Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bottlegourd N Peanut Curry

The bottle gourd is a common vegetable in India. It is yellowish green, having the shape of a bottle. It has white pulp, with white seeds in spongy flesh...Bottle gourd is not only rich in essential minerals, iron, protein and trace elements; it is also rich in fibre. The cooked vegetable is cooling, diuretic, sedative and anti­bilious. It gives a feeling of relaxation after eating it. In India, bottlegourd's woody shells serve as utensils and as sounding boxes for the sitar and ektara used by the bauls of Bengal....Bottle Gourd prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst and helps in preventing fatigue. This bottlegourd with peanut curry is one of the authentic village side dish, this curry is very much often prepared in my grandma's village for almost twice a week with fresh bottlegourd and roasted grounded peanuts...I just love this simple bottlegourd dish which tastes delicious with grounded peanut coarse paste.

2cups Bottlegourd pieces
1/4cup Raw peanuts
1/4tsp Mustard seeds
1/4tsp Urad dal
3nos Dry Red chillies (broken as pieces)
5nos Curry leaves
Salt
Oil

Heat enough oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and broken dry red chillies and let them fry, add immediately the bottlegourd pieces and stir with enough salt, meanwhile microwave peanuts for 2 minutes( arrange the raw peanuts as single layer in microwave plate), ground the roasted peanuts as coarse powder and keep aside...once the bottlegourd pieces gets well cooked add the coarse peanut powder and toss gently until the cooked veggies get well mixed..put off the stove..

Serve as side dish!!!

14 comments:

  1. Soraikkai curry looks healthy and yum! Love it when you added peanuts! Slurp! :)

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  2. Raw poeanuts are coming to the market, curry is different!

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  3. This is yum n easy. We don't use bottlegourd, but i will try this with ashgourd or chow chow.

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  4. This is a very different curry Priya...looks yummy...thanks for sharing it dear :)

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  5. Sorakkai sure is healthy .... love it with peanuts... looks great :)
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  6. Interesting recipe ! Will try this.

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  7. this is such a new combo for me

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  8. This is one of my fav indian veg, and this curry looks so yumm with the nuts.

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  9. Yummy..we make similar curry during fasting..

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  10. This is something new to me. Looks yumm.Will try.

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  11. This looks delicious! New one for me. I love combo with peanuts.

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  12. Am planning to make bottle gourd for tonight's dinner ... am so bored with the usual way .... thanks for this recipe with peanuts ... will make this now. :-)

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  13. Uma ThirumuruganMay 20, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Delicious curry!

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