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Bottle Gourd Kadhi

10 Aug

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Anapakaya Challa Majjiga.

Bottle gourd is boiled till soft. Besan yogurt mixture is cooked in tempered oil along with cooked bottle gourd till the raw smell of the besan is vanished. Finally bottle gourd kadhi is garnished with cilantro and served with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bottle Gourd Kadhi.

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd 1 1/2 Cups (chopped)
Yogurt 1 Cup
Besan 1 1/2 tbsps
Green Chiles 3
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Cilantro few sprigs
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Broken Red Chiles 4
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Wash and finely chop the cilantro.
Whisk together yogurt, besan, turmeric powder and salt into smooth mixture.
Peel, remove ends and chop bottle gourd / lauki into small cubes.
Bring around a cup of water to boil, add bottle gourd and salt.
Boil till bottle gourd pieces cook and turn translucent.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add green chiles and fry for few seconds.
Then stir in cooked bottle gourd (along with the stock) and besan yogurt mixture in that order.
Cook on low flame stirring continuously until raw smell of the besan is gone.
If the mixture thickens, add half a cup of water and bring again to a bubble.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and s bottle gourd / doodhi kadhi with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to cook the besan yogurt mixture well.

Suggestions: Adjust the consistency of the kadhi with water.
Variations: You can also add coriander powder, cumin powder and red chili powder if desired.
Other Names: Anapakaya Challa Majjiga, Bottle Gourd Kadhi, Challa Anapakaya, Sorakaya kadhi.