Monday, 31 March 2014

Dodhi Ma Gos

Tutraylu Dodhi Ma Gos
Bottle Gourd with Mutton/Goat or Lamb.


At the risk of being frowned upon and this post being avoided, I am sharing an old family recipe which gives the Bottle Gourd a fair chance to stand tall and shine. The truth is it tastes better than it looks; and we all tend to eat with "our eyes" before tasting it with our palate! Sadly it can never look attractive striking or even inviting to whet our appetites. But it does taste good with a fresh rotli/chapati/phulka and so if you are adventurous enough to give this a try, I say go for it.

It must be done right, so follow the recipe to the tee.
Will serve 4 to 6 persons

1/2  kg/ 1lb  medium pieces of mutton, goat or lamb, bone in

1 kg/ 2lbs of grated bottle gourd, weigh after peeling, removing the larger seeds etc.
1/4 kg/ 1/2 lb thinly sliced onions
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
2  tsp fresh grated garlic
1 tsp salt
2 large dry flat red chillies
2 cups of water 
2 tbsp oil
Optional 1 cinnamon stick

In a pan heat the oil and add the onions. Saute` until it gets a light brown colour to it. 

Add the ginger, garlic paste, two whole chillies, salt and the meat. And if you wish to add the cinnamon stick. Saute for 5 minutes and add the Gourd/dudhi/lauki. Add the water bring it all to a boil, lower the heat, cover the pan and allow it to cook for an hour and 15 minutes. Give it a stir, check that meat is cooked through. Continue cooking until the meat is done. Once the meat is ready, keep cooking without the cover until all the water is evaporated. This is very important. Eventually you will see the oil rise to the sides of the pan. This is what you are looking for and only then it becomes ""Tutraylu"".  Also called ghee per avaylu.

Tip

Choose young Gourd. Light green skin, unblemished are the best variety. If it is bitter discard it. 
It is better to have a bit of extra onions rather than less if you are unsure.
The large dark flat dry chilli which is smooth and shiny is medium hot.
The dark large dry chilli which is very crinkly is hot.
But this dish must have the chillies to bring out the flavour. 



For more Parsi Food recipes and its origins click for my cookbook
The Art of Parsi Cooking; reviving an ancient cuisine.




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