Vellaripalam is the fruit of cucumber. It is not easily available in markets. When we travel to Theni, there are some villages in the route. Ladies sell this fruit in front of their houses. I never miss that opportunity to buy this fruit. The fully ripe vellaripalam should have a crack on its skin. Only then the flesh will be soft and it tastes great. Today is the third week of Bloggin Marathon #18 and I am posting under Indian Basics.
This is how the cracked fruit looks like. We usually buy it like this. If bought without a crack, it takes even a week to ripe.
Cut the fruit into 2 equal parts and cut each part open. You can see the seeds inside. These are edible. If you have a lot of patience, then you can separate the seeds, dry them and use it.
Remove the seeds and cut each portion into thin long pieces. It will make the skin removing part easier. Remove the skin using a knife.
Cut the slices into small cubes.
Add enough sugar and a tsp of cardamom powder. Mix it gently.
Cover and keep it in fridge for 2hours. The sugar will melt and form a delicious syrup.
Transfer to small serving bowls and serve.