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Daalcha

on July 16, 2012

Daalcha - Bottle Gourd gravy

Mouthwatering gravy

 

It is one of the earliest vegetables cultivated by man, believed to be originated in Africa. Bottle gourd, not very familiar to the western world, is one of the favorite vegetables in Indian Cuisine. It grows in humid weather of India, Sri Lanka and other tropical countries. Bottle Gourd or Lauki has many properties that are valued in traditional healing.

A traditional Hyderabad’s recipe. It’s quite famous, made with bottle gourd and chickpea lentil. Goes great with rice or paratha.

 

Ingredients:

-Bottle Gourd 1 medium sized

-Chickpea lentil 1/2 cup boiled

-Onions 2 small sliced

-Tomatoes 2 medium cubed

-Red chilli powder 1 tbsp

-Turmeric powder 1 tsp

-Salt to taste

-Fresh coriander for garnish

 

Method:

Heat oil in sauce pan, fry onions til golden brown and add tomatoes. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cook well. Add cubed bottle gourd cook covered with a glass of water , until soft. Add boiled chickpea lentil and cook to evaporate excess water and the oil comes on surface.

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

 

Health Fact:

Its high water content makes it very cooling. The cooked Bottle Gourd is cooling, calming, diuretic and easy to digest. It is also effective against constipation and other digestive disorders.

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