Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Bottle Gourd Curry!

Bottle Gourd Curry!


1 Bottle Gourd
1 tbsp chopped Ginger
2 chopped Green Chillies
5-6 Curry Leaves
1 tsp Channa dhal
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Mustard
Asafoetida a pinch
1/4 tsp Turmeric
2 Red chillies
1 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste


Peel the bottle gourd and chop into small pieces. Heat the oil in a pan, add Channa dhal, Cumin, red chillies, mustard seeds, curry leaves & asafoetida.After the mustard seeds crackle add the green chillies and ginger, fry for a minute. later add the chopped bottle gourd pieces and turmeric. Let the gourd pieces get coated with the seasonings and cook for few minutes. Then add salt and cover the lid and cook on slow fire till the pieces soften and . Garnish with some finely chopped cilantro leaves and is ready to serve hot .Tastes delicious with Rice or Chappathi.The cooked vegetable is considered to be cooling & diuretic .