POTALA RASA / POINTED GOURD CURRY

Hello !!!

Today I am sharing a very delicious recipe from the odia cuisine.I am always intrigued by the simplicity of Odia Cuisine. I love pointed gourd and i am so glad I can find them here easily . I make stir fries, stuff and curry with these lovely vegetable. They are called Parval or Patal or Potal.

Parval is loaded with nutrients and has lot of health benefits. This vegetable is widely eaten in Bangladesh and India.

When Sasmita from https://www.firsttimercook.com/ posted this Potala Rasa in odia style , i was tempted to try this recipe immediately. For Recipe Swap Challenge this month I was paired with Sasmita. So here i present this absolutely lip smacking pointed gourd curry for this challenge.Check out her recipe here.

Recipe for Potala Rasa :

Ingredients:

  • 7 Pointed Gourd
  • 2 Potato
  • 4 Garlic Pods
  • 2 Onions Finely Chopped
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 2 Tomatoes Finely Chopped
  • Bay Leaf
  • 1 Green Cardamom
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt to Taste
  • 3/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp Mustard Oil

Method:

Wash and clean the pointed gourds and potatoes. Trim the ends.You may scrape the pointed gourd if you wish . I like them with the skin . Cut each pointed gourd diagonally into 2 halves . Keep them in a mixing bowl. Add salt and turmeric and mix and keep them aside.

Peel and cut the potatoes proportionally to the size of the pointed gourd.Keep them in another mixing bowl.Add salt and turmeric and mix well.Keep them aside.

Blend onions,red chilli, ginger and garic to a fine paste without adding water.Tranfer the fine paste to a bowl. Blend the tomatoes as well to a fine paste.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add mustard oil.Once it is hot fry the potato and pointed gourd pieces untill they turn brown on all sides. You can fry them separately if you wish .Transfer the fried chunks to a plate. In the same pan add sugar and allow it to melt.Add green cardamom, bay leaf and cumin seeds.Once they splutter add the onion -chilli-ginger-garlic paste and cook on medium flame untill the raw smell is gone. Once the oil starts to leave the sides add tomato puree and stir. Add balance turmeric powder,coriander powder, cumin powder,red chilli powder,salt and mix.

Once the masala is cooked and oil starts to leave the sides add the fried pointed gourd and potato chunks.Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes.Later add 1.5 Cup water and close the lid. Once it starts to simmer and the veggies are cooked ,sprinkle garam masala. Let it cook for 1 minute.

Switch off the stove and serve this delicious hot curry with Rice, rotis or phulkas.

Enjoy!!!!!!!

11 thoughts on “POTALA RASA / POINTED GOURD CURRY

  1. I have never made a curry from pointed gourd and this looks very interesting and tempting. Specially loved the spicy gravy it is dunked into.

  2. I loved parwal that mom used to make.. I miss fresh vegetable here, though w eget in frozen food section.. Loved this simple and flavourful curry recipe. Liked this Odia version.

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