I often meet people who say there are not many vegetables they can eat, hence they have to eat non-veg food. I have grown up in a vegetarian family, and there are options umpteen. Today I am sharing recipe of a vegetable from gourd family. This is called Pointed Gourd, commonly referred as Parwal (परवल).You can make a few things itself with this simple veg, I will try to cover those in my future posts, today I am sharing curry of pointed gourd made with potato.
The recipe is simple and quick to make (takes less than half and hour). Recipe involves cutting pointed gourds, adding potato and doing a saute with spices. Parval / Parwal has its unique taste and it has seeds in it when you cut it. Some find these seeds uncomfortable to chew, I will suggest you make your choice as per your eating preference, but if you are new to this vegetable, you may like to remove the seeds (I eat without seeds).
When you buy parval you need to be careful to buy fresh. Fresh pointed gourds have nice green skin and does not have any signs of any wrinkle and when cut seeds will be bright white (else you will see little yellow shade around seeds).
I love cooking and eating these non mainstream vegetables, and if you looking to try out some of these offbeat veggies, you may like to try out some of these following:
First of all, cut the top and bottom of parwal and peel their skin. You can also leave the skin on. Now wash them and chop the parwal into 4 pieces. Similarly peel the skin of potatoes, wash them and cut them into small cubes.
Heat a pressure cooker on medium flame and add oil to it. Once it’s warm, add Asafoetida and cumin seeds. Now add chopped onion and sauté for a minute. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté again.
Now add all the spices and chopped tomatoes and chillies. Sauté till the mixture start leaving oil.
Add chopped Parwal and potatoes now with 1 cup of water. Mix everything and put the cooker lid on. Cook till 2 whistle of pressure cooker. Switch off the flame and let the pressure release on its own.
Open the lid of cooker and add chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with phulka roti, or steamed rice.
Cooking time may vary depending upon the pressure cooker.
You may increase or reduce the amount of water depending upon the desired consistency of your gravy.
Remove the seeds inside of parwal if they are ripen and hard.
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Aloo Parwal/ Pointed Gourd Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Total Carbohydrates 16g5%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.