Thursday, 2 June 2016

Sambhariya Parwal Gujarati Style - Pointed Gourd stir fry Gujarati Style

Gujarati style, delicious, homely and easy to make stir fry made with pointed gourd aka Parwal or Parwar. You won't find this dish in any restaurant, because the reason is that this vegetable is not a favourite of everyone although it is highly nutritious.

Our daughter simply refuses the Parwal sabji, and being a my mum's daughter I set same rules 'Eat it or Leave it', she still wouldn't eat the Parwal and she hasn't eaten one since, but she started tons of other green vegetables so happily. Sunny boy on the other hand can't get enough of it, therefore Parwal Sabji appears quite regular on our dining table while she is away from home.

When my daughter was very small, we used to play a bhajan and although she didn't understand hindi, she picked up this one word which to her sounded like "Parwal". For years she wondered why parwal was mentioned until we told her what the real words were!

You will need :-

  • 500 g Parwal or Parwar - Pointed Gourd 
  • 4-5 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • Pinch hing 
  • 1 tbsp. ginger chilli paste
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin and coriander 
  • 1/4 tsp. garam masala 
  • Pinch Sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp. grated coconut 
  • 2-3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh coriander leaves 

Method :-
Wash and pat dry Parwal well.
Cut the parwal lengthwise.
I like to leave seeds with the parwal , if you don't like discard them.
Heat oil in the heavy bottom kadai, and add cumin seeds.
Once they crackle, add hing.
After few seconds add cut parwal and mix well.
Now add salt and all the masala ( Spices powder ) and mix.
Cover the kadai with lid and turn the heat low.
Let the parwal cook in it's own steam and stir couple of times to prevent burning the sabji.
Cook until soft and tender.
Add sugar, coconut and lemon juice and cook couple of minutes more.
Garnish with the fresh coriander leaves.
Serve hot with Roti, Rice, Daal and fresh salad for a completely healthy meal.
Enjoy !

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