Shahi Parwal/Royal Ivy Gourd Curry


Shahi Parwal

Parwal/Tendli/Ivy Gourd is a vegetable that is not so loved by all, but it has got so many health benefits, I am not guaranteed everyone but when I make it in my own way then even the kids are also start asking what is this ! However, I personally think that this vegetable is highly underrated. It is so versatile and can be used in many cuisines with other lots of different names, but trust me you try it out this recipe in which I assured you will fell in love with it. Other ingredients like, Mawa, cashew paste, coconut powder or milk or Masala preparation will entice you to cook this forest veggies.

Ingredients for making the Shahi Parwal

  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2-3 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 cups sliced parwal
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Shahi caraway seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp mawa
  • 1 sprig mace
  • 5 to 6 whole black pepper corn
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

Method of making Shahi Parwal

  • In a pan boil onions and tomatoes with water and little salt for a while approx for 5 minutes, then Strain and let it cool down. Add them to the mixer grinder along with cashews and poppy seeds and splitz to a smooth paste. Wash the parwal and slit them in halves.
  • Heat oil in frying pan and fry the sliced parwal till they turn light golden brown. Take it out on a paper towel to soak the excess oil. In another pan, heat oil. Temper mustard seeds and then add the whole spices like bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon. Fry for a minute. Then add the ground paste and saute for 3-4 minutes, till the raw smell goes or the oil comes on the top.
  • Now add the dry spice powders like turmeric powder and chilly powder. Next add the fried parwal and salt. Mix it all together and let it cook for another 3-4 minutes. Once it done add ghee and cream mixed well, so here you Devine dish is ready to serve. Enjoy this dish with garlic naan, paratha or home made tawa chapati.

Published by Avtar Singh Rana

A brief about Chef Avtar Singh Rana Chef Avtar Singh Rana a passionate professional celebrity chef having more than 2 decades of experience. A chef who wears different hats, who ranges from the city Delhi is someone who loves interaction and discovery with a vision of always coming up with the best and true perfectionist at his work, he dwells in photography, traveling and of course food. He started his carrier with Taj Group of hotels, in the year 1998 and since then has only achieved milestones and growth immensely his hunger to learn and explore more got him travelling to the middle east, Oman, KSA , multiple times, where he worked for some of the iconic hotels. His talent also brought him recognition from Radisson, Starwood and Accor, where he was responsible for the preopening of the hotels. An individual who leads by the examples and has the knack of grasping quickly and extend warm hospitality.

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