Spicy Pointed Gourds

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—-

Ingredients:

  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.

STEPS.

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.

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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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Keema Stuffed Pointed Gourd

KEEMA STUFFED POINTED GOURD

Hello and welcome dear friends to my corner again. Today I’ll be sharing with you a recipe of stuffed pointed gourds with chicken keema. It’s spicy, tasty, chilly and wholesome to be had with steamed rice and chapatis. It’s very hassle-free and liked generally by everyone. I hope you all too will like it. So let’s start with it—

Ingredients:

  1. Pointed Gourd – 250 gms.
  2. Venky’s Masala Chicken Keema or raw chicken keema- 150 gms.
  3. Salt – According to taste
  4. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  5. Onions – 2
  6. Green Chillies – 2
  7. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  8. Chicken Masala – 1 tsp
  9. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  10. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Tomato Puree – 1 tsp
  12. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  13. Vegetable Oil – to shallow fry.

STEPS.

Step 1 

Wash and scrape the skin lightly of the pointed gourds. Cut both edges of them.

Step 2

Peel the pointed gourds and blanch for two minutes.

Step 3 

I have shown two ways of making the recipe here. In one of them, I have used the readymade chicken masala keema and filled the pointed gourds with it and shallow fried it. In the other recipe, I have shown a different way of making it by using raw chicken keema. Both the recipes are equally nice and you can make both of them.

Step 4

For making the recipe with the first method, take a pan and into it add the Venky’s masala chicken keema(it can be found in your nearby departmental stores or you can also get it online.It is a heat and serve product.)Heat it properly and then fill it in the pointed gourds. When done shallow fry these gourds till they get lightly browned on both sides.Place on a tissue paper to drain out excess oil.

Step 5

To make the dish with the second method, take a pan and add oil to it. Now add the chopped onions and green chilies. Fry for a minute and add the ginger-garlic paste and saute again. Next add the spices, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder,garam masala and tomato puree and fry everything well for three minutes. Next add in the raw keema, fry for a bit and add some water to get it cooked properly. When the water evaporates saute the keema well and let it cool.

Step 6

Scoop the insides of the pointed gourds and you can add this inside matter to the keema too when you are frying the keema. Fill the batter into the gourds and shallow fry them till browned.

Our Keema Stuffed Pointed Gourds are ready. Serve them with loaves, homemade chapatis, tortillas, fried rice or lunch and dinner platter.

You can alternately bake the pointed gourds also. The same recipe can be made by baking it rather than frying.

Friends do try the recipe at home. It’s tasty and goes very easy on time. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!