Ash Gourd Curry Recipe | Chal Kumro Tarkari

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Ash gourd, also known as winter melon or white gourd, is a versatile and nutritious vegetable widely used in various cuisines around the world.

Its mild flavor and soft texture make it an ideal ingredient for curries, stews, soups, and even desserts.

In this recipe, we’ll explore how to create a flavorful and aromatic Ash Gourd Curry ot (Chal Kumro Tarkari in Bengali) that’s both satisfying and easy to prepare.

This curry recipe combines the goodness of ash gourd with a blend of spices and herbs to create a delightful dish that can be enjoyed with rice or bread.

Ash Gourd Curry

Key Takeaways:

  • Ash gourd is a versatile and nutritious vegetable used in various cuisines worldwide.
  • Ash gourd curry is known for its mild flavor and soft texture, ideal for curries, stews, soups, and desserts.
  • The recipe provides step-by-step instructions for making flavorful Ash Gourd Curry, combining spices and herbs for a harmonious balance of flavors.
  • Ash gourd absorbs the rich spices, creating a delightful and satisfying dish suitable for both experienced cooks and beginners.
  • The curry can be served with rice or bread, and it offers variations and pro tips for enhancing its taste and texture.

The Ingredients

Ash Gourd Curry ingredients

How to Cook Ash Gourd Curry (Step by Step Images)?

1. Add 2 tbsp of mustard oil to the wok and heat it up. Put in the bay leaf and cumin seeds, then sauté everything. A delightful aroma of whole spices will emerge.

Adding mustard oil, bay leaf, cumin seeds and sauté

2. Introduce the chopped onions and stir until they turn a light brown color.

Adding chopped onions and stirring

3. Once the onions are lightly fried, add the grated ginger and garlic. Stir until the raw smell dissipates.

Adding grated ginger, garlic and stirring

4. Incorporate turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, and coriander powder. Add a small amount of water and cook the spices while stirring well.

Adding turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and water

5. When the spices have released all their oil through stirring, introduce the chopped ash gourds. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients.

Adding chopped ash gourds and mixing all the ingredients

6. Now add 1 tbsp of salt and stir it in. Cover and let it cook on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

(Expert tip: Adjust the salt according to your preferences.)

Adding salt and stirring

7. After 2 to 3 minutes, uncover the lid. You’ll notice that the ash gourds have released moisture; this moisture helps in the cooking process. Cover it again.

Ash gourds have released moisture

8. Open the cover after a few minutes; the water should have dried up, and the ash gourds should be almost cooked. Now add ½ cup of water. Introduce the green chilis and cover it once more.

(Expert tip: Adjust the water quantity based on your desired gravy consistency.)

Adding water, green chili

9. After a few minutes, the dish will be perfectly cooked. Finally, sprinkle fresh coriander leaves and turn off the flame.

Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves

10. Transfer the Ash Gourd Curry to a bowl and enjoy.

Ash Gourd Curry is ready

Pro Tips for Making Ash Gourd Curry

To make the best ash gourd curry, follow these pro tips:

Choose the right ash gourd: Select a fresh and tender ash gourd for the best flavor and texture. It should have a pale green or white skin with no blemishes or soft spots.

Peel and prepare the ash gourd: Wash the ash gourd thoroughly and peel off the skin using a sharp knife. Remove the seeds and pith from the center. Cut the ash gourd into uniform, bite-sized pieces for even cooking.

Spice it right: Adjust the spiciness according to your taste preferences. You can add green chilies for heat or reduce them for a milder flavor. Balancing the spices is crucial for a well-rounded taste.

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Include tamarind (optional): Tamarind pulp or paste is often added to ash gourd curry for a tangy flavor. Be cautious with the amount, as it can quickly become too sour. Start with a small quantity and adjust to taste.

Garnish with fresh herbs: Fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) or curry leaves can be used to garnish the ash gourd curry just before serving. This adds a burst of freshness and aroma to the dish.

Experiment with variations: Feel free to experiment with variations of ash gourd curry. You can add vegetables like carrots or peas for extra flavor and nutrition.

Additionally, some people like to add a tadka (tempering) of mustard seeds, curry leaves, and red chili powder on top of the finished curry for an extra layer of flavor.

By following these pro tips, you can make a delicious and authentic ash gourd curry that’s sure to impress your taste buds and those of your guests.

What to Serve with Ash Gourd Curry?

Ash gourd curry is a versatile and flavorful South Indian dish that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments. Here are some options for what to serve with ash gourd curry:

Steamed Rice: The most common and traditional choice is to serve ash gourd curry with steamed white rice or fragrant basmati rice. The mild and slightly sweet flavor of ash gourd curry complements the rice perfectly.

