Monday 11 September 2017

Ridged Gourd Recipe - Turai ki Sabzi - Tori ki Sabzi

Hello foodies,

It's been a long, long time since I posted on my blog. Being a foodie it is tough but we had an ongoing jain festival of "Das Lakshan" for 10 days whereby people pray and keep fasts as per their devotion. I was also fasting and generally we give up onion, garlic and root vegetables for atleast these 10 days.

I made this turai ki sabzi during the fast as it is nutritious, healthy and easily digestible by the body. So let's get started with the recipe...

Ingredients (you will need):

Ridged Gourd/Tori/Turai - 500 grams
Salt, to taste
Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder, 1 tsp
Amchoor Powder/Khatai/Dried Mango Powder, 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida powder/Heeng powder, a pinch
Refined Oil, 1 tablespoon
Tomato puree, 1 tbsp

Cooking steps:
1. Wash and peel the turai/ridged gourd/tori. Cut the turai in small pieces. Please note that the vegetable shrinks as it loses a lot of water during cooking so be careful with the quantity of the vegetable required. Here I have taken 500 gms of the vegetable which is enough for 3-4 people.

2. Next, in a wok/kadai heat some oil/ghee. Wait for a minute and then add cumin seeds and heeng powder. Let them cook for 10 seconds.

3. Now add the spices, namely chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and cook the spices for 10 seconds.

3. Add the turai followed by salt and stir the vegetable with the spice mixture.

4. Add tomato puree to the kadai/wok. Mix well and cover and cook the vegetable till it loses all the water and cooks properly. There is generally no need to add water. However, you may add water depending on the consistency of the gravy required.

5. Stir the vegetable after 5 minute intervals. As seen in the picture below, the turai has lost a lot of water and there is no need to add more.

6. Finally, add amchoor powder to the sabzi. Serve hot with chapatis/paranthas of your choice.

Hope you like the recipe, do try it at home and enjoy with your family!

Bon Appetit!

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