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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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Aloo Parwal Sabzi

Parwal Vegetable    Parwal Aloo sabzi

Pointed gourd with Potatoes

Parwal is a seasonal vegetable and is available during summers till monsoon season. Parwal/Pointed Gourd/patal/potol is mainly used in North and East India specially in the states of Orissa and Bengal.The vegetable looks like tiny cucumbers, with tapering ends and it has faint, lighter green lines along its length. The skin is much harder than cucumber.

Recipe contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Cooking time:35 minutes

  • 250 gms parvals, sliced in wedges
  • 3 potatoes medium size, sliced in wedges
  • 2 onions medium size, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, medium size, sliced in wedges
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/ amchoor
  • 2 green chilies , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnishing
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida
  • 1 level tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp oil for cooking
Method :
Step 1.
Wash and slice the parwal in wedges (lengthwise). Keep aside.
Step 2.
In a pressure cooker put 2 cups of water and potatoes. Place the cooker on high flame, the moment full pressure is formed , reduce the heat to low flame and cook for 3 minutes. Switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid take out the potatoes, peel and slice in wedges length wise. Keep aside.
Step 3.
In a wok / kadahi/ or heavy bottom pan heat oil, add cumin seeds, when it starts crackling add asafetida/ Hing and fry for few seconds. Add chopped onions, sauté the onions till translucent add grated ginger, chilies, coriander powder, turmeric, sauté for few seconds more.
Step 4.
Add in the sliced wedges of parwal into the pan. Sprinkle salt, mix well cover and cook the parwals. Let it cook on low to medium flame until the parwal is half cooked.
Step 5.
Once the parwal is seventy percent cooked, add in the boiled potato wedges, and tomato wedges stir and cover the pan. Cook tomatoes, parwals and the potatoes until parwals are tender add .
Step 6.
Once the vegetables are softened, add in the amchoor / dry mango powder, and garam masala. Mix the vegetable very well. Stir fry for another minute and turn off the heat.
Step 7.
Stir fry for another minute and turn off the heat. Transfer the aloo parwal sabzi into a serving bowl.
Step 8.
Garnish with finly chopped coriander and Serve hot the Aloo Parwal Sabzi along with Dal of your choice and a bowl of hot rice or  chapattis.
Note: The parwals are added first, as it takes a little longer time to cook.
Health benefits of pointed gourd/ parwal:
Improves digestion
The green colored veggie parwal is loaded with good sum of fiber, which helps to promote proper digestion. It also helps to solve gastrointestinal and some problems related to the liver.
Treats constipation
The seeds present in the parwal vegetables help to ease stool and is recommended to reduce constipation problem.
Controls blood sugar and cholesterol
When you are eating parwal dish do not throw out the seeds out of it, they help to control blood sugar levels, which in turn lower the cholesterol in the body.
Aids in weight loss
The gourd vegetable pointed gourd has the property of low in calories. So, one can eat this vegetable based curries with no doubt to reduce their weight. It helps your stomach to feel fuller and controls the urge to eat.
Blood purifier
Another health benefit of consuming pointed gourd includes the purification of blood. According to Ayurveda painted gourd works effectively to regulate Kapha. It cleans our blood, tissues and thereby offering skin care as well.
Reduces flu
According to Ayurveda parwal has the capacity to boost your immunity. It is used like a medicine to treat flu, throat problems and high temperatures.
Fight with aging factors
As we age wrinkles and fine lines are most common visible signs on our face. Parwal with its rich source of antioxidants, vitamin A and C helps to fight with the free radical molecules which are promoting the aging signs.
These are the health benefits of consuming pointed gourd. So eat them and stay healthy and beautiful.