Potol Bhapa (Steamed Pointed Gourd in Mustard and Poppy Seed Paste)

Ingredients

  • 5 Potol (pointed gourds)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 green chillies
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp whole wheat flour

Method –

  1. Scrape the pointed gourds
  2. Snip off the ends and cut into half lengthwise
  3. Smear 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and a little salt and let it rest for 10 minutes
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and lightly fry the pointed gourds
  5. Remove and set aside
  6. Grind the mustard seeds, poppy seeds and 1 green chilli along with water to a smooth paste
  7. Take a stainless steel container with a tight lid
  8. Pour the paste into the container
  9. Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt
  10. Add the fried pointed gourd
  11. Mix the milk with the flour and pour it over the paste and pointed gourd
  12. Mix well and add chillies
  13. Steam for 10-15 minutes on medium flame.

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