Let's admit it, parwal (or pointed gourd) is one of the most ignored vegetables in India. It is widely available in the market throughout the year, but hardly makes it to the vegetable basket in our kitchen. A probable reason for the same could be its little exploration in our everyday meal. If you look around, a simple parwal ki sabzi is the most common dish every household prepares. But trust us, this vegetable has much more to offer! It not only has a wide gamut of recipes to its credit, but also makes a healthy meal due to its rich source of nutrients. Parwal is packed with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre and more. It is also low in calories; meaning, this vegetable is a good choice for your weight loss diet. Moreover, it is also known to boost digestion and help in strengthening immune health.
Hence, to make this healthy vegetable appetising for you, we bring a simple and flavourful recipe that can help you whip up a comforting meal both for lunch and dinner. It is called parwal bharta. This recipe needs bare minimum ingredients and can be a quick fix for those lazy days, when you just don't feel like spending time in kitchen.
How To Make Parwal Bharta | Parwal Ka Bharta Recipe:
6 pointed gourds
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 whole red chilli
Half teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji)
Salt, as per taste
Sugar, as per taste
Half tablespoon oil (preferably mustard oil)
Step 1. Clean the pointed gourds and cut the edges.
Step 2. Add them to a pressure cooker with some salt and water and wait for one whistle.
Step 3. Now, add it a blender with garlic, red chilli, salt and sugar and mix it to a smooth paste.
Step 4. Heat oil in a kadhai, add kalonji to it and sauté till the seeds temper.
Step 5. Add the paste to the kadhai and mix well. Cook till the excess water is evaporated, leaving behind a semi-dry consistency.
Step 6. Transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.
Add this quick and easy parwal bharta as a side dish with rice and dal. You can also have it with roti or paratha.
Enjoy your meal!
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