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7 May 2007

Dudhi ki sabzi - Bottle gourd in gravy

Dudhi ki sabzi


There are some vegetables that never make it to our favourites' list. Most gourds, especially the bitter gourd for obvious reasons, and also the bottle gourd for being so tasteless. DH is absolutely a non-fussy eater but gourds deter him too. When I tried out an experiment with the bottle gourd for my lunch, inspired by what our friend in Bangalore had made for us, it turned out so good, that it was entirely report-worthy and repeat-worthy. I made an effort to spare some for dinner, and when I gingerly served some to DH, he said - "Is there more of that??". That moment, the poor dudhi had recorded it's place in the annals of our household.

I must give due credit to an Andhra recipe which our friend had shared with me verbally. Since I couldn't recollect much of it, what went into this recipe, were ingredients thrown in by intuition, in my own approximations. The idea of dudhi in a thick gravy is her traditional recipe though.

Before I share this zero-oil, tasteful wonder with you, I must announce that a good friend Manasvi has started his own food blog called - From the Bachelor's Kitchen. As good ladies we must encourage a man's efforts in the kitchen, shouldn't we ;)


DUDHI / LAUKI KI SABZI
Bottle gourd in gravy - a zero oil recipe

Category: Vegetable, low-carb, zero-oil, diabetic recipe
Time taken: Under 15 minutes
Serves: 2
Source: Adapted from a friend's recipe

Ingredients
1 small dudhi -peeled cut into cubes (to make 2 cups of cubes)
pinch of turmeric powder and asafoetida each, 1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water

For masala
2 red chillies - broken into small pieces
1 heaped tablespoon sesame seeds (white ellu)
1 tbsp tur dal
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp saunf or fennel seeds (substitute with jeera if you dont have this, but good to use fennel)
2 peeled garlic pods (optional)
PLUS
1/4 Cup roasted peanuts

Coriander leaves for garnish

To prepare masala
Dry roast the ingredients - red chillies through garlic.
Once the tur dal turns golden, remove, cool and dry grind in small mixer with handful of roasted peanuts. If you dont have roasted peanuts, then first roast peanuts separately as it takes longer than other ingredients. Grind to a coarse powder, keep aside.

Directions
Heat 3/4 cup water in a heavy pan. Bring to a boil with turmeric, salt and hing. Add the dudhi cubes and boil for 5-7 minutes until the pieces are soft but retain shape. They may be some water left over, but do not drain it.
OR
Microwave for 3 min on high

Add masala powder to the cooked gourd pieces in the same pan. On a low flame, mix the cooked gourd with the masala. The excess water will be absorbed by the powder. Add a little more water if necessary.

Check for salt and garnish with coriander. This dish with pair fantastically with chapatis or even dosai, may be even bread.


Note
You wont miss the oil at all here, for the natural oils in sesame seeds and peanuts give it a rich taste
You can try this with any other squash or gourd, for eg. Zucchini
Bottle gourd is low-carb as are many others from this family, this makes an excellent diabetic recipe as well as a low-carber's recipe.
You can use the saved bottle gourd peels to make a chutney by sauteeing it with spices and dried lentils, and pulsing it in the blender.


31 comments:

Asha said...

Love that veggie Dudhi! Masala looks great and I bet it tastes great with chapaties.Thanks N!:)
Manasvi is a guy's name!Will check it out:)

Richa said...

hey, this seems like a good addition to my evergrowing list of gheea variations :) like the sound of fennel in any recipe, gives a unique flavor.
thanks

Nandita said...

Asha yes, a guy! thats why HIS is in bold :) Im making this again for dinner tonight!

Richa- Fennel is a unique taste and can spin any old recipe into new

Sig said...

Hmm... I am not a big fan of bottle gourd either (but bitter gourd I adore)... and zero oil too... But looking at that beautiful picture and reading that your DH loved it, you might have just convinced me to give it another try :)

Lata said...

The fact that this is a zero-oil recipe makes me try that.

I make lot of curries with Doodhi but this is the one I never made.

DEEPA said...

Neat Presentation of recipe facts .Excellent ...Have to give it a try for sure ....

Aruna said...

Nandita, U r back with Zero Oil recipe after the delicious cheese Cake!

With a recipe this good, its been placed high on my "to do" recipe collection. Thx.

BTW Check out blog. Thx

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Reena said...

i am not a fan of bottle gourd either but love bitter gourd. i must try this. looks tempting.

Nalini said...

Hi Nandita

I am a big fan of your site.. . tried your dudhi gravy recipe just now.. smells and tastes wonderful!!!

Roopa said...

wow this goes delicious with chapatis. Looks very good

Vcuisine said...

Sounds interesting without oil. Will try sometime sure. Viji

Raaga said...

Incidentally, I made something with this too... very recently. I will share the recipe on my blog and will definitely try this recipe out :) Bought a bottle gourd just yesterday :)

kavitha said...

Hi,
This is a really wonderful treat! I am going to try it tonight..
Thanks for all your efforts with these healthy and yummy recipies.
Kavitha.

bluespriite said...

Have to try this this.. may be will like dudhi after it :)

Suma said...

HI Nandita,

Thanks for sharing such tasty recipes!! I have already become a fan of your brinjal podi curry & this is the new one!!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a copy cat to your recipe. Shame on them.

http://foodatarian.com/2008/02/05/dudhi-sabji-lauki-ki-sukhi-sabji/

foodatarian said...

thanks for informing us..we did not intend to copy in anyway..the recipe was a submission through a friend..

Its a new learning for us and we will be more careful in publishing recipes now..thanks for letting us know.

Keep up the good work!!

Regards,
Foodatarian team.

Rajashree said...

Hi,

Thanks a lot for the recepie...The taste is real good.....

Thanks
Rajashree

Gardenia said...

Thank you for all the nice things you say- I just got your reply :-) and thanks too, for making me want to cook again with enjoyment!

Debarati said...

I tried your recipe this morning and wanted to thank you for this new addition to my recipe box.

The curry (if you may call it so) tastes delicious and is fit to be served at a party. Thank you so much...

Debarati Dutta-Cherukuri

ketki said...

hi i tried this recipe..but it turned out bitter..which me and my husband had to threw it away..can anyone pls tell me why?...thanks

SuniKrishnan said...

I tried this recipe yesterday, I and DH loved the new taste of it. ... Thanks a lot for sharing!!

Rashida said...

My DH has never been a fan on Dudhi so I rarely cook it but this recipe he really liked and said it has a high repeat value.I love the fact that its a zero oil one.Thanks Nandita for sharing

AnotherHuman said...

Amazing. I just made it as "prescribed" ;o. It is delicious, Make sure you don't let the gourd get mushy.

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Anonymous said...

This is a great recipe. Thank you. Me and my family enjoyed it very much

Deepti said...

Great recipe my hubby loved it!! Thanks

Roshni Sangeeta Tandon said...

what a unique recipe. thank you!

saffrontrail said...

Glad you like it/ Did you try making it?

Savita_visal said...

Wanted a different recipe for Dudhee.. and found your recipe .. My son helped me cook it.. hmm smells so good and tastes yummy.. In addition, I added a potato and a tomato too..and when making masala added little fenugreek seeds..

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