Since I came back from India this time, where dudhi aka bottle-gourd is all the rage...(Who woulda thunk that the obscure lauki would be so in-thing ! Apparently , its very good for your heart..) Im trying to find different ways of incorporating bottle-gourd - dudhi in my cooking..
DH hates it and Im not a big fan..so apart from the ocassional dudhi-ke-parathe and a kofta here and there I havn't much played with it...tried the juice thing for a while but DH's face when handed me that encouraged to look out for more ways to encapsulate it ;)
Till now , Ive tried it with Chickpeas, also in the Veg Tagine and that's been pretty good...its like tofu in the veggies - as it takes the taste of the spices and seasoning its treated with...pretty versatile that way..and can hide well among mixed vegetables ;)
When I saw this RCI announcement, I had to say it had me flummoxed...I have no idea what Manglorean food tastes like..what are the characteristics ??
Following some helpful links I came across this simple but different recipe for Dudhi and bingo !
2-3 cups dudhi cut in squares1 tbsp jaggery1 tbsp tamarind pastesalt to taste1 tbsp sambar powderCook dudhi cubes in water , jaggery nd tamarind paste with salt to taste. Let it cook for 20 mins or so.Add sambar powder and let cook for another 10 mins.Tempering : Heat a tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, 1-2 dry red chillies, curry leaves and add to the curry.
I tried it this weekend and just had with some rice this evening and I have to tell you - if DH noticed its his "favorite" veggie , he didnt even mention it ;)) and he - not a lover of sweet in his food too !! This simple curry is a delicious combination of sweet, sour and hot all together !! You should all try sometimes...