Bottle gourd salna

Bottle gourd Salna

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This curry is one of my favorite dishes to make when I have enough bottle gourd. It’s a quick one-pot dish and tastes wholesome. It’s also my husband’s favorite and he likes to call it ‘salna’. He feels it would go well with Parottas (layered Indian faltbread) and rotis.

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil – 2 teaspoons 
  • Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoons 
  • Fennel seeds – 2 teaspoons 
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs 
  • Onions – 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes – 2 pureed 
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Green chillies – 1 slit 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon 
  • Ground coriander powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Red chilli powder/ ground cayenne – 1 teaspoon
  • Bottle gourd (Calabash) – 1 large
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Other ingredients: 

  • Coconut – ½ cup (grated or chopped)
  • Poppy seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Almonds or cashew nuts – 6  to 8

Instructions: 

  1. Wash & peel bottle gourd. Remove the white & spongy pith and dice the bottle gourd. Keep aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker, heat 2 teaspoons coconut oil & add cumin seeds, fennel seeds & curry leaves & let them splutter. Add in chopped onions & the ginger garlic paste & saute till fragrant & the raw smell goes away. 
  3. Puree two large tomatoes until smooth and & add it to the onions. Mix in turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, required salt & stir until combined. 
  4. Add in the chopped bottle gourd to the mixture & mix well. Pour 1 ½ cups of water and seal the pressure cooker. Cook the gourd for 2 whistles, turn off the stove & let the pressure release naturally.
  5. In a blender, blend together grated or chopped coconut, poppy seeds and nuts with a little water until it resembles a smooth paste. Add the paste to the bottle gourd curry and let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes until desired consistency. The curry should be smooth and flowy and not watery. Turn off the stove & garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice, roti or dosa.
Bottle gourd curry
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