But on my last trip to the local market, I found a strikingly verdant lot on display. Tempted by the freshness of it, I bought a few. But once I reached home, I was in again besieged by the same dilemma. After some thinking on the low calories versus taste debate, I decided to settle down on both by choosing to stuff it with some spiced cottage and potato.
The curry turned out to be super delicious as well as light. And worked well both with rice and rotis !!
Read on for the recipe -
Preparation Time - 35 mins
- 6-7 Spine gourd/ Kaankada /Kakrol
- 1 medium sized onion
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1 medium sized tomato
- 1/3 tsp garam masala
- 1 dry red chili
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp oil
For the stuffing -
- 50 gm paneer
- 1 small potato (boiled and peeled)
- 1 small onion (finely chopped)
- 1/4 tsp GG paste
- 2 pinch coriander powder
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 pinch garam masala
- 2 pinch kasuri methi
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp oil
Preparation - Wash the spine gourd and rub the outer skin with a knife. Put a slit along the length .
Transfer to a pressure cooker and add 1 cup water. Close lid and cook on high for 2 whistles.
Keep aside till steam escapes.
Once it is bearable to touch, take each spine gourd and scoop out the innards without damaging the outer skin.
For the stuffing - Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Add the chopped onions and fry till translucent.
Add GG paste and fry till raw smell goes off. Add all the powdered spices, wait for 30 seconds and then add the mashed cottage cheese and potato. Season with salt.
Cook for 2-3 mins and then add kasuri methi. Cover and switch off the flame.
For making the gravy -
Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the dry red chili, diced onion, ginger and garlic cloves. Fry for 4-5 mins.
Then add tomato and cook till it starts to turn mushy.
Switch off flame, allow for cool down and transfer to a blender jar. Make a fine puree.
Transfer the puree back to the wok. Add 1/2 cup water and bring it to a slow boil. Season with salt and ddd garam masala. Reduce to a simmer.
Stuff the spine gourds and gently place them in the simmering gravy. Let it simmer for 5-6 mins.
Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serve hot with rice or rotis.