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Bottlegourd curry

Bottle gourd curry also known as Sorakaya kura or Anapakaya kura is a very simple and traditional dish from the Andhra cuisine. Bottle gourd is a very versatile vegetable and is used in preparing various savory and sweet dishes. Bottle gourd or the lauki known in Hindi is an easily digestible vegetable with many nutrients and medicinal properties in it. Though the appearance of the vegetable is not appealing to the kids, but we should not forget that this vegetable is highly rich in iron, protein and fibre.

The lauki or bottle gourd is a very common vegetable in India yellowish green in color, shape of a bottle, spongy flesh with white pulp and white seeds. Bottle gourd is not only rich in essential minerals, iron, protein and trace elements; it is also rich in fibre. The cooked vegetable is cooling, diuretic, sedative and anti­bilious. It gives a refreshing feeling after eating it.

During ancient times in India, bottle gourd's woody shells (dried ones) were used as utensils and as sounding boxes for the sitar and ektara used by the bauls of Bengal. Bottle Gourd prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst and helps in preventing fatigue. This simple and delicious bottle gourd curry with peanut curry is one of the authentic village side dish as it is commonly grown in most of the backyard of many Indian houses and is an economically priced vegetable.

This traditional vegetable is cooked at least two in week with fresh bottle gourd and roasted and coarsely ground peanuts or groundnuts. It’s delicious, subtle with mild spices giving earthy and nutty flavors. Bottle gourd is one of the most favorite vegetable in the Indian cuisine. Bottle gourd when added to any lentils tastes extremely delicious like the pappu charu or sambar and lauki or Kaddu kheer or Halwa are few of the sweet desserts that are made of bottle gourd and is relished by many.

It is a best dish to be made during any feast, wedding party etc. The bottle gourd curry is a excellent dish, low cal diet, less fat and cholesterol and good for digestive problems, diabetics and convalescents. Its high water content makes it very cooling, diuretic and easy to digest. To prepare the Bottle gourd curry, firstly peel the outer skin of the bottle gourd and cut into two vertical halves.

Scoop out the inner flesh and the seeds. Make 1” dice of the remaining part. Wash the vegetable well, drain and keep aside. Soak peanuts or groundnuts for 10 minutes in little water. Chop the green chillies and fresh coriander leaves. In a pan or kadai heat little oil and must seeds when the oil get heated. When the mustard seeds crackle, add cumin seeds and asafetida.

Now add chillies, peanuts, ginger, coconut and few fresh coriander leaves. Fry for the ingredients for sometime over medium heat or till the peanuts turn golden brown color and crisp. Add the bottle gourd pieces mix thoroughly and cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and check if the pieces have turned tender. Add salt to taste, little sugar and mix well. Turn off the heat and top with remaining coriander leaves and serve hot with chapatti, roti or parathas.

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This veggie is not only highly rich in iron and protein but also in fibre. The more fibre you intake the more good for your system as it has abundance curative properties! Bottle gourd is considered to be very valuable in treating urinary disorders.

Apart from this peanut is rich in calcium and helps promotes healthy bones. Peanuts are a good source of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. In addition, peanuts provide resveratrol, the phenolic antoxidant also found in red grapes and red wine. Resveratrol is thought to be responsible for lowering the risk of heart strokes.

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