Bharwa Torai recipe | stuffed sponge gourd

Bharwa Torai recipe | stuffed sponge gourd is prepared with Luffa aegyptiaca as Botanical name also called as sponge gourd or Egyptian cucumber or Vietnamese luffa. Young fruit is eaten as vegetable and fully ripened fruit is strongly fibrous and inedible and is used to make scrubbing bath sponges. Torai is its Hindi name. We can prepare many recipes with Torai like kootu, Poriyal and Raita. Today we will prepare a stuffed dish with Torai. More details about the fruit – Luffa – Wikipedia.

Sponge gourd / Torai
Sponge gourd / Torai

Ingredients:-

  • torai / sponge gourd – 3/4 kg
  • turmeric powder / manjal podi – 1/4 tsp
  • red chilly powder / milagai podi – 1 tsp
  • coriander powder / malli podi – 1/2 tsp
  • cumin powder / seeraga podi – 1/4 tsp
  • fennel seed powder / sombu podi – 1/4 tsp
  • lemon juice – from 1/2 fruit
  • ginger garlic paste / inji poondu viludhu – 1 tsp
  • Salt / uppu – to taste
Bharwana Torai ingredients
Bharwana Torai ingredients

Method:-

1. First let us see how to chop the vegetable when we should stuff it. Scrap the skin using a knife as shown in the photo below.

Scraping the skin of sponge gourd with a knife
Scraping the skin of sponge gourd with a knife

2. Cut the fruit into 3 or 4 pieces each. Each piece should be of 2 inches length. Again cut lengthwise in the center as shown below.

Cut lengthwise in the center
Cut lengthwise in the center

3. Chop in the same way and collect it in a bowl.

Chopped sponge gourd
Chopped sponge gourd

4. Mix all the spices in a bowl.

Spices mixed together
Spices mixed together

5. Take 1/2 tsp of mix with your thumb and next two fingers. Fill each Torai with the masala mix and keep it ready.

Masala filled Torai
Masala filled Torai

6. Heat oil in a broad fry pan. Add cumin seeds.

Cumin seeds in hot oil
Cumin seeds in hot oil

7. When it splutters keep the stuffed Torai one by one in the fry pan. Do not keep it one above the other. You can use a tong.

Frying stuffed Torai
Frying stuffed Torai

8. Close it with a lid and keep in low flame for 5 minutes. Do not stir.

Closed with a lid
Closed with a lid

9. Now using a tong turn the sides of Torai, so that the other side will get cooked.

Sides turned
Sides turned

10. When all sides were cooked evenly, transfer it to a serving bowl and serve as side dish along with Phulkas Naan bread , Punjabi KulchaPuri or any paratha.

Bharwa Torai recipe | stuffed sponge gourd
Bharwa Torai recipe | stuffed sponge gourd

 

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