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Bottle Gourd with Coconut and Sesame

1 Jan

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Anapakaya Nuvvula Kobbari Kura.

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

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd (Chopped) 2 1/2 Cups
White Sesame Seeds 3 Tbsps
Fresh Coconut (Scraped) 6 Tbsps
Green Chiles 4
Cilantro 1/2 Cup Packed
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

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.
Wash and roughly chop green chiles.
If using frozen coconut, leave at room temperature for sometime or microwave for few seconds.
Grind raw sesame seeds, green chiles into powder using a grinder.
Then add the coconut, cilantro and salt and grind again into coarse paste.
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 coconut mixture.
Cook on low flame for another few minutes and remove from heat.
Serve bottle gourd with coconut and sesame 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: Check other variations with bottle gourd here.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd with Coconut and Sesame, Anapakaya Nuvvula Kobbari Kura.

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.

Bottle Gourd Toor Dal Curry

29 Nov

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Anapakaya Kandi Kura.

Bottle gourd is chopped and cooked in oil along with spices. It is then finished with cooked toor dal and scraped coconut. Serve bottle gourd toor dal curry with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bottle Gourd Toor Dal Curry

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd 1/2 of Medium Size
Toor Dal 1/3 Cup
Scraped Coconut (Fresh or Frozen) 4 Tbsps
Green Chiles 4 – 5
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

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:

Peel, wash, remove ends and chop the bottle gourd (around 2 Cups).
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.

Refresh toor dal under fresh water.
Bring to boil around few cups of water, add toor dal.
Let toor dal cook and turn soft and translucent but not mushy.
Strain the cooked toor dal and keep aside.
Reserve the cooking liquid for later use.

Heat oil in a wok, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles and fry for couple of seconds.
Then, add the chopped bottle gourd.
Cook covered on low flame till bottle gourd turns soft but not mushy.
Uncover and stir in cooked toor dal, coconut, turmeric powder and salt.
Fry for a minute or two to evaporate any excess moisture.
Serve bottle gourd toor dal curry with steamed rice and a dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to cook the toor dal and bottle gourd right.

Suggestions: Add a splash of reserved liquid (if necessary) while cooking the bottle gourd.
Variations: Check other bottle gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd Toor Dal Curry, Anapakaya Kandi Kura.

Bottle Gourd Sesame Curry

17 Nov

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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.

Ingredients:

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

Talimpu:

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.

Bottle Gourd Garlic Curry

23 Oct

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Anapakaya Velluli Kura.

Bottle gourd / lauki is chopped up and either pressure cooked or cooked in a pan covered till soft but whole. Freshly pounded garlic is added to the bottle gourd along with tomato. Serve bottle gourd garlic curry with roti or with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Bottle Gourd Garlic Curry.

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd 3 Cups (Chopped)
Onion 1
Tomato 1
Garlic 3 Cloves
Cumin Seeds a Pinch
Green Chiles 3
Salt to taste

Talimpu:

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel and very finely chop the onion.
Wash and very finely chop the tomato.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Grind cumin seeds into powder and add garlic cloves and grind again.

Peel, remove ends and chop the bottle gourd into small pieces.
Pressure cook the bottle gourd with few splashes of water for 3 whistles.
Strain the cooked bottle gourd and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles and chopped onion.
Fry till onion turns translucent, add cumin seeds garlic cloves mixture.
Fry briefly, stir in cooked bottle gourd, chopped tomato and salt.
Cook on low flame for around 8 minutes or until tomato is cooked and remove from heat.
Serve bottle gourd garlic curry with roti or chapati or with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure bottle gourd is cooked properly.

Suggestions: If the bottle gourd is very young and tender, reduce the whistles by one or cook the raw bottle gourd in the pan along with onion.
Variations: Check out other bottle gourd recipes here.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd Garlic Curry, Anapakaya Velluli Kura.