If I am trying any new vegetable I will either make koottu or just do a simple stir fry to first get acquired to its taste. Koottu is nothing but a semi-solid gravy which is prepared by cooking vegetable & pulses together. Later add coconut+jeera+greenchilli paste is added for flavor & spice. Generally in Tambrahm households coconut is not given for the initial few days as part of postpartum diet. But I started including them in my diet after 3 weeks post delivery. So if you aren’t allowed to use coconut then just grind jeera& chilli alone to a paste.
My mom never cooked bottlegourd at home since it was the least favorite vegetable for my father & grandparents..The habit continued and I never cooked with it too..So to be frank only after delivery I started including it in my diet. That too because I read in internet that it aides breastmilk secretion & few of my friends suggested too. Now it has become a part of my weekly menu & it definitely increases supply.
The same method can be used for preparing other vegetables based kootu too. Just substitute bottle gourd with
– Chowchow/Chayote Squash
– Snake Gourd
– Ridge Gourd
The following measurement serves four people. Adjust accordingly.