4.5.11

Bhagara Lauki - Tempt Your Senses!




Soraikai Masala:

Bhagara Lauki. Dudhikaya Kura. Bottle Gourd Spicy Curry.Sorakaya Kura.

Did I ever mention that I am kind of square when it comes to cooking! I try to balance every meal that I cook...with one fiber, a portion of protein and little carbohydrate. I actually plan a week's menu much ahead before even shopping for it! Use post-it notes, check-lists and cheat cards!! And, I try to stick to it most of the time. I write down my recipe-hints in a note book and leave it in the kitchen, to avoid confusion. Always give perishable goods first preference and put them on the top of the list to use them instantly, the things that could stay fresh for a long time, goes at the bottom of the list! Well, though it may sound weird...I should say, am just organized but not rigid! I give enough cushion to play with my planner and take outside influences. One such recipe is this...I didn't plan to cook bottle gourd this week, but I did.

Ingredients:

Bottle gourd 1 small - peeled and cut into chunks
Salt
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Fresh tamarind 1 large pod
Sesame oil 1/2 tablespoon
Curry leaves few.

To Be Roasted In Oil & Wet-Ground To Paste

Shallots 2
Ginger 1"
Garlic 1 clove
Dry coconut 2 spoons
Coriander seeds 2 spoons
Fenugreek seeds 1/4 spoon
Poppy seeds 1 teaspoon
Dry red chilies 7-9
Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
Peanuts 1 fistful
Oil few spoons

Method:

Heat up the griddle, add oil and tempering spices if needed. And followed by vegetables and ground masala. Further add salt, turmeric, chili powder and fry real good, until oil separates.

Then, add tamarind milk. Cook over low-medium heat, without lid.

When oil separates, remove from heat.

Serve warm to go with your steamed rice. Enjoy your meal:)

12 comments:

Hari Chandana said...

Very nice and delicious one.. looks awesome !!
Indian Cuisine

Raji said...

I like lauki a lot...use it in many dihses...Infact tonight I made lauki kofta...this baghara lauki is looking awesome...next in my to make list.

aipi said...

That's a fantabulous idea- lauki never looked this tempting!
US Masala

Nisha said...

Never had a nice recipe for lauki other than kofta so planning to try yours. Curry looks perfect.

Sobha Shyam said...

Looks delicious..a different recipe..nice to know about u being very organized :)

divya said...

wow...it looks very interesting and mouth watering!!

sangee vijay said...

I know to make kootu,sambar n Kara kuzhambu with lauki...this is new to me luks so fabulous n interesting too...I too make a note of this recipe ...thanx for sharing!!!

jeyashrisuresh said...

a fantastic recipe with lauki. love the masala

SouthindianHome said...

Looks delicious and yummy
South Indian Home

Prathima Rao said...

A delicious, royal gravy!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya said...

Wat an irresistible,mouthwatering bhagara lauki..yumm!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

That is definitely a very new curry, but looks soooooooo tempting. I too like to be square but it is not possible always. I like to have at least one member of every nutrient family on my plate for lunch/dinner.