How to Make Bottle Gourd Curry Using Yogurt

Updated on January 30, 2020
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Bottle gourd curry made with yogurt.
Bottle gourd curry made with yogurt.

A Mildly Spiced Bottle Gourd Curry Made With Yogurt

This mildly spiced bottle gourd yogurt curry is delicious and very easy to make. It took me only about 25 minutes to prepare this dish, which I served with steamed rice.

Mildly sweet with no aroma, the bottle gourd vegetable has many health benefits. It is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and calcium. It may also help lower cholesterol, maintain a healthy heart, and maintain optimum blood pressure. The high water content of this vegetable means that it has a cooling effect on the body. It is believed that this quality is helpful with digestion and may help relieve constipation.

Now, let us learn how to make bottle gourd yogurt curry.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves four people
5 stars for Bottle Gourd Yogurt Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 big bowl bottle gourd cubes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup yogurt or curd, moderately sour
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or as per taste

For the tempering:

  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil, use coconut oil for a nice flavor
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 8 curry leaves
  • a pinch hing powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash bottle gourd. Cut into large cubes.
  2. Add the bottle gourd cubes to a saucepan or a deep-bottomed pan. Pour some water on them. Throw in some turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Heat the pan. Let the mixture boil. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes. Mix well. Cook for another 5 to 6 minutes or until the tomatoes are cooked but not mushy. Lower the heat.
  5. Add beaten curd or yogurt. Add remaining salt. Cook the mixture until it reaches a nice boil. Turn off the heat.
  6. By this time, both bottle gourd and tomatoes should be cooked through.
  7. Now, add a tempering. For that, heat some ghee or oil in a small pan. Use coconut oil for a nice aroma.
  8. Throw in mustard seeds. Wait until they pop. Add cumin seeds. Wait until they sizzle. Add curry leaves, whole dry red chili, and the hing powder. Turn off the heat. Mix well.
  9. Pour the tempering over the curry. Mix well. Your favorite bottle gourd curry is now ready!
  10. Serve this curry as a side dish for cooked rice. This mildly spicy curry can be eaten as is with any type of main course. Enjoy!

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Bottle gourd.Peel the gourd, then cube it.Step one: Gather all the ingredients.Step two: Put bottle gourd cubes in a deep-bottomed pan or sauce pan. Add some water. Throw in turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well.Step three: Boil the mix. Lower the heat. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.The mix after cooking.Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir once. Continue cooking, covered, for another 5 to 6 minutes. Stir the mix occasionally.By this time, bottle gourd and tomatoes should be fully cooked.The mix will look like this after cooking.Step five: Add beaten curd. Mix well. Add remaining salt. Bring the mix to a gentle boil. Next, turn off the heat.The bottle gourd yogurt curry is almost ready.It just needs a tempering at this point.Step six: Add tempering to the curry as per instructions.Mix the tempering with the curry. Serve cooked rice with this awesome side dish. Enjoy eating!
Bottle gourd.
Bottle gourd.
Peel the gourd, then cube it.
Peel the gourd, then cube it.
Step one: Gather all the ingredients.
Step one: Gather all the ingredients.
Step two: Put bottle gourd cubes in a deep-bottomed pan or sauce pan. Add some water. Throw in turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well.
Step two: Put bottle gourd cubes in a deep-bottomed pan or sauce pan. Add some water. Throw in turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well.
Step three: Boil the mix. Lower the heat. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
Step three: Boil the mix. Lower the heat. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
The mix after cooking.
The mix after cooking.
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir once. Continue cooking, covered, for another 5 to 6 minutes. Stir the mix occasionally.
Step four: Add chopped tomatoes. Stir once. Continue cooking, covered, for another 5 to 6 minutes. Stir the mix occasionally.
By this time, bottle gourd and tomatoes should be fully cooked.
By this time, bottle gourd and tomatoes should be fully cooked.
The mix will look like this after cooking.
The mix will look like this after cooking.
Step five: Add beaten curd. Mix well. Add remaining salt. Bring the mix to a gentle boil. Next, turn off the heat.
Step five: Add beaten curd. Mix well. Add remaining salt. Bring the mix to a gentle boil. Next, turn off the heat.
The bottle gourd yogurt curry is almost ready.
The bottle gourd yogurt curry is almost ready.
It just needs a tempering at this point.
It just needs a tempering at this point.
Step six: Add tempering to the curry as per instructions.
Step six: Add tempering to the curry as per instructions.
Mix the tempering with the curry. Serve cooked rice with this awesome side dish. Enjoy eating!
Mix the tempering with the curry. Serve cooked rice with this awesome side dish. Enjoy eating!

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 162
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 32 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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