Ka(n)krol Bharta – Teasle Gourd Bharta

Nowadays market is full of bright green colored Kankrol or Teasle gourd. Though not very fond of this vegetable, I bought it to include them as seasonal veggie into our diet. Was bored of having it part of the veggie meal, so tried something new where I steamed them a bit, mash it with some other ingredients and then saute lightly. It came out really well.


  • Kankrol / Teasle grourd – 6
  • Coconut Milk – 2 tbsp
  • Poppy Seed Paste – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Paste – 1 tsp
  • Green Chilli – as per taste
  • Mustard Oil – as required
  • Fresh Coriander leaves for Garnishing
  • Salt, Sugar – a pinch

Slit the Kakrols to half, then boil / steam them with a pinch of salt. Scoop out the seeds and throw them away. 

Mash them using your hand. Add mustard oil in a pan, when it is hot, add the Kankrol mash with a pinch of salt. Saute a little.

Add green chilli paste, poppy seed paste and mustard seed paste with salt and mix well.

Then Add the coconut milk, . Mix this with mashed kankrol. 

Stir continuously with a wooden spoon till it is dry. Sprinkle a pinch of sugar (optional). 

When the mixture starts sticking to the pan, remove from heat. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with plain rice.

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