Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Stir fried Teasel gourd or "Phagila thalsani" - A Konkani delicacy

Teasel Gourd or "Kantola" or "Phaagil" in Konkani is a very popular vegetable in the coastal regions of India widely available during the monsoon season.
Teasels have good medicinal properties. They are good source of antibiotics and also help in improving blood circulation.
The Konkani community love this vegetable so much that it is part of all festivals that come in the monsoon. 
The most common side dish made with this vegetable is the "Phaagila Podi" or Teasel Gourd fritters which we all love and I will be posting it soon.
There is another side-dish which my Mom makes quite often during this season. Its "Phagila chutney" which goes well both with rotis/chapatis as well as Rice and dal.
Here is another side-dish called "Phagila thalasani" which is stir fried teasel gourd using garlic and dry red chillies.
This tastes really great...!!

Serves 3
Teasel gourd/Phagil/Kontola - 250 gms

Dry red chillies - 4 for medium spice , 8 for spice lovers
Garlic - 10 cloves - mashed with skin
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

Wash the gourds well. Cut out the top and bottom tips of each teasel gourd, and slice then as thin as possible.
Now take a heavy bottomed pan, keep on medium heat, add oil, fry the split garlic along with skin till they become golden.
Then add the cut dry red chillies and fry for a few seconds.
Then add the split and salted phagil/teasel gourd, and fry till well done.
Serve hot with rice and dalithoy.

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