Qush-Rang Kaddu ka Saalan and some Panicky Situations..

I will never forget what I went through on April 30, 2008, those moments of acute angst!

It was one of the most dreadful days I had ever faced. Like everyday when I had logged into my wordpress account (I was posting an entry to Click-Au Naturel!) I noticed there were so many error messages saying that my ‘wp-posts’ and ‘wp-categories’ table has somehow suddenly crashed and they were all nothing but Greek and Latin to me. That gave me moments of panic and fearfulness, I was not able to post anything, my ‘entire blog’ had crashed and I had no idea how I would rectify the mess. It was all horrible. I quickly mailed some of my contacts including couple of bloggers and the company which hosts my blog and WordPress for help. Everyone was with me supporting me and asked me to have faith. I had given up my hopes and thought I had lost it all, my blog, which I had built with deep and ardent affection.. all my love..

My hubby too was upset for me and he tried to help me by every possible way. At around evening, he opened my blog on a browser window and voila! my blog was all alive, and everything was working. When I saw that, my happiness knew no bounds and I was so happy, thrilled and relieved. I was all in tears and very gratuful to those who quickly worked on my blog. I pray and hope that no blogger has to face this ever in their life!

Right now I am so much more in love with my blog. I have put in so much effort to build up this website, which sort of defines me and is a medium to express my love for cooking with the world I live in. This is when I was thinking of the precautionary methods we all bloggers should be ready with every moment for situations like these and I found some very informative posts here, here and here. I request all the bloggers to always maintain a backup of their entire blog, a database backup and a backup of their actual blog on a very rugular basis, may that be daily, weekly, or monthly or after every new post they publish.

Anyways, Life is back to normal again, and I thank my God immensely. I had been to the grocery mart a few days back and saw these very beautiful looking Bottle Gourds and I quickly bought them home. I had not ever before seen such cute little brightly colored bottle gourds in my life. I was sending these to the Click – Au Natural Event yesterday when it all happened!

Two Kaddu or Bottle Gourds 

I was in the mood of experimenting in my kitchen and I searched my refrigerator for ingredients. I found some Halal Chicken Sausages, Frozen peas ..  and I quicky came up with this idea and it was one brightly colored and appealingly delicious curry. We had it along with Roti.

Khush-Rang Kaddu Ka Saalan – Bright Colored Bottle Gourd Curry 


  • Bottle Gourd – 1, approx 400 gms, peeled and cut into quarters
  • Chicken Sausages – 4
  • Frozen peas – 2 cups
  • Canola Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Dried or Fresh Curry leaves – 4-5
  • Ginger – 1 inch, finely chopped
  • Yellow Onion – 1, large, sliced thin
  • Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/3 tsp

Khush-Rang Kaddu Ka Saalan – Bright Colored Bottle Gourd Curry 


  • Pour oil into a saucepan at medium high heat and as soon as it warms up, throw in the sliced onion, as they begin to brown up, add the chopped garlic and chopped chicken sausage and curry leaves and stir fry it for a minute more.
  • Add the quartered bottle gourd, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric and pour in some water and cover the lid. Let it cook until the bottle gourd is tender (You can add more water if needed, but do not add too much water, the curry should be pretty dry when done).
  • Open the lid and add the frozen peas and let it cook for 5 minutes more. Taste and check it if the spices are adequate for your taste and add more if needed. Remove it from heat and Serve it warm.

Suggested Accompaniments: You can have these with any kind Rotis for a filling meal and a cup of flavored yoghurt.

I’m glad I got my entire blog back and am very very thankful to my hosting company who worked on retrieving my blog and bringing it back to life and in action again! I’m thrilled!! 


Enter your email address to receive recipes via email: You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

24 Responses to “Qush-Rang Kaddu ka Saalan and some Panicky Situations..”

  1. love the name – khush rang – and glad your blog is back.

