Monday, 26 October 2009

Creamy BottleGourd Curry and my goodie bag from London

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Hi All! Today my parents returned back from a vacation in UK. They and my SIL got me a bag of goodies, which I would love to show you and I definitely want to use them sooooon. The best goodie is obviously a book by Peter Reinhart. Thanks so much G and P. This is my Bhai-Dooj gift from my brother. The other two small books are sent by brother’s neighbour Mrs.Gwyn, who came to know from G that I am into food blogging. She gave it to her to pass them to me. Thanks so much Gwyn aunty and thanks so much G to actually pass them to me.Wink
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When they reached home it was lunch time and I had cooked Bottle Gourd. Ya, bottlegourd again……my father and bottlegourd have some strange connection…I am always left with this vegetable to cook whenever he visits, so this time again I had this challenge of feeding him the vegetable, without him making a fuss.
I am writing the conversation we had after they reached home.
Father- Make some tea for me and  give me something to eat.
Me- You want snacks to eat or shall I serve you food.
Father- What have you cooked?
Me- Bottle gourd
Father- Then I will have snacks only.
Me- Taste it once, it’s good.
Father- No!
Mother- I will have some bottle gourd curry with roti.
I served  the curry and roti to my Mom and some snacks and tea to my father. My mom agrees that the curry was very tasty and insists on my father to taste it. He tastes it unwillingly and has a smile on his face and takes my mother’s plate and starts eating. I serve my Mom again.
Father- Very tasty, you have managed to hide the bottle gourd. How have you cooked this?
In fact during the dinner also he could not stop praising the curry. In his words he could not believe that Bottle gourd can be cooked so tasty…smile_regular
So this tasty curry which I have used to deceive Bottle gourd, is enriched with lots of coriander powder, some cream and cooked in a mix of oil and clarified butter….why will it taste bad? Right!!! And the best part is it’s very original.
So here I go with the recipe…
Ingredients
Bottle gourd about a kg  peeled and finely chopped
3 onions roughly chopped
3 tomatoes
200ml low fat cream
4 garlic pods
5-6 tbsp coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp red chili pwd
salt to taste
clarified butter+oil mix for cooking
1 strand of curry leaves chopped
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of garam masala
Method
Heat oil and clarified butter add mustard, fenugreek seeds and then curry leaves.
Grind coarsely together the onions,tomatoes and garlic, put this in the oil mix. Cook it till the oil separates. Now add the salt, coriander pwd and red chili pwd.
Add the bottle gourd and cook till half done. Now add the cream and cook completely. Add a little water to bring it to a  thinner gravy consistency. Put the garam masala, mix and serve with hot rice/paratha/roti.
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32 comments:

Preeti Kashyap said...

wow! U r one lucky bug! All the more reason for u to cook now....and so encouraging! The bottle gourd curry seems yum! Nice way to make a not-so-fond of veggie a spot on hit!

G and P said...

Loved the way you acknowledged those small things...:)... Will make sure that Mrs Gwyn gets her share of credit. Bottle gourd is a real challenge, especially when it comes to getting Baba's praise... Great job done,once again....!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice gift......Good interesting recipe for the event

SE(Denufood) said...

hi pari..curry is looking very delicious..ekdam mast...enjoy your goddies..more baking coming soon, i'm sure..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pari
I liked the way you narrated this blog, and the recipe is very new for me
Happy cooking

Sarah Naveen said...

Curry looks so creamy and yummy dea..!!!
Cute goodies too!!

Poornima Nair said...

Wow, thats a great gift from ur bro. The curry looks delicious.

Anupama said...

A delicious looking gravy that is... it always feels good to get your parents to like something na... way to go!!!!

Palidor said...

LOL, your father's cute. I think the curry looks awesome. What nice goodies you got too!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

I dint knw that bottle gourd can indeed be cooked this way too.thanks for the idea..and look at ur goodies..lucky girl..have fun using them all.

Sangeetha Subhash said...

ur style f writing n presentation r grt.. nice post...sounds like another interesting recipe for me to try :-)

pria said...

hi dear, the curry looks so rich nd creamy, i should give it a try soon then :)
have a grt time njoying with ur gifts ;)

Priya said...

WOw Pari, wat a prefect entry dear, bottlegourd curry looks very creamy and delicious..Enjoy ur goodies, hope to see many more delicious bakes and dishes from u soon:)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely recipe... nice way to hide it too...

Aysha said...

Pls come and collect your awards from my blog dear

chakhlere said...

What innovative way of making bottlgourd!!

I loved your goodies too!!

Sanghi said...

Wow.. looks great! Worth goodies..!

Sanjana said...

Haha, fantastic recipe, I've never tried this method before when cooking bottle gourd. Hope you enjoyed your presents from the UK (I have the food colouring in the wider tub in the bottom left hand side of the screen too!) And omgosh your dad totally sounds like my dad. That is also something he would do and say! x

Nandini said...

I see there is a background behind this creamy curry! It's lovelicious! This happened to us too!

Prathibha said...

such a yummy curry dear..I loved ur goodies those u recieved...

kittymatti said...

looks so creamy n declicious!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks good,I too have to send something for the event!

Rohini said...

No wonder your dad was so happy to eat the dreaded veggie!! It is a fantastic recipe dear..Wud luv to try it soon :)
Hope you enjoy your goodie bag and share your tried recipes from the book soon!! :)

Katy ~ said...

What a cute post about your dad. I could hear you and he speak as I read your words.

This curry does sound very good. I can see why your dad thoroughly enjoyed it. So funny that even for adults we have to disguise food to tempt them to eat it.

My Little Space said...

You're a lucky lady! Such wonderful gifts from your brother & his neighbour. I guess you'll going to use them soon lol. Btw, I just added your name under the befriending button list. Please feel free to collect your button. Thanks for being my friend & sharing. Cheers.

Varunavi said...

Loved the curry.Lucky u to get those books,me want to buy the bread bakers book

Sushma Mallya said...

enjoyed reading the conservation between u and ur dad...gravy really looks delicous, still havent tried anything with bottlegourd, nor i had any good recipe...will surely try this one soon as it looks good..

Angie's Recipes said...

Anything with curry tastes definitely heavenly!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks fantastic and love your goodie bag too.

Kanchan said...

Even I have observed that you are big Bottle gourd fan, so when I am in search of Dudhi recipes I know where to log on :P

BTW, Congrats dear!! I have shared “The Presentation Award” with your wonderfully presented blog, Please drop by my blog to collect it!

Shri said...

Lovely goody bag:D..Looks fab!I got the Bread Bakers' Apprentice book from one of my friends and never dared to make it...

Malar Gandhi said...

Yummilious...nice entry, dear.

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