I got these gourds fresh from the market and rather than preparing a boring vegetable dish I wanted to prepare some different using Tindays. I remembered reading this recipe in an old magazine some time back. I added some of my own twists to it.

apple-gourds

apple-gourds

Ingredients

Serves : 5 5 Apple gourds

Ingredients for the stuffing

  • 1 cup Soaked split Moong beans (green grams) (soaked for 4 hours)
  • 2 tsp Mixture of coriander and mint leaves (mint should be in lesser quantity)
  • 1 in Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies Chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Asofoetida (Hing)
  • 1/2 tsp Raw Mango Powder (Amchur)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder or flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds (Raai)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • Few Curry leaves (Kadi patta)
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for gravy

  • 1/2 cup Mixture of finely chopped coriander and mint leaves (take less quantity of mint to avoid bitterness)
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 Small Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 Diced Big Onion
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds (Raai)
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)

Method:

  1. Wash the apple gourds and remove its outer skin. Remove its top portion and remove the inner portion to make it a bowl shape as shown below. Separate the seeds from scooped flesh and keep it aside.

    apple-gourds scooping

    apple-gourds scooping

  2. Heat some oil in a pan , add Mustard seeds and cumin seeds, once you hear slight crackle add curry leaves and asofoetida, stir for a while, Now add ginger and green chillies and stir again.

    apple-gourds recipe steps

  3. Add moong beans to the pan

    apple-gourds recipe steps

  4. Add turmeric red chilli powder and stir for a while. Add 1 cup of water and salt to taste. Cover the pan and leave it till the beans are cooked.

    apple-gourds recipe steps

  5. Add the coriander and mint mixture to pan and mix them well

    apple-gourds recipe steps

  6. Now we have to stuff the moong beans inside the apple gourd bowls. Keep them aside.

    apple-gourds recipe steps

Now we will prepare the gravy for the dish

  1. Now take a blender and add all the ingredients listed above for gravy, except milk oil and garam masala. Blend until it turns into fine paste.

    apple-gourds recipe steps

  2. Now take the same pan we used earlier and heat some oil in it.

  3. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds

    apple-gourds recipe steps

  4. After the cumin seeds crackly add the paste to the pan. Add the garam masla and stir the paste for 5-7 minutes.

  5. Add some water and place the stuffed apple gourds in the pan.

    apple-gourds recipe steps

  1. Cook it for approximately 10 minutes, When the paste thickens add the milk and mix it slowly with the gravy.

apple-gourds

The dish is ready and can be served hot with rice or chapatis.

I am sure you will enjoy this dish. Please email me and tell me about your experience cooking this recipe.