Exquisite Corner

'Exquisite' means of such beauty or delicacy as to arouse intense delight .A food that's creative, thoughtfully prepared, beautifully presented and easy to eat makes it absolutely delicious.On this corner,I have tried to recollect the spicy memories and food that I have enjoyed, a delicacy that still persist on the corner of my heart.Hope you too will enjoy it. Bon Appetit !


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pepino Melon Dal Curry

Pepino may look a lot like a melon, but it's actually related to nightshades which include the tomato and eggplant. Pepino is known around the world by many names including: melon pear, melon shrub, pepino dulce, sweet pepino, and mellowfruit. It's flavor is described as a delicious blend of cucumber and honeydew.They can be eaten raw for breakfast, in fruit and spinach salads.And also raw pepino can be used for curries. Its scientific name is Solanum muricatum. Ripen at room temperature until as firm as a slightly ripe plum, then refrigerate ripe fruit for up to 3 days.


  1. Tuvar dal - 1/2 cup
  2. Pepino melon - 2 medium size
  3. Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  4. Onion - 1 (medium size, chopped)
  5. Ginger-  1 inch size(chopped)
  6. Garlic - 3-4 pods (chopped)
  7. Chilly powder - 1/2 tspn
  8. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
  9. Garam masala - 1/4 tspn
  10. Green chilly - 3 (chopped)

    1. Shallots - 4 (chopped)
    2. Whole red chilly - 2
    3. Mustard seeds
    4. Curry leaves

    How to make

    Wash the tuvar dal well and pressure cook it for 6 whistles and set aside. Slice the pepino melon into small cubes. Cook the pepino separately with 1 1/2 cup water and green chillies. Heat oil in a bottom heavy pan. Add chopped onion, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute well till onion becomes translucent. Add chopped tomato and saute till mushy.Add chilly powder, turmeric powder and garam masala and saute till the raw taste of the powders leave. Add the cooked dal , salt to taste. Add required amount of water and cook well for 10 more minutes.For seasoning, heat oil in a wok.Add whole red chilly and chopped shallots. when the shallots turn brown in color splutter mustard seeds and add curry leaves. 

    Note: If you want you can add lemon juice while adding cooked pepino.


  1. never heard of pepino melon ...but have tried the same recipe with the similar kind dosakaya (big cucumber).....
    very nice clicks