It’s very hard for my brain to work when my mind is hovering around the drops of sweat trickling from head to toe…Its sooooooo very Hot around here. And come to think of it, the people on other side of globe celebrate summers
Well summers reminded me of summer vacation of my kid and everyone around pops the same question at my face…”what is your travel plan this vacation”?
Traveling for me is as cumbersome as it could be, but its more torture for the people moving with me (With people I mean, generally Hubby). Local Trains are too crowded to hang around with a cranky kid; Mail trains takes too long to reach to the destination. Flights, Buses and four wheelers are simply out of question (Severe Motion sickness problem for me), two wheeler is not a good choice in Monsoon (though I love the idea) and scorching summer. The only option left, if we plan something nearby, is a Three wheeler. Sounds crazy?? But hey, I so much love this Dhinchaak mode of transport, that sometimes I tease hubby dear to purchase that one, instead of a car.
Now the mode of transport is already a big issue to be dealt with, while deciding where to go, upon that our pampered son just could not adjust with any delays, be it for drinking water or eating meals. His requests for peeing has to be addressed immediately, and the place where we are visiting should not be hot, humid, too cold, and no rains around. The water should be safe to drink, the food available should be non spicy and not floating in oil, the place should be interesting enough to hold his attention (which means it should have loads of games around), and it should not be a water park (Yeah my son is not at all fond of swimming). Phew…Hubby dear goes crazy with his too demanding wife and kid, and this results in very few outings for the family
So now while sitting at home, I can only talk about food, and that i must do quickly, since today we are discussing one of my most favorite Side Dish, Dhaas Meyah
This unique squash-like gourd is native to India, very popular in Indian curry and many other gourmet dishes. Green colored, apple sized fruits are flattish round in shape and 50-60 grams in weight.(Source : Wiki )
The word Dhaas roughly means a whole , stuffed vegetable like potato, okra, bittergourd, capsicum etc, generally a dry dish (though sometimes the cooked stuffed veggies are dunked in a curry or gravy) , served along with regular Dal rice, making the meal a wholesome one.
Here is how the stuffing looks like :
And this is how stuffed ones look like
|Dhaas Meyah ~Stuffed Apple Gourds||
- Apple Gourds or Meyah 3-4
- Onions 3
- Green chillies 3
- Garlic 4 cloves
- Coriander leaves , a handful
- Ginger about an Inch size
- Salt as per taste
- Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
- Coriander powder 1 tsp
- Garam masala
- powder ¼ tsp(optional)
- Oil for shallow frying
- Wash, peel and slit the gourds making a Cross. The slit should be more than half way of gourds
- Add some salt and keep aside for 10 minutes
- Meanwhile peel and grate onion, pound green chillies, coriander leaves, garlic and ginger(optional) in mortar pestle(Hamam Dasta)
- Mix grated onion, and pounded mixture, add some salt, and dry masalas
- Stuff the gourds with this mixture and Shallow fry with minimum oil, on a low flame . Keep the remaining stuffing aside.
- Keep on tossing the gourds at regular intervals
- When these change bit of colour, add the remaining stuffing and saute again on bit high flame.If the mixture tend to stick to the bottom of pan, add few spoons of water
- Now lower the flame and place a lid over the pan. Keep some weight over the lid (e.g a heavy utensil)
- Cook till stuffing changes its colour, and the gourds are cooked( prick with a knife to check whether the knife slides in smoothly)
- This could take anywhere between15-30 minutes (depending upon the size and tenderness of gourds) . If in hurry, these could be pressure cooked (Follow the same procedure, first let the stuffed gourds change their colour, then add remaining mixture and cook again for a minute,then add 6-7 spoons of water and close the lid of pressure cooker .Wait till 1 whistle and then put it on Sim flame for 1-2 minutes)
- Could be served as a side dish with Dal chaawal, or Moong
Ps:I am also sharing this Favorite dish of mine with Cilantro’s JFI-Jhiva for Cilantro event.