Vazakkai poriyal
any vegetable well chopped - 1 cup
onion chopped - 1
curry leaves - little
chilli - 1
mustard seeds, urad dal - 1 tea spoon
asafoetida - 1 pinch
turmeric powder - 1 tea spoon
oil - 1 tea spoon

Heat oil in tava. Spurt mustard seeds. Add urad dal. Stir till it turns golden brown. Add curry leaves, chilli, onion, salt and stir well and then add vegetables with turmeric powder. Mix well. Close the lid and cook in low flame. Then and then open the lid. Allow the water in inner lid to drain on vegetables and stir well.
  • Chilli can be replaced by chilli powder 
  • When you cook lady's finger, add 2 more spoons of oil to season and add a spoon of curd or tamarind pulp if you feel it to be sticky. 
  • When you cook bittergourd add 2-3 spoons of tamarind pulp or water from rinsing rice to lessen its bitterness.