Sunday, 2 August 2015

Kantola Subji/ Madahagalakayi Palya/Spiny Gourd Subji

Kantola/Spine gourd is a rare vegetable to see in the vegetable market.This vegetable is called Madahagalakayi(ಮಡಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ ) in Kannada.It is not bitter in taste but it tastes more like Ivy gourd. In Karnataka they  grow this vegetable more in Malnad region.This recipe I got it from my mother,she often cooks it. Hope you all like it.

Salt to taste
Garam masala-1/2tsp
Coriander for garnishing

For grinding:
Fresh coconut(grated)-1/2 cup
Onion -1
Khuskhus/Poppy seeds
Ginger-1/2inch piece
Sesame seeds-1tsp
Sambhar powder/Sarina pudi

1.Wash and chop the kantola into bite size pieces,chopp the onion  tomatoes and
 coriander and keep it aside.
2.In a pan heat little oil and the fry the onion,garlic,ginger,poppyseeds,a nd
cashewnuts until the onion turns to light brown.take out of the flame and
leave it to cool.
3.After the mixture is cooled transfer it to the mixie jar or blender along with
grated coconut,tomato,sesame seeds and sambhar powder and bend them into
a fine paste using little water.
4.Heat a oil in a pan add mustard seeds and let them pop then add chopped
onion fry the until translucent then add chopped tomato and curry leaves fry unti the
tomatoes are softened.
5.Now add chopped kantola fry for 2 seconds then add the grinded masala and
salt to taste cook it on a low flame covering the lid,stirring  occasionally.
6. Add 1/2 cup of water and let it cook until kantola becomes soft.
7. Add garam masala mix well and garnish with chopped coriander.
8.Serve with Chappatis  or rotis.

1.Choose tender kantola so that it doesn't need removing  of seeds because
seeds will be soft and tender and easily cooked.If the vegetable is nearly
ripen the seeds may be hard so better to remove them.
2.You can chop them as roundels or cubes as I have done.
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