Friday, October 17, 2008

Dudhi Patra nu Shaak

I think ridge gourd (also known as shirale/dodka/Turiya) paired with patra is better known shaak than this dudhi-paatra combo. However this shaak is quite popular at my home.

Here's how we make it.

Dudhi Paatra nu Shaak
BottleGourd Stir Fry
1 medium bottlegourd, peeled, chopped
salt to taste
1/2 tbsp jaggery
1/2 cup ready paatra/aluvadi
1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds powder

2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
4-5 red chilies/boriya
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp ginger-green chili paste

1 tsp coriander leaves/ cilantro, chopped

1. Heat oil. Add all the ingredients for tempering. As the seeds start sputtering, add chopped bottlegourd pieces.
2. Add 1/2 cup water. Cover and let it cook for about 10 - 15 minutes or till the gourd is soft.
3. Add coriander cumin seeds powder, salt, jaggery and chopped paatra
4. Let it simmer for 7-9 minutes.
5. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Note -
1. Any vegetables like zucchini, tindora, turiya, padwal can be substituted. Just adjust the cooking time so the vegetables are not overcooked or remain undercooked.


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