Monday, November 10, 2008

Bottle Gourd Masala

You will need:

  • 1 bottle gourd
  • 2 onion(chopped into fine pieces)
  • 1 tomato / 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • pinch of mango powder/ amchoor powder (optional to get more of sour taste)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • salt for taste

For seasoning:
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp channa dal
  • 1 red chilli
  • few curry leaves


Step 1:

Peel off the skin. Chop the bottle gourd into bite size pieces. Heat some water in a pan and cook the bottle gourd pieces along with some salt till it turns soft. You can even pressure cook the bottle gourd for a whistle or 2 to save time.

Step 2:

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, channa dal one after other. Then add red chilli and curry leaves.

Step 3:

Now add the chopped onions and sate it till it become transluent. Then add the ginger garlic paste. Saute it for a min and add tomato. Saute tomato till it become soft. Then add the chilli powder along with garam masala powder.

Step 4:

Now add the cooked bottle gourd along with 1 cup of water and amchoor powder. Check for salt. Cook till you get thick gravy. It will take 3 more mins on medium heat to get thick gravy. Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.

This spicy gravy goes well with chapathi, kulcha, roti.


You can even add uncooked bottle gourd after adding masala powders. But it will take long time for the bottle gourd to cook. .

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