Indian Breads:

Chapati or Roti: Soft Indian flatbreads like chapati or roti are a great choice. They are excellent for scooping up the curry and savoring the flavors.

Naan: If you prefer a leavened bread, naan is a fantastic option. Its soft texture pairs well with the creamy curry.

Dosa: If you’re looking for something unique, serve ash gourd curry with dosa. The crispy and thin dosa provides a lovely contrast to the creamy curry.

Idli: Another South Indian favorite, idli, can be served with ash gourd curry. These steamed rice cakes are an excellent choice for a light and healthy meal.

Appam: Appam is a South Indian pancake made from rice batter and coconut milk. Its slightly sweet taste complements the curry’s flavors.

Paratha: If you prefer North Indian bread, try serving ash gourd curry with stuffed parathas like aloo paratha (potato-stuffed) or gobi paratha (cauliflower-stuffed).

Ultimately, the choice of what to serve with ash gourd curry depends on your personal preferences and the variety of flavors and textures you want to incorporate into your meal.

How Does Ash Gourd Curry Taste?

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Here’s a description of the taste of ash gourd curry:

Mild Sweetness: Ash gourd itself has a subtle natural sweetness that comes through in the curry. This sweetness is balanced and complemented by the other flavors in the dish.

Spices and Heat: While ash gourd curry is not typically very spicy, it does incorporate spices like mustard seeds, urad dal (black gram), and green chilies during the tempering process. These spices provide a gentle warmth and a mild kick without overwhelming the dish.

Freshness: Garnishing with fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) or curry leaves just before serving enhances the freshness of the curry and adds a herbal note to the taste.

Overall, ash gourd curry is known for its well-balanced and nuanced flavors. It’s not overly spicy or heavy, making it an approachable dish for those who prefer milder flavors.

The combination of sweetness, creaminess, and subtle spiciness makes it a comforting and satisfying dish that pairs well with rice or Indian breads.

Ash Gourd Curry Alternatives

If you’re looking for alternatives to ash gourd curry or want to explore similar dishes with different ingredients, here are some options:

Bottle Gourd Curry (Lauki or Dudhi): Bottle gourd, also known as lauki or dudhi, can be used to prepare a similar curry.

It has a mild flavor and a tender texture that makes it suitable for curries. You can use similar spices and coconut-based gravy as you would in ash gourd curry.

Zucchini Curry: Zucchini, with its mild flavor and tender flesh, can be used as an alternative to ash gourd. You can prepare a curry using zucchini pieces cooked in a coconut-based sauce with Indian spices.

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Pumpkin Curry: Pumpkin curry is a popular choice in many Indian households. Pumpkin’s natural sweetness pairs well with spices and coconut milk. You can create a creamy and flavorful curry with pumpkin chunks.

Cauliflower Curry: Cauliflower florets can be used to make a delicious curry. Cook them in a flavorful tomato-onion gravy with spices for a different taste experience.

Potato Curry: Potatoes are a versatile choice for curry. You can make aloo curry (potato curry) using potatoes and your choice of spices and gravy. This is a hearty and filling option.

Mixed Vegetable Curry: Combine various vegetables like carrots, peas, beans, and bell peppers to make a mixed vegetable curry. Use the same coconut-based sauce and spices for a colorful and nutritious dish.

Paneer Curry: If you prefer a vegetarian or paneer-based dish, you can make paneer curry with Indian cottage cheese. The creamy gravy and paneer cubes make for a satisfying meal.

Eggplant Curry: Eggplants, also known as brinjals or aubergines, can be used to make a flavorful curry. They absorb spices and flavors well, making them an excellent choice for curry dishes.

Mushroom Curry: Mushroom curry is another tasty alternative. The earthy flavor of mushrooms pairs nicely with a coconut-based sauce and spices.

Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala): If you’re looking for a protein-packed alternative, consider making chickpea curry. Cook chickpeas in a spiced tomato-onion gravy for a delicious and hearty curry.

These alternatives offer a variety of flavors and textures, allowing you to explore different tastes while still enjoying the comfort of a curry dish.

