Monday, March 15, 2021

Instant Pot Vegan Bottle Gourd and Masoor dhal Curry

Bottle gourd aka opo or cucuzzi grew well last summer. There were plenty of it and we made so many curries, sauces, fritters, and dessert out of it. This summer vegetable has lots of water content and aids in weight loss. There are many types of curries that we enjoy with this vegetable and this curry is one among them. It is simple to make in instant pot. Cook the dal in Instant Pot and the finally add the bottle gourd and cook in high pressure for 0 minutes. The bottle gourd cooks quickly and this time is enough to cook the bottle gourd retaining its shape instead of a mushy texture. Like most of our curries, this one too is vegan. Feel free to make it ghee or butter if you like. This is perfect to eat with basmati rice, pulao, or flat breads.

Bottle gourds are easy to grow. Water them regularly and have a trellis for them. They will yield well. It is a very versatile vegetable. From appetizers to desserts can be made with this simple vegetable. Bottle Gourd Kheer is a delicious pudding that will amaze you. Shredded bottle gourd are great for adding in griddle breads like Bajra Bottle Gourd Roti  and they are great for making delicious and lip smacking chutneys like Bottle Gourd Cilantro Chutney.

Sue Lau of Palatable Pastime is hosting the #multicookermonday and I am linking this recipe for the event. We can use electric pressure cookers like Instant pot (small electric appliances) and make the recipe for this event, If you would like to join, please check out the Facebook PageMulticooker Monday is a friendly food blogging group where we get together on the third Monday of the month to post recipes for the multicooker: instant pot or pressure cooker, slow cooker, air fryer, sous vide, or other cooking devices with no theme; anything goes!

I have shared Instant Pot Veggie Dal and Pumpkin Spiced Vegan Pumpkin and Green Gram Curry for #MulticookerMondays. Instant pot is great in making quick meals to suit our busy life. 

I am also linking this to What's for dinner sunday link up #306, Busy Monday #460, Dare to Share #459, and Wonderful Wednesday Blog hop Party.


Serves 6-8

Bottle gourd/opo - 4 cups, chopped small size

Masoor dhal (orange lentils) - 1/2 cup

Tomatoes - 1/2 cup

Spinach - 2 to 3 cups

Onion - 1/2cup

Ginger - 1 tsp

Garlic - 1 tsp

Salt - 1 and 1/2 tsp

Asafoetida- 1/8 tsp

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Kitchen king masala - 2 tsp

Serrano pepper - 1, chopped or slit

Water - 1 and 1/2 cup

Bay leaf - 1

Cinnamon - 1 in piece

Cumin - 1/2 tsp

Dried red chili - 1 or 2, torn

Cloves - 2 or3

Cardamom -1

Oil - 2 tsp


Switch on the Instant Pot in sauté mode. Add oil. When it is hot enough add red chilies, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, ginger, garlic, onion, and tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the masoor dhal and water. Then add turmeric powder, salt, Kitchen King masala and pressure cook for 8 minutes in high or more setting.

Release the steam. Open carefully and stir. Add in the chopped bottle gourd, give a stir, and cook in high pressure setting for 0 minutes.

Release the steam, open, and stir in spinach. Mix thoroughly and the spinach will wilt and cook in the heat.

Transfer to serving bowl. 

Serve with rice or roti.

Check out the links below for the recipes we shared for March 2021 Multicooker Monday.

  • Air Fryer Bread Manchurian from Sneha's Recipe
  • Chicken and Lentil Soup (Instant Pot) from Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Crockpot Corned Beef with Stout & Onion Gravy from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
  • Dr. Pepper Brisket (Instant Pot) from Palatable Pastime
  • Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs from Making Miracles
  • Instant Pot Vegan Bottle Gourd and Masoor Dhal Curry from Magical Ingredients
  • Korean Sparerib Noodles (Instant Pot) from Food Lust People Love
  • Slow Cooker Mahi Mahi Tacos from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Yorkshire Pudding Wraps (Toaster Oven) from Sid's Sea Palm Cooking


    1. This looks much flavor! I'm excited to give this one a try!

    2. I have not heard of bottle gourd...I will have to check the next time I'm at the International Marketplace.

    3. I am not familiar with bottle gourd. This sounds worth investigating.

    4. This sounds amazing. I'll have to check for bottle gourds at the market when I get to the big city again. I do love curry.

    5. I've seen bottle gourd in markets around the world but never knew how to cook it. And, to be honest, I was also afraid it was related to bitter gourd which I have tried to cook a couple of times much to my deep regret. No matter what I tried, still too bitter for me. I'm glad to have a bottle gourd recipe to make!

    6. What a healthy and delicious curry Radha!

    7. This looks so beautifully comforting and you've packed so much good stuff in there!