Dont know how many of you are aware of this coz i dont see many of you blogging about it, but its a very common veggie in eastern india, places like jamshedpur, bengal, orrisa, well thats all i know, i did see this veggie in in delhi but i remember my PG aunty telling me 'hum nai khate hai yeh, yeh sasti si sabzi hoti hai .. jo up bihar se mazdoor log gote hain na wohi khate hain ye to .. ', and at this point she knew that i was from jamshedpur and was a proud of that fact and didnt feel bad if somebody called me bihari. Whatever her opinion was, but i was and till date one of my favorite veggies, am really fond of this veggie, parval and tindora (which we call kundru) were very common in our place and i a common veggie for biharis, bengalis and oriya folks. It is a healthy vegetable especially for stomach related ailments and its seeds are known to be good for blood. Its crispy and crunchy even after it is cooked.
Parval also called pointed gourd is a Small cucumber like vegetable with the skin bein very thick and looks like a plumpier version of tindora or kundru.
2 cups parval scratched and sliced lengthwise
2 cups of peeled potatoes sliced lengthwise, as for fries.
2 cups slices onions.
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder(dried mango)
1 tsp kitchen king (optional)
oil for sauting
Salt to taste
1. Heat oil in a pan, add the potatoes as shown in the picture and let it fry for 5-10 mins, till it gets a brownish color.
2. Remove and drain d excess oil in napkins if required. In the same pan, with the remainig oil add the cumin seeds and let it splutter.
3. To this add the onions and saute for 5 mins till it gains a pink color, to this add the parval, the fried potato, and the other spices.
4. Once the spices are distributed consistently, cover the pan with a lid and let it cook over medium heta, stir occasionally to ensure that theres no sticking.
5. It will take another 15 mins for it to cook completely.
6. Remove from heat and serve with dal and rotis.
This is one quick n easy side dish for me, it looks simple but its very tasty. You ought to try it once.
One happy news for me, i have been given the Good Chat Blog Award from Asha of Foodies Hope,(i love to read whats going on in her life in her blog) and was elated delighted, etc etc when she called me a CHATTERBOX, Garg says its not a very good compliment beta, but i feel proud about it, so am happy :).
I feel every blogger speaks out his or her heart out and thats d USP of the food bloggers, so every blog is worth this award.. People like Srivalli,uma, raaga, ashaji, divya, madhavi, priyanka, cham, purnima.. and many more.. she wish refresh some of your old memories, narrate some of her incidents in such a way that u become a part of it.. i love reading their posts.. but most of them have already recieved it..
But these two bloggers whose chats i love to read , and i pass on this to them..
Rashmi of DelhiBelle, there are many things coming out in common between us... so i love to check out whats the next thing in common...:),
Gaurav of Gastronomic By Choice, he will have a story to narrate before every post and you could relate to it, read the cheesecake post, the latest one.. when he tells how he finally ended up in the kitchen.. :), or be it his 5 best picks every week.. i like it...ok gaurav.. its all gals in that pic, just assume these r d blogger ladies chatting about your blog :)
Ok this is the 13th day of the marathon and yippe am still going good... here what others have in store..
Sri has an aptly named tangy Chicken Masti ready
The rest i will update soon.. they r sure coming up with some or d other yummies... for a change i am up with a post before them .. :)