Kantola Nu Shaak

Kantola Nu Shaak

 

Kantola Nu Shaak is a stir fry dish made with Kantola (Teasel gourd or spiny gourd) along with onions, and spices. It is dry veg dish and goes well with Dal, Rice, Roti. It also goes well with thepla, bhakri or rotla. It is vegan. Skip adding asafoetida to make it gluten free.

Kantola also known as teasel gourd or spiny gourd is a seasonal vegetable and is available during monsoon in India. In Sydney, I have used the frozen packet which we get in Indian store. It has small spines all over its body and hence is known as spiny gourd. It looks similar to bitter melon but is short in length.

Kantola are full of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti oxidants. They have health benefits similar to bitter melon.  They help in lowering blood sugar, aids digestion and have anti ageing property.

Mithil (my husband) and I both love kantola and bitter melon  and so I try to make them frequently.

You can skip adding onion to the dish. I like the taste on onion. As Kantola is towards bitter taste and onion has sweet taste. So the combination balances the taste of the dish.

I usually serve this dish with gujarati dal, roti, rice and salad. But sometimes I also serve kantola nu shaak with methi dhebra, palak dhebra, moong dal paratha or thepla.

So friends do make this recipe and share your reviews with me.

Kantola Nu Shaak
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Kantola Nu Shaak

Kantola Nu Shaak is a stir fry dish made with Kantola (Teasel gourd or spiny gourd) along with onions, and spices. It is dry veg dish and goes well with Dal, Rice, Roti. It also goes well with thepla, bhakri or rotla. It is vegan. Skip adding asafoetida to make it gluten free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, roz ka khana, Side Dish, vegan
Cuisine: Gujarati, Indian
Keyword: bottlegourd, everydaymeal, greenveggie, kantola, nogarlic, onion, rozkakhana, seasonal, vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 157kcal

Ingredients

  • 300 g kantola Teasel gourd or spiny gourd, washed and chopped lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds rai
  • 2 tsp pickle masala athana no sambhar
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder haldi
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida hing
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin powder dhania jeera powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder or as per taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander washed and finely chopped

Instructions

  • Wash and chop the kantola lengthwishe as shown. (Remove big seeds if any). Drain the washed and chopped kantola in a strainer. Keep it aside for 20-30 minutes so that all the excess water is drained out.
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Heat oil in a thick bottom pan on medium heat. Add mustard seed and let it crackle. Reduce heat and add asafoetida, turmeric powder and 1 tsp pickle masala (athana no sambhar). (If you do not have pickle masala you can add crushed methi seeds)
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Add chopped onions and mix well.
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Saute till onions are soft and translucent.
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Add the drained kantola. Add salt. (be careful as pickle masala also contains salt)..
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Mix well. Cover and cook kantola on medium heat stirring every four to five minutes in between. Cook till kantola are soften and cooked.
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Now add remaning spices - red chili powder, coriander cumin powder and pickle masala. Mix well  and saute for 4-5 minutes.
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Add chopped coriander and mix well. The kantola nu shaak is ready.
    Kantola Nu Shaak
  • Remove it in a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve it with roti, dal and rice. It can also be served with thepla, dhebra, bhakri or rotla. 
    Kantola Nu Shaak

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 4.9mg

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