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How to cook winter melon curry

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This is a slice of winter melon, cleaned off its seeds.

This is a slice of winter melon, cleaned off its seeds.

This is a slice of winter melon, cleaned off its seeds.

This is a slice of winter melon, cleaned off its seeds.

Remove the skin and dice into chunky cubes.

Remove the skin and dice into chunky cubes.

Wash about 3 tomatoes.

Wash about 3 tomatoes.

Dice them into small salsa-size chunks.  I use a chopper.

Dice them into small salsa-size chunks. I use a chopper.

Dice a couple of small onions.

Dice a couple of small onions.

Chop fresh ginger and green chillies.

Chop fresh ginger and green chillies.

Cook the winter melon cubes in a covered vessel with very little water (5 tbsp). If u add too much water, the cubes will get squishy which u don't want. Keep stirring till it is tender.

Cook the winter melon cubes in a covered vessel with very little water (5 tbsp). If u add too much water, the cubes will get squishy which u don't want. Keep stirring till it is tender.

Heat some oil & add cumin seeds, fresh ginger, green chillies & the chopped onions

Heat some oil & add cumin seeds, fresh ginger, green chillies & the chopped onions

After the onions turn translucent, add the diced tomatoes.  Mix & cover for 3 mins on medium flame.

After the onions turn translucent, add the diced tomatoes. Mix & cover for 3 mins on medium flame.

Add curry powder (or sambhar powder).

Add curry powder (or sambhar powder).

Add the partially cooked winter melon cubes and mix.  Add some salt according to taste.

Add the partially cooked winter melon cubes and mix. Add some salt according to taste.

After 2-3 mins, the curry is ready. Serve with rice or roti.

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