When I was reading about this seemebadane kayi/chayote Chayote/Bangalore Brinjal/Chow Chow I found out it is actually a fruit. I always though it is a vegetable. Chayote is low calorie, high fiber squash with excellent source of Vitamin C, and folate. Seeme badanekaayi also contains antioxidant flavonoids that help to destroy harmful free radicals. We can make chutney, sambar and use this with many other vegetables and also see many Mexican dishes calls for Chayote.For weight loss this is one of the fruit/vegetable you should add to your diet. Here is a simple recipe of Chayote palya/Stir fry.
Bitter Gourd aka Karela, hagala kaayi .. is as the name says it is bitter in taste but has enormous health benefits. With mustard and coconut gravy it is too good. Adding jaggery is optional but my mom says adding jaggery to it reduces it pitta effect. People with diabetes skip adding jaggery. My kids love this gojju with rotti, hot rice and even with chapati.
Karnataka's special, Nuchchinunde is an age old, healthy breakfast. My amma said that back in her days, her parents (my grandparents) used to grow lentils like toor, moong and channa. When they husked it, they used to get this lentil nuchchu, which are broken pieces (nuchchu means broken). Using this nuchchu, Ajji used to make the nuchinunde by adding coconut, chillies and some ginger. When she steamed it the aroma, itself was so appetizing they used to eat it with nothing but ghee :). Nuchinunde is steamed and loaded with protein. I am using toor dal here, but you can add chana and moong dal as well. Additionally and optionally you can add onions, methi leaves, or baby dill to make it even more tasty and healthy.
Rasam/saaru is consumed as soup or with rice. For cold winter days it is the best drink. For summer it keeps us hydrated. There are many ways rasam can be prepared. We already have the one variety , this is another way to prepare the tomato rasam with out dal/lentils. Tastes good as soup, with a rich coconut flavor.