Vellarikka / Golden Cucumber will remind about Vishukkani to every keralite. Cucumber helps in Kidney & Urinary bladder disease, Liver disease and Pancreatic disease. Its highly beneficial in Diabetics. Cucumber has more than 90% water content. So its an ideal vegetable to have in summer.
Vellarikka / Golden Cucumber : 1,small
Shallots : 4 or 5, sliced
Green Chillies : 2, halved
Curry leaves : 2Springs
Coconut milk 1st extract : 1/2Cup
Coconut Milk 2nd extract : 1Cup
Mustard Seeds : 1/2tsp
Dried Red Chillies : 2
1. Peel the skin and cut the vellarikka into small cubes. Pressure cook this with 1/2 Cup of water, shallot, green chillies and 1spring of curry leaves.
2. When pressure releases, remove the lid and add 2nd extract of coconut milk. (If you feel the water content is more, cook till the gravy reduces by half and then add 2nd extract of coconut milk). Cook for 10-15minutes in medium flame.
3. Add Thick coconut milk and cook in low flame for 1minute. Turn of the flame.
4. In a tadka pan heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add dried red chillies and saute for a minute. Add the curry leaves and turn of the flame immediately. Add this to the curry and serve hot with rice.
Note : Make sure that you add correct amount of water to cook Vellarikka. Vellarikka will release lots of water while cooking. If you are adding more water with vellarikka, then you wont get correct thick gravy.