Vishu is one of the important festivals of Kerala and our coastal region. It comes in April and usually on 14th.Traditional rituals are followed to bring in prosperity and we (lady of the house) will assemble Vishu-kani at Pooja room. It comprises all the fresh crops, vegetables, rice, gold, money, flower and pot full of water and one mirror. On the festival day morning, after taking bath, family members will see this “Kani” and seek the blessings of the god and from the elders. Usually at this time of the year, fresh cashew crop starts and cashew is one of the main crops of our region. Only for this festival we pluck fresh raw green cashew and prepare either payasam or kheer with chana dal or cashew and ivy gourd dry curry. This particular side dish is a must in almost all the festivities and weddings. Which is a speciality of Mangalore region.
This side dish has no other masala’s other than green chilli and coconut flavour.
Ivy gourd – 500 gms
Tender cashew – 100 kernels
Green chillies – 3 to 4 (slit)
Coconut oil – 1 table spoon
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Red chillies -2
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 2springs
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Jaggery – ¼ tsp.
-At first we have to remove outer cover of the young cashew. Take one bowl, put all those young and raw cashew kernels into it, pour boiling water and keep it aside for 10 to 15 minutes by closing the lid.
-When outer cover of the kernels swells, remove the outer cover and keep aside.
-Chop ivy gourd after washing it thoroughly. Make 4 lengthwise pieces of each gourd.
-Now take one thick bottomed kadai or clay pot, heat oil for the seasoning. Put mustard, when it splutters add urad dal, red chillies.
-When urad dal becomes red, add curry leaves and slit green chillies and fry a little.
-Next, add chopped ivy gourd and cashew kernels, turmeric, salt, jaggery and fry until it wilts a little.
-Now add one cup of water and close the lid and cook this in a low fire until it is done.
-Lastly add grated coconut and mix and cook until it is done.
– One pack of Young cashew, that we get in the market has 100 kernels. In Bangalore, I get these from the Mangalore Store (all Mangalore stores will have it when it’s the season)
-If you are using regular cashew, cook the cashew first by putting water and salt in cooker for 2 whistles, drain the water and then proceed as above method.