Kaddu Ke Chilke Ka Saalan

Two Bottle Gourds/Opo squash

Bottle Gourd, aka Opo squash, is a very humble vegetable. Not many people like it, and it is not a favorite of many people. But it is quite nutritious, delicious, healthy, and perfect for weight watchers! Its delicate nutty flavor provides a great taste to dishes. This particular recipe uses the peels of bottle gourd and it is one no-fuss yummy curry which you will all love.

Kaddu Ke Chilke Ka Saalan – Bottle Gourd Peels with Lentils Curry

Tip : While I the peel the bottle gourd, I take care not to peel it too thin if I plan to prepare this curry out of the Peels. I peel them about half a centimetre thick (about 5 millimeters). This is because a little bit of the flesh (magz) along with the peel gives a great taste to this curry. Usually I prepare this curry with Split Bengal Gram/Chana Dal but you can prepare it even along with Yellow Lentils/Tuvar Dal. It truns out equally delicious.

Kaddu Ke Chilke Ka Saalan – Bottle Gourd Peels with Lentils Curry

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd Peels/Kaddu Ke Chilke – 400 gms, cut into small bite size strips
Yellow Lentils/Tuvar Dal or Bengal Gram/Chana Dal – 1/2 cup
Fresh diced Tomato – 1, medium, finely chopped
Red Chilli Powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp or to taste
Canola Oil/Sunflower Oil – 1 tsp
Fried Yellow Onions paste – 1 cup

Method:

1. Soak the dal in two cups water overnight(optional). Drain and cook the dal in two cups of fresh water till they are soft but still can hold their shape well. Drain and reserve.
2. In an another saucepan, put the cut bottle gourd peel strips with around 3 cups water and a pinch of salt and let it boil once, then simmer it with closed lid until the peels are tender. This can take about 30 minutes. Or you can simply pressure cook for a little while until they are tender.
3. Later add fresh diced tomatoes, red chilli powder, salt, oil and fried onions to it. Give a good stir.
4. Gently add the cooked dal and mix it well. Cover the lid and let it cook for 3-5 minutes. Keep checking it in between if it is sticking to the bottom of the pan. You can add a little water if it becomes too dry. Serve it warm.

Suggested Accompaniments: This simple curry taste delicious along with a warm Roti or Paratha.

Luv,
Mona