Bottle Gourd Curry (South Indian Style)

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Bottle gourd is a very versatile vegetable, which absorbs the flavours it is cooked with. Here is an apt combination of spices to give you a lip- smacking curry which is enjoyed by all and with chapati or rice, alike.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Bottle gourd – 1 medium, peeled and chopped to small chunks
  • Urad dal – 1 tablespoon
  • Split chickpeas (chana dal) – 1 tablespoon
  • Whole dry red chillies – 5
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Coconut – 2 teaspoon, grated
  • Coriander – to garnish, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 3 teaspoons

Method

  1. Dry roast ural dal, chana dal and whole dry red chillies. Grind them well and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil and splutter mustard seeds.
  3. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida, curry leaves and chopped bottle gourd. Mix well.
  4. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally. Let it cook till bottle gourd turns soft and is cooked.
  5. Then add the above grinded powder, salt and coconut. Mix well.
  6. Garnish with coriander.
  7. Serve hot with chapatti or rice.
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