Bottle gourd, a light green cylinder shaped vegetable was unusual at my home just for no reason. I can count the no. of times we bought this crunchy vegetable when we lived in Bangalore 3 years ago. All I knew to cook was a simple stir fry and curry using this veggie.
But now things are pretty much changed. Food blogging mindset has made me creative and given me the liberty to use vegetables in diverse form. In line with my thinking and attitude, I came across a snack recipe using bottle gourd while glancing Indian newspaper online. It just caught my eye and tempted me towards these deep fried discs.
Crispy, crunchy bottle gourd nippattu has shredded bottle gourd, crumbly onion, green chillies and cilantro in it which are easily detectable in your mouth as you bite them. Blending all of these with rice flour and spices forms stiff dough. As you grate the bottle gourd, the cool veggie oozes some water, which can be used in dough formation. Once it is ready, simultaneously you can pat lemon sized dough in to a disc of 3 cm radius on a greased plastic sheet and deep fry in hot oil.
As you bite into crisp bottle gourd nippattu, the soft bottle gourd shred, crunchy chickpea lentil and green chilli will surely tingle your taste buds. You’ll crave to have some more and soon the plate is emptied. I witnessed the same at my home. 🙂