Gourds of all kinds rule summer, be it Bottle Gourd or Lauki, Ridge Gourd or Tori, Ash Gourd or White Pumpkin and Pointed Gourd or Parwal. Most gourds are mild in flavour and are perfect to make during summers because they are light and easy to digest.
Gourds have a cooling effect on our body. They are the perfect vegetable to make for summers, as they are light and also high in water content which also helps you in hydration. You can juice then or even make sweets from the Gourds apart from adding them into dals and gravies or stir fries. They are also loaded with Vitamins and Minerals like Calcium, Zinc, Vitamin C and Antioxidants.
These Gourd Recipes are very easy to make and they even take up all the flavours of spices wonderfully. Therefore, to make your work easier, we have lined up some amazing Indian Gourd Recipes, that you can cook up easily at your home and serve them with any Indian bread or Steamed Rice and Dal.
1. Bottle Gourd Recipes
Bottle Gourd also known as lauki or doodhi is a vegetable that kids usually don't prefer to eat. But we have to make sure to make them eat all the vegetables, to take in all the necessary nutrients. Bottle Gourd or Lauki is one such superfood which has a lot of health benefits and you must include it in your everyday diet especially during summers. Check out these tasty Bottle Gourd Recipes:
2. Ridge Gourd Recipes
This dark green vegetable with ridges on the outside and soft white pulp on the inside is quite popular in India. Known as Beerakaya in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Peerkangai in Tamil Nadu, Peechinga in Kerala, and Tori or Turai in Hindi, this is a summer vegetable that you must make.
Since this vegetable has a lot of water content, cut the vegetable in larger pieces as it tends to shrink when cooked. Also when buying a ridge gourd make sure that they are fresh and dark green in colour and firm to touch. Sometimes ridge gourds can be bitter in taste so test before you cook and buy. Check out these tasty Ridge Gourd Recipes:
3. Snake Gourd Recipes
This gourd gets its name because it is a long hollow vegetable that often reaches 1.5 meters in length. The short variety for the same is also available. Snake Gourds are low in calorie and diabetic friendly like any other gourd. It is also a vegetable which is good for fever as it reduces it and detoxifies the body. Check out these tasty Snake Gourd Recipes:
4. Ash Gourd Recipes
Ash Gourd is also known as Pethakaddu in Hindi, Boodagumbala in Kannada and Kumbalanga in Malayalam. Petha is a popular sweet prepared in the north especially Agra. As per Indian ayurveda, Ash Gourd is used to treat epilepsy, asthma, lung diseases, internal hemorrhage, and cough. Check out these tasty Ash Gourd Recipes:
5. Pointed Gourd Recipes
Parwal or Pointed Gourd is the most common and widely available vegetable in summer. Pointed Gourd is also known as parwal or parmal or pattol in different parts of India.The vegetable looks similar to tindora but is bigger in size with a harder skin. It is a good source of Vitamin and helps control blood sugar levels. It is a blood purifier and full of antioxidants. Check out these tasty Pointed Gourd Recipes: