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Bottle Gourd with Sesame

16 Jul

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Anapakaya Nuvvula Podem

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd 1/3 of small one
Sesame Seeds 2 tbsps
Broken Red Chiles 3 – 5
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Urad dal 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Broken red chillies 3
Curry Leaves 3
Hing a big pinch
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Grind sesame seeds, broken red chiles, cumin seeds and salt into somewhat fine powder.
Peel and chop bottle gourd into small pieces (abt. 2 cups)

Boil few cups of water in a saucepan.
Add chopped bottle gourd, salt and cook for app. 5 minutes or until the bottle gourd turns soft.
Remove from heat and strain the cooked bottle gourd.

Heat oil in small wok on medium high, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start to jump, add cooked bottle gourd and stir fry for few seconds.
Then add the ground sesame powder and salt.
Toss well and serve with rice or roti.

Notes: Don’t overcook bottle gourd pieces else they turn mushy.