Recipe of the week
Ash gourd crispies—fibrous and nutritious
Ash gourd is known to help deal with mental illnesses. It has a calming effect on the nerves and brain and alleviates conditions related to the nervous system.
It is commonly used in traditional medicines to treat various ailments. Ash gourd is also believed to promote digestion, reduce inflammation, and protect against infection, ulcers, and type 2 diabetes.
Here’s a healthy yet super yummy Ash gourd crispies that takes less time to make but even lesser time to devour.
Recipe - Ash gourd crispies
3kgs Ash gourd
400gms urad dal
50gms green chillies
2 tsp turmeric
Salt to taste
First, you need to wash the ash gourd and cut into thin pieces about 1" in length. Then add 2 tbsp of salt, mix well and let it rest for half-an-hour. Take small handfuls of the ash gourd and squeeze all the water out of it. Transfer the squeezed pieces into another container. When all the ash gourd pieces are squeezed off the moisture, transfer them into a cotton cloth and make a bundle. Squeeze the bundle to remove any excess water that might be left. Hang the bundle for at least 4 hours to get rid of any moisture. We need the ash gourd pieces to be completely dry.
Grinding the dal and green chillies:
Wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for at least 4 hours. Drain all the water from the dal and grind to a thick paste. Grind the green chillies to a coarse paste as well.
Making the Batter for Boodida Gummadikaya Vadiyalu (Ash Gourd Crispies):
Mix together the ash gourd pieces, the urad batter, turmeric, salt, and green chilli paste.
After the batter is ready, spread a cotton cloth in an area that remains sunny for at least 6 to 8 hours in a day. Drop 1 tbsp of batter at a time onto the cloth/plastic sheet to form the vadiyalu (crisp). Let the vadiyalu (crisp) sun dry for at least 4 days. Flip them over every day so that they dry completely.
Collect them when they are dry and store in an air-tight container.
When you have the mood, have guests over, or simply want to munch on something, deep-fry the Boodida Gummadikaya Vadiyalu (Ash gourd crisps) and serve hot and fresh.
Nutrients: Ash gourd is rich in fibre, vitamin C and Zinc. It is also low in calories.