Bottle Gourd Curry


bottle gourd


Bottle gourd curry is a fine side dish for food like chapati and ragi roti. Some of the other names for bottle gourd are calabash, lauki, suraikai, sorakaya and sorekayi. If you want to make a curry fast, then bottle gourd curry is a good choice.

If you like to eat hot rice with an item other than the sambar, this curry too would fit the bill.


How about the ingredients for this side dish? The bottle gourd curry recipe needs only a few items. In addition to bottle gourd, the main vegetable, the only other main item you need is onion. What is more, it is easy to make this curry.

Sambar is also made from this vegetable, but the curry would be tastier.

What does the bottle gourd contain?
Here is info about some of the contents of this vegetable:
water content in bottle gourd
The gourd has a lot of water.1 So, this vegetable would be good for the health.
minerals in bottle gourd
Bottle gourd is rich in sodium, potassium and calcium.1

TIP
Do not throw away the scraped skin of this gourd. Instead, use it as a natural manure for your plants.








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Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

1. Bottle gourd / lauki / suraikai / sorakaya / sorekayi 1 small
2. Onion 1
3. Curry leaves 1 sprig
4. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
5. Oil 2-3 teaspoons
6. Salt to taste

Masala Items:

1. Coconut pieces 2 tablespoons
2. Roasted chana 1/2 tablespoon
3. Ginger small piece
4. Green chilies 2-3 or to taste
5. Cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon
6. Coriander leaves, few sprigs

How to make Bottle Gourd Curry?


1. bottle gourd curry s1a

Thinly scrape the outer skin.

Cut the bottle gourd horizontally into two pieces.

Cut each half lengthwise. Remove the innermost part / pulp.

Cut the bottle gourd into small pieces.

NOTE
If you do not remove the pulp, while cooking, it dissolves and the gravy becomes very thick.

bottle gourd curry s1b

bottle gourd curry s1c
2. Cut the onion into small pieces.

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3. Grind all the masala items into a paste using water.

bottle gourd curry s3

bottle gourd curry s3b
4. Heat oil in a kadai.

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5. Add mustard when the oil becomes hot.

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6. Add onions.

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Fry till the onions become soft.

bottle gourd curry s6b
7. Add the bottle gourd pieces.

bottle gourd curry s7

Fry for 1 minute

bottle gourd curry s7b
8. Add the masala paste and turmeric. Mix.

bottle gourd curry s8

bottle gourd curry s8b

Add water depending on the quantity of the gravy you need.

Add salt. Mix.
9. Cook the mixture, preferably in a pressure cooker, till the bottle gourd becomes soft.

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bottle gourd curry s9

NOTE
Bottle gourd cooks very quickly. If you are not sure about the cooking time using a pressure cooker, then cook directly in a kadai.

If you will cook in the cooker, then use less water.
10. Bottle gourd curry is ready.

bottle gourd curry final


TIPS Bottle Gourd Curry
1. To give the curry a sour tinge, add a few drops of lemon juice.
2. Add potato pieces in Step 7 for a variation in the curry taste.