Lauki Ki Sabji : Opo Sqash in Tomato and roasted Gram flour based gravy


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INGREDIENTS:
4 Cups peeled and chopped pieces of lauki (around 1 inch pieces)
2 medium size tomatoes, finely chopped
2 Table spoon gram flour (besan)
2 Table spoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 tea spoon cumin seeds
1/4th tea spoon asafetida
1/4th tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tea spoon red chili powder
2 tea spoon coriander powder
1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
1 tea spoon minced ginger
2-3 finely chopped green chili
Salt to taste

OPTIONAL :
2 Table spoon finely chopped coriander for Granish

METHOD:
1. Moderately heat oil in a heavy bottomed utensil.
2. Add the cumin seeds, asafetida, and fenugreek seeds stir for few seconds. IMG_E1980
3. Reduce the heat add the gram flour and stir for few seconds. IMG_E1982

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4. Add green chilli, minced ginger, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder stir for few seconds.IMG_E1984
5. Add finely chopped tomatoes and salt to taste. IMG_E1987
6. Add very little water, please note lauki (Opo Squash) also releases water.
7. Increase the heat to medium high. IMG_E1989
8. Cook for 4-5 minutes, gently stir in between until spices start leaving the oil.
9. Add about 1 cup of water and cook the sabji for another 8-10 minutes until lauki becomes tender.
10. Serve hot with Chapati, Phulka or paratha.
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