Laukee Bharwan Khaas

Stuffed bottle gourd served the Awadhi style.

Preparation time: 20mins
Cooking time: 30mins
Serves: 4
 
Recipe Ingredients:
 
500g bottle gourd
250g khoya
200g curd
25g poppy seeds
25g chironjee seeds
8 cashewnuts
2 medium sized red onions
¼ tsp red chili
5 green cardamoms
5 cloves
1 blade mace
1tsp kewra water
A pinch of saffron
100g ghee
Salt to taste
A few sprigs of coriander
 
Recipe Method:
 
Wash and peel the gourd. Remove the pith with a sharp knife.prick the outside uniformly with a fork. Apply a teaspoon of salt all over it and keep aside for 15 mins.
Finely slice the onions and fry them to a golden brown. Grind the fried onions to a smooth paste. Fry the cashew and chironjee in the same ghee to a pink color and remove. Crumble the khoya and saute it over slow fire till it turns pink. Mix in the fried nuts and keep aside. Grind the cloves cardamom and mace to a paste. Lightly roast the poppy seeds and grind to a smooth paste. Pat the gourd dry and fry in the ghee used previously. Evenly brown all over. Remove and drain the excess ghee. Add 2tbsp curd and ½ tsp salt to the khoya mix and blend well. Stuff this inside the gourd. In the remaining curd, mix the onion paste, poppy seed paste, garam masala paste and the saffron dissolved in the kewra water, chili powder and salt and blend well. In a heavy bottom pan, add the curd mix, powder remaining ghee and place the gourd in it. Cover and cook for 20 mins on slow fire till the gourd is done. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander. Carve round slices while serving.

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