Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Posted by Mala at 12:00:00 AM No comments
In the olden days, Lauki aka bottle gourd aka suraikkai had no entry into the brahmin kitchens...........don't know why!!!!
Lauki is cooling, calming and anti-bilious.....reduces high acisic urination problems, prevents urinary infection, contains many vitamins and minerals, great for weight loss, Ayurveda recommends this wonder veggie for good digestion, reduces liver inflammation............Poor lauki, inspite of possessing such great qualities, why was it banned by brahmin kitchens during yester years????
But nowadays, whatever is healthy, whatever is vegetarian has entry into  most of our  kitchens, right??? ...
and this Curry brings back all the memories of  BITS Pilani, where my son studied. First time, I tasted this curry there, and got the recipe from the chef  there. From thence, this dish has become my family favorite.
Please check my Glossary for any unknown terms

Bottle gourd - 1, peeled and chopped
Onion - 1, chopped
Tomatoes - 2, chopped
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Copriander powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 cup
Salt to taste

To season
Cooking oil - 3 tsps
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp

Recipe Cuisine: North Indian; Category: Lunch/dinner
Prep time: 10 mts; Cooking time: 15 mts

Serves 2-3

Vegetables washed and chopped and kept ready

Heat oil in a pan, season turmeric and jeera, then add onions, all spice powders, saute well, then add tomatoes

After tomatoes become mushy, add coriander leaves, and then the chopped bottle gourd

Mix the curry well, then sprinkle some water, add salt and keep the pan covered with a lid. The picture on the left shows the curry almost done

Serve with dhal of your choice and hot phulkas/rotis

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