This is a traditional authentic Odiya delicacy...which specially cook in the holy auspicious month of "Kartik"in my state ODISHA.... During this month all the pious Hindus refrain themselves from eating egg, fish, meat. The last five days of the month considered as "Panchuka". The ladies made rangoli in front of Tulsi and celebrate by cooking satwik food (without onion garlic)..On these days specific dish made i.e, Arua anna, Habisha Dalma, Saga bhaja, Pani kakharu khata, baigan bhaja etc etc etc...
Let's start with the recipe of Paani kakharu khatta....
Pani kakharu (Ash gourd) - 1 cup (peel and cut into thin-small pieces)
Kandamula (Sweet Poatao) - 1 /2 cup
Kala chana (Dry black chickpea) - 1/2 cup (boiled)
For Tempering :-
Oil / Ghee - 1 tsp
Panch phutan - 1 tsp
Red Chilly - 1-2
Curry leaves few
Crushed ginger - 1/2 tsp
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
Salt to taste
Red Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Tentuli (tamarind pulp) - 2 tsp (or as your choice)
Guda (Jaggery) - 3-4 tsp (or as your choice)
Roasted Cumin-Fennel-Red chilly powder - 2 tsp (Jeera,methi,lanka gunda)
Boil pani kakharu n kandamula with little salt and haldi. When it cooked, remove it from flame and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a kadhai. Add panch phutan, red chilly, crushed ginger, a pinch of hing, curry leaves, red chilly powder and fry for few minutes. Then add the boiled chickpeas, Paani kakharu and little water if you want it to little watery. Now add tamarind pulp and gud/sugar. Let it cook for 5-8 minutes. Then switch off the flame. You can add grated coconut also. Finally add roasted cumin-fennel-red chilly powder and mix it. Now its ready..You can enjoy it with Habisha Dalma, Arua rice or any rice..