dudhi subji with peanuts

Bottle gourd curry with peanuts/Lauki ki subji with peanuts

 

 

Bottle gourd and peanuts seemed as an odd pairing  to me for years.For the community that i grew up in ,this blend of an odd pair did not feature as a gastronomy delight.Bottle gourd was best knows as a a blend with fish,a fish and bottle gourd curry. It never excited me otherwise with its bland taste.Similarly penauts was and still is considered to be a snack that which is relished as tea time snack .And blending of this odd pair seems unimaginable  .
But over a decade  in Mumbai and 2 decades in Maharastra has definitely made me on comfortable grounds when it comes to  maharashtran cusine. Although as a new entrant to this state , i never warmed up to the taste of peanuts in a recipe…On the streets, from the vendor, eating a 5 Rs pack of peanuts was the best use of peanuts is what I believed until i stepped into this state. So while in my hostel days, the strong smell of peanuts in the currys would almost make me loose my appetite. The canteen guys would daily make subjis with peanuts which were served to us ..
With time, of course ,it became a norm and so it was an acquired taste i believe for me.Peanuts feature most often in a variety of maharashtrian dishes and this is one of them. So  here I am with no misgivings about the bending of this pair, working out an absolutely gorgeous , dish of gourd with peanuts which feature in my house pretty often too nowadays
Ingredients:
1 medium size dudhi (bottle gourd)
1-2 green chillies
1/2 cup of peanuts
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 tsp oil
1 onion (small )
1 tomato (small)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp mustard seeds
tawa fry masala powder-1/2 tsp(optional)
coriander powder- 1 tsp
salt to taste
coriander leaves for garnish
Method:
  • Dry roast peanuts on low heat in a pan. Once they start opening a bit, remove from heat and cool on a plate. remove skin of the peanuts and keep aside.
  • Chop onion and tomato.  Peel and chop dudhi to around 1 inch square cubes or any size you prefer.Do not make them very small
  • In a blender, combine the onions, tomatoes, garlic and peanuts. Blend and make a paste
  • In a frying pan, add oil, few mustard seeds, and green chillies.Add the paste and fry for a while.Add water if the paste sticks to the bottom of the pan.Fry , add additional water and add the dudhi peices,Add salt if required, coriander powder, tawa fry masala powder and cover it until cooked
  • Garnish with coriander leaves

 

A beautiful, blend, with the undertone of the crunchiness of the peanuts, this is absolutely delicious to go with your indian breads or even rice with some dal I would say,A little spicy, a little cruncy along with the tanginess of the tomatoes, this entire mix takes out a beautiful taste from the plain bottle gourd.In fact this is one of the recipes where the simple veggie is given a dressing to make it appear exotic . I love it and am sure you will warm up to this wonderful taste as well.

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