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Bottle Gourd Onion Curry

7 Dec

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Anapakaya Ullipaya Kura.

Bottle gourd is peeled and chopped into small pieces. They are then cooked in oil along with freshly ground onion chili paste. Serve bottle gourd onion curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Bottle Gourd Onion Curry.

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd 3 Cups (Chopped)
Whole Red Chiles 2 – 3
Onion 1 Large
Tamarind 2 inch Piece
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 3 tsps

Method of preparation:
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Peel, remove ends, wash and chop the bottle gourd into small pieces.
Peel and roughly chop the onion.
Soak whole red chiles in warm water for couple of minutes.
Coarsely grind onion, red chiles, tamarind and salt.
Alternatively, use mortar and pestle to grind the same.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When cumin seeds change color, add chopped bottle gourd.
Fry briefly, stir in ground onion mixture and salt(if necessary).
Cook covered on low flame for around 10 minutes or until bottle gourd turns just soft.
Uncover and fry for a minute and remove from heat.
Serve bottle gourd onion curry with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure not to overcook the bottle gourd pieces.

Suggestions: If bottle gourd is not cooked well, put the curry back on heat and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: Add few tablespoons of milk while cooking the bottle gourd if necessary. Check other recipes with bottle gourd here.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd Onion Curry, Anapakaya Ullipaya Kura.