Aakakaraka Kura (Teasel Gourd)

* Aakakarakayalu (Teasel Gourd) – 3 (Big)
* Onions – 2 (Big)
* Red Chillies – 5 Or To Taste
* Curry Leaves – Few
* Turmeric Powder – 1/4tsp
* Salt To Taste
* Oil – 10tsps
* Black Gram – 2tsps
* Mustard Seeds – 1tsp
* Cumin Seeds – 1tsp
Wash and clean the Aakakarakayalu and cut them into thin slices. Peel the onions and cut them also into thin slices. Cut the red chillies into small pieces and keep them aside.

Take the Aakakarakaya pieces into a microwave safe bowl and add some water. Place this bowl in microwave oven with partially covered lid. Microwave the vegetable for 7 minutes. Then stir once with a spoon and cook on high power for 7 minutes. Give 5 minutes standing time. Heat a pan and add oil to it. When oil is hot add black gram and fry till the seeds change color. Then add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Fry till the seeds splutter. Now add red chilli pieces and curry leaves and fry well. Add the thinly sliced onions and fry till they are brown in color. Then add the cooked Aakakarakaya pieces and mix well. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well. Now cover the pan and cook on slow flame for 5 to 7 minutes.serve hot with rice.