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March 13, 2012

Achari Chayote Curry

Achar is a very popular Indian pickle. Raw mango or lemon are most commonly used to make it. Other varieties include mixed vegetable, gooseberry, or coriander. It's a great accompaniment for flat breads and rice. We like using it as the "sour" taste enhancer in many of our curry (gravy based) dishes. One of them is the Achari Chayote Curry. Chayote (from the squash family) looks like a fat green pear and has a mild flavor.

- 3 Chayote, peeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 2 tbsp Mango Achar (crushed variety)
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

Place the pressure cooker or skillet on medium to high heat and add oil for the seasoning. Then add mustard and cumin seeds. When they splutter, add turmeric powder, stir and mix in the chopped chayote. Then add salt and ¼ cup of water and pressure cook for 5 minutes (If using skillet, cook until soft by stirring every couple of minutes, add additional water if needed). When the pressure is released, open the cooker, add peanut butter, achar and cook for 2-3 minutes until they are mixed in evenly. (If using the skillet, just add in the ingredients once the vegetable is cooked thoroughly.) Now it's ready to be served. Enjoy with some rotis or warm rice/quinoa.

***Quick Tip:
- If chayote is not readily available, try the recipe with long squash or zucchini.