Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Bottle Gourd Peels Chutney


Idlis & Bottle Gourd Peels Chutney

One of the themes doing the rounds of food-blogosphere these days is 'Chutneys'. One of the main ingredients of it being peels of vegetables. I have blogged about one such chutney already. Here's another one. But it's not just another chutney, you know. It is not just eco-friendly but also very very tasty. Because it is made with peels of bottle gourd (Doodhi/Lauki).


Bottle gourd being peeled

And now that I am back from my trip to the Black Forest (with a postcard for the next BPW event by Meeta ;-)) , I can also share the recipe for this chutney. Here it is.

Recipe for Bottle Gourd Peels Chutney


Peels of one biggish bottle gourd (I took 1½ cups.)
¼ cup dry-roasted sesame or ¼ cup roasted and peeled peanuts
or ¼ cup roasted Chana Dal (Dariya in Gujarati/Pandharpuri Daale in Marathi)
or a combination of any of these making ¼ cup
(I used 1/8 cup dry-roasted sesame + 1/8 cup roasted & peeled peanuts.)
¼ cup yogurt
2 green chillis (or to taste)
¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp sugar (or to taste, depending upon the heat from the chillis)
salt to taste

1 tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
heaped ¼ tsp asafoetida powder


From left to right: chopped bottle gourd peels, roasted & peeled peanuts, coriander leaves, sesame seeds


1. Chop the bottle gourd peels and green chillis.
2. Heat the oil in a pan. When hot, add mustard seeds. Once they start popping, add the cumin seeds, and then the asafoetida powder.
3. Add the chopped bottle gourd peels and green chillis. Stir. Sprinkle some water, cover the pan and let them steam-cook. (I usually use a non-stick pan for this, so I do not really need much water. However, if you are using a regular pan, you might need to add about ¼ cup of water, and also keep a close eye.)
4. Once the peels are soft (They fall apart easily when pressed with a ladle.), add sugar, salt and chopped coriander leaves. Sauté until most of the water has evaporated. Turn the heat off, and let it cool.
5. Once it is cool, add it along with the roasted sesame seeds or peanuts or the combination you are using and the yogurt to the jar of your mixie or food processor. Grind it till you get a fairly smooth paste. The chutney is ready!

Serve it with anything of your choice like Idlis, Dosas, spicy parathas or just with any regular meal. This mild-tasting chutney goes well with a lot of things. I served it this time for breakfast, with Idlis...so that I can send it to Nandita for her next 'Weekend Breakfast Blogging' event. :)


In case you are in a mood to try out more chutney varieties, you could check out these lovely recipes recently blogged by Madhu of Ruchi, Mythili of Vindu, Priya of Sugar And Spice and Shammi of Food, in the main...

In the meanwhile, here's wishing all of you a Happy Independence Day!

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Krithika said...

Great photos ! Will wait for your recipe.

Puspha said...

Lovely. R those idlis?

Schöne Urlaub und bis bald.

Madhu said...

Hi Vaishali,
Those Idlies(is that a plate idly) and Chutney looks great. I couldn't really guess what is in the last cup. Will wait for ur recipe.
Checked ur kosambri recipe, adding black pepper is new to me. Shall try it soon.
Have a nice weekend.Thanks.

Menu Today said...

Hi Vaishali,
Nice looking idlis. Will wait for your chutney recipe. Have a great weekend.

indosungod said...

Vaishali the chutney looks yummy,
never tried chutney with bottle gourd peel though i have tried with ridge gourd.

Thanks for the Bitter Gourd & Green Mango Curry recipe, I made this and it was big hit.

Linda said...

Hi Vaishali,

Hope you have a lovely time postcard-hunting. Those bottle gourd peels look as nice as the inside of the veggie! I see you've come back in full force, dear teacher... I've some catching up to do on your blog :)

Anupama said...

I love your photos as usual. They are simple but artistic. Hope one day mine will be that way too.

Priya said...

The chutney looks yumm...will try out next time I buy bottle gourd.
I just saw ur reply comment about my luggage. I was travelling on Delta and Srilankan airlines, and Delta was responsible for the luggage. They found my hand luggage in a couple of days but never found the big one. They did compensate for it moneywise later, but its only after around 3 months. Thats when they declare it 'lost', until then its termed as 'missing' baggage. I could let you know the details thru email if you want.

Vanda said...

hi vaishali,

The chutney looks familiar....is it the same one which we had when we were at your place.....or is this a different one!!!
Anyway it look delicious!!!!
BTW how was your weekend and where did you guys go

RP said...

Neat pictures!! Never tried this chutney even though so many of you have blogged about it. Will try soon.

Anonymous said...

wow what photos maan!! Any plans of getting yourself a new camera? Art + technology is a good combination!! Hope you had a good time in south Germany

Vaishali said...

Thanks, Krithika. Hope you like the recipe too.

Pushpa, yes, those are Idlis. Ich habe dank deiner Grüße einen schönen Urlaub gehabt. Danke.

Hi Madhu, thanks for dropping by. What are plate Idlis? I made mine in small stainless steel bowls. Don't have my Idli stand here.
:( As you can now see, it is sesame seeds in the last bowl.

Thanks for stopping by, MT.

Hi Indo, I checked out your post. Thank you so much for those nice words. And thanks for letting me know.

Linda, "teacher"? Don't embarrass me now. :)

And I hope, Anupama, that I too can come up with such lovely decoration ideas as you. (You scratch my back. I scratch yours? :))

KrishnaArjuna said...

Chutney's with peels..sounds like a great mind is busy trying to come up with new and different ingredients..
Looks delicious!

Latha said...

Hi Vaishali,
We make Ridge gourd peel chutney (Beerakaya Chutney) but never heard of Bottlegourd peel chutney. It looks delicious, will give it a try soon!


Shankari said...

I love this recipe, I make the peel chutney , but it is a totally different recipe. Will try yours

Vaishali said...

Priya, thank you so much for the help. I will write to you an e-mail, if I see things going out of hand. Right now, everything seems to be under control. (Well, the luggage isn't here yet, but at least the airline is giving us due answers.)

Vanda, yup, it is the same chutney. (Hey, now you've made it public that all my admirers are my family/friends. No, no, please do not play with my image like that. ;-))

RP, you'll like it. I am sure.

Thanks for the compliment, Anon. I had fun in the South of Germany. Will write more about it for Meeta's BPW. :)

Arjuna, 'great mind'? It's me...Vaishali...and you are at Happy Burp. I think, you thought you were elsewhere when you left that comment. :)

Latha, you can add ridge gourd peels to this chutney too, in case you have them. Or you could try adding bottle gourd peels to your chutney. I am sure, both will work.

Shankari, I am curious about your recipe of this chutney. Hope you blog about it some time.

polly + dieter said...

now that looks really good. you have renewed my interest in Indian cooking. I have never had much luck with it for some reason, but I think i will give it another try thanks to your yummy recipes.

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Manisha said...

You lucky girl! You missed sharing your birthday with a national holiday by 2 days!

Happy Birthday!!

Thanks to Anupama for sharing this important date with us!! ;-)

Hope you have a great day celebrating with friends and family!

Praveena said...

This chutney sounds very interesting. My mother also makes a spicy powder with ridge gourd peels. I have to post it soon for you. Planning to make this in the weekend. Will let you know how it goes.

sudhav said...

Vaishali, i got to know that today is your bth day..may be im little late in wishing you.

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Ashwini said...

You know whats coming V dude :-D
Have a wonderful birthday!!!

KrishnaArjuna said...

Many happy returns of the day!
I am not going to ask your age though :-)

Shankari said...

Happy Birthday Vaishali, Hope you have a wonderful year ahead and many many more years to come and yes many more years of blogging too!

Have a gr8 day

Nabeela said...

Happy birthday Vaishali! Have a fun filled great day with family and friends!

Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Many Many Happy Returns Of The Day, Vaishali....


Linda said...

Happy Happy Birthday, dear Vaishali! Just wandered over to Anupama's blog (from yours!) and heard the news. Hope you had a lovely day :)

Priya said...

Hi Vaishali,
A Very happy birthday to you, hope your having loads of fun. Have a wonderful day and great year ahead filled with all the things u like.

Vineela said...

Hi Vaishali,
Many Many happy returns of the day.You know yester it was my hubby's birthday.

Faffer said...

Happy Burpday to you, Happy Burpday to you, Happy Burpday Dear Vaishali, Happy Burpday to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Good Lord! Wont you people atleast leave the poor peels alone? :-)

I have never even ehard about this peel thing and looks like there are so many different types of recipes with just peels! Ah! What can I do? Other than give peel of laughter for my ignorance?

Vaishali said...

Polly + Dieter, thanks for stopping by. It's great to know that my blog has rekindled your interest in Indian cooking. Wish you lots of success with it!

Alka, same surname...same views? :)

Manisha, I was expected on the 13th of August, you know. I got late. I am still trying to catch up. ;-)

I am still waiting for your ridge gourd peels recipe, Praveena.

Thanks a lot, Sudha, Archana and Ashwini.

Arjuna, thanks for not asking me my age. It's not too easy for me to accept that I am 32. Oops... ;-)

Shankari, many more years of blogging? Thanks for wishing me that. :)

Nabeela, Tina, Linda, Priya, thanks.

Vineela, that means you know how good people born in August are. ;-)

Thanks, Faffer. *burp*

Hahahaha...that was witty word-play, LG. It's time for me to give peels of laughter now. :)

Shil said...

First time here and I am addicted. Never had the courage to cook bottle gourd or padavala kai. Will now bravely attempt these recipes. Instructions on how to clean these veggies is a godsend. Thank you. Bottle gourd being peeled is a great picture. Can I use it in the newspaper I work for. It is based in Bangalore. Of course, photo credit will be given to you. Please let me know. thanks. my email is shilpza@yahoo.com.

P S: Please post a description and picture of your new camera. Even I have a Kodak camera which is coming very handy during my 'teething' days, like you put it very nicely. Can't wait to graduate to a better version.

Foodie said...

Hi Vaishali,

The bottlegourd (zucchini) spaghetti and the bottlgourd peel chutney looks good. I am going to try both.
Meanwhile you can visit my blog Zaayka at blogspot.
I have tried to post healthy recipes.

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Shella said...

Hi Vaishali

The first time I had bottle gourd chutney was at a friends place. Her MIL had prepared it, & when I realized what the superb tasting chutney was made of, I was absolutely amazed

Your photos look good, n they remind me instantly to keep the peels the next time I used bottlegourd & prepare teh chutney

Thanks for the reminder.

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Instead of yogurt, I tried the bottle gourd peels mixed with tamarind pickle, and the recipe went well. I did not use the sesame seeds or peanuts. The chutney went well. Using peels is a great idea. Thanks for the information.

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I found your blog and recipes when looking for bottle-gourd recipes. I tried the curry as well as the peels-chutney. Both delicious -thanks very much! I'll be sure to visit again.

Did want to mention that the peels took nearly forever (well... about 4 hours) to cook to a sufficiently soft state; next time, I'll try cooking them in a pressure cooker. (The bottle gourd was fresh from my garden, so the age of the vegetable was probably not an issue.)

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Checked ur kosambri recipe, adding black pepper is new to me. Shall try it soon.
Have a nice weekend.Thanks

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