Recipe Card:

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Ash Gourd Curry (Chal Kumro Tarkari)

By Mita Mondal
Ash gourd curry, also known as "Chal Kumro Tarkari" or "White Pumpkin Curry," is a popular Indian vegetarian dish made using ash gourd, a type of winter melon or white gourd.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 500 grams Ash Gourd (peeled, cut, and cleaned)
  • ½ tbsp Ginger (grated)
  • ½ tbsp Garlic (grated)
  • 1 tbsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Red chili powder
  • 5 pieces Green chili (slit)
  • 1 piece Onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves
  • 1 piece Bay leaves
  • ½ tbsp Cumin seed
  • 2 tbsp Mustard oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Begin by heating 2 tablespoons of mustard oil in a wok. Add a bay leaf and cumin seeds, allowing them to sizzle and release a delightful aroma of whole spices.
  • Introduce the chopped onions and gently stir until they turn a light brown color.
  • Once the onions are lightly fried, add in the grated ginger and garlic. Stir until the raw smell dissipates, infusing the dish with aromatic flavors.
  • Incorporate the turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, and coriander powder.
    Add a small amount of water to the spices and continue cooking while stirring well. This process helps release the full flavor potential of the spices.
  • As the spices release their aromatic oils, introduce the chopped ash gourds into the wok.
    Thoroughly mix all the ingredients to ensure the ash gourds are coated with the flavorful spice blend.
  • Now, add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir it into the curry.
    Cover the wok and let it simmer on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
    Expert Tip: Feel free to adjust the salt according to your personal taste preferences.
  • After 2 to 3 minutes, uncover the wok. You'll notice that the ash gourds have released some moisture, contributing to the cooking process.
    Cover it again to retain the flavors.
  • Open the cover after a few more minutes; the water should have reduced, and the ash gourds should be nearly cooked.
    At this stage, add ½ cup of water to achieve your desired gravy consistency.
    Introduce the green chilis and cover the wok once more.
    Expert Tip: The amount of water can be adjusted based on your preference for a thicker or thinner gravy.
  • After a few additional minutes, the dish will be perfectly cooked, with the ash gourds tender and the flavors well-incorporated.
    Finally, sprinkle fresh coriander leaves over the curry to enhance its aroma and appearance.
  • Transfer the Ash Gourd Curry to a serving bowl and savor this delicious dish.
    This step-by-step guide, accompanied by visual images, ensures that you can easily prepare and enjoy a delightful Ash Gourd Curry.

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Notes

Selecting Ash Gourd: Choose a fresh and tender ash gourd for the best results. Look for one with a pale green or white skin without blemishes or soft spots. The texture and flavor of the curry greatly depend on the quality of the ash gourd.
Preparation: Wash the ash gourd thoroughly under running water. Use a sharp knife to peel the skin, and remove the seeds and pith from the center. Cut the ash gourd into uniform, bite-sized pieces for even cooking.
Adjusting Spices: The level of spiciness can be customized according to your taste preferences. If you prefer a milder curry, reduce the amount of red chili powder or omit the green chilis. For extra heat, increase the spice quantities.
Tamarind: Some recipes include tamarind pulp or paste to add a tangy flavor to the curry. Be cautious with the amount, as tamarind can quickly make the curry too sour. Start with a small quantity and adjust to taste.
Garnishing: Fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) or curry leaves can be used as a garnish just before serving. This not only adds a burst of freshness but also enhances the aroma of the curry.
Variations: Feel free to experiment with variations of ash gourd curry. You can add other vegetables like carrots, peas, or beans to create a mixed vegetable curry. This adds different flavors and textures to the dish.
Mustard Oil: Mustard oil is commonly used in this curry for its distinct flavor. However, if you're not a fan of mustard oil's pungency, you can use any other cooking oil of your choice.
Tadka (Tempering): Some people like to add a tadka (tempering) of mustard seeds, curry leaves, and red chili powder on top of the finished curry for an extra layer of flavor and visual appeal.
Gravy Consistency: Adjust the quantity of water to achieve your desired gravy consistency. Some prefer a thicker curry, while others like it thinner.
Serving Suggestions: Traditionally, this curry is served with steamed rice or Indian bread like chapati, roti, or naan. You can also enjoy it with dosa, idli, appam, or paratha.
Expert Tip: For an added touch of authenticity, consider using traditional Indian spices and ingredients like whole mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves in the tempering process.
By keeping these recipe notes in mind, you can create a delicious and flavorful Ash Gourd Curry tailored to your taste preferences.

Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Ash Gourd Curry (Chal Kumro Tarkari)
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
112
Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
915
mg
40
%
Potassium
 
188
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
631
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
86
mg
9
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Conclusion

Ash Gourd Curry is a delightfully simple recipe that is prepared using everyday spices. It complements steamed rice and even roti.

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The addition of fresh coriander lends a pleasant and delectable aroma. Enjoy this dish for lunch or dinner at any time.

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