Ash Gourd with grated coconut (Narkel diye Chal Kumro)

Hello everybody !! Countdown begins for the biggest festival of Bengalis – Durga Puja. Also festive season is being celebrated all over India this month.

So wish everybody a very Happy Festive Month 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful time.

I will be sharing with you some simple easy veg dishes, which you can prepare during this festival. Spend less time in kitchen and save time for pandal hopping 😀

Today’s recipe is one of my favorite Ash Gourd preparation. It is very easy, non spicy dish, the hero ingredient being everybody’s favorite grated coconut 🙂

Ash gourd / Winter melon is a highly nutritive vegetable with vitamin B and C along with crucial minerals that the body needs like calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous and fiber.


Cooking Time : 10 to 15 minutes

Ingredients :

  • Ash Gourd – 1/2, cut into long thin slices
  • Grated coconut – 6 tablespoon
  • Dry bay leaf – 1 or 2
  • Whole Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dry Red Chilli – 1
  • Green Chilli – 2 to 4, slitted (for garnishing)
  • Tomato – 1 small, roughly chopped
  • Cumin Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard Oil – 2 to 3 tablespoon


Recipe :

  1. Heat oil in a wok. When the oil heats up, add whole cumin seeds, dry bay leaf and dry red chilli.
  2. When the cumin starts to crackle, add tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Stir until the tomatoes starts becoming soft.
  3. Add cumin and coriander powder. Mix well.
  4. When spices start releasing oil add ash gourd slices. Stir and mix everything.
  5. Lower the flame to medium and cover the wok with a lid. Add some more salt if required.
  6. The ash gourd will release water. Let the vegetables cook in their own water.
  7. When the ash gourd is almost boiled, add sugar and grated coconut. Mix everything well.
  8. Remove the lid and stir so that the water dries up. Keep the flame medium so that ash gourd completely boils by the time the gravy becomes dry.
  9. When everything is done, turn the flame off. Garnish with green chillies.

Serve Ash Gourd with grated coconut hot with rice.



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