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How to give humble veggies like tendli an exotic makeover?

24 July 2019 , 0 comments / 0 likes
Get into the shoes of a homemaker and you would soon realise that their task is by no means easy when it comes to pleasing palates of every member! Especially, if one has to make an interesting meal with humble veggies such as tendli (Ivy gourd) or lauki (bottle gourd). We are sure all homemakers reading this would be nodding their head in agreement.

Well…we have got you covered for such situations. Here are some interesting ways to rustle up exotic dishes with simple vegetables. Not only will it be nutritious but also tease everyone’s taste buds.

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Ivory gourd salad

You’ve eaten it as a sabzi, stir-fry and probably fried too. But did you know that tendli or ivy gourd tastes great even in salads? Combine blanched tendli with fruits such as pomegranate seeds, pineapple cubes, or even grapefruit segments. You could even try a desi version of coleslaw with thinly sliced raw tendli, apple, shredded cabbage or red cabbage, and onions. There’s no end of salad dressings you could experiment with as well. Combine olive or mustard oil, seasoning and any vinegar you prefer — apple cider, coconut, sugarcane or even white — for a simple dressing. Jazz it up with herbs, if you’d like. It’s unbelievable that a dish made with ivory gourd could taste this good!

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Bottle gourd soup

This is another fusion recipe that can spice up a mundane meal. Sauté chopped lauki or bottlegourd in some butter along with chopped onions, garlic and ginger. Add any other veggies you’d like to the pot ⁠— chopped pumpkin, cauliflower, carrot or bell pepper — and pour enough water or chicken stock to cover the mixture. Cook this for a bit, add salt, pepper, and other spices and stir well. Remove the pot and make a smooth puree of the mixture. This delicious soup is a great way of getting your kids to have nutritious veggies without much of a fuss.

Spinach smoothie

So many people detest eating green leafy vegetables, so how about you tempt them into drinking it up instead? The easiest way is to make a fancy smoothie out of it. The taste of the leaves blends well with that of other fruits and vegetables – and the result is delightful, to say the least. Click here for the recipe of a tasty, filling, and extremely healthy spinach smoothie.

Pumpkin hummus

Pumpkin hummus is a great solution for all kaddu haters. The best part is that it’s super-duper easy to whip up this dip! Roast pumpkin pieces that have been tossed in a mixture of olive oil, cinnamon and cumin (jeera) powders, and garlic cloves. Blend the mixture into smooth paste along with boiled chickpeas, tahini paste or sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. If you like contrasting textures, garnish the dip with pumpkin seeds for a nice crunch. Your guests will instantly become a fan of this lip-smacking dip!

Capsicum halwa

It’s hard to imagine shimla mirch in a sweet dish. But you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how this combination creates magic. Here is the detailed recipe for this unusual halwa, which will not only satiate your sweet craving but have you asking for more!

Do you have any suggestions on giving an exotic makeover to simple vegetables? We’re curious to hear from you. Please share your creative ideas below.