I know gourds are usually ignored by people but I love most of them specially tinda, also known as apple gourd. The little rounds balls with tender seeds take on flavours so well that sometimes I prefer these over aloo. Though I adore them in almost every form my most favorite way to eat this is to eat is the masala stuffed spicy bharwan tinda (spice stuffed apple gourd)
Filling them is labour of love and I remember growing up, it always used to be us sisters who would do it. Mum used to mix the masala and leave us to tediously fill them. We used to make it a game on who fills the most and the afternoon used to pass by in a jiffy. In a manner of keeping up with traditions now in my house it is the child who stuffs tinda and even bhindi. Lucky me that the child thinks of it as fun as well!
This labour of love – stuffed tinda goes very well with rotis, dal tadka or the punjabi dhaba dal and some sliced onions on the side. Absolutely blissful. Do try and I promise you will be licking your fingers