Spicy Pointed Gourds


Hello dearies and welcome back. Today’s recipe is one of my favorites, Spicy Pointed Gourds, a delicacy of northern India. The pointed gourd or parwal, as called in Hindi is fried with a combination of masalas and eaten with a basic Indian lunch or dinner platter consisting of chapatis, rice, dal, a curry, chutney, papad, and salad. It really is very spicy and tasty and is an appetizer too. I frequently make it and enjoy having it with steamed rice, a tadke-wali dal, and a garlic chutney. So let’s start with its making—-


  1. Pointed Gourd – 250 gms.
  2. Onion(finely chopped) – 2.
  3. Green Chillies(chopped) -2.
  4. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 2 tsp.
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 2 tsp.
  7. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Garam Masala – 2 tsp.
  9. Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp.
  10. Cumin – 1 tsp.
  11. Salt – According to taste.
  12. Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp.


Step 1

Wash and slit the pointed gourd from the middle cutting it into halves.

Step 2 

Take a heavy-bottomed vessel and add some vegetable oil to it. Now splutter in some cumin seeds and when it crackles add the chopped onions. Fry it for 3 minutes.


Step 3 

Now add the ginger-garlic paste and green chilies and fry it. Stir in the pointed gourds and fry it for 2 minutes. Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder,garam masala and the dry mango powder and fry everything. Now cover it with a lid and cook as such for 5-7 minutes on slow flame. Don’t add any water to the dish. Now remove the lid and check whether the gourds are cooked or not. Now stir-fry the veggie for five minutes on high flame. If needed add some oil to prevent burning. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Our Spicy Pointed Gourds are ready. It is a great appetizer and a tasty side dish for your lunch or dinner menus.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great weekend everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!



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Hi! I am Abha Jha and I welcome you all heartily to my blog. Cooking has been my passion for the better part of my life. I was brought up knowing the traditional Indian style of cooking from my ancestral home. I wish to pass on this treasure trove of delightful, easy and yummy recipes to foodies and budding chefs alike. I also love experimenting with food and discovering world cuisine. I wish to keep discovering amazing new recipe's and showcasing them with the world.

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