Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mashed Bottle Gourd Peel ( lau -er khosha vorta )


  1. peels of one medium Bottle gourd 
  2. 1/4 teaspoon nigella seeds
  3. 1 whole dry red chilli pepper
  4. 1 green hot chili pepper 
  5. 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  6. 1.5 teaspoon freshly ground mustard paste 
  7. salt to taste
  8. 1 tablespoon mustard oil 
  9. A couple of tablespoon fresh cilantro/coriander


Add sliced bottle gourd skin to boiling water (just enough to cover them) and let boil for 10-12 minutes. They will just soften. Grind them with a splash of water .

  You may add some fresh cilantro leaves if you want while making the paste.

Heat oil in a pan/wok.

Add nigella seeds and dry chilli pepper, the slit green chili pepper and the garlic to the oil.
 Cook on low to medium heat. The seeds will sizzle.

 When the garlic starts getting brown, add the ground up paste of the peels. Cook while stirring frequently for about 7 – 10 minutes on low heat or until peels are well cooked.

The color of the peels will change to a darker shade of green and the raw taste should have disappeared. The consistency will be like that of a paste.

Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve with hot steaming rice.

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