North Indian

Bottle Gourd (Lauki) and Oats Cutlets


shutterstock_156449423Do you live to eat or eat to live? Well, all of us more or less fall into these two categories. I am pretty much sure, at least wish to think that way that I eat to live, but for mere existence nah!!! That’s not me.

The people who know me know for a fact that I like to eat healthy…and I love my veggies some of those are thought to be had only when one is sick! But I wish to differ on that, who says that veggies like bottle gourd, bitter gourd, ridge gourd are boring…yeah boring may be if they are made bland! And I certainly like to bring a twist to the dishes that I put on my plate and these amazing veggies are no different.

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Here’s a quick recipe involving bottle gourd and oats which I bet would bring water to your mouth once you dish them out on your plate!

As I always say, I don’t follow any rulebook while cooking! It is mostly my heart that leads me to what appears on my plate to tease my taste buds.

So here you go….

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time              Total Time

10 mins                  10 mins                  20mins

Ingredients: 

Bottle Gourd/Calabash/Long Melon (Peeled & grated) – 250 grams

Oats Flour – 1 cup

Coarsely Beaten Oat Flakes (optional)

Green chillies- 2-3 (finely chopped long)

Cilantro

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Kashmiri Mirch/Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp (optional – depends on how spicy you like)

Salt to taste

Cumin Powder –1 tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Method:

  • Boil the bottle gourd in water for some time till you feel it is changing colour and has become translucent.
  • Now squeeze and stain the entire water out it till no moisture is left.
  • Transfer the bottle gourd to another bowl and add salt to it and let it rest for 2 minutes that will bring out the remaining water out of the bottle gourd. Squeeze this water as well.
  • Now add, turmeric powder, green chillies, red chilli powder, cilantro, cumin powder and Coriander powder and lastly the cup of oats and oat flakes .
  • Take a non-stick pan and pour a teaspoon of sunflower oil and roll the pan so that the oil is spread evenly, when the oil heats up a bit, take a spoonful of the mixture and place it on the pan and press it flat to the shape of a kebab/cutlet. Wait for one side to turn slightly brown and then turn over.

Your healthy, yet yummy cutlets are ready to eat!

Note: If you are not a huge fitness fan you may dab the mixture in bread crumbs and deep fry them and enjoy them that way too!

Eat healthy and have a blast!


Recipe & Post By: Ms. Arathi Ayyangar

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