Today I am sharing with you a healthy side dish recipe made with stems,leaves and shoots of Bottle Gourd. It is a traditional Bengali recipe, very tasty,non- spicy and quick and easy to prepare. You can use any vegetables you have in hand and can use Pumpkin’s stems and leaves (Kumro Shak) instead of Bottle Gourd.
Cooking time – 30 minutes. Serve – 4
1.Chopped stems,leaves and shoots – 1 bowl (500 grams.)
2.Potato – 150 grams.(cut into cubes.)
3.Eggplant (begun) – 200 grams.(cut into cubes.)
4.Pumpkin – 250 grams.(cut into cubes)
5.Slit green chilly – 4
6.Nigella seeds (kalonji) – 1/2 tsp.
7.Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
8.Salt to taste.
9.Sugar – 1/2 tsp.
10.Wheat flour – 1 tbsp.
11.Milk – 1/2 cup.
12.Chopped coriander leaves – 4 tbsp.
13.Oil – 4 tbsp.
14. [Optional] – Bori (sun dried urad dal dumplings) – 6
1.Wash all the vegetables and put in a colander. Heat oil in a frying pan. When hot reduce the heat, add Bori. Fry until brown on both sides. Take out from the oil, keep aside.
2.Add nigella seeds in the remaining oil, stir fry for 30 seconds. Add all the vegetables, salt and turmeric powder. mix well. Cover the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat (stir in between). Add 11/2 to 2 cups of water, sugar and green chilly (2). Cook until the vegetables are cooked.
3.Mix wheat flour with milk and add to the pan,mix well. Cook with continuous stirring until there is no liquid left. Reduce the heat, add the Bori (crushed) and coriander leaves, mix well. Remove pan from the heat, cover and give 10 minutes standing time.
The healthy veg. curry is ready, garnish with green chilly and serve with steamed Rice or Roti.