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INDIAN RECIPE: Stuffed Bottle Gourd

Serves 4
Preparation time: 1 ½ hour
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients for Stuffed Bottle Gourd:

  • 2 bottle gourd (450 gm each)
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup clarified butter (ghee)

For the filling:

  • 4 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup cottage cheese (paneer)
  • 1 ½ cup potatoes, boiled, peeled, grated
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp green coriander, chopped
  • 4 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 10 almon, chopped
  • 2 tsp raisins, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 lemon

For the curry:

  • 2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
  • 2 cups tomatoes, blanched, pureed, strained
  • 5 tsp brown onion paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Directions for making Stuffed Bottle Gourd:

  1. Wash, peel and cut the ends of the bottle gourd. Core the length of each and keep aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients for the marinade and rub into the bottle gourd inside and out, keep aside for 1 hour.
  3. Heat clarified butter in a pan. Fry marinated bottle gourd evenly and keep aside to cook.
  4. For the filling, heat clarified butter in a pan. Fry marinated bottle gourd evenly and keep aside to cook. Stir fry for a few minutes, add grated potatoes along with the remaining ingredients, sauté for another 10 minutes and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cook.
  5. Stuff each bottle gourd with the prepared mixture.
  6. For the curry, heat clarified butter in a pan, mix all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  7. Place the stuffed bottle gourd in the curry, cover the pan and seal edges with dough. Cook on slow fire for 6 to 7 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, slice the bottle gourd into 1 ½ inch thick rounds, arrange on a serving platter and pour the curry on top.
  9. Serve hot, accompanied by Khasta Roti.
  10. Enjoy your Stuffed Bottle Gourd. Hope you love this Indian recipe.


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