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BOTTLE GOURD YAKHNI Vegetarian-Dish

A typical Kashmiri speciality that enhances the taste of bottle gourd when fried and combined with yoghurt.



Ingredients

Oil
: 2 tbsp
Bottle gourd peeled, cut
into roundels and washed(about 20 oz.)
: 500 gms
Cloves
: 4
Asafoetida
: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds
: 2 tsps
Aniseed powder (saunf powder)
: 1 tsp
Dry ginger powder
: 1/2 tsp
Red chilles
: 2
Water
: 8 tbsp
Salt
: To taste
Yoghurt beaten
: 2 cups
Hot spice mix (garam masala) powder
: 1 tsp

Bottle Gourd Yakhni

Method

  • Pat dry the bottle gourd roundels. Place them separated in a big microwave-safe dish greased with some oil. Sprinkle some oil on the bottle gourd roundels and microwave uncovered on high (100%) power for about 3 minutes (flipping them mid-way) till they are slightly browned on both sides. Keep aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, mix the oil with the cloves, asafoetida and cumin seeds. Microwave uncovered on high (100%) power for about 1 minute(s) or till the cumin seeds are a shade darker.
  • Add the lightly fried bottle gourd roundels, aniseed powder, dry ginger powder, whole red chilli(es), salt and water. Mix well. Microwave on 70% power for about 12 minutes or till the bottle gourd roundels are tender.
  • Now, mix in the beaten yoghurt and stir slowly till it has fully blended with the curry. Microwave covered on 50% power for about 3 minute(s).
  • Mix in the garam masala powder and keep covered.