Recipe : Bottle Gourd in Coconut Milk Curry


I’ve been experimenting a lot with vegetarian food off late. Normally, I’d make this dish with prawns(shrimp) or a red meat like mutton(lamb). It’s a traditional East Indian dish called ‘lonvas’. It’s somewhat like a Keralite ishtew(stew), but red and spicier. I love coconut milk based gravies a lot. They pair so well with pan-fried flatbreads. Enough said. Let’s begin cooking now.


  • 1 bell pepper, cubed
  • 1/2 bottle gourd, cubed
  • 75 gems french beans, cut into fingers
  • You can use anything else like peas, carrots, cauliflower, drumsticks, radish etc
  • 1″ ginger, smashed
  • 1/2 pod garlic, smashed
  • 2.5 green chilies
  • Seasonings
  • Oil
  • East Indian Bottle masala or any other Curry powder
  • flour
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp thick coconut milk

Chop all your veggies into cubes.

This is my beloved mud pot. It’s not dirty or burned. It’s just old. But, trust me things cooked in this taste…

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