Bottlegourd is called gardudde in Konkani. According to Ayurveda, this vegetable has many medicinal values. It is supposed to be very good for digestion. Yoga guru Shri Ramdev keeps talking about the importance of this vegetable in many of his shows. Many people take juice of this vegetable daily. This is even given to diabetic and jaundice patients.
We use bottle gourd in both spicy dishes and sweet dishes. Since today is the auspicious day of Ganesh chaturthi, I thought of posting this delicious sweetdish. I normally make burfis(gardudde khadi) from this which is loved by all at home. But occasionally we make this paays.
1 cup finely chopped bottle gourd
1 cup milk or coconut milk
1 tbl spn cashews(optional)
1 tbl spn raisins(dry grapes)
1/2 tea spn cardamom powder
1 tea spn rice flour
1-2 tbl spns jaggery
Cook bottle gourd pieces in water along with cashews. In a bowl mix rice flour with about 1/4 cup of water. When the bottle gourd pieces are done, add the flour mixture and cook. Now add the jaggery, cook till it is dissolved and well mixed. Pour in milk (or coconut milk). Cook for a min. Take off heat and add cardamom powder.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 15mins
PS: rice flour is mainly added to give thickness to the sweet dish. It can be avoided.