Friday, July 30, 2010

Simple and Tasty- BottleGourd Curry!

I am sure I have talked enough of Bottlegourd and its curative properties in my earlier two Bottlegourd recipes- One of which is a sweet dish - Doodhi Halwa (Sweet Bottlegourd Pudding) and the second one is Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry.  So I am not going to go into those details once again and directly jump to my post for today which is a simple, easy to make and delicious curry to enjoy with Roti, Parantha and even rice.

I make this curry quite often and its one of my favorite. My mother always used to make all the green vegetables and she made sure that we grow up eating fresh and healthy veggies and fruits.



Here is the most simple recipe for Bottlegourd Curry (Click here for printable version)

Ingredients:
1 Medium sized Bottlegourd ( Peeled, Washed and Chopped into small pieces)
1 Onion
3 Tomatoes
2 Green Chillies
A small piece of Fresh Ginger Root
1 pinch Asafoetida
1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala
1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
Salt- To Taste
Red Chilli Powder- To Taste
3 Tbsp- Oil
Water- (3/4 to 1 Cup)

Method:
1. First of all, add the onions, tomatoes, ginger and green chillies to your food processor or chopper and chop them together coarsely.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or pan (if you dont have pressure cooker)
3. Once oil is hot, add Asafoetida and Cumin Seeds. Once cumin seeds change slightly brown, add the chopped onion tomato mixture.
4. Stir-fry the mixture until it starts to leave the oil from the sides.
5. Now add all the dry spices- Salt, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder and Garam Masala.
6. Mix well and add 2 tbsp of water incase Mixture is getting too dry and stir-fry for 5-7 more minutes. Again it should start to leave oil from the sides.
7. Now add the chopped Bottlegourd and give it a nice mix.
8. Add water (3/4 cup to 1 Cup- depending on how much bottlegourd you have). Keep in mind bottlegourd leaves its own water/juice while cooking so you don't have to add too much of water. Just enough that all the bottlegourd gets soaked in it.
9. Now if you using pressure cooker; Close the lid and whistle and let it cook for 10 minutes. If you cooking using a pan, cover the pan with a lid and cook until its tender, nicely done and has a little thick gravy.

 Garnish with Coriander leaves and Serve Hot with your favorite Bread or Rice!


Enjoy!!

13 comments:

Priya said...

Mouthwatering curry, looks soooo yummy..

Jay said...

loved d golden sunshine colored curry pics dear...very healthy n tempting recipe...keep on rocking...!

Tes said...

It sounds like a wonderful curry. I love the pictures... they look so fresh and bright :)

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Dudhi curry looks really tasty and yummy..few days back I saw on Star Plus News that in India no one buying dudhi? they were selling 2rs a kilo !!

Pacheco Patty said...

Beautiful colors , looks so delicious. I love your ingredients:-)

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious similar to how we make it

Aparna S Mallya said...

Looks radiant!

Pam said...

This sounds delicious, good and spice and has a great color also! I'm new here and glad I found your blog, great recipes!

PJ said...

Looks so vibrant!Am sure it would taste great with roti :)

Marisa said...

Beautiful curry! I honestly have never heard of bottlegourd before. It seems like a really versatile ingredient. Thanks for teaching me!

Vaishali Sharma said...

Thanks Everyone! I am pleased that you all liked this simple recipe :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Your bottle gourd curry is different from what we make should try yours looks very colorful!!!

alena said...

It was a
yummy tasty bottle gourd curry

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