  2. I know exactly how you feel! Backups are your friends!

    And I’m glad you found my site too. When I was checking out your trackback, I noticed your site and great looking recipies! My wife and I can’t wait to try some out!

  3. That would have been so scary! I can imagine how you felt! We all put so much time and effort into our cooking and pictures, then loading them and posting…all that work to be lost…that would be horrible! But, you got it back and your food looks awesome!

  4. Oh, that must have been a terrible day for you indeed. So much work goes into maintaining a blog, it really becomes an extension of ourselves! Very glad it all worked out in the end.

  5. So glad that everything is fine and back to normal. I cannot imagine what you went through. Thanks for all the tips.
    Loved the colorful vegetable.

  6. Glad that u retrieved ur blog..nice dish too

  7. Oh my god that was dreadfull nightmare Mona, I am also very emotionally attached to the blog and I guess all the blogger are.Thanks for letting us know and precautionary steps to take.I am glad u are able retrive!!!!!!!!

    I love the name of the recipe.Sounds delicious!!!!!!!

  8. what a nightmare – and thanks for sending us those links. gotta go backup my blog now! am so glad your blog is back and everything’s fine!

  9. glad ur blog is back, Mona!

  10. Hi Mona, Alhmd, everything is alright!!I shd also seriously consider backup too!

  11. Oh! that must have been a terrible few hours for you! Glad to hear that it all ended well.:-)

  12. Glad that ur blog is safe. The dish is very colourful and tempting 🙂

  13. Ranjitha Says:

    Hi Mona

    Glad to hear tht ur blog is bck 🙂 n the pic makes me hungry n stil cant believe tht u take all ur pics wth a cell phone:)


  14. Mona, I am glad you blog is up and running as before! Aren’t we all emotionally attached to our blogs? I even see my blog in my dreams:))

    You are so creative! This recipe looks yummy!

  15. Hi Mona, I have an award waiting for you 🙂

  16. Hey Mona,
    I’m glad you and the blog came through….it must have been really angonising.

    And wow halal sausages…looks like an interesting recipe!
    Take care,

  17. mallugirl Says:

    wow!that is a scary situation to be in. we do take pains with our blogs and then one such incident is enough to anguish us.
    Thanks for all the links. kush rang kadoo looks nice and healthy.

  18. hi..
    my first time here….u have an amazing blog here..pretty scary situation to be in!!glad it all worked out fine later on…
    bottlegourd and chicken sausage ,pretty rare combination..looks delicious….very creative!!!i love both so i will definitely give this a try..thanks for sharing it with us..

  19. Salaam Mona,
    Alhamdulillah ur site is back.
    It was indeed a frightening situation and specially to ppl who dedicate themselves to their blogs.I pray this doesnt happen to any blogger and thanx for the precautionary information.
    My days r hectic now with my parents in laws here on visit but my dear Mom in law is always ready to help me…and i’m in the process of learning her recipes . She’s a gr8 cook too like my mom 🙂
    But no time to blog ..may be i’ll try posting her recipes on my blog wen i’m free InshaAllah.
    Thanx for the Khush rang and mazedaar kaddu ka salan.Kaddu is my fav veg too.

  20. WoW! What a relief it must have been! Glad to hear that in the end all worked out fine!

    And a good tip to regularly backup the blogs! Will do mine right away!

    PS. Sorry, I have been busy and not been visiting many sites! 🙁

  21. ohhh… that’s so scary…. Alhamdulillah your blog’s back…….. 🙂

  22. Dear Sister,

    Thanks a lot for the tasty recipe,I tried it and MashaAllah,it was quite good.

    Keep up the good work.

  23. Assalamualaikum,
    I have been making your recipe for some time now. It is really delicious! I usually serve it as a side to macaroni and cheese. Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. shaikhmohammed Says:

    monajee, very nice furtunetly i went through this recipe as i have never use chicken saussage. will pls give me more chicken saussage recipes for breakfast?

Leave a Reply

Comments Policy