MASHED POINTED GOURD
Hi, friends welcome to my cozy food corner again. Today I’ll be making a super healthy and super quick, a two-minute dish which you can make when you are out of time or spirits. It is a healthier version of mashed potatoes and is absolutely into all greens. Yes, it is a dish of Mashed Pointed Gourd. It is the easiest oil-free dish you can make and is so nutritious. Pointed Gourd or Parwal is also called Trichosanthes dioica and is a vine plant similar to cucumber and squash, has heart-shaped leaves and is grown on a trellis. It is also called Green Potato and is widely cultivated in the north-eastern region of our country where it is mostly curried or stewed and a special sweet is also made from it. In Bangladesh, it is called Potol and is a vital summer veggie there and is found at cheap prices. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, carbs, vitamin A and C. It aids in digestion as it has lots of fibers. It is good for liver problems, helps with constipation, weight loss, purifies the blood, reduces flu and high fever. And as earlier I have shared some stuffed gourd recipes I decided to give it a healthier twist and came out with this delicious one. It was liked by all in my family especially my daughter, Ambika as it is one of her favorite veggies. So let’s start with its making…
- Pointed Gourds – 4.
- Onion(chopped) – 1.
- Green Chillies(finely chopped) – 2.
- Salt – According to taste.
- Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.
- Fortune Mustard Oil or any other -1 tsp.
Wash and slightly scrape the pointed gourds. Now make a hole in through the whole veggie. Roast it. Now run it under running water and take the burnt skin off the gourds.
Mash them with a manual masher or in a chutney grinder keeping the texture slightly coarse. Now take them out in a bowl and add the chopped onions, green chilies, salt, lemon juice and the mustard oil and give everything a good mix. You can use any other oil also. But for making the Indian versions of mashed veggies I prefer using mustard oil because it gives an added strong punch, a better taste according to me.
Our Mashed Pointed Gourds are done. Serve them with your regular lunch and dinner platters.
Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback and have a great week ahead. Till then healthy cooking, happy living. See ya!!!