Mashed Pointed Gourd

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…

Ingredients:-

  1. Pointed Gourds – 4.
  2. Onion(chopped) – 1.
  3. Green Chillies(finely chopped) – 2.
  4. Salt – According to taste.
  5. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.
  6. Fortune Mustard Oil or any other -1 tsp.

STEPS

Step 1

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.

IMG_4401Step 2 

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!!!

 

 

Oil Free Mustard Chicken

OIL-FREE MUSTARD CHICKEN

Hello and welcome friends once again. Today I’m going to share a recipe of a special chicken curry made with mustard and it is really a delicious one. It is creative and has all the nutrition you need to make you healthy and hearty too.

Ingredients:-

  1. Chicken – 250 gms.
  2. Yellow Mustard – 50 gms.
  3. Onions – 2.
  4. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 2 tsp.
  5. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp.
  6. Salt – According to taste.
  7. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  8. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Tomato Puree – 1 tbsp.
  10. Yoghurt – 2 tbsp.
  11. Chicken Masala – 2 tsp.
  12. Coriander Powder – 2 tsp.
  13. Cumin Powder – 2 tsp.
  14. Garam Masala – 2 tsp.

For the tempering :

  1. Bay Leaf – 2.
  2.  Black mustard- 1 tsp.

STEPS

Step 1 

Wash the chicken. Chop the onions finely.

Step 2 

Take a kadhai, add black mustard, bay leaf to it. When it splutters add the chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste and fry for two minutes.

Step 3 

Now add the masalas, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, chicken masala and fry again. Now add the tomato puree and yoghurt.

IMG-3516.JPGStep 4 

Now add the mustard paste and fry for not more than two minutes. The amount of mustard paste should be less only as there are so many other masalas also in the dish. Add the garam masala and fry again. Add water to the gravy and simmer on low flame. Lastly, sprinkle some kasuri methi and mix everything well.

Our oil-free Mustard Chicken curry is ready. You may garnish it with fresh cilantro, fresh cream. Serve it with tandoori rotis, naan, fried rice etc. This is a nutritious and healthy dish which has not even one drop of oil in it.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!