Chambakka thoran rice

Chambakka, a bell shaped fruit that can be called with many names.We have this tree in our backyard. We got the sapling from one of our family friends. He makes garland out of this fruit. It blossoms in summer. The colour of the fruit varies from white to red. Though at first we were not able to find the name of the fruit, later we found that it is chambakka. I enjoy to see the tree with its red colour fruits. I spent a lot of time in taking snaps bacause it is a priceless moment that I didnot want to lose.  It has got a lot of medicinal properties.

Today I am going to make thoran out of it. Thoran is a keralite recipe.This popular and common dish is usually prepared to be eaten along with steamed rice. It is usually served as part of the sadya along with other dishes.

INGREDIENTS

Chambakkas/Water Apples – 2 cups

Coconut – 1 cup

Green chillies – 3

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For Seasoning

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Channa dhal – 1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Whole Red chilly – 2

Curry leaves a few

 Salt as required

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  • Slice the fruits into two, deseed and remove the brown fibers. Then slice it lengthwise or chop it.
  • Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. When mustard seeds crackle, add channa dhal, urad dhal add whole red chilly cut in to half. Then and curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  • To this add the sliced chambakka and salt. Mix everything well and cook in medium heat for five minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the coconut mixture. Grate coconut and ground with green chilies and a tinge of salt (do not add more salt here as you have already added while cooking chambakka).
  • Add this coconut mixture to the chambakka and cover it and cook in medium heat for five minute  stirring occasionally.
  • Open the lid and gently mix everything together and let it sit in low heat for a minute or two.
  • Now mix it with hot rice and have.
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