Kunduru ki sabzi

Kunduru ki sabzi

Kunduru ki sabzi is my favourite as a side dish with daal-chawal, though it is equally good with chapati and plain paratha too. Kunduru is known by many different names, like, ivy gourd, coccinia grandis, tendli, scarlet gourd, tindora etc. I really like this vegetable when kunduru is completely raw and green from inside. When kunduru ripens, they turn red from inside and look fruit rather than vegetable! Though we can still cook ripened kunduru as a vegetable, but that recipe some other time.

kunduru ki sabzi

Kunduru ki sabzi can be cooked with or without onions. Onions enhance the taste, look and make it more appealing. But that doesn’t mean that kunduru doesn’t taste good without onion – my mother is a non-onion-non-garlic person and she cooks finger-licking good food!!

Kunduru ki sabzi

There are a few more posts on different vegetables in the blog – if you are interested, can take a look…

Vegetables (Curries)

Ingredients:

Kunduru 1/2 kg
Onions 2 big sized
Green chillies chopped 3-4
Oil 5 – 6 tbsp
Water 2-3 tbsp (if required)
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp (increase or decrease)
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Salt as per your taste

Process:

Wash and chop kunduru lengthwise in thin stripes and keep them aside.

Kunduru

Cut kunduru lengthwise

Chop onions and shallow fry them in one tbsp oil till they are slightly more than  translucent.

Chop onions to shallow fry

Fry till onions are slightly transluent

Transfer these onions to a bowl. Add remaining oil and crackle cumin seeds (jeera) and asafotida (hing) in the same wok. Add chopped kunduru, spices and cut green chilies. Mix everything well and cover the wok. Keep the heat on sim.

Add spices for kunduru ki sabzi

Mix spices in kunduru

Stir them twice or thrice. Add 2 or 3 tbsp of water if spices are sticking to the bottom of the wok. Cover again and let them cook till they are soft. Add fried onions, mix them with kunduru and let them cook on sim heat for 2-3 minutes more.

When Kunduru becomes soft add onions.

Kunduru ki sabzi is ready! Serve it hot as a side dish with daal-chawal or plain parathe/roti.

Kunduru ki sabzi is ready!

 

Malai do pyaaza (onion with milk cream)

Onion cooked with milk cream – sounds a little odd, doesn’t it? But with this combination you will get such a beautiful restaurant-style dish that you will prefer to keep it as the star dish of your dinning table! Apoorva and I named this as ‘Malai do Pyaaza’.

Last year during my Delhi trip my youngest sister Neetu served us this dish. I loved this onion dish as it was not only delicious (fat is always tasty, isn’t it 😂) but the whole preparation took hardly any time and quite effortless.

Try this dish as you don’t have to worry about buying fancy ingredients during this lock-down period. Milk delivery is regular, so we can collect malai. Spices used here are our regularly used ones and are always there in kitchen.

I have a few more gravy based dishes in the blog. If you are interested you can check them also…. Lauki ke kofte ki sabzi (grated bottle gourd dumplings in curry)

Mangodi ki subzi

Dahi waale aaloo (Potatoes with buttermilk)

Gatte Ki Sabzi

Ingredients :

Small size onions 8-9
Oil – 2tbsp
Jeera (cumin) – 1/8 tsp
Rai (tiny mustard seeds) – 1/8 tsp
Hing (asafoetida) – a pinch
Dhania ( coriander) powder – 2 tsp
Haldi (Turmeric) powder – 1/4
Red chilli powder – 1/4
Salt as per your taste
Malai (milk cream) – 1/3 cup
Water – 1 cup

Points to remember :

  1. Onions can be added without giving a cross cut.
  2. If you do decide to make a cross cut, make sure that the cut is not deep, otherwise onions will not remain intact.
  3. Malai is cream of milk which gets collected on top of the milk after boiling. Collect the 3-4 days malai from the milk (keep it in the fridge) and use it.
  4. Can Amul milk cream be used instead of malai? Yes, you can but it doesn’t give exactly the same creamy texture and taste as we get by adding malai.
  5. Keep malai ready by churning it before starting the process.
  6. This dish is full of calories, so physical exercise is a must to burn those calories 😉.

Process :

Peel, wash and cut a cross (not deep) on onions.

Heat oil in cooker and crackle rai, hing and jeera.

Add churned malai and spices and let it cook for two minutes on medium heat. Keep on stirring.

Add onions by keeping the cross side on top and close the lid of the cooker along with weight. Turn off heat after just one whistle.

When the steam of the cooker cools down, open the lid of the cooker and Malai do Pyaaza is ready.

Delicately shift in serving bowl and enjoy the whistles from family members and guests!!