Ridged gourd known as turai, luffa, heeray kayi, tori, peerkan kai, and finally beerakaya in telugu is a common veggie used in India in various curries, chutneys and fritters.
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Anchovies are small fish which are used are dried fish for flavoring dishes or just like that for making a curry out of them. It is used more in the coastal regions on India, but all over India who are familiar with them use it. Here in US, I get my anchovies from the local Asian market (not the Indian grocery), sometimes in the refrigerated section. They are called 'nettallu' in telugu.
My husband and me like them but neither of my kids prefer them. Also while cooking, there is some smell of the fish which my kids detest!! But we like them so I make them from time to time.
It may be a little difficult for a first timer to get used to it, but once they try it I am sure they will like it.
Anchovies get along with many of the veggies like, tomatoes, green plantain, ridged gourd etc.,.
I like to eat them fried to crispy just like that.
Anyways, how come I made this curry today?..It was a request from husband. Well he actually asked for Rendu royallu with beerakaya (dried shrimp with ridged gourd) but I didn't have any dried shrimp, so I used nettallu. None of my kids ate it, only me and my husband enjoyed it.
2 large beerakaya (ridged gourd), peeled and chopped
3/4 cup anchovies, cleaned
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
3 green chillies, chopped
5-6 curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
1/2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
Cleaning of Anchovies:
They come dried in a packet, head and all. To clean take off the head and the stomach area. Clean by rubbing them together in water and soak in warm water for about 10 minutes.
This is how they look after they are cleaned. Head and stomach area taken out.
In a pot, heat oil, add the onion and green chillies. When onion starts turning translucent, add the ginger-garlic paste and the curry leaves and saute. Then add the cleaned and soaked anchovies and saute for a minute before adding the chopped beerakayi. Saute and add the turmeric, salt and chilli powder. Beerakayi tends to give out a lot or water or moisture. So cook until most of the water is evaporated and the curry come together. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve hot with rice, roti or chapathi. Enjoy!!!
Tip: When adding salt, be a little cautious as the anchovies already have salt in them since they are dried in salt.