have never cooked this vegetable. It also goes by the name of Bengaloor Katrikkai in Tamil and Vilayat Vaingan in Konkani. I will try πŸ™‚

    Raaga, Welcome, Thx for ur input I will add the synonyms for Chayote Squash in the recipe, it would help viewers.
    Thx a bunch & keep visiting.

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