Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Yummy Tummy Tuesdays - Kale and Calabash!

Bottle gourd kale curry – This is a quick to prepare, light, nutritious dish
Kale- I discovered the flavors of kale recently and so am glad I did. Kale is a nutrition powerhouse and the best part of it is - the kids seem to love it wherever I use it (in pastas, curries, rice items, and more!). Why did I take so long to bring kale into my household? Well, I am not a fan of seaweed and for some reason every time I saw photos of kale initially, it always was crispy kale and that reminded me of seaweed. So I never felt I should look for kale in the grocery stores. Recently, however, I decided to try it out. I got some frozen kale and added it to my pasta and that was great! Then I tried it out as part of an Indian curry and we all loved it. I have since used it many ways, many cuisines but today, I bring you bottle gourd kale curry.

Bottle gourd.- This vegetable is a very popular vegetable in Indian cooking. We use it to make simple curries, kootu (vegetables, lentils,  and a ground paste with spices and coconut), as well as sweets sometimes! Per wikipedia, the bottle gourd or calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container.(which was the reason for the name bottle gourd).

What you need:
Bottle gourd – 1 big sized – chopped
Kale – frozen – about 1 cup
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1 tsp
Red chili powder –– ½ tsp or to taste
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Coriander powder – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
How to make it:
Heat the oil. Add mustard seeds and urad dal. Once the seeds start popping, add the powders, and add the kale and the chopped bottle gourd. Add about 2 tbspns of water to help cook. Cover and cook on reduced heat until done (for about 10 minutes).  

The Top Ten theme at The Broke and the Bookish this week - Top ten new-to-me authors discovered in 2012  - I have read many new-to-me authors this year but though I enjoyed almost all the new authors/books I read, I am only including those whom I want to definitely read again. So I do not have 10 authors here (a new for me since I normally have to cheat to include more than 10!).  Some of these authors are new so only one book to their name.
  1. Indu Sundaresan
  2. Ben Crystal
  3. Raymond Carver
  4. Elizabeth Hoyt
  5. R.J.Palacio
  6. Rupa Bajwa
  7. Marit Menzin
  8. Kari and Brit Trogen
For NaBloPoMo, where today's prompt is:

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
A: Any job where I can read books all the time :)

For Teaser Tuesdays at Should be Reading,
'Things went on in this fashion, which is to say no fashion at all. I won’t say the people hereabouts got used to them – they weren’t the sort you’d ever really get used to. But after a bit, no one seemed to pay them much mind any more.'
Pg 70 – Will you please be quiet, please? By Raymond Carver


  1. I came here looking for your Top Ten List that you linked to and it's not here. Weird.

  2. I am visiting from NaBloPoMo, and this recipe sounds wonderful. I was wondering if it works to use other lentils, I have red, yellow and brown lentils, but not the ones listed.

  3. Sure looks like quite the interesting dish!

  4. nice...my wife loves kale...and always looking for new ways to prep things....

  5. Sounds yummy....I love Kale.


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