Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bottle gourd fry

Bottle gourd or opo squash or long melon is a vine, grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried and used as a utensil ,bottle or pipe. There are 2 varieties long and round .Its a watery vegetable and has a lot of fibre content.Here we r going to see the recipe of bottle gaurd fry. It has all different kinds of spices. It is very gud for kids as it helps for constipation.U can also freeze the bottle gaurd for later use.


I have taken 1 bottle gourd . Peel the bottle gourd and cut into cut into cubes. I have taken 3/4 of the bottle gourd and froze the remaining for later use. Method:
Here I have taken 1 onion,1 tomato ,4 to 5 green chillies, 4 red chillies , curry leaves and some cilatnro for garnishing. For splattering ,I have taken 1 tsp of mustard , 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tbsp chilli pwdr ,1 tsp turmeric a pinch of hing and salt to taste.

In a heated pan, add oil and splatter some mustard seeds , cumin seeds,red chillies and curry leaves.Once the mustard is splattered, add hing, onion and green chillies .Once the onions are sauted well, add tomato with little salt .This salt takes out the moisture in the tomato and cooks fast.

Now add the bottle gourd and saute it well.When it is half cooked, add chilli pwdr and turmeric pwdr.Once the raw smell is gone ,sprinkle some water and let it cook until, the bottle gourd is fully cooked.

Once the bottle gourd is cooked, garnish it with cilantro.This goes very well with white rice,chapathi.Bottle gaurd , can aslo be cooked along with prawns .It gives nice texture and taste with prawns.

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