Kuvale Sasam (Ashgourd Gravy)

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Kuvale is Ashgourd/Kumbalkayi . I have already put up Kuvali Puli (Kuvale Puli), Majjige huli and the “Kuvale khadi” before and now here comes “Kuvale sasam”. A dish with a calming/cooling impact on the stomach and very much recommended for those into healthy foods. Its available throughout the year and so we make it a habit of preparing something of this vegetable at least once a week.

What you need to have:

1. Ash gourd pieces – 4 cups

Fresh Ash gourd

Ingredients of Wet Masala:

1. Fresh grated coconut – 1 cup

2. Red chilly – 3-4

3. Mustard seeds – 1/2 Teaspoon

4. Tamarind – A little

5. Turmeric powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, peal and chop Ash gourd into 3″ pieces and cook it in the cooker adding a little salt and turmeric powder  so that it is not over cooked.

2. Place a spatula with 1 Teaspoon of cooking oil in it on the flame.  When heated, switch off the flame and fry red chilly in it.

Cooked Ash gourd pieces

3. Grid the ingredients of Wet Masala in the mixer adding water in steps to a medium fine consistency.

4. Transfer cooked Ash gourd from step 1 to a bowl and add ground wet masala from step 3 to it and bring it to boil.  Check for salt and if required to the dish.

5. Place a spatula with 2 Teaspoons of cooking oil in it on the flame.  On heating add mustard seeds to it. When they sputter add curry leaves to it and season the above dish.  Ready to serve “Kuvale sasam is as shown in the image below.  Enjoy with rice/lunch side dish.

Ready to serve “Kuvale Sasam”

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 3-4

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8 thoughts on “Kuvale Sasam (Ashgourd Gravy)

    prathibha said:
    August 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I am in always search of recipes wid this vegetable…This looks yummy..Nice combo with rice r roti..

    Priya said:
    August 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Very delicious and interesting curry..

    incidentalcooksuman said:
    August 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    looks yummy.

    SHRIANNALAKSHMI said:
    August 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

    The recipe looks awesome. Very easy to prepare.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Priya, Prathibha,

    Thanx a lot for your comments.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Hi Incidentalcooksuman, & srilannalakshmi,

    It is good dish for starters as well.

    Deepti Satish said:
    October 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Dear Pratibha Aunty,

    Tried out the recipe few days back and came out really well. It tasted so yum with steamed rice. Every one in my family liked it. Was getting bored making sambar, pullissery and rasam. This is surely a keeper.

    K-Boy said:
    March 30, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Really nicely presented recipe. I always love to eat more authentic Konkani dishes than any other and Kuvale Sassam and pully Koddel are few of the favorites.

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