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Palta-pata, chal kumda teto (a bitter dish of Parwal leaves & wax gourd)


  • 500 gm wax gourd (chal kumda) (wash and chopped)
  • 10-12 parwal leaves (palta pata) (washed)
  • 100 gm motor dal (dried pea pulse) (soak into hot water overnight)
  • 1 teaspoon panch phoran
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • Salt & sugar according to taste
  • 1/2 cup of mustard oil
  • 2 cup of water


  1. Drain the water grind the pulses
  2. Make a tight paste of pulses and make some vadas.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the vadas then crush them & keep aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, add wax gourd and fry it properly.
  5. Add turmeric powder, salt and cook it in a medium flame with cover.
  6. When the gravy becomes thick, place it in a bowl.
  7. Heat the ghee in a pan, fry the parwal leaves and keep aside.
  8. Heat the ghee in a pan, add panch phoran for sauté.
  9. Add pre-cooked wax gourd, sugar to taste, pre-fried parwal leaves and stir it properly.
  10. Sprinkle the crushed vada on top of the dish and serve with steaming plain rice.

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