The Foodie says that I am a Compulsive Planner – to extend that I plan when to plan for something. So obviously I do plan my weekly menu beforehand if not then atleast a day prior I know what I will cook the next morning. But there are such lousy mornings when I look into my pantry and then give a thought as to - What of those lying stuffs will look good in my lunch box. One such occasion was last day when I saw only couple of veggies – Bottle gourd and Potatoes. On a normal Day I prefer Potato but on not so normal day like yesterday I preferred Dudhi – Lauki.
Early seven in morning I logged on to my laptop and a TO DO icon popped up with upcoming events which I have been missing for some or the other reason. One of the events is hosted by Divya of Dil Se – Tried and Tasted originally started by Zlamushka and this month the apt selection was The Singing Chef. So I just clicked Search – Bottle Gourd. I received about 3-4 lovely recipes but I selected this one – “Bottle Gourd Curry in Milk” as this seemed perfect as TO GO in my Dabbas.
It’s quite easy to prepare as You Do:
- Tempering: Heat Oil – Add Chana Dal + Urad Dal, followed by mustard + cumin seeds and asafetida. After spluttering add Curry Leaves + Split Green chilies.
- Cooking: Add Bottle Gourd pieces + Salt + Turmeric Powder – cook for few minutes. Then add milk, cover and cook till gourd pieces are soft. Then add the roasted sesame seeds powder. Mix and cook for couple of minutes.
It is one of the easiest recipes giving all the required different tastes to the normally bland bottle gourd. I liked the sesame and milk mix taste – quite unusual yet delicious in its own way.