Today I am presenting to you a rare fruit which has earned name and fame lately for its benefit in preventing or curing cancer. In some parts of Kerala it is called Mullatha, it is also known as Piruthi Chacka/Plathi Chacka. In English it is called Sour soup. Mostly people use its ripe fruit for eating.
When I was a child we didn’t know its ripe fruit was good to eat. My mother always used it as vegetable and made different curries out of it when the season arrived. When we sold our ancestral property we lost the plant too. After that I got a ripe fruit few years back from one of our relatives and came to know that most of the people use it as fruit and don’t make curry. We use the tender ones as vegetable. The seeds will be very tender and soft and you cannot remove it from the flesh. Now let’s jump to the recipe.
- Tender Mullatha Chacka – 1
- Scraped Coconut – 1 Cup
- Green Chilli – 1 or 2 (According to your like)
- Small Jeera – 1 Teaspoon
- Small Onion – 5
- Turmeric – 1Tea Spoon
- Garlic – 4 Cloves
- Curry Leaves – 10 Leaves
- Coconut Oil – 1 or 2 Table Spoon
- Mustard Seeds – 1 Teaspoon
- Salt – To Taste
Remove the skin of Mullatha, wash and cut into small pieces. Take a cooking vessel and put the Mullatha pieces inside pouring 1 cup water. Add salt and keep on slow fire for cooking.
Cover the vessel with a lid. In the meantime grind coconut, onion, garlic, Turmeric, green chilli and Jeera. Open the lid and stir the vegetable now and then with a spoon and see that it doesn’t burn at the bottom. Add the ground masala to the vegetable. And keep it covered for 2 minutes. Then open the lid and stir cook till all the water dries up. When its ready switch off the stove and keep covered.
Now take a pan and add 1 table spoon of oil, heat it and splutter mustard seeds and add some curry leaves. Pour the oil in the cooked vegetable. Add few raw curry leaves in the side dish and add the rest of the coconut oil, then keep it covered without heating.
You can use this tasty and healthy side dish with rice or any other main dish.
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