Bottle Gourd Palya (Spiced Bottlegourd) | ಹಾಲುಗುಂಬಳಕಾಯಿ (ಸೋರೆಕಾಯಿ) ಪಲ್ಯ

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These days, we will get almost all the vegetables in all the seasons. When I see bottle gourd (Lauki, Halugumbala or Sorekayi) in supermarkets here in Bangalore, I always remember my mom growing this veggie in our backyard during my childhood days. Since this veggie can't be stored for long time, its use was limited only for few days. Somehow, I love to use this veggie for cooking and keep buying it frequently!
Last week, I had bottle gourd in my fridge and wanted to try some different recipe this time. Just checked with Mom and she told me the recipe of Palya. This yummy stir fry with the hint of spice and sweetness goes well with rice, roti and chapathi.

Preparation time: 30 - 35 minutes
Servings: 3 - 4

Bottle gourd - half
Oil 4 - 5 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida (hing) - a pinch
A big pinch of turmeric
Curry leaves - 1 strand
Sambar powder - 1 1/4 tsp
Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp or to taste
Sugar - 1 1/2 tsp or to taste
Salt to taste

Peel the bottle gourd and chop it finely.
Heat 4 - 5 tsp of oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add urad dal, mustard seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder.
Once the mustard seeds start spluttering, add curry leaves and sambar powder and saute for a while.
Then, add the chopped bottle gourd and mix it nicely.
Add around 3 cups of water and close the lid.
Keep mixing it occationally and cook till the bottle gourd pieces becomes soft. Add little more water if required.
Once the bottle gourd pieces are cooked nicely, add salt, amchur powder and sugar according to taste.
Close the lid and cook it for 5 more minutes.
Delicious Palya is ready to serve with rice, chapathi or roti!

You can add grated coconut for more taste. If adding coconut, add it just 2 - 3 minutes before switching off the flame. I have used the home made sambar powder here..can use any other store bought or home made sambar powder for that matter.

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