Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bottlegourd In Peanut Sauce

          Bottlegourd or Sorakkai in Tamil, is a very bland vegetable, because of that, it can blend itself into any kind of dish, be it sweet or savory, it gets it taste from the other ingredients. Usually I make a kootu or dal or more kuzhambu with it, today for a change I made a peanut gravy with the vegetable. I was not too sure of the finished dish, but it turned out to be really rich and delicious..

Need To Have

  • Bottlegourd - 2 cups chopped
  • Capsicum - 1/2 chopped
  • Tomato - 1 big chopped
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - a sprig
  • Coriander Leaves - to garnish

Roast And Grind

  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander Seeds - 1 + 1/2 tablespoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sesame Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon 
  • Green Chillies - 4 or 5
  • Ginger - 1 tablespoon chopped

Grind the ingredients under roast and grind

Add the paste and saute

Add the bottlegourd and tomatoes
          Dry roast the peanuts separately and the green chillies and ginger separately in a drop of oil. Roast the remaining ingredients, adding the sesame seeds last, grind everything into paste. Heat oil in a pressure pan, add the mustard and cumin seeds, once they stop sputtering, add the curry leaves, followed by the capsicum, saute for 3 mins, add the ground paste, mix for few mins. Now add the bottlegourd and the tomato, mix everything for some more time, add enough water (3 cups or more), close the lid. After one whistle, reduce the heat to low and cook for another 7 mins. Remove, garnish with the chopped coriander and serve warm with rotis or any kind of mixed rice, we had ours with ragi rotis.

Sending this to Veggie/ Fruit A Month Event created by Priya of Mharo Rajasthan and hosted by Raji of Vegetarian Tastebuds.

Do not avoid the capsicum, that gives a nice flavor.
If your tomatoes are very tart, reduce them accordingly.
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  1. nice recipe with peanut and bottle guard. new to me and recipe sounds delicious :)
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  2. Delicious and yummy recipe..bottle gourd in peanut sauce sounds new to me...

  3. Wow seriously this great looking curry makes me hungry..

  4. Nice recipe with addition of peanuts... Yum

  5. Nobody in my family likes bottle gourd, however i cook it, it will attain the taste as i wish.....Next time i will try this version.........

  6. Adding peanuts sounds good. Yum curry!!!

  7. Nice masala and the bottle gourd curry looks so good...very nice preparation!!

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  8. Very new and yummy dish with bottle gourd

  9. i dont often cook with bottlegourd... this looks yum

  10. It so happens that i bought my first bottle gourd today at the farmers market, after 2 and 1/2 years since marriage. I have never cooked it and bought it because the husband was willing to give it a try. Your recipe comes at a great time.

  11. This sounds very unique, nice recipe with bottle gourd! Love the gravy!

  12. This recipe is new to me...Looks delicious..Loved ur beetroot soup too...Thanks for visiting my space...Following you too..

  13. Very different recipe. Will try this for sure

  14. With peanut is great idea..different recipe will try ..