Parwal curry

Parwal Vegetable

Trichosanthes dioica / pointed gourd/ parwal/parval
Trichosanthes dioica is also known as the pointed gourd, parwal/parval (from Hindi),Kovakkai(fromTamil) or thonde kayi (from Kannada), or potol (from Assamese, Sanskrit, Oriya or Bengali (পটল) pôţol) “Paror” in Maithili, “Parol” in Magahi and “Parora” in Bhojpuri, Urdu and Awadhi. Colloquially, in India, it is often called green potato. It is widely cultivated in the eastern and some northern part of India, particularly in Odisha, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains major nutrients and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, copper, sulfur, and chlorine) which are needed in small quantities, for playing essential roles in human physiology. parval (pointed gourd, Trichosanthes dioica)

 

Parwal Aloo Odisha

Parwal curry – Recipe is contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Hi friends! Enjoy this easily digestible vegetable cooked with potatoes and Indian spices. Parwal is a seasonal vegetable and is available during summers till monsoon season in India.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves : 4

Difficulty Level : Easy

Ingredients

  • 300 gms parwal / pointed gourd
  • 1 medium size potato, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, roasted and powdered
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 12 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated finely
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut, finely grated
  • 1 cup curd / yogurt / dahi
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida / heeng
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash and scrape the parwal / pointed gourd lightly with a knife ,cut the ends and cut them into halves horizontally. Remove any fibers and seeds that are yellow and hard. Keep aside.

Step 2.

Peel the potato and cut it lengthwise once and horizontally once to match the parwal / pointed gourd.

Step 3.

In the blender take the minced garlic, grated ginger, grated coconut and curd and blend it to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok / kadahi /pan and shallow fry the parwal / pointed gourd on medium flame till they become little soft and golden brown. Keep aside.

Step 5.

Then in the same heated oil add potato cubes and shallow fry the potatoes till they become little soft and golden brown and add shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd from step 3.

Step 6.

Add turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin seeds powder, salt to the shallow fried parwal / pointed gourd and potatoes . Cover and cook till soft.

Step 7.

Add garlic, ginger, coconut, curd paste to the cooked vegetable. Bring it to boil , let it simmer on low flame for 7-8 minutes.

Step 8.
garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or any other Indian bread.

Note:

  • Peel the skin of Parwal / pointed gourd lightly.
  • Parwal / pointed gourd is generally deep fried before using in the curry, shallow frying is healthier.

 Possible health benefits of Parwal / Pointed gourd:

Improves Digestion Parwal is easy to digest, and the fiber rich green vegetable is good for treating gastrointestinal and liver disorders.

Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Sugar The small round seeds of parwal benefits the health as it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels naturally.

Weight Loss This is another health benefit of having parwal. It is low in calories and keeps you fuller for a long time, thus aiding weight loss.

Treats Flu In Ayurveda, pointed gourd or parwal is used as a medicine to cure cold, fever and throat problems.

Blood Purifier According to Ayurveda experts, this is another health benefit of parwal. Pointed gourd is excellent for balancing Kapha. It helps purify blood tissue and this in turn makes it a good green vegetable for skin care as well.

Skin Benefits Parwal is rich in vitamins like Vitamin A and C, and antioxidants which makes it good for the skin.

Ref. http://www.boldsky.com/health/wellness/2013/health-benefits-parwal-036618.html#slide26319

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Rice with Lentil/Khichdi

Khichdi Moong DalMoong dal khichdi

Moong dal khichdi is a very basic and healthy food. Every house hold has their own recipe for khichdi. At my home khichdi was made with split moong dal and rice. Khichdi is probably India’s most popular version of the rice dishes. It is eaten when one is sick, has an upset stomach, needs some comfort food or wants to eat light yet filling. Every household makes khichdi and the taste and style of cooking may differ depending on the way it is prepared and ingredients used. But a basic khichdi is usually made from white rice, yellow, green or split moong dal and topped with some ghee. All these heal and soothe our digestive system. But khichdi is more than just a comfort food. It has numerous other benefits for our body.There are a variety of ways to make khichdi. Here is one  popular way of making khichdi:

Recipe will serve:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • ½ cup moong dal / green gram lentil husked
  • 1 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) / or Olive oil as suitable
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds /jeera
  • 1/8 tsp asafetida /hing
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak the rice and moong dal in about four cups of water for at least 15 minutes. Drain the water and set aside.

Step 2.

Heat the clarified butter in a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat. When ghee or oil is moderately hot, add cumin seeds, when it starts spluttering, add asafetida.

Step 3.

After the asafetida is slightly pink in colour, add soaked and drained rice and dal, salt and water stir.

Step 4.

Let it come to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame, cover and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes.

Step 5.

Turn off the heat and wait for 7-8 minutes before opening the pan.

Step 6.

Mix the khichdi well, dal and rice should be very soft. Serve hot pouring hot butter over the khichdi.

Note: Papdam, pickle, yogurt and are very good accompaniments to the khichdi.

Khichdi – 4 reasons why it is more than just comfort food!

Wholesome meal: Khichdi is a balance of carbohydrate and protein. Moong beans additionally are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It has all the 10 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Freshly-cooked khichdi eaten with pure cow’s ghee provides the right amount of macro-nutrients, complex carbohydrate, protein and fat. Adding vegetables to it makes it a complete meal.

Gluten-free: People who suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, cannot process gluten which is storage protein found in certain grains like wheat, rye, barley. But they can opt to eat khichdi on a few days as it packs enough nutrition and yet is light and gluten-free. Many people who aren’t suffering from this disease also opt for gluten-free food as a lifestyle change. They too can eat khichdi.

Balances dosha: This dish can be served any time of the day. It is known for its ability to detoxify the body and balance the three doshas – Vatta, Pitta, Kapha. It is a tridoshic food which has a calming effect on the body and is a staple of an Ayurvedic diet. A delicious and nourishing dish of rice, moong cooked with ghee, salt and haldi (turmeric), adding the balance of  basic elements – earth and water for increasing energy and immunity, fire for stimulating digestive enzymes.

Easy to digest: Khichdi is soothing for the intestine and helps in settling an upset stomach when eaten with curd. (Read more benefits of curd). For babies and elderly, it is a hearty meal packed with nutrients and easy to digest as both have slow metabolism and their digestive strength is weak too.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/khichdi-4-reasons-why-it-is-more-than-just-comfort-food-k214/