Chopped round gourd
Wash the round gourd with water and wipe it with a kitchen towel. Place a round gourd on a chopping board and cut vertically into two halves. Place each halve flat on the chopping board and make vertical slits at regular intervals (approximately ¼ inch in diameter). Line up the strips on the cutting board and chop by cutting them horizontally at regular intervals (approximately ¼ inch in diameter) to get chopped round gourd.
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 round gourd, tinda
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 of round gourd, tinda
· 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 round gourd, tinda
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.