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Bottle Gourd Peel Chutney / Surakkai Thol Chutney / Lauki Peel Chutney

This is one of the simple, tasty and healthy chutney prepared out of Lauki peel which is usually thrown into bins in most of the houses. There are many variations in preparing this chutney but this is my style of preparation with the addition of coriander and mint leaves. It makes the chutney more healthy and also gives flavourful taste. This chutney goes perfect with plain hot rice and also can be served with Rasam, Curd or Sambhar rice. I have used dry red chillies in this recipe which also be substituted with green chillies and also adjust the quantity according to taste bud.

Ingredients :

1 Cup Lauki Peel, Chopped 
2 - 3 Red chillies ( adjust according to taste bud ) 
2 Tbsp Urad dal 
1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera seeds
Handful of Coriander and Mint leaves 
Small piece of ginger 
Salt to taste 
2 Tsp Oil 

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add chopped lauki peel.

Saute it for couple of minutes and add ginger piece followed by mint - coriander leaves.

Saute till the colour of lauki peel changes.

Once done, remove from the flame and keep aside.

Add urad dal to the same pan followed by red chillies and cumin seeds.

Roast them till the colour of dal changes and aroma comes out.

Once done, cool all the ingredients and grind into fine paste by adding the required amount of salt and little water.

The consistency of chutney should not be watery so add water according to it.

Once done, transfer it to a bowl and serve.

Serving Options :

Serve with hot Plain rice, Rasam rice, Curd rice or Sambar rice. 


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