Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boodida gummidikaya koora/ Ash gourd curry

With all the pumpkins and gourds around in season, I thought of posting an Andhra style curry with the Ashgourd also called "Boodida gummadi" in telugu. It is used in various dishes such as daals, sambhar, and even candies (called petha) in Indian cuisine. This simple and quick recipe here involves cooking ashgourd in tamarind sauce with grated coconut and is a yummy and light accompaniment with hot rice or rotis.

Ashgourd quarter peeled and cut to small cubes
juice from a a small lemon sized ball of tamarind
2 chopped green pepper
1 tbsp grated jaggery
3 tbsp grated fresh or dry coconut
pinch of hing (asafoetida)
salt to taste
for tempering:
3 tsp oil
1 tbsp chana daal
1 tbsp urad daal
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp mustard
2 dried red pepper
1 tsp turmeric
few curry leaves

In a large pan heat oil for seasoning. Add  all the seasoning ingredients in order mentioned, ending with turmeric so it doesnt blacken. When seeds start to splutter add the curry leaves and chopped green pepper. Sprikle the seasoning with a pinch of hing. Now stir in the cut ashgourd pieces mix and cook with a cup of water.
When the gourd is slightly tender add the tamarind juice and cook until it looses the raw smell and starts to reduce and thicken.  now add the grated jaggery, adjust the salt and mix well. Stir in the grated coconut and take off the flame. The yummy hot and sour ashgourd curry is ready to serve. Enjoy!

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot with steaming rice dish or rotis


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  1. it looks so simple to make. it should be very tasty

  2. Sounds great and we use to make ash gourd curry in different way..urs looks delicious..would love to try ur version.:)

  3. I love Andhra style curries .This one looks very different and delicious.

  4. Simply yummy curry..Perfect with White rice..

  5. Now I have to find ash gourd! Looks yummy.

  6. Droolworthy curry!!looks yummy..

  7. Delicious curry. Adding jaggery is new to me.

  8. delicious and recipe is really nice...

  9. NIce dish.Its new to me never tried this.

  10. Looks too inviting Raje.. Love coconut based koora's very much!

  11. I've never had Ashgourd before -looks great and thanks for introducing it to me!

  12. My mom will do in different style,ur's looks good

  13. Thank you all for your lovely comments! I am so glad that this recipe interests you.
    This is a very simple one, yet tasty and handy dish.
    Particularly when I get in the trend of using seasonal veggies, one of the reasons being cost effectiveness, I tend to look out for various ways to cook a vegetable to make it different and special everytime. I guess you all do too!

  14. For me its little difficult to peel and de-seed the ash gourd, but when it comes to taste worthy veggie. Your version looks delicious with coconut:)

  15. Looking good... I have never tried using Ash gourd!!!

  16. It is really nice to see someone write in telugu..Looks nice:)

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  18. Never tried Curry with ash gourd.I make sambar and kootu with ash gourd.New comer here
    Do visit http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

  19. An andhra freak here.I just loved this curry.Great blog and good collection of recipes you've got.

  20. I often confuse snake gourd with ash gourd, dear. thanks for the pictures...okay 'potla-kai is snake gourd', right...this is different. GOt it now. thanks a lot for this lovely recipe, too:)

  21. Thank you all!
    Yes Malar snake gourd is the long one, called potlakai although that also has this ash colored coating on top, it is known by its shape and length.


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