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Bottle Gourd Sesame Curry

17 Nov

Anapakaya Nuvvula Kura.

Bottle gourd is peeled and chopped and cooked in oil along with spices. They are then finished with freshly ground sesame seeds mixture. Serve bottle gourd sesame curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 2 Cups of Bottle Gourd Sesame Curry.


Bottle Gourd (Chopped) 3 Cups
White Sesame Seeds 6 Tbsps
Green Chiles 4
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and roughly chop the green chiles.
Grind raw sesame seeds, green chiles into powder using a grinder.
Peel, wash, remove ends and chop the bottle gourd into small pieces.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped bottle gourd pieces and few pinches of salt.
Cook covered on low flame for around 8 minutes.
Keep stirring occasionally to avoid bottle gourd sticking to bottom of the pan.
Make sure bottle gourd is just soft but is not falling apart.
Stir in ground sesame seeds green chile mixture and salt if necessary.
Cook on low flame for another few minutes and remove from heat.
Serve bottle gourd sesame curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure the raw sesame seeds are not bitter.

Suggestions: Make sure not to overcook the bottle gourd pieces.
Variations: You can also grind few tablespoons of grated coconut along with sesame if you wish.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd Sesame Curry, Anapakaya Nuvvula Kura.