Thuvayal or thogayal or just chutney is an essential part of tamil cuisine. Thuvayal can be made with many kind of vegetables like cabbage, ridgegourd, coconut,lentils/dal and also a combination of different vegetables. Today morning, I was cutting a whole pumpkin for making olan. I had seperated the fibrous portion along with the seeds at the center and planning to discard it as we usually do. But my grandmom who is visiting us suggested that we could make chutney with it. This really impressed me and I immediately thought of doing a blog post. My grandmom made it and I immediately took pictures. It was quite flavourful and delicious and was over in no time. You actually can store it in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. Thuvayal is an excellent side dish with rasam rice. But I love to eat it mixing with hot steamed rice. It also goes with dosas and chapatis. I also like to have it by spreading it on a buttered toast,much healthier option.
Pumpkin fibre thuvayal /pumpkin fibre chutney
Easy chutney recipe with that fibrous portion of the pumpkin which we usually discard!
When you cut the pumpkin, while you use the pieces of the fruit for any of your curry or other side dishes, collect the fibrous portion at the center entangled with the seeds portion in another bowl. Try to remove the seeds. A few remaining is ok. It will give a nice nutty bite to the chutney.
Heat the oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, udid dal,peanuts,dried red chillies and channa dal in it. Saute till it turns golden brown. Keep it seperately in a plate.
Now add the few pumpkin pieces with fibre, seeds along with the curry leaves and coriander leaves. Saute till it turns a little soft and the moisture from it is slightly dry. Add salt and mix. Allow to cool.
Now grind the dal -peanut mixture to a slightly coarse powder. Add the pumpkin mixture and grind everything all together to a coarse paste. add few drops of water while grinding only if necessary. Its supposed to be quite thick and dry.
The chutney is ready. Collect it in a serving bowl and serve with rice or even dosas or chapati.
You can store this in refrigerator for around 3 days.