One more for the SWC-Maharashtra & Vow-Bottle gourd
This is a very traditional raita made during the Peshwai rule.... Got this wonderful recipe from one of my Maharashtrian friend and also the information about it...
1 cup bottle gourd
2 tbsp sweet yogurt
a pinch of black pepper powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida
a pinch of turmeric
salt to taste
1. Peel, wash and dice the bottle gourd. Pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles.
2. Cool and then add yogurt, salt, pepper, sugar and mix.
3. Heat oil in a small kadhai. Add cumin seeds when they crackle add turmeric and asafoetida. Pour this tempering on the raita.
Note: If you dont like the tempering have the raita with out it.