PHAGILA KISMURI ( TEASEL GOURD MASALA)
There are some veggies that make an appearance only during some seasons. The fans of these veggies wait eagerly for this season so as to make all the dishes they can using this. One such veggie is Teasel Gourd/Spiny Gourd or Phagil in my mother tongue, Konkani. This is called Kantola in Hindi, Adavihagalakai in Kannada, Kakrol in Bengali, Adavikakarakaya in Telugu and Kattupavakai in Tamil.
Phagils are almost universally loved by all Konkanis when they makes an appearance in the monsoon months! They have a few health benefits as well.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for some dishes we make with phagils, such as:-
- Phagils, Teasel Gourd, 4 or about 250 gms
- Coconut Gratings, 1/3 cup
- Roasted Byadgi Red Chillies, 3
- Small-sized Onion, 1
- Tamarind, a small piece
- Coriander Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, to deep fry or shallow fry, as required