round gourd

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Also Known as
Tinda

Description
The round gourds are small fruits indigenous to India. They are equally esteemed as a vegetable, medicinal plant, and animal fodder. They are apple-size, round, light green fruit, which are eaten cooked, pickled, or candied. The seeds are roasted and eaten as a snack. The round gourds are small fruits indigenous to India, and are only grown there and in neighboring Pakistan. They are equally esteemed as a vegetable, medicinal plant, and animal fodder. They are apple-size, round, light green fruit, which are eaten cooked, pickled, or candied. The seeds are roasted and eaten as a snack.

Chopped round gourd
Chop round gourd by cutting them in small pieces approximately ¼ inch in diameter, although the chopped food doesn't need to be exactly the same size. If the recipe calls for the ingredients to be "coarsely chopped," make the pieces slightly larger.
Sliced round gourd
Cut round gourd lengthwise on all four sides, cutting around the stem, seeds, and ribs. With a sharp knife, remove any remaining rib. Slice it as desired


How to Select
Choose ridge gourd that has a deep green color, taut skin, and that are free of soft spots, blemishes and darkened areas. Their stems should be green and fresh looking. Ridge gourd should be heavy for their size and firm enough. Avoid those that have signs of decay including injuries to the skin or water-soaked areas or if they are soft and rubbery.

Culinary Uses
· Round gourd can be stuffed with zesty filling made from spices like sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and red chillies that are roasted and ground to a fine paste along with ginger, garlic, onions and tamarind, has a mingling of flavors :- sweet-spicy-tangy. A delicious stuffed curry that goes well with both rice and rotis
· It is a tasty and nutritious vegetable
· Although, the most common everyday method seem to be cooking round gourd solo with few spices, either with or without a gravy.

How to Store
Fresh round gourd is best stored in a refrigerator. They can be wrapped in plastic bag and will stay crisp and firm for a week.




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