Bottle gourd Soya Nuggets: Bottle gourd Soya Nuggets are very healthy and nutritious snack that can be served as party nibbles. Made with a combo of soya nuggets mixed with grated bottle gourd and boiled potatoes, added with few aromatic spices and herbs makes this a great recipe to treat your kids with good food. This well air fried, oil-free nuggets are absolutely crisp from the outside and soft inside. They are tempting and yummy to eat especially with kids who are bit fussy with eating vegetables. Bottle gourd is a very humble and versatile vegetable which is added in making a variety of savoury and sweet dishes.
This vegetable is commonly known by various names such as lauki, doodhi, anapakkai, bottle squash etc. This fleshy vegetable is smooth, cooks fast as its high in water content, and is generally labelled as the poor man’s vegetable. Bottle gourd is extensively used in most cuisine mainly for its versatility and grace in mingling with other flavours and spices. Soya granules or chunks are an excellent source of protein especially beneficial to all the vegan eaters as it has a rich nutritional profile. Generally the spongy soya chunks are tasteless but have the tendency to absorb any flavour that you cook them with, making the dish plentiful, fun and easy to cook.
Bottle gourd Soya nuggets tastes extremely yummy and when mixed with some fantastic aromatic spices they taste not less than a tantalizing mutton dish. Eating nuggets is a big craze and trend especially among kids. Hence make healthy, fat-free, guilt-free nuggets which will be just yum and great to taste. Most people have heard about and eaten soya chunks, but are not aware of its nutritional benefits. Before we get into the recipe, some useful tips on Soya chunks: They are high in protein. They are 100 percent vegetarian and healthy food for both young and old. People suffering from health related problems like diabetes or heart ailments will have no problem eating soya.
They provide vital protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Bottle gourd Soya Nuggets would be a brilliant and nutritious snack for kids as often children hate eating bottle gourd when added in stews, sambar or curries. Creating variety of dishes benefitting the kids with good vitamins and nutrients is vital for healthy eating. Hence do prepare snacks which are alluring and luscious to eat.
Bottle gourd Soya Nuggets:
Soya granules, soaked in water – 1 cup
Bottle gourd, grated - 2 tbsp
Potato, boiled & grated – 1 cup
Green chillies, finely chopped - ½ tsp
Onion, finely chopped - 1 no
Coriander leaves, finely chopped - 1 tbsp
Mint leaves, finely chopped - ½ tbsp
Turmeric - pinch
Chilli pd - 1 tsp
Coriander pd - ½ tsp
Cumin pd - ¼ tsp
Garam masala - pinch
Salt - to taste
All-purpose flour - 1 tbsp
Water - as required
Bread crumbs - 2 tbsp
- In a mixing bowl, add soya granula (soaked in water for a while and then drain off the water), grated bottle gourd (lauki), boiled and grated potato, green chillies, onions, coriander leaves, mint leaves, turmeric, chilli pd, coriander pd, cumin pd, garam masala pd and salt to taste.
- Add little bread crumb if you feel the mixture is too moist.
- Mix all the ingredients well and Shape them into nugget size.
- Make a thin batter with all-purpose flour and water.
- Dip the nuggets in the flour batter and then roll over the bread crumbs coating them well and keep aside.
- Preheat the Philips airfryer at 180 degree for 3 minutes.
- Drop the nuggets in the tray and air fry first for about 3-4 minutes at 180 degree C.
- Remove and bast them with very little oil and again re-fry for another 2-3 minutes.
- Remove and serve them hot with any sauce of your choice.
Bottle gourd is rich in vitamins and especially in minerals which the body requires during the hotter months of the year. Cooked lauki is cooling, calming and acts as diuretic. It makes you relax after eating. Bottle gourd is not only rich in essential minerals, iron, protein and trace elements; it is also rich in fiber. Bottle gourd is a very good low calorie vegetable and you can prepare easy low cal dishes with this. If you are really looking for making some yummy and finger-licking action at your party, picnic or gathering, then don’t miss on trying out this recipe